Survival-Pax Blog: October 2010

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Survival-Pax Updates & The Importance and Usefulness of a Pocket Knife

Now that things are getting more settled down here after the store launch,  we will be setting a course towards getting a more streamlined routine with Blog, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

In the upcoming weeks, expect some more great YouTube videos, along with great Blog posts. Subscribe to our Twitter feed and"Like" us on Facebook to get notified when we post updates to Survival-Pax.

As a hint for what is to come, we will be looking into the concepts of: Mindset, Skillset and Toolset and how they relate to survival and preparedness, in all aspects. Also, look out for some great product reviews and tips. For now, if you haven't seen it yet, take a look at our Quark MiNi 123 Review on YouTube.

Usefulness of a Pocket Knife:
I don't know how many of you reading this carry a pocket knife. I would guess that a large number of you do. I would also guess that a large number do not. This is unfortunate. The rest of this post can be summed up in this next sentence: Start carrying a pocket knife with you and you'll be amazed at how useful it is.

The Kershaw Scallion is a personal favorite of mine.
After carrying a knife with me everywhere for many years now, I really wonder how I ever lived without one. It is one of the things that I carry with me everywhere (well, except for on airplanes). If I have pants on, I have a knife clipped on my pocket (except for on airplanes).

There was a time when nearly every man, and many women, had at least a small pocket knife with them at all times. It was normal and expected. Now, fast forward 50 or so years and you get weird looks from people if they see you using it. It seems like today, some people are even in denial of reality.

Let me explain. I was volunteering in a hospital and one of the nurses needed to cut a piece of medical tape. She was struggling to tear it for a while. I noticed what she was doing, stood up and walked over to her. I pulled out my pocket knife and quickly cut the tape for her. She then looked at me with a puzzled look and said, "What do you need to carry a knife around for?", as if she was just hit with a moment of amnesia and forgot what I just did. Well, for one, I carry a knife to help nurses who are struggling to tear medical tape.

I guess that's just the mentality of far too many people nowadays. Maybe people are less responsible today. Maybe they are less worried about being prepared. Maybe they are more naive. Who knows... I know one thing, however, I choose to be prepared and do not like to be inconvenienced. As a person who wants to go about his day as efficiently as possible, being prepared for the tasks at hand, a knife is a tool that should be taken as part of your every day carry Toolset (look out for this word as you'll be seeing it a lot from now on).

The Blitz/Nerve by Kershaw is a great, medium-sized pocket knife.
That's just it, I carry a knife as a tool, not as a weapon. Primarily, that is what a pocket knife should be, because that is what it will be used for the VAST majority of the time. I understand that an emergency situation may require the use of a knife in a defensive role and that this aspect should be considered when choosing a knife, however, if you are to carry only one knife, it is to be, first and foremost, a tool. I'll also mention that some choose to carry a secondary knife tactical/defensive blade, but, in my opinion, that should only be considered once you have specified a primary knife as a dedicated tool.

Alright, let's get back on track here. The usefulness of a knife is surprising and cannot be fully appreciated unless you actually carry one around. So many every day tasks require cutting. Whether it's opening a package, cutting rope, cutting plant material, peeling an apple or picking a splinter out of your hand, a knife has many many uses.

The Boker Plus Keycom is small enough to fit on a keychain.
Like I mentioned earlier, having a knife on you at all times allows for you to efficiently go about your day. When you have to cut something, you no longer have to look for scissors or a kitchen knife. All too often, those items might not even be available. When outside of the home, for example, you'd be hard-pressed to find a pair of scissors. Don't be caught in a situation without the proper tools if you can help it. At best you'll be inconvenienced. At worst, someone may lose their life. There have been situations where a person's life was saved through the use of a pocket knife. Here's one such situation.

With some of the small, portable and functional knives out today, there is little to no excuse for not having a knife on your person. You do not have to spend a lot to get a quality knife. Good quality knives that will last for years can be had for about $20. One such example, is the CRKT Drifter.

I'll end with this. Being prepared is a Mindset (uh oh, here's another word to be on the lookout for). It is not something that just happens. You have to choose to do it. A good start is to carry the proper tools (Toolset). One of the most useful tools that you can have on your person is a knife. It would serve you well to have one with you.

Take care guys!
Simon - Survival-Pax Team Member

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Video Review - 4Sevens Quark MiNi 123

We just posted a new video review of the Quark MiNi 123 by 4Sevens.



