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Gerber's brand new Kettlebell everyday carry pocket knife may be among the daintiest folding knifves we've ever seen, but it's not without its flaws. After all, more moving parts means more opportunities for malfunction compared to a fixed blade, and wear and tear can eventually reduce a knife joint to a less-than-ideal condition.
If you're angling for the simplicity of a compact fixed-blade, at least one Task & Purpose reader recommends the Bita Fixed Blade Neck Knife, a delightfully elegant utility knife from Columbia River Knife and Tool.
The Bita Fixed Blade Neck Knife from Columbia River Knife and ToolColumbia River Knife and Tool
At just 4.8 inches long with a 1.9 inch blade and weighing o32 oz, this EDC blade is freakishly slim and compact, and the crafted, Viking-inspired (seriously!) grip also makes for easy handling, making this blade incredibly convenient to tuck away in a pocket or dangle from a strap as a backup knife. Sure, it's not the most ornate blade in the world, but it gets the job done.
The best description comes from T&P; reader Rip, who described CRKT's Bita as "a compact blade lurking under the radar until the moment it’s needed ... except for broke dick retirees like me, who carry their father's old Barlow pocket knife." Plus, it's only $19.99. 'Nuff said.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
Coast Guard cutter Bertholf on a counterdrug patrol in the eastern Pacific Ocean, March 11, 2018. (U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Trees
U.S. Coast Guard cutter Bertholf left California on January 20 for a months-long mission in the Pacific to support U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, the largest of the U.S. military's geographic combatant commands.
Coast Guardsmen aboard the Bertholf left Alameda on the 30th day of what is now the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. They left a few days after not getting their first paycheck since that shutdown started and without knowing when the next will come.