Volume 25, Number 4 June/July 2017

Archive for the ‘New Products’ category

Jacksonville, Alabama – Bear Edge, a brand under Bear & Son Cutlery, releases a new fixed blade knife perfect for camping. The BRISK 1.0 Fixed Blade is built to last, offers long lasting edge retention and affordably priced.

The BRISK 1.0 Fixed Blade is designed for regular camp chores from creating tender, cutting rope, preparing meals, and much more. The 4 7/8” 440 stainless steel blade comes out-of-the-box razor sharp and ready to work. The blade maintains its edge, is simple to re-sharpen and features a black coated finish for added corrosion resistance. A full body tang provides strength and has been milled throughout the handle to reduce weight.

BRISK, Bear Edge

A Black Soft Touch Coating handle on the BRISK 1.0 Fixed Blade adds comfort and function, allowing users to firmly control the knife in any climate. The knife also features a forward quillion and a finger grove for increased control. Jimping is placed close to the handle for normal tasks and also further up the spine for better grip during aggressive chores. The BRISK 1.0 Fixed Blade comes with a ballistic belt sheath that’s easy to clean and dries quickly when exposed to the elements.   To learn more about the BRISK 1.0 Fixed Blade knife and other Bear Edge products, visit www.BearEdgeKnives.com or call 1-800-844-3034.

Bear Edge BRISK 1.0 Fixed Blade
Model: 61517
Blade Material: Black Coated, 440 stainless steel
Handle Material: Stainless Steel w/Black Soft Touch Coating
Open Length: 9-3/4″
Blade Length: 4-7/8″
Weight: 9.2oz.
Extras: Black Finish Blade, Ballistic Belt Sheath & Taper Ground Blade
MSRP: $27.94

Founded in 2016, Bear Edge – a brand under Bear & Son Cutlery offers a variety of cutting tools at an affordable price. This family owned business has decades of professional knife craftsmanship, outstanding customer service, a history of quality products and are a rising force in the industry. For more information, contact: Bear Edge 1111 Bear Blvd S.W. Jacksonville, AL 36265, Phone: 1-800-844-3034, www.BearEdgeKnives.com, Email: info@bearandsoncultery.com.

About Bear & Son Cutlery:
Bear & Son Cutlery is equipped with a rich family tradition in knife making and employs a skilled and experienced work force that is capable of performing many of the extra hand operations that go into the making of their products. The Bear & Son Cutlery factory is unique. It is full self-contained. While some companies only assemble parts brought from various suppliers and put their names on the product, Bear & Son Cutlery does everything in-house from building their own blanking dies to heat treating, grinding and assembly, and hand finishing products. These steps ensure that Bear & Son Cutlery is of excellent quality and a real value for both the dealer and consumer. Their ongoing commitment is to make them in America and make them affordable.


Utilizing Badlands Zip-No Magnetic Closure Technology, the Bino XR optics case provides separate, easy-access compartments for a set of binoculars and a rangefinder. The Bino XR optics case upper storage pouch can accommodate most 10×42 and smaller binos, while the lower storage pouch can accommodate most rangefinders. Available in Badlands Approach camouflage, Serengeti Brown, and Gunmetal Gray. SRP: $149.99. (badlandspacks.com)


Designed by renowned knife maker Butch Vallotton, the Lil’ Sub-Hilt is a more compact, pocket-friendly version of his first Spyderco collaboration, the Vallotton Sub-Hilt. Like the original, it features a beautifully crafted handle constructed with full skeletonized stainless-steel liners and stainless-steel bolsters. They are paired with contoured, polished G-10 scales and complemented by matching G-10 inlays in the bolsters. The result is a stylish sub-hilt-style handle with a seamless fit that accurately replicates Vallotton’s coveted custom knives. SRP: $309.95. (spyderco.com)


One of the hottest trends right now is stainless-steel, double-wall, vacuum “drinkware.” These items are sturdy enough for camp, but also nest easily in the cupholder of a pickup or SUV. Hydro Flask has a take on this category begins with the classic brushed-stainless-steel look, but expands to add multiple colors. The Tumbler (think of a Starbucks Venti) comes in two sizes—22 ounces and 32 ounces (the 22-ounce version on the left costs $29.95). The smaller—and aptly named—“Rocks” (below, $7.50) is a 10-ouncer with a beveled bottom that provides a shelf for the pinkie, giving you a firmer grip on the cup. Other features include TempShield insulation that keeps cold drinks cold up to 24 hours, hot beverages hot as long as 6 hours. An insulated press-in lid helps prevent spills. Hydro Flask has a  unique powder–coat exterior adds slip-free grip and extra durability. There is also a lifetime warranty. (hydroflask.com)


