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.
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.
Hinderer Eklipse 3″: $375
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.
Drop x Ochs Lynx: From $180
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.
GEC Toothpick: $83
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.
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.