One day I was watching 24 when I saw that Jack Bauer, played by Keifer Sutherland, had the coolest knife ever. It was all black and with a press of a button a blade shot straight out of the handle until it was fully extended. I may not do many (ok, any) tactical things like Jack Bauer, but I knew that I needed to have that knife.
I searched all over the internet until I found the brand. It was a Microtech Halo Knife. Microtech is a US based knife manufacturer with an obsession for quality. Just before plunking down around $300 for a Halo I came across another model: the Troodon.
The Troodon has a slightly smaller blade, but the real difference is in the mechanism. The Halo requires a button press to extend the blade, but to retract it one must use two hands to pull back part of the handle of the knife. It's hard to explain, but the important factor is that it can't be retracted with one hand. The Troodon uses a flick switch on the side of the knife. Pressing it forward causes the blade to extend straight out, but pulling it back causes it to snap back inside with a satisfying click noise. Here's a video:
Cool, huh? I ordered the black on black Troodon and couldn't possibly be happier with it. The fit and finish are all top notch and simply holding the knife gives the impression that it's perfectly built. It was harder than I expected to move the switch, but a bit of practice makes it easy. I haven't done much with it other than open packages, but boy does it open those packages with style.
I should mention that even though they're seldom if ever used in crimes, these knives are not legal everywhere. That doesn't mean that they're not very easy to order, but you ought to check your laws first.
I bought mine at Blade HQ
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I had to chime in. I've got a HALO 3, an Ultratech, and a Makora. Thing is very few people know what sharp really is. We all watch cooking shows and watch as they cut with precision and wonder why or 129.00 "pro" set in the kitchen doesn't do the same. Sharp is one of the things you pay for with microtech, scarey sharp. The spring in a halo won't punch through your hand but unlike any other otf... it will send you to the hospital for stitches. The Ultratech actually penitrates more than the others from just opening it, it with go threw a cardboard box or a towel. So, there is the truth.
Yeah, I had an OTF knife that I accidentally activated while I was scratching my chin with it. The blade came out with such force it pinned my tounge to the roof of my mouth! All could think of on the way to the hospital was how tis situation was just like when I bit into a BLT and ha forotten to remove the toothpick. Upon removing it the doctor was so impressed by the wickedness of the knife, he told me he would comp the medical treatment if hecould use it for surgery that night. I agreed. When it came time to return it in the morning, he refused. He baracaded himself in an air duct. SWAT was called. When they went to look fo him they found he had tunneled out of the hospital with my knife! How? He extended and retracted th blade thousands of time to in effect "jack hammer" his way through the concrete! All that he left behind was rubble and his initials in a boulder a mile away from the hospital.
I used to have a bit of an obsession with Zero Halliburton luggage. Look familiar? That's because bad guys in all the movies use the briefcases to hold their money and bombs. Over the years I kept buying these things, and usually traveled with a huge 26" suitcase as well as a matching computer case.
I still really like my Zero Halliburton suitcases, but they're somewhat unweildy. Two day trips don't require a hectare of packing real estate.
Plus, there was the allure of the carry-on only passenger. I never really understood how it worked before. How do people carry everything in such small suitcases? Is it really that much more convenient? What's so bad about checking bags? I was curious.
I recently finished watching Homeland: The Complete Second Season and didn't like myself for watching it. The main characters are a possible terrorist and a lying CIA agent. The most moral of the characters is my least favorite. There is a lot of death and hate. At the end I wasn't hoping for awful things to happen but given the characters that's the only ending that was possible. It was like a bad Chinese buffet. I was excited for everything when I sat down but when I stood up afterwards I did not feel good.
Lately I've been trying to fill my life with good things. I'm trying to limit the number of 'complainypants' people and increase the number of upbeat ones. I'm trying to find moments that I'm not happy, figure out why, and convert them to happier ones. This show does not help any of that. This is a show that, except for a few small moments, reminded me of the worst people can be. Ooof.
Beyond this spiritual/moral quandary the show was decent but not good. The casting is great and I've never watched a show where the actors were matching the emotional moments better. The terror, horror, and disgust that Claire Danes shows is too real and her co-stars are just as good. The storyline in this second season felt a bit contrived (what was I expecting from a fictional TV show I don't know) and the season three premise feels even more so. I suspect that much like 24, the best of this show has passed because the novelty and freshness is gone. How many times can Carrie/Jack Bauer save the world despite no one believe in them? For me the answer is zero. Thanks for one and a half good seasons Homeland.