EGO Kryptek Mini Grip
The EGO Kryptek Mini Grip is a compact grip tool that now features the Kryptek camo pattern and can be used in many fishing situations. Whether you are an avid kayak angler looking to conserve space or a serious angler needing a grip tool that is well-constructed, compact, efficient and economically priced, the EGO Kryptek Mini Grip has been designed to meet your requirements. The comfortable “T” handle design makes it easy to hold and lift heavy fish. The entire body and jaws are made from aluminum so you never have to worry about corrosion. The product also features a unique breakaway magnetic release design that allows the angler to securely tether the tool when not in use but have it readily accessible without the frustration and hassle of unlatching.
Bolduc Knives Custom Fishing and Hunting Knives
Custom knife-maker Gary Bolduc is making something special. The knives he crafts are above the quality that most of us have ever handled. Gary sent one of his Surf ’n Turf fillet knives to test for our gear review and we are instant believers. Many others, including writers, TV hosts, outdoor retailers and avid Alaskan fishers and hunters are also big fans of Gary’s knives. Hunting personality Louis Cusack said, “Gary has made several knives for me and as far as I am concerned they are all a cut above any knife I have previously owned. I would recommend Bolduc Knives to anyone that is looking for a custom-made knife. Performing a job with a great tool just makes the task all that much more enjoyable to me; Gary’s knives are functional pieces of art.” Joe Gauges is an avid hunter who works at Frontier Outfitters in Fairbanks. He shared his thought that Gary’s knives are the best because of a higher content of carbon and added steel alloys such as chromium, niobium and vanadium that make for superior toughness, wear and tear, and corrosion resistance. It's not just the superior material, according to Joe, it is the attention to detail and beauty of the knife. He says the first time you hold one it is as if the handle was molded to fit your hand perfectly. Troy Sessions, writer, hunter and Best of the West Alaska host says, “I just love how Bolduc knives fit in your hand. Bolduc knives are balanced perfectly and made precisely to an individual’s needs. We have three of his knives now and will be ordering more.” Steve Meyer is a longtime Fish Alaska and Hunt Alaska writer and he shared this thought: “Two years, hundreds of small game, birds, fish and big game, and Gary’s offer of lifetime sharpening services has not been necessary. The perfect combination of beauty and utility that defines custom, Gary has set a new benchmark.” That’s quite a set of ringing endorsements. You can order a custom knife made from something special like the horn of a musk ox you harvested, or you can search Gary’s website or follow his Facebook page to see new designs. Put one at the top of your wish list.
3M Cubitron II
The Cubitron family of products includes abrasive wheels, belts, discs and cut-off wheels. 3M engineers electrostatically orient each triangular-shaped ceramic abrasive grain, which allows each grain to act as a cutting tool, slicing through metal and continuously self-sharpening. Cubitron II abrasives run cooler, last longer, cut faster and require less pressure from the user to deliver a finer, more uniform finish.
Eagle Claw Lazer Sharp LFK1-LFK2 Custom Saltwater Fillet Knife
The LFK1-LFK2 Custom Saltwater Fillet Knife is available in two blade sizes (6- or 8-inch) and is built tough enough for saltwater conditions, rendering it the only choice needed for fillet knife duties in Alaska. Custom features include a built-in sharpener (both coarse and fine) that keeps the blade razor sharp, a slip-resistant thermoplastic rubber grip, vein scoop to help remove blood and belt / pant clip on the sheath.
CORBON Hunter .44 Magnum 320-grain Hard Cast
CORBON Hunter Hard Cast ammunition is the ultimate bear protection in your revolver while fishing in the Alaskan wilderness. Their .44 Mag 320-grain HC bullet uses an ultra-hard lead cast bullet complete with gas check and lube. This bullet will retain nearly 100% of its weight and packs a serious punch.
RaptoRazor Injection Molded Marine Big Game Skinner & Marine Mako
The Marine Big Game Skinner and Marine Mako are designed identically to RaptoRazor’s Big Game Skinner and Mako for hunters. The difference is the replacement blades and the mountable guards. With the Big Game Skinner you can easily cut lines with just one hand, making it one of the best safety knives on the market. Simply hook and pull through fishing line, anchor line, ropes and crab-trap line. With the Marine Mako, users have the ability to change blades, ranging from a fillet knife to a saw. Both tools are equipped with a T-grip handle, which offers complete control of the knives and reduces hand fatigue. Both are designed to help you quickly accomplish a range of fishing and hunting tasks. For helpful tips and educational videos, go to their website and check out their Facebook site for new products.
Spyderco Pacific Salt Lightweight Knife
Spyderco’s Salt Series features folding and fixed-blade knives made from H-1 steel, an extraordinary material that is completely rustproof and tough. The Salt series comes in eight different models covering a range of sizes and applications. We tested the Pacific Salt Lightweight folding knife with the SpyderEdge blade in saltwater conditions and have been quite impressed with its performance.
