Seventeen Dollars For A Notebook? Well Worth It, Say Fans had an article about one of my favorite daily carry items, the Moleskine notebook.  while expensive when compared to spiral bound notebooks, the craftsmanship is first rate & you will want to write in it all the time!

I’m glad to see people still taking the time to enjoy the finer things in life.

If you’re going to be traveling soon the City books are a really good accessory to have with you.  You can document your journey and create a real keepsake for future trips.

The Leatherman Super Tool – Multi-Tool

Leatherman Super Tool
Leatherman Super Tool

I’m a guy & guys like to fix stuff.  I’ve had a Leatherman Super Tool for as long as I can remember.  It’s the original version with the tools on the outside when you use the pliers (ouch!).  You can use this tool for just about any task around the house and it’s built like a tank.

The Super Tool has the following features:

  • Needle nose pliers
  • Hard wire cutters
  • Regular knife
  • Serrated knife
  • Wood/bone saws
  • Small screwdriver
  • Medium screwdriver
  • Large screwdriver
  • Philips screwdriver
  • Electrical crimper
  • Awl/punch
  • Wire stripper
  • Ruler – inch/metric

The Leatherman Super Tool is another one of my Daily Carry items that help me get things done at work ad at home.  The newer models have fixed the problem of the tools digging into your hand when you use the pliers. They fixed this by moving the tools to the other side of the handle.  This also has the added benefit of not having to open the tool to get to the various blades.

If my original model ever gets lost/damaged I’m definitely going to invest in the new model.  Until then I’ll keep using what I have.  If you’re looking for a tool you can use around the house for a variety of tasks, do yourself a favor & check out the Leatherman line of products.

The Surefire 6Z – Flashlight

Surefire 6Z and (larger) 9Z

Time for another “Daily Carry” post!

I’m pretty mobile & like to carry as many of the tools I might need as I can (Lift my Timbuk2 messenger bag & you’ll find out!).

A flashlight is one of those tools that you don’t really think about until you need it.  I use my Surefire 6Z several times a week.  It’s small enough to carry in your pocket yet it puts out an incredibly bright 65 lumins.  That’s brighter than a 4-D flashlight!

I purchased my The 6Z several years ago and after years of abuse it still works like a charm!  Unfortunately the 6Z has been discontinued but it’s been replaced by the (very similar) Z2.  It’s machined out of aircraft grade aluminum and weighs 4.5 oz.

The 6Z is considered a tactical flashlight because it is designed to be used as not only a source of illumination but as a weapon to disrupt the vision of a would-be attacker.  It’s also designed to be used with a firearm (held with your secondary grip hand and lined up with the barrel).  The 6Z has a large rubber button on the tail cap that’s used to turn it on/off  (you have to hold the button to keep the light on).  You can also screw down the tail cap to keep the light on.

Surefire LED Conversion Kit

I recently purchased the Surefire LED conversion kit that boosts the light output to 80 lumins and increases the battery life from 1.5 hours to 10+.  Not only is this going to save on the cost of batteries its also keeps the flashlight from getting hot during extended use.

With both lamps you get a really tight (non-adjustable) beam of light.  The LED lamp produces a super bright white (slightly bluish) light that can travel a great distance.  It’s great for inspecting plenum spaces at jobsites and for scaring off racoons in the backyard.

If you’re in the market fo a well built, reliable, and super bright flashlight check out the Surefire line of lights.

The Spyderco Cricket – Pocket Knife

spyderco-cricketI attended the Indy 1500 Gun & Knife Show this past weekend & picked up a few new toys.  One of my favorite purchases is the Spyderco Cricket pocket knife.  The Cricket is a super small folder with some unique properties.

The first thing you will notice is its size.  This thing is THIN!  It actually uses part of its outer shell to lock itself open.  This reduces the amount of parts, the thickness and the overall weight.

The Cricket weighs in at 1.75 oz and had a blade length of just under 2-inches.  While this sounds like it mat not be that useful, it’s the perfect size for an every day utility knife.

The Spyderco line uses a large thumb hole in the blade to assist with single handed opening and closing.  I’ve carried a Delica model for years and have always been pleased with its performance.  The only problem I encounter is that it’s not that pocketable and the telltale clip sticking out of your pocket does not work when wearing dress pants.

The cricket is totally pocketable and the clip can be removed to make it even thinner.  This knife opens easily and locks with a satisfying *click* that you feel more than hear.  Closing is as simple as pushing the locking bar out of the way and (carefully) folding the blade back in.

The VG-10 stainless steel blade used in a lot of the Spyderco models holds an edge very well and is easy to sharpen should it become dull.  I usually send my blades out to be professionally sharpened at least twice a year.  At just over $80 the Spyderco Cricket is not the least expensive mini knife out there but in my opinion its one of the best!

This blog entry is the first in a series devoted to the “Daily Carry”.  These are items I have access to at all times, both professionally and personally.  They are the tools that I rely on day in and day out to get the job done.

Moleskine: The Perfect Notebook?

I’ve been using a Moleskine notebook for several years.  I was introduced to them through the GTD program by David Allen.  What makes the Moleskine line of notebooks special is their solid construction & unique history

Currently there are 9 different types of notebooks so you’re sure to find one that’s right for you.  I’m partial to the Pocket Size with grid paper, although I’m thinking about changing to blank paper to help foster some creativity (think outside the lines).

I’m planning on picking up a City Notebook for Chicago before my next trip up there.  If it’s as functional as I hope I’ll be picking up city Notebooks for my planned trips to New York & Washington DC next spring.

I like to keep everything stored electronically but there are times when the laptop & PDA just won’t do…  One of my favorite brainstorming tricks is to hit up the local coffee shop with some new tunes on the iPod, my Moleskine & my favorite pen.  Tune out the world, consume some quality caffeine & capture all of the ideas that come pouring out.

Do you have a favorite tool that helps you get the job done?  Leave us a comment & tell us about it!