Winkler Knives has become synonymous with excellence when it comes to outdoor multipurpose blades, especially after the world learned that founder Daniel Winkler — the same North Carolina-based knife maker who created the various axes for the incredible The Last Of The Mohicans — supplied members of SEAL Team 6's Red Squadron with specialty tomahawks for missions abroad.
But while Winkler Knives' main made-to-order line is dominated by fantastic tactical blades designed with the help of his special operations contacts (the Winkler Knives II slogan is "been there and back"), you can score your very own lightweight tomahawk in the form of the WK005 Maple Hammer/Combat Axe.
Sure, $499 is a bit of a steep price, but it's worth it. The WK005 Maple Hammer/Combat Axe's 2 1/2-inch cutting edge is forged from 80CRV2 High Carbon Steel preferred by many knifemakers, a 14-inch hatchet with a maple handle with a black paracord wrap and hammer pole end. The summer camping season necessitates a decent, versatile blade, but if you want something that'll have your back during every season, we highly recommend the investment of a Winkler.
After all: If it's good enough for SEAL Team 6, it's probably good enough for us.
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."