The Quark MiNi 123 flashlight is a powerhouse in a tiny package. Measuring 2.4" in length, and 0.8" in diameter, this light is surprisingly small. It's also very lightweight, weighing 1.2 oz (with battery). The light also has generous knurling on the body, giving you a good grip, which is adequate despite the light's small size.

Judging by those external characteristics alone, the flashlight is nothing special. There are other small flashlights on the market with similar or even smaller dimensions. What makes this light really shine (pun intended), is it's brightness. The Quark MiNi 123 has a maximum brightness of 189 lumens!
The Quark MiNi 123 by 4Sevens is a powerhouse.

For those who do not know what a lumen is, while I don't want to go into the technical definitions, a lumen is a measure of light output. Until you have experimented and gained an understanding as to what a relatively large or small number of lumens is, you will have to trust me that 189 lumens is a heck of a lot. As a comparison, I would say that most flashlights of this size output anywhere from 10-80 lumens, from what I've seen on the market.

How does the flashlight achieve a brightness of 189 lumens in such a small size?

Part of the secret lies in the battery selection. 4Sevens chose to use a CR123 battery, which is a high-output lithium-celled battery that outputs 3.0V, rather than the conventional 1.5V of a AA or AAA battery. This higher voltage enables the emitter to shine so brightly.

The second reason as to why the Quark MiNi 123 is so bright is due to the fact that it has a CREE XPG-R5 LED as a light emitter. It does not use incandescent bulbs, but rather a single LED, which is very efficient and bright. For those who have never seen a LED flashlight this bright, the amount of light that the LED outputs can be very surprising.
The textured reflector on the Quark MiNi 123 gives you a nice, soft beam.

The Quark MiNi 123 also has seven different output modes, varying in intensity and in function.
The output modes are:
- Low (3 lumens, 150 hours)
- Medium (40 lumens, 8 hours)
- High (189 lumens, 1.2 hours)
- Strobe (2.4 hours)
- Beacon (High) (12 hours)
- Beacon (Low) (60 hours)
- S.O.S. (7.2 hours)

The modes are broken down into regular and special modes. The regular modes consist of Low, Medium and High. They are the modes that are most often used. To get to these modes, just twist the flashlight head tight, putting you in Low mode. If you twist the head off and on, then it cycles to Medium. Twisting off and on goes to High.

To get to the special modes, which are used less often and consist of various light pulses and blinks, you have to cycle through the regular modes twice. After cycling through the regular modes twice, you get to Strobe mode. Then, just like cycling through the regular modes, you can go to S.O.S., Beacon (High) and Beacon (Low) by turning the flashlight.  To see these modes in action, watch the video.
A CR123 battery, lanyard and spare o-ring are
included with the Quark MiNi 123.


The reflector on the Quark MiNi 123 is textured, giving a nice, diffuse beam pattern, perfect for illuminating an area at medium-distances (~50 yards or less). The flashlight can also be used in what is know as "candle mode", which means that it can be stood on its end. When you do this and you are indoors, the light bounces off of the ceiling and evenly illuminates the area. This is great for situations where you have no light, but want a more hands-free and natural illumination.

This flashlight is rated by 4Sevens to be waterproof to 10 meters for 30 minutes. While I haven't tested the flashlight in the water, I have seen others test it at shallower depths, and the lights have performed perfectly under those conditions.

The light comes with a 4Sevens brand CR123 battery, a lanyard which can be used to attach to the light and a spare o-ring.

Would you recommend this light?

I can honestly say that this is one of the most amazing flashlights that I have ever seen so far, when weighing in the price, the size, the light output and the various lighting modes. I would highly recommend this light to those wanting a small but very bright flashlight, perhaps for every day carry (EDC), to take camping or to just put in an emergency kit. Be sure to include spare CR123 batteries!

Take care guys!
Simon - Survival-Pax Team Member

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Adventure Medical Kits - Outdoor/Travel First Aid Kits

Many people underestimate the necessity of a first aid kit. That is, until someone gets hurt. I do not know many people who carry a first aid kit with them regularly, but from first-hand experience on many different occasions, I have been grateful that I carry a first aid kit with me whenever I have a backpack on, which is usually the case when I leave the house for a few hours.

