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Kershaw Kuro: Budget EDC Knife Review

A review and overview of one of my favorite budget EDC knives In a world flooded with pricey pocket knife options such as Benchmade and Spyderco, it’s a breath of fresh air to find a reliable spring assisted knife that won’t break the bank. Enter the Kershaw Kuro. Coming in at a whopping $19.99 – 33.00 USD, it’s a great…

EDC Flashlight Breakdown
EDC Flashlight: NEBO Inspector – 4 Month Review

Introduction In search of an EDC flashlight (Everyday Carry) that will provide me with tons of lumens, portability, rechargeable batteries, and several minutes of light, I ran across the NEBO Inspector RC. This beast of a light boasts 360 lumens of brightness that can be funneled down into a direct beam or opened up into a shower of light on…

Weekly Smoke & Bourbon: 07/21/19 – 07/27/19

This week’s pairing consists of all things smooth with Angels Envy as our whiskey accompanied by an Avo Domaine No.10 cigar. “The best cigar in the world is the one you prefer to smoke on special occasions, enabling you to relax and enjoy that which gives you maximum pleasure.” Zino Davidoff Overall Impressions: The spicy subtle smoke of the Avo…

KeyBar EDC (One Month Review):

Description: On my never-ending quest to find the ultimate EDC gear with a perfect balance of functionality and style I chose to carry the KeyBar for a month to see how it fit my daily use. KeyBar is one of the most popular key management products currently on the market. Whether your a high school janitor or you possess the…

Should You Carry a Weapon Light? – TLR8 Review

Whether or not you decide to run a weapon mounted light is going to be up to personal preference. With the growing controversy surrounding the topic, I think both sides make a case. The jury is out, but let’s take a look into both sides and see if we can reach a verdict. Visibility Vs. Concealment This seems to be…

Weekly Smoke & Bourbon: 07/28/19 – 08/03/19

This week’s pairing brings together the sweet Jim Beam Vanilla with the bold and rich blend of tobacco from the La Herencia Cubana CORE. “I’ve got a great cigar collection – it’s actually not a collection, because that would imply I wasn’t going to smoke every last one of ’em.” Ron White Overall Impressions: The harmony of the sweet vanilla…

Is a Gunbelt Worth it? – Relentless Tactical Belt Review

The belt is an essential part of a man’s wardrobe. It holds up your pants and makes you look like a functional member of society. In the world of concealed carry, it can make a big difference in the reliability and comfort level of your experience while carrying your gear. When making the decision to conceal carry, the question comes…

Extended Controls Kit for Glock – Glock Store

Introduction: In my search for an extended slide release for my Gen 4 Glock 19, I found this complete extended controls kit from the Glock Store. Working on making some additions to my “Gucci Glock” build, they have this kit in Titanium Nitride as well to add a little bit of shine and match my barrel. Added the kit to…

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Weekly Pairings

Weekly Smoke & Bourbon: 07/14/19 – 07/20/19

This week we are doing a pairing of the sweet Knob Creek Smoked Maple whiskey and an Ave Maria Divinia cigar as our smoke. “I smoke in moderation. Only one cigar at a time.” Mark Twain Overall Impressions This pairing creates a nice flavor profile for me personally, I enjoy the slightly fuller bodied notes from the Divinia synergizing with…

Weekly Smoke & Bourbon: 07/21/19 – 07/27/19

This week’s pairing consists of all things smooth with Angels Envy as our whiskey accompanied by an Avo Domaine No.10 cigar. “The best cigar in the world is the one you prefer to smoke on special occasions, enabling you to relax and enjoy that which gives you maximum pleasure.” Zino Davidoff Overall Impressions: The spicy subtle smoke of the Avo…

Weekly Smoke & Bourbon: 07/28/19 – 08/03/19

This week’s pairing brings together the sweet Jim Beam Vanilla with the bold and rich blend of tobacco from the La Herencia Cubana CORE. “I’ve got a great cigar collection – it’s actually not a collection, because that would imply I wasn’t going to smoke every last one of ’em.” Ron White Overall Impressions: The harmony of the sweet vanilla…

Weekly Smoke & Bourbon: 08/04/19 – 08/10/19

This weeks pairing bring together the bold flavors of Small Batch 1792 bourbon with the My Father La Antiguedad cigar β€œHappiness? A good cigar, a good meal, a good cigar and a good woman – or a bad woman; it depends on how much happiness you can handle.” George Burns Overall Impressions: The La Antiguedad and the 1792 both offer…

Weekly Smoke & Bourbon: 08/11/19 – 08/17/19

This weeks pairing joins the dry smokiness of Johnnie Walker Blue Label with the robust flavors of the Diamond Crown Maximus. “A fine cigar is just like a woman. If you don’t light it up just right and suck on it with a certain frequency, it will go out on you.” Unknown Overall Impressions: The Maximus comes in strong with…

Weekly Smoke & Bourbon: 08/18/19 – 08/24/19

This weeks pairing combines the popular Cohiba Connecticut with the rich Four Roses Small Batch “A cigar is as good as memories that you have when you smoked it. “ Raul Julia Overall Impressions: The blend of mildly spicy smoke from the Cohiba combined excellently with the balanced fruit notes of the Four Roses. The sweet and smooth combination of…

Weekly Smoke & Bourbon: 08/25/19 – 08/31/19

This weeks pairing combines the sweet flavors of Crown Royal Salted Caramel with the mild and spicy Romeo Y Julieta – Reserva Real. “There are two things a man never forgets – his first love and his first cigar.” John Bain Overall Impressions: The Reserva Real and the salted caramel create the makings of an excellent mild and relaxing evening.…

