Opinel N.08


Opinel is an old knife making company based in Savoie France.  And they have been making these knives for a very very long time.  It all started with a tool maker’s apprentice that came up with a simple and clever locking mechanism that they call the “Virobloc” which is a type of “Twist Lock” or as I remember it being called many years ago, a “Barrel Lock”.   Continue reading Opinel N.08

Mora Companion

There’s not a lot to say about the Morakniv family.   This one is the Companion.  It’s an exceptionally simple knife with a well-shaped handle with a nice surface that lends to a good grip and feel in the hand.  The blade looks like something found on a Steakhouse table.  I’ve never owned a Mora before and considered them a slight step up from Dollar General Cutlery.   Continue reading Mora Companion

BMW K1600B


Normally, I don’t dig big bikes.  And this one is absolutely a big bike.  BMW’s K1600 series of bikes, the GT and the GTL, are dominating Alpha Dogs in the world of Touring Motorcycles.  They are power… very powerful… and they are very comfortable.  And believe it or not, they actually have a lot of performance.  But Touring bikes are not my thing.  And not the thing for a lot of other people too… Enter the world of the Bagger.  A Bagger is a chopped down touring bike.  Typically, when you say Bagger, you’re thinking something from HD.
A few years ago, Honda shocked a lot of people when they took the Gold Wing and made a Bagger out of it.  The slope rear end treatment gives the bike a low mean look.

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Triumph Street Scrambler

One of my favorite bikes in the world is the Triumph Scrambler.  I love the classic good looks and rugged nature.  And I love the way it fits me.  I love the way I feel on one.  It just works… Very well.  Now, I’m talking about the Scrambler that’s based on the T100 Bonneville, with that 865cc Oil-Aircooled engine.  Such a great machine! 
Unfortunately, Triumph killed it in 2016.  After Eons of service, the Scrambler is dead… Long live the Scrambler.   Triumph also killed everything with that 865cc engine.  (Small violins playing)
The reason for that is the Euro 4 Emissions standards which took effect Jan 4th 2017.  So Triumph had to empty the pipeline.  This also meant the death of the Speedmaster through 2017.

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Returning to the Gun Industry.

There is a new gun company that is gearing up, that I am getting involved with.  I can not say anything about it as of yet, but hardcore, dedicated enthusiasts and aficionados will really pick up what we are putting down.   I am very excited.
Now, this doesn’t change my involvement in the Motorcycle Industry with certain European brands… But it keeps my whistle wet when it comes to weapons.
Goal is to be at SHOT 2019.  And as of this point, we are on track.
We’re going to eventually be looking at maybe sharing a Booth at SHOT if someone is willing to cooperate with us.

Loud Pipes Save Lives?


I’ve had many an argument with internet Real Bikers who insist on saying “Loud Pipes Save Lives”.   But let’s look at this realistically… Do they?   Let’s get something out of the way right from the start.  These Loud Pipe Live Savers are usually the guys that are riding certain American made V-Twin bikes with pipes that are seemingly designed to amplify the noise the engine makes so that everyone within a three mile radius hears them start up their bike and rev it for a quarter tank’s worth of fuel. Continue reading Loud Pipes Save Lives?