Honestly, I only started carrying a first aid kit regularly about 2 years ago. I had never given first aid much though, until I started caring more about being prepared. Since then, I might add, I have had to use it on numerous occasions. None of the situations were life or death emergencies, but having a medium-level first aid kit definitely helped.

Previously, I thought that first aid kits always came in bulky containers, and  that they couldn't be easily carried. I figured that the low risk of a medical emergency wasn't worth the trouble of carrying around a first aid kit with me. My views changed when I found out about a company called Adventure Medical Kits.

Even the Ultralight First Aid Kit is detailed in its contents.
Adventure Medical Kits is a company that makes first aid kits and survival supplies specifically designed for situations where help can be a long ways away, such as in the outdoors. Their first aid kits are usually more compact but also more functional that other kits on the market. Their kits have supplies that vary from aspirin, to sutures and QuickClot for extreme cuts and injuries. They have a large variety of kits, ranging from an Ultralight Medical Kit designed to be used by one person, to a kit called the "Expedition", designed for groups of up to 15 people.


What I find really helpful about the first aid kits that Adventure Medical Kits makes is how organized they are. The kits are organized by function, with each medical supply placed in a pouch or bag labeled according to that item's use. For example, bandages and medical tape would be placed in a pouch called "Wound Care", while Ibuprofen would be placed in a pouch called "Medications." It's a very simple and obvious concept, but it's surprising how many first aid kits are not labeled in a similar way.

The Smart Travel Kit is well-organized.
I can imagine that, in an emergency, unless the person knows the kit very well, an unlabeled first aid kit would have to have its contents spilled out in order to find what is needed. The labels and organization alone make Adventure Medical Kits first aid kits worth checking out.
The Adventure Medical Kits first aid kits come in fabric cases, which makes carrying it easy. No longer do you have to take up extra space in your pack with bulky and rigid plastic containers.

Adventure Medical Kits, from what I have seen, also tries to give the user the proper knowledge to use the items inside. The medium to large first aid kits that I have seen, such as the Smart Travel kit, come with a "Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness and Travel Medicine" booklet, which explains different medical emergencies that can happen, along with the appropriate methods of treatment. There are also a variety of other pamphlets, which are easy to read and understand, great for those who have little to no medical knowledge but who are required to treat a wounded individual due to unintended circumstances.

The first aid kits offered by Adventure Medical Kits are useful and easy to understand. No longer should you feel intimidated by first aid. Purchase one of their smaller to medium-sized kits and make one part of your every day carry gear, your emergency kit, or just take one whenever you're going somewhere where the risk of medical emergencies is greater. You never know when a medical emergency may happen, and you wouldn't want to be unprepared while in a situation that required first aid. On the flip side, when you have to use your kit, it's a great feeling to know that your preparation has actually helped someone.

Take care guys!
Simon - Survival-Pax Team Member

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Machete Sharpening Tips

A little while ago, I wrote about my experiences with a machete  in the northern midwest while camping this past summer. To sum it all up, I was very impressed with what a machete can do, especially a Tramontina 18" Machete which normally costs less than $10.

However, I found out that, out of the box, the machete came quite dull. This is a common theme among many machetes. I'm not sure why, but it seems that most machetes need their blade edges to be ground down to achieve the sharpness to use the machete to its full potential.

Don't be discouraged, however, since sharpening a machete is really quite easy. Personally, I like the fact that I have to sharpen it. Whenever I use it and see how well it performs, I think to myself, "I put the edge on this machete and that's why it works so well." It lets me take pride in my work, which is a good thing.

To sharpen my machete, I just used a file, and it worked great. However, if you are looking for a sharpener specifically designed for machetes, along with other edged tools, take a look at the Lansky Lawn & Garden Tool Sharpener.
The Lansky Lawn & Garden Tool Sharpener works great on machetes!

The Lansy Sharpener's large size makes it easy to hold, while its rough, abrasive surface makes sharpening very quick.

Using the Lansky Sharpener to sharpen a machete is simple and I'll teach you how. I should also say that these tips also work if you wanted to use file instead.

Sharpening Tips:
You want to start by making sure that the machete is supported along the whole length of the blade. You can do this by clamping it to a bench or table.

Once it is secured, grab your sharpener/file and find the angle that the blade edge is ground down at. You want to match this angle as you sharpen.

Start filing the edge away, moving across the whole length of the blade as you move the sharpener/file back and forth.

