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This Is Apparently The World’s Most Beautiful Outdoor Knife
If you’ve never heard of the Red Dot Award, you’re not alone. According to the worldly folks at Gear Patrol, it’s the “Holy Grail distinction” of the international design world, a commendation bestowed upon household objects that “iconify good and thoughtful design,” with the winners put on display in Germany’s Red Dot Design Museum. Its past winners include chairs, bathroom fixtures, and, at one point, the iPad.
But when a froofy yet prestigious design group stands up to salute the simple yet elegant outdoor knife, we have to take notice. Back in April, the Red Dot Award for Product Design was given to Hultafors OK4 outdoor knife, and with good reason.
The Hultafors OK4 outdoor knifePhoto via Hultafors
The OK-4 isn’t just elegant but designed for grueling outdoor work. The 8.2-inch blade is forged from Japanese steel, 3.0 mm carbon steel protected by electrophoretic deposition coating to cut down on rust and corrosion and make sharpening a breeze. And with a ground spine for fire work and a hardened plastic hilt wrapped in a Santoprene low-friction grip, it’s clear why Red Dot labeled the blade as “a powerful, solid outdoor knife with nonslip handle for demanding work.”
For U.S. service members who have fought alongside the Kurds, President Donald Trump's decision to approve repositioning U.S. forces in Syria ahead of Turkey's invasion is a naked betrayal of valued allies.
"I am ashamed for the first time in my career," one unnamed special operator told Fox News Jennifer Griffin.
In a Twitter thread that went viral, Griffin wrote the soldier told her the Kurds were continuing to support the United States by guarding tens of thousands of ISIS prisoners even though Turkey had nullified an arrangement under which U.S. and Turkish troops were conducting joint patrols in northeastern Syria to allow the Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG, to withdraw.
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Turkey's incursion has led to "the release of many dangerous ISIS detainees," Esper said in a statement on Monday.
Video footage of a purported "bombing of Kurd civilians" by Turkish military forces shown on ABC News appeared to be a nighttime firing of tracer rounds at a Kentucky gun range.
The U.S. military's seemingly never-ending mission supporting civil authorities along the southwestern border will last at least another year.
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