The brand new Kettlebell compact folding knife offers up a conventional 2.5-inch blade that's relatively commonplace in the increasingly EDC-obsessed world, forged from the 7Cr17MoV stainless steel that allows budget EDC pocket knives to perform like expensive blades — and what makes them a relative steal. But the most unique part of the Kettlebell is the 4-inch coiled aluminum handle:
The Gerber Kettlebell compact folding knife
A bit longer than the typical EDC knife, the extended handle allows you to apply maximum power with maximum comfort without substantially adding to the knife's 4.6 oz weight. Not only does this make the knife a bit more reliable for certain jobs, but this is a big deal for guys like me with minimal coordination who normally live in constant fear of losing their grip and stabbing themselves on dainty little blades
Between the quality steel and the specially-designed handle, the Kettlebell's price tag of $27 is worth every penny.
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.