I get a few questions now and then about gear recommendations. Here a few that I stick to and have never let me down.

Nylon Gear:

T3 Tactical. Bomb proof and made with a lot of real world experience behind it. Company is owned by a frogman. Great gear and service.

Escape and Evasion tools:

SnakeDr. A free lance designer and maker of the best cutting edge tools and gear related to escapology out there. Period.

Lockpicks and last ditch knives:

Mrhymond Locktools. Great quality, lots of experience behind the making of them and constant innovation and refinement.

Holster and Sheaths:

ZZZ Customs. They make the beat thought out sheaths and carry systems out there. These guys are constantly refining and field testing there gear and put a lot of there prototypes in the hands of professionals. Top quality stuff.

Knife makers:

Kramer Custom Knives: Eric is a perfectionist of the worst kind when it comes to making his stuff he is also a very close friend. A veteran of the US Cost Guard, he delivers when it comes to quality and real world experience behind his designs ( he also makes a wicked Manhattan, but don’t let that go to his head)


Tracker Dan Designs and Survival training: An active Navy SEAL reservist and world class survival and tracking expert and a good friend of mine. Dan has the most innovative and thought out blade and holster systems out there. He puts his experience and the feedback he gets form professionals that carry his gear to use in the designing of his gear. He is gear is very sought after and hr has a waiting list but trust me, his gear is worth the wait.


Winkler Knives: I have had the privilege of collaborating with Mr Winkler