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Hot New EDC: July 2019 Flashlights, Knives Hit Market

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Lots of the knives, flashlights, and other equipment previewed at the 2019 SHOT Show are finally hitting store shelves.

Summer is a great time for everyday carry outdoor gear. This roundup shares four top new EDC releases for July 2019.

JetBeam RRT-01 Raptor v.2: $80

JetBeam RRT-01 Raptor v.2 flashlight

This is a compact 1x CR123a light. It has no switch of any kind and has infinite variable brightness thanks to its selector ring. The first version of this light was a flashaholic’s dream, but it had a few design mistakes. Once it was out of production, it hit crazy-high prices on the secondary market (in excess of $300).

JetBeam paid attention, fixed the flaws of the original, and issued this gem. You can’t do better for $80. With an output starting at 0.1 lumens and going all the way up to 950 lumens, it can do just about anything you need a torch to do. It also has a true reflector for a modest bit of throw and a battery with a built-in micro-USB charging port. If you want one flashlight to do it all, look no further.

Note: Once again, this flashlight sold out in an instant. Keep an eye on Amazon, as we expect more to be available soon.

See the JetBeam Raptor Flashlight

Hinderer Eklipse 3″: $375

Hinderer Eklipse 3-inch knife

When Hinderer drops a new knife, pay attention. And when that new knife is compact enough for EDC, get very excited. The Eklipse is largely seen as a sequel to Hinderer’s classic XM-18, with updated ergonomics and aesthetics.

The original was a large knife with a 3.5-inch blade. The new version, with updated handle design, sports a 3-inch blade. Most of these awesome EDC Eklipses use S35VN in the initial run. They have a variety of blade shapes, but the tanto with the harpoon tip is especially striking.

Of course, they also sport Hinderer’s new pivot swap system, the Tri-Way pivot. This allows users to swap between a bearing pivot, a phosphor bronze washer, and Teflon washers. The truly great part of the new EDC version of the Eklipse is the price. At $375, it’s cheaper than the XM-18 3-inch.

See the Hinderer Eklipse 3-Inch Knife

Drop x Ochs Lynx: From $180

Drop x Ochs Lynx folding knife

Dropping “Mass” from its name has done little to slow down the crowdsourcing brand Drop. And the Ochs Lynx is evidence of its brisk pace and fine-tuned sensibilities.

Long the most EDC-friendly of Eric Ochs’ designs, the Lynx is compact with lots of belly and plenty of satisfying surfaces for your hands. The Drop version adds a flipper to what is normally a thumb disk-deploying knife. But, aside from that, it’s faithful to the stellar original.

Sign up now for a late-December shipping date and get this beautiful blade at $180 for the base edition, $280 for MokuTi Damascus versions.

See the Drop x Ochs Lynx Folding Knife

GEC Toothpick: $83

GEC Toothpick knife

Case has long made Texas Toothpicks: curvy, tiny slipjoints with an excellent blade shape and in-hand feel. Great Eastern Cutlery has decided to try a hand at the pattern and released a bunch of larger Toothpick models, all with different handle materials.

Some retailers scored some jigged bone handles while others landed some amazing aqua-blue-dyed camel bone handles. GEC has an exquisitely thin grind on the Toothpick, and the contoured, serpentine handle is great in hand. If you want something a bit more full-size than the Case standard-bearer, this is a great rendition of the Toothpick pattern.

See the GEC Toothpick Knife

There’s a lot of hot kit coming out right now. Any one of these things would be a delight to use. Keep an eye out for more updates.

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