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Ball Bearings

Ball Bearings

Ball bearings, or BB can mostly be found in two different places when it comes to tactical gear. With folding knives you usually want a way to reduce the friction between the blade and the handle. Only knives that are made for slow opening anyway skip this all together. All others either have washers made […]

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Blackout

Blackout

Regarding survivalism and prepping a “blackout” has a narrower definition than just loss of electricity. In this community a blackout has to effect a wider area and has to last for a longer time. Austrian Civil Defense services give these items to distinguish a real blackout from a minor incident. It’s a blackout when: It’s […]

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DLC

DLC

While many readers might think of “DownLoadable Content”, DLC in the tactical bubble most often refers to “Diamond-Like Carbon”. In short, it’s a carbon based coating used for blade steel which has specs that even exceed that of a natural diamond. The problem with a term like DLC is, that it is an umbrella term […]

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Drop Point

Drop Point

“Drop point” is a specific and very common shape of blade. In fact, you could say it’s probably the most common shape in western blades. The name drop point stems from the fact that the point of the blade is lower than most of the spine of the blade. If you follow the spine you […]

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G10

G10

G10 is a composite material that’s used for it’s toughness and resistance to wear. In the tactical gear context it’s most often used as material for knife handles. Other names are G-10 and garolite. Similar to Micarta, G10 is made of fabric that’s drenched in epoxy resin. The pack is then pressurized and heated until […]

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GRN

GRN

GRN means “glass reinforced nylon” and it’s just that. Glass fibres are injected into nylon to improve the specifics of standard nylon. While nylon alone is already a good choice for components like knife handles, GRN is even a way better choice in most places. Nylon is resistant to impact, chemically inert, resistent to temperatures […]

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Liner lock

Liner lock

A liner lock is a locking mechanism used for foldable pocket knives. A few years ago this was by far the most common lock and it is still a valid choice with many benefits. Overview As the name suggests the liner lock makes use of the handle liners. A classic build of folders is made […]

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MOLLE

MOLLE

If you ever read about tactical load bearing equipment you can’t have missed the term “MOLLE” or “PALS”. The acronyms mean “Modular Leightweight Load-carrying Equipment” and “Pouch Attachment Ladder System”. Both terms are usually used synonymously – read below for some tactical nerd info why this isn’t completely correct. We wrote a complete introduction to […]

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