Be very careful of your fingers, since the edge will be getting sharper and sharper, increasing the risk of cutting yourself. The blade will also be facing you when you do this, so be sure not to bump into it.

Work on one sharpening one side of the machete. Then, turn it over and work on the other side. Every once in a while, look down the blade edge, to make sure that you aren't removing too much metal from either side.

In short time, you will see that your machete  has been sharpened to a surprisingly sharp edge. It wasn't that hard, was it?

Now, your machete is ready to use to chop through thick brush, logs or anything else that might need chopping.

I know that sharpening a machete can be daunting, especially for someone who has never sharpened a blade before, but with the right tools and technique it can be easy. Don't be afraid to try something new.

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Monday, October 11, 2010

What's New? - Products to Keep Your Blades Sharp

Here are some great new products that we added today.

Ceramic Sharpening Rods
8.5" Ceramic Sharpening Rod
4.5" Ceramic Sharpening Rod

Today, two versions of ceramic sharpening rods were added to the page. These are great for quick touch-ups to your knife blades and are very inexpensive. They come in 4.5" and 8.5" versions.




Ceramic Sharpening Stick
Ceramic Sharpening Stick

As a sort-of upgrade to the plain ceramic rods, a ceramic sharpening stick was also added. This is basically a 6.7" ceramic rod with a nice, wooden handle on the end. The handle makes sharpening safer by keeping your hand away from the rod as the blade is being sharpened against it.





Ceramic V-Sharpener
Ceramic V-Sharpener

The "king" of the ceramic sharpening methods that we currently offer, the Ceramic V-Sharpener offers ease of sharpening, while still being affordable. The sharpener keeps the ceramic rods at the proper angle to make sharpening easier and faster.

Take a look at these new products that'll help you keep your blade sharper, because a sharp blade is a safe and useful blade!

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Video - New Survival-Pax Intro

A new introduction video to Survival-Pax was just released on YouTube. It's a short video basically summing up "Our Mission".



It's got some pretty neat animations, with lots of flying text. More videos to come!

Take care, guys!
Simon - Survival-Pax Team Member

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Mini Review - A Closer Look at Tramontina Machetes

This summer, I spent 10 days camping in the Northern Midwest. While there, I had to clear brush, chop through logs, build fires; basically performs tasks that involved involved chopping. Usually, I carry a saw, a large fixed blade knife and sometimes an axe. These three tools are good enough for most jobs that I come across.

This year, however, I wanted to try something different. I had been researching machetes and their uses and was intrigued. Many people were using them for various chopping tasks and were touting how amazing they were. I wanted to try one out for myself. Now I didn't want to spend too much money on one, but I didn't want to get one of those cheap Wal-Mart machetes that end up bending after only 5 minutes of use. They seem to be made out of a piece of soft sheet metal. Outsourcing to the lowest bidder, as Wal-Mart usually does, their quality is very poor.

The Tramontina 18" Machete is like a power-tool for the woods.
I ended up purchasing a Tramontina 18" Wood Handled Machete along with a Cold Steel 18" Latin Machete Sheath. The price was right, spending around $15 for both. I wanted to see how far my money could take me.

The machete and sheath ended up complementing each other very well, with the sheath holding the machete securely to my belt. Upon receiving the machete, I realized that it was quite dull. The blade, however, seemed strong, with little flex. I had high hopes for this machete. I ended up spending about half an hour and, with a file, I gave the it a very sharp edge.

I got to the campsite and it was now time to test the machete. I had to clear out some brush to set up a tent. I wasn't used to using a machete, so it took a little bit of time to develop the proper technique. I wasn't as efficient as I later would be with the machete, but boy was it fun to chop with. It was like having a short sword. After several days of use, I learned some things and I'll share them with you.

Here are some tips:
When using a machete, especially one with a heavier blade, it helps to let the machete do the chopping. Use what is called a "pinch grip" which means to hold the machete using mainly your thumb and pointer finger. The remaining three finger on your hand just stabilize the handle. When swinging, let the machete rotate slightly in your hand, gathering momentum to slice right through whatever you want to cut. This makes it easier on your muscles and on your hand, since gripping the handle tightly and chopping might work for a while, but it will tire you out and give you blisters. Once you get the timing right, chopping is really simple.