Weekly Smoke & Bourbon: 09/01/19 – 09/07/19

This weeks pairing combines the Oaky flavors of Jefferson’s Reserve Very Small Batch with the mild and earthy Macanudo Cafe. “Any cigar smoker is a friend, because I know how he feels.” Alfred de Musset Overall Impressions: The light woody, earthy smoke of the Macanudo balance out the warm oaky flavors of the Jefferson’s. The smoke compliments this bourbon nicely…

Knives

Kershaw Kuro: Budget EDC Knife Review

A review and overview of one of my favorite budget EDC knives In a world flooded with pricey pocket knife options such as Benchmade and Spyderco, it’s a breath of fresh air to find a reliable spring assisted knife that won’t break the bank. Enter the Kershaw Kuro. Coming in at a whopping $19.99 – 33.00 USD, it’s a great…

Boker Plus Strike β€’ Budget Automatic Knife – 2 Month EDC Review

If you are looking for a very affordable EDC (Every Day Carry) automatic knife then the Boker Plus Strike may be for you. Coming in at the $40 price point, this is going to be a great budget EDC option. I have been carrying this knife for well over a month now and I have to say it has turned…

Firearms / Accessories

Budget Pistol Review – Taurus PT709 Slim

In the world of handguns, it can be difficult to find a cost-effective reliable option for concealed carry. There are many ‘budget’ pistols available from common manufacturers with varying levels of reliability. This brings me to my choice for a budget concealed carry pistol the Taurus PT 709 Slim. Overview: This pistol features a very slim design which includes textured…

Home Defense – Which Gun Works Best?

Intro: When it comes to home defense, there are many options to consider. The discussion over which firearm is best for a home defense situation is a highly debated topic. The truth is there’s no right answer and different guns will be better for different situations. However, if you are new to guns or if you’re looking to buy a…

Subcompact Weapon Light – Streamlight TLR-6 Review

Overview: Subcompact pistols are one of if not the most popular concealed carry option for many people. However, it might not be so easy to find a good light or laser attachment that fits well, and functions properly. Some subcompacts like my Gen 5 Glock 26, do not even have a rail to mount a light to. In my search…

Extended Controls Kit for Glock – Glock Store

Introduction: In my search for an extended slide release for my Gen 4 Glock 19, I found this complete extended controls kit from the Glock Store. Working on making some additions to my “Gucci Glock” build, they have this kit in Titanium Nitride as well to add a little bit of shine and match my barrel. Added the kit to…

Should You Carry a Weapon Light? – TLR8 Review

Whether or not you decide to run a weapon mounted light is going to be up to personal preference. With the growing controversy surrounding the topic, I think both sides make a case. The jury is out, but let’s take a look into both sides and see if we can reach a verdict. Visibility Vs. Concealment This seems to be…

Dummy Cheap Build: AR-15 on a Budget

For the Cash Strapped ArmaLite Enthusiast Overview: If you are new to guns, or just looking to explore the AR platform you may be wondering where to start. While there are many different tutorials and AR build guides out there, this build break down will be aimed to provide you with the best bang for your buck. When it comes…

Cigars / Accessories

Which Cigar Cutter is Right for You?

There are a plethora of ways you can cut your cigar to enjoy it. Some use a guillotine cutter, others a punch. For real savages, you can use the tip of a ball point pen or even your teeth. No matter your preference, let’s cover some of the more “common” methods of cigar cap removal, so you can make an…

Tactical Humidor – Practical or overkill?

The “tactical” humidor was something I was gifted when I first got in the cigar game. I remember opening this thing up and assuming it was some sort of cool tactical gun case for a 380 or something. After loading this case up and putting it through it’s paces for the last year or so, I think this pelican case…

EDC Gear

Key-organizers: Useful or Useless?

When it comes to “key organizers” there are a plethora of options on the market, from the Key Bar to the Key Smart, each bringing some advantages and disadvantages over the competition. One question that came to my mind when I started becoming more self aware of what I was touting around daily was “are key organizers even useful?”. Growing…

Is a Gunbelt Worth it? – Relentless Tactical Belt Review

The belt is an essential part of a man’s wardrobe. It holds up your pants and makes you look like a functional member of society. In the world of concealed carry, it can make a big difference in the reliability and comfort level of your experience while carrying your gear. When making the decision to conceal carry, the question comes…

KeyBar EDC (One Month Review):

Description: On my never-ending quest to find the ultimate EDC gear with a perfect balance of functionality and style I chose to carry the KeyBar for a month to see how it fit my daily use. KeyBar is one of the most popular key management products currently on the market. Whether your a high school janitor or you possess the…

EDC Flashlight Breakdown
EDC Flashlight: NEBO Inspector – 4 Month Review

Introduction In search of an EDC flashlight (Everyday Carry) that will provide me with tons of lumens, portability, rechargeable batteries, and several minutes of light, I ran across the NEBO Inspector RC. This beast of a light boasts 360 lumens of brightness that can be funneled down into a direct beam or opened up into a shower of light on…

Aluminum Ridge Wallet – Minimalist EDC Wallet (3 Month Review)

Venturing into the world of minimalistic Every Day Carry (EDC) wallets meant sailing into uncharted waters for me. Luckily, I think I may have found hidden treasure in the sea of wallets that exist in the world today. Enter, The Ridge Wallet. This aluminum wallet is something I have been rocking in my EDC for the last 3 months in…