Foot discomfort can easily ruin a day in the woods, but Smart­wool’s new PhD Hunt Sock collection features patented Indestructawool durability construction and premium merino wool to keep feet in tip-top shape. The socks are designed to eliminate that raw, pinching feeling at the back of the heel, chafing around the ankle bone, and discomfort along the top of the foot. Realizing all these issues were caused by one-size-fits-all cushioning, Smartwool created a first-of-its-kind sculpted cushioning system socks to solve these problems. SRP: $23.95 to $29.95. (smartwool.com)


The Camp Chef SmokePro XXL is designed to forever change the way you smoke. Instead of choosing between the convenience of a pellet grill and the cooking capacity of a smoke vault, Camp Chef has brought both together in one wood smoker. With 1,950 square inches of cooking surface area, four meat racks, two jerky racks, and a sausage rack with 12 hooks, this smoker boasts some serious cooking space. It’s perfect for smoking jerky, sausage, pork shoulder, and many other foods that might not fit well in a pellet grill. And with digital temperature control and an automatic wood pellet auger, you don’t need to monitor temperatures all day. SRP: $899. (campchef.com)


Helle’s new folding knife—the Bleja—stays true to the brand’s distinctive look and passion for functional knives. The locking mechanism and full liners offer a strong and reliable utility folder, while at the same time preserving the iconic Helle look and feel. All the standard features of a Helle fixed-blade are tucked into this compact yet robust mid-sized utility knife for everyday carry. Featuring a 3.4-inch drop-point blade made of Helle’s renowned triple-laminated stainless steel with a razor-sharp Scandinavian grind, the Bleja dispatches cutting tasks with ease. The natural curlybirch wood ensures that each knife has its own unique look; no two Helle knives are ever exactly the same. The countered handle is slim yet provides positive control for detailed projects such as carving. SRP: $229. (helle.no)


The Ascent Shirt is lightweight, breathable, and quick-drying. Mesh underarm panels and chest pockets provide excellent ventilation. Form-fitting sleeves provide ample string clearance. Two mesh-backed, zippered chest pockets allow ventilation and won’t interfere with binoculars. There’s a thoughtful, flip-up collar for added sun protection. The Ascent Pant features mesh-backed pockets for ventilation and an internal mesh kneepad pocket for added protection. The pant uses a four-way-stretch quick-dry Cordura nylon blend. Articulated patterning creates freedom of movement. The waist uses low-profile styling and has generous belt loops. Available sizes are small to 3XL. SRP: $169, shirt; $189, pant. (sitkagear.com)


Winchester Ammunition

Winchester Ammunition has added three high-performance subsonic loads to the Super X line. These include a 200-grain 300 Blackout load and a 185-grain .308 Winchester load at 1,060 fps. Both are designed for improved terminal performance at subsonic velocities and have a radical profile for enhanced expansion. There’s also a 45-grain .22 Magnum load at 1,060 fps. It has been engineered expressly for use in suppressed firearms for the ultimate in low-noise performance, but it will also produce less audible sound when fired through standard .22 Winchester Magnum firearms.

Predator hunting continues to grow in popularity, but so do the number of areas, particularly in the West, that limit traditional ammunition. For 2017, Winchester is introducing a lead-free option called Varmint X Lead Free. This ammo is built with similar zinc-core technology utilized in Winchester’s Super Clean pistol ammunition. It will initially be available for the .223 and .22/250 Remington and the .243 Winchester.

A .223 Remington load joins the Deer Season XP lineup. With more hunters owning and shooting MSR rifles chambered in .223 Remington, the new Deer Season XP offers a 64-grain bullet specifically designed for deer hunting. There’s also a new 6.5 Creedmoor Deer Season XP load utilizing a 125-grain bullet.

Winchester continues to answer the demand for better-performing yet affordable ammunition options when it comes to training at the range. Enter the Super Clean line, which in 2017 will add a .45 ACP offering. Super Clean comes with 50 rounds per box and is ideal for use on indoor ranges.

Winchester rolled out the Expedition Big Game line last year. It was introduced in a range of popular big-game calibers, and this year the offerings expand with the introduction of six new loads: the .300 Winchester Magnum, .300 WSM, .30/06, 7mm Remington Magnum, .270 Winchester, and 6.5 Creedmoor.

Well worth the wait, Winchester will now offer its ground-breaking Long Beard XR in 20-gauge. With improved shotshell technology that delivers more power and tighter loads in smaller-gauge shotguns, an increasing number of turkey hunters are opting for the 20-gauge shotgun. The new 20-gauge Long Beard XR will come in a 3-inch offering, loaded with either No. 5 or No. 6 shot. (winchester.com)


The Colt double-action Cobra revolver returns for 2017. A new LL2TM (linear leaf) mainspring design ensures a consistently smooth trigger pull, and the enhanced Hogue overmolded grip and trigger ergonomics create a naturally pointing revolver that is compatible with a maximum range of hand sizes and still allows for the use of gloves. The revolver also features a matte-finish stainless-steel frame and is chambered for .38 SPC +P. Unloaded weight is 24.8 ounces. SRP: $699. (colt.com)