Another tip when chopping through standing plants and saplings is to chop at a 45 degree downward angle. If you chop horizontally, you will have a difficulty getting through even thin brush. If you use a 45 degree angle when you cut, you will be able to get through saplings around 1 inch thick and even greater with one swing. I was very impressed at what a machete can do.

This next one is the most important so I'll type it in caps.  

ALWAYS CUT AWAY FROM YOURSELF AND OTHERS! 

Safety is #1, especially when using something with the potential to seriously injure you. I was able to use this machete for 10 days without injury because I made doubly sure that nobody was around me whenever I would swing.

Overall, the Tramontina Machete performed admirably, the wooden handle was comfortable, the blade held an edge well, and when combined with the Cold Steel Sheath, made an excellent package. Every couple of days, the edge started to dull from use, so, for touch-ups in the field, I brought a file. After 5 minutes of quick filing, the blade was as good as the first day that I started using it.

This machete was the most useful tool that I had with me during those 10 days and when I go again in the future, I will definitely be bringing it with me. For me, it chopped better than an axe, was lighter than an axe, and fulfilled some of the roles that a fixed blade would be used for, roles that an axe would have trouble with. I was able to whittle sticks with the machete, use it as a draw knife, I even chopped through a fallen pine tree about 15 inches in diameter in about 15 minutes.

So what are you waiting for? Make a machete part of your outdoor gear when you're going out in the woods. If my mini review hasn't convinced you, they're cheap enough to buy and try out for yourself. For the money, I do not think that you can find a better chopping tool.

Take care, guys!
Simon - Survival-Pax Team Member

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Product Review - 4Sevens Quark 123² Tactical

One of the brightest flashlights that 4Sevens offers, the Quark 123² Tactical, excels in many regards, not just in brightness. In this Product Review, we will be looking at this flashlight, looking at what it can and cannot do.

Starting with the most important feature of a flashlight, the brightness, the Quark 123² Tactical definitely delivers. With a maximum brightness of 230 lumens and 8 different lightning modes, this flashlight is very versatile in its lighting ability. The available modes with their respective brightnesses are: Moonlight (0.2 Lumens), Low (4 Lumens), Medium (22 Lumens), High (85 Lumens), Max (230 Lumens), Strobe (230 Lumens), Beacon (230 Lumens), S.O.S.

I am very pleased with the fact that this flashlight having a Moonlight mode. The reason that this mode being especially useful is that it gives you the ability to illuminate something at night, without destroying your night vision or compromising your position as easily. The super bright Max modes provides a substantial amount of light, great for illuminating a larger area.

Quark 123² Tactical by 4Sevens.
It is powered by a premium Cree XP-G R5 LED that should never burn out. flashlight technology really is getting amazing with the super-bright LED's that are not available. This light is powered by 2 CR123 batteries. CR123 batteries, for those who do not know, are generally lithium cells that output 3.0V as opposed to the standard 1.5V that AA batteries give out. They are a personal favorite of mine for flashlights since they output double the voltage of a AA battery, giving you brighter flashlights for the size and weight. For those who want even more technical information, the voltage range of the flashlight is from 3.0V to 9.0V.

The reflector on the Quark 123² Tactical is textured to give a smooth beam pattern with no artifacts that I could see. The only downside of a textured reflector is that your throw (distance beam is projected) is lessened. For a flashlight that has plenty of throw, a good choice would be the Quark 123² Turbo, which has a smooth reflector.

The Quark 123² Tactical is turned on and off with a tailcap switch. The flashlight memorizes only two of the 8 possible modes and those modes are changed by tightening or loosening the head. If you tighten the head down all the way, you are in the first setting. If you loosen it, you are in the second setting. It's simple.

Changing the memorized settings on the light is also very simple. You have to turn the flashlight on. Then tighten the flashlight head all the way and quickly loosen and tighten the head 4 times. The light will switch to "programming mode" in which it will turn dim. Choose the setting that you want to program by tightening the head, either the first or second. Then the light will flash and you will be able to cycle through the different modes by clicking the tailcap on and off quickly.

The mode sequence is: Moonlight » Low » Medium » High » Max » S.O.S. » Strobe » Beacon

After choosing the appropriate mode, leave the light at that mode for 10 seconds. The light will then flash, and the setting will be assigned to the mode that you chose.

Now, what makes this light tactical?

The textured reflector gives a smooth beam pattern.
The reason that this flashlight is called tactical, as opposed to the regular Quark 123², is the "momentary on" feature that this light has. More intended for defensive use, this feature enables you to quickly turn the flashlight on by tapping the tailcap switch.

A possible scenario where the "momentary on" feature would be useful could be: You are walking down a dark street one night and a large, drunk man comes up to you, trying to start a fight. You, being aware of your surroundings, noticed him coming, so you already had the flashlight discreetly held in your hand. As you see the situation escalate, you know that your best bet is to run away. You quickly flash your light in the attacker's eyes, temporarily blinding him. Then, you quickly turn around and run away. Your flashlight just gave you the necessary distraction to run away to safety. When you get to a safe location, you call the police and they come and arrest the attacker. Nobody got hurt, all thanks to your quick thinking and your flashlight.

Now, I know that this specific story is not real, but I have heard of many such stories. Having a tactical flashlight with a "momentary-on" feature can be a really good thing, especially in a situation where you would need to defend yourself. For those questioning the defensive use of a flashlight, ask a friend to flash a light in your eyes. then quickly running away. See how long it takes you to regain your vision in order to chase them, and how much distance they covered in that time. This should show you first-hand the effectiveness of a flashlight at night.

The tailcap on the Quark 123² Tactical has a "momentary on" feature.
Was that a sidetrack? If it was, I hope you learned something from it. I really meant to make this blog post kinda short, but I guess it's turning out to be pretty long. Well, that's ok. I wanted to give you guys a good in-depth review and this post is shaping out to be just that.

Moving onward to the dimensions of the Quark 123² Tactical. It is 4.6" long and 0.87" in diameter. This is a very functional size, large enough to be gripped, but small enough to be carried comfortably in a pocket or pouch. The flashlight weighs in at 1.6 oz without batteries and at 2.8 oz with the included 4Sevens CR123 lithium cells. I must say that the size and weight of this flashlight is excellent, good enough to make this light part of your every day carry (EDC) gear.

The flashlight body is made out of T-6061 aircraft-grade aluminum and is type III hard anodized in a black finish. Although I have not tested the durability of the finish, from looking it over, it seems to be a very high quality finish that should last for a long time. I should also add that the threads on the body/tailcap/head are squared, which, according to 4Sevens, makes for much smoother and longer lasting threads. It is true that unscrewing the head and tailcap is very smooth.

The included pocket clip on the Quark 123² Tactical is reversable/removable. The way that the clip faces, either towards the head or towards the tail, can be easily switched or the clip can be taken off altogether. I was actually wondering how the clip is reversable until I sat down and tried it. The idea is so simple that I should have thought of it right away. To reverse the clip, you do nothing to the clip at all, you just unscrew the head and the tailcap and switch them. Once screwed back in, the way that the pocket clip faces is reversed. To remove the clip, just unscrew the tail, unscrew the ring that holds the pocket clip in and pull off the clip. Then, put the ring and tail back on and Voila!, no more pocket clip!

One of the neat features of the pocket clip is the ability to be clipped onto a cap for hands-free lighting. To do this, you have to reverse the clip so that it faces away from the flashlight head. Then, just clip it to the brim of a cap and you're good to go.

The Quark 123² Tactical can be used hands-free with a cap.
The pocket clip holds the light in a pocket securely and tightly. The knurling on the flashlight aids to the retention of the light in a pocket. While on the topic of knurling, I should make a comment about it. This flashlight has knurling almost everywhere. When designing the Quark 123² Tactical, 4Sevens really tried hard to make sure that flashlight would not fall out of your hand during use. In my opinion, they did a good job. For those that do not like pocket clips, the flashlight comes with a lanyard and a carry pouch for alternative carrying options.

What else can I say about the light?

Oh yeah, I almost forgot. The Quark 123² Tactical is waterproof to IPX-8 standards, which means waterproof to 10 meters for 30 minutes. Not to say that you ever will go swimming with your light, but you could. I haven't tested these flashlights at 10 meters but I bet that they could even withstand going down further and for longer than 30 minutes.

So that wraps up my review of the Quark 123² Tactical. It's really a great light for the size, weight and price. To some, the price might seem expensive, but quality often costs a little bit of money. For the price, it is hard to find something better. Besides, this flashlight is warranted against defects for 10 years by 4Sevens. It's hard to beat a reputation like that.

Take care, guys!
Simon - Survival-Pax Team Member

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