Amazon is already sending emails with the Father’s Days promos. Here are a few suggestions on the $40 USD range or lower and a couple other ideas for those that want to spend a bit more:
This flashlight is selling for a great price. The Dolphin has many things going for it. Quality of construction is excellent, the user interface is one of the best I’ve seen. You can quickly access either low, medium or high mode since it remembers the last one you used. Yet at the same time using the same switch like you would use a SurefireG2 in tactical mode, by pressing and holding, it immediately goes on high. A quick double click engages the strobe mode. Very bright, very effective. The level of brightness makes it a serious contented for those of us used to CR123A batteries, and it even wins you over when using 14500 li-ions batteries which it is capable of handling. All this makes for a very appealing flashlight, especially for those that want to keep it simple and affordable by using AAs.
This is a very good knife for the money. The design is sound, with a blade heavy geometry that gives the 6.4" blade more chopping power than you’d expect. The steel is 1095 high carbon steel that is used in much more expensive knives. A comfortable kraton handle and nice nylon sheath with external pocket included wraps up what is one of the best knife deals at the moment.
If the SCHF9 is better suited for outdoors and wilderness survival tasks, the SCHF3 leans more towards tactical and defensive applications. It isn’t as blade heavy as the SCHF9, so while it can chop, it wont do it as well as the SCHF9. Instead you get a narrower penetrating tip that is better suited for piercing and defensive applications. The handle is canvas Micarta, an excellent material you’ll find used often in knives worth hundreds of dollars. The blade is made of 400 stainless steel (most likely 440A), which isn’t fancy steel but very tough and adequate for this type of knife with the right heat treatment. Again, you also get a good nylon sheath. Either knife will do well as a survival knife and both are great deals in spite of the steel difference. It’s a matter of deciding if you are looking for more of a wilderness survival blade or an urban survival, more of a tactical use knife.
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If you are looking to spend a bit more, here’s a couple ideas:
This is a new flashlight by Surefire, their brightest 1xCR123A yet. Flashlight geeks (no offense, I consider one myself) have been customizing the E2D Defender into a smaller version, now Surefire is making it themselves. Nice everyday carry light with a clear tactical/Defensive use application in mind.
Casio Portrek PRW2500T-7CR $264.16
Not much to say other than its great. It has all the functions you could wish for and then some. I personally like and use the barometric pressure chart a lot to check on how the weather is going to look that day, which is something I didn’t expect to use much. Compass, temperature, altitude, tide, moon phase, atomic radio accuracy and solar, so no batteries needed. As if that’s not enough its tough as nails yet light thanks to the titanium bracelet, and it looks pretty darn good too.