The Swiss Army Knife is likely the most recognizable multitool in human history. Sure, it may not be as functional as the Gerber MP600 that’s standard issue for American soldiers or as daunting as the Chinese military shovel, but the legendary pocketknife is a necessity for opening MREs, cutting 550 cord, and a billion other small tasks that may arise on the battlefield. It cuts, it clamps, it screws and it tweezes — it won’t save your life, but it’ll make life a hell of a lot easier.
But there’s one thing the standard Swiss Army Knife doesn’t do: Get you high as balls.
That’s where the High Knife comes in. Designed by Georgiana Weddington, the custom-made marijuana pipe is designed to invoke the versatility and retro feel of the class Swiss Army Knife.
The High KnifePhoto by High Knife NYC
“When alcohol Prohibition ended in 1933, America saw the advent of high end design in all manner of cocktail shakers, glasses, swizzle sticks and bar accessories,” High Knife explains on its website. “The 21st century will similarly see a new era of prohibition ending and the creation of equally creative accessories. While utilitarian implements will always have a place in the market, the new-found freedom will inspire people to seek more elegant solutions.”
Forget the aesthetics — this bad boy may be the perfect combination of functionality and discretion, a quick and easy way to sneak in a toke during your down time rather than hiding from your spouse. Plus, they’re relatively cheap at a mere $50 at High Knife’s website.
If you’re going to blaze on a bivouac, you might as well get something out of it other than the munchies.
Every once in a while, we run across a photo in The Times-Picayune archives that's so striking that it begs a simple question: "What in the name of Momus Alexander Morgus is going on in this New Orleans photograph?" When we do, we've decided, we're going to share it — and to attempt to answer that question.
Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces control the monitor of their drone at their advanced position, during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in Nazlat Shahada, a district of Raqqa. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)
MUSCAT (Reuters) - The United States should keep arming and aiding the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) following the planned U.S. withdrawal from Syria, provided the group keeps up the pressure on Islamic State, a senior U.S. general told Reuters on Friday.
Long before Tony Stark took a load of shrapnel to the chest in a distant war zone, science fiction legend Robert Heinlein gave America the most visceral description of powered armor for the warfighter of the future. Forget the spines of extra-lethal weaponry, the heads-up display, and even the augmented strength of an Iron Man suit — the real genius, Heinlein wrote in Starship Troopers, "is that you don't have to control the suit; you just wear it, like your clothes, like skin."
"Any sort of ship you have to learn to pilot; it takes a long time, a new full set of reflexes, a different and artificial way of thinking," explains Johnny Rico. "Spaceships are for acrobats who are also mathematicians. But a suit, you just wear."
First introduced in 2013, U.S. Special Operations Command's Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) purported to offer this capability as America's first stab at militarized powered armor. And while SOCOM initially promised a veritable Iron Man-style tactical armor by 2018, a Navy spokesman told Task & Purpose the much-hyped exoskeleton will likely never get off the launch pad.
"The prototype itself is not currently suitable for operation in a close combat environment," SOCOM spokesman Navy Lt. Phillip Chitty told Task & Purpose, adding that JATF-TALOS has no plans for an external demonstration this year. "There is still no intent to field the TALOS Mk 5 combat suit prototype."