One of the finest watches around 50 dollars is the Casio MDV 106, as I´ve said here several times. Now one of the better watch channels on Youtube, hosted by “TGV”, has finally done a video about it :
These are amazingly well made knives. 2.25 inch blades and 4.75 opened with droppoint blades made out of swedish 12C27 stainless steel, slightly hollow ground. I would not consider them primary knives, but they are the perfect size for your keychain or when opening your primary EDC folder to open a box might scare people around you. The backsprings are strong and so far I cannot make out any bladeplay. Photos show a Vic Classic and a Sanrenmu 710 for comparison. The WA611-A1 can be had for around 10 dollars including shipping and gets cheaper if you take some more for your friends or family. Good stuff.
Samsung cell phone / BIC mini lighter / Casio W800H with Nato 18mm / Eastpak camo wallet / Sanrenmu mini folding knife / Streamlight AAA / Cold Steel Counterpoint 1 folding knife
When I first saw pictures of the F.C. Loom on the web, it did not strike me as especially beautiful. Most versions have somewhat garish colors for their caps and the shiny barrel did not look so appealing. I had read good things about their steel nibs, though.
One day a matted “Metallic” look version (i.e. adult variant) was available for a very good price (well below 20 Euros including shipping) and I wanted to give it a try.
The section and cap of the Loom, which is probably made in China, are plastic, only the barrel is metal. Some owners say the cap is fitted super-tightly. Not so on my sample. It is merely a secure fit. The clip is spring loaded, as all clips under the sun should be.
PROS : The B nib that I chose is really butter-smooth and puts down a fat and wet line. Quality control on these nibs must be great, as users make the same experience all over the world. The Loom takes standard international cartridges or converters and is really not an expensive FP. It is super reliable, skip-free, does not dry out easily.
CONS : I find the section to be a bit on the slippery side. The barrel will scratch easily if you use the Loom in the posted mode. Though it is not a light pen (32 grams with converter), it has a somewhat cheap feel to it.
I think the F.C. Loom´s aesthetics and ergonomics are splitting the crowd. It is probably in direct competition with the Lamy Safari. A tough job. I do not find myself using it for extended periods of time, so it remains to be seen if it will find a permanent home with me.
I really love my CS Counter Point 1. Enough to get a second one. Buying a replacement in fear of something could be discontinued, that is the highest praise I can give.
While not a very good utility knife, it makes a great reverse grip fighter. Using two of them in a dark alley (yes, that is the Zorro syndrome, thank you) should make any attacker rethink if you are the perfect victim.
Recently, these knives have been upgraded by CS with better blade steel and textured handles and I am tempted to get an XL version.