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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.
Two airmen were administratively punished for drinking at the missile launch control center for 150 nuclear LGM-30G Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming, the Air Force confirmed to Task & Purpose on Friday.
Two F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters recently flew a mission in the Middle East in "beast mode," meaning they were loaded up with as much firepower as they could carry.
The F-35s with the 4th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron took off from Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates to execute a mission in support of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Air Forces Central Command revealed. The fifth-generation fighters sacrificed their high-end stealth to fly with a full loadout of weaponry on their wings.
The U.S. Senate closed out the week before Memorial Day by confirming Gen. James McConville as the Army's new chief of staff and Adm. Bill Moran as the Navy's new chief of naval operations.
McConville, previously vice chief of staff of the Army, was confirmed on Thursday along with his successor, Lt Gen. Joseph Marin. Moran, currently vice chief of naval operations, was confirmed Friday along with his successor, Vice Adm. Robert Burke.
The Pentagon is producing precisely diddly-squat in terms of proof that Iran is behind recent attacks in the Middle East, requiring more U.S. troops be sent to the region.
Adm. Michael Gilday, director of the Joint Staff, said on Friday that the U.S. military is extending the deployment of about 600 troops with four Patriot missile batteries already in the region and sending close to 1,000 other service members to the Middle East in response to an Iranian "campaign" against U.S. forces.