Lansky Madrock World Legal
This is an excellent slip-joint knife that can be carried just about anywhere in the world. With a low-profile deep pocket clip and a tactile nylon handle with rubberized grip that resists slipping even when wet, the Madrock provides an enhanced everyday carry experience. The Madrock features a 6.75-inch overall length with a 2.75-inch 9Cr18MoV blade and has a 2-position, low-profile deep pocket clip for right- or left-handed carry.
EGO TI22 Titanium Pliers
These lightweight, strong, rust- and corrosion-proof pliers have been designed to last a long time and function in the harshest environments, which makes them a perfect choice for the angler in Alaska. Replaceable tungsten steel cutters are integrated into the tool and they easily cut braided line and steel leader. In addition, the pliers come with a leather sheath and plastic-coated cable lanyard so you don’t have to worry about dropping the pliers overboard when unhooking a fish.
The Rev features 13 tools, including needlenose- and regular pliers, wire cutters, knife, package opener, ruler, can- and bottle openers, file, and three screwdrivers. There's a ton of functionality in a small package at a reasonable price. And it's backed by Leatherman's 25-year warranty.
Work Sharp Knife & Tool Sharpener
Professional knife-makers use flexible belts to put a razor-sharp edge on their blades, and now the same technology is available to everyone. Added to which, the Work Sharp Knife & Tool Sharpener is the first sharpener designed to sharpen all of your knives, no matter how many you own. Using flexible abrasive belts, the sharpener is able to sharpen not just straight-bladed knives, but also curved knives, tanto blades, fillet knives, serrated knives, gut hooks and virtually any other shape of blade. Added to which it’s user-friendly, using precision-angle sharpening guides to ensure that you get the proper angle every time. Two guides are included: a 50-degree guide for hunting and outdoor knives (25 degrees per bevel) and a 40-degree guide for thinner blades and kitchen knives (20 degrees per bevel). The Work Sharp Knife & Tool Sharpener is also able to sharpen other common tools, including scissors, axes and hatchets, mower blades, garden shears, shovels and most any tool with a blade. This versatility makes it an invaluable tool for all Alaska outdoors-enthusiasts.
Spyderco Stretch C90GRE
Spyderco uses high-performance Japanese ZDP-189 steel in this knife, giving users an everyday carry knife that is lightweight, ergonomic and boasts some of the best blade steel on the planet. The handle is made from fiberglass reinforced nylon (FRN) and is surfaced with bi-directional texturing, making it easy to grip even when wet.
Chef’s Choice Marine Sharpening Station
This unit combines a two-stage knife sharpener, scissor sharpener and hook sharpener into a product that is saltwater-resistant and portable as it operates on either 120v AC or 12v DC. The hook sharpener is battery operated, and both the scissor and hook sharpener detach from the system for increased versatility. The system is able to be cleaned off with a low-pressure hose, which should prolong its life in a marine environment.
Combo Pack RaptoRazor
These uniquely designed hunting and fishing knives serve many applications for an outdoorsman. The combo pack includes the Mako and Big Game Skinner. From gutting big fish to field-dressing game, these knives get tasks done faster, safer and cleaner. Replacement blades for either knife cost $16.50 for 5 blades and both tools break down quickly for complete cleaning.
Work Sharp Tools Knife and Tool Sharpener Ken Onion edition
This product, a collaboration with famed knife-maker Ken Onion, is the ultimate sharpening solution. Features include an adjustable sharpening guide to produce precise edge bevels from 15- to 30 degrees, a variable speed motor to handle a range of sharpening tasks and premium flexible abrasive belts that produce a long-lasting edge. This comprehensive system will sharpen every blade you own from hunting to serrated knives, gut hooks, scissors and tools.
MSRP: Stainless steel Tread $165; Black DLC Tread $220
This bracelet incorporates tools like Allen wrenches, screwdrivers, a cutting hook, a carbide-glass breaker and box-end wrenches into the links of the bracelet. In all, there are 29 tools built into the travel-friendly, TSA-compliant, ingenious design. It’s available in a stainless steel or DLC (diamond like coating) version. Soon to be released is the Tread QM1, which incorporates a Swiss-made timepiece into the bracelet.
Creek Company Walton’s Thumb Tool
First made in the early 1970s by Hank Roberts, this ingenious fisherman’s tool has so many unique and useful features for the angler that it needed to come back. The Walton’s Thumb features 10 unique functions that any fisherman can appreciate; pincer, cutter, crimper and split-shot remover are lever-operated, while the other six are folding tools which includes knife, screw driver, split ring remover, scissors, hook-eye cleaner/knot pick and lanyard ring. The Walton’s Thumb is made of stainless steel, and is small enough (3 inches long and 1.4 ounces) to hang from your vest or keep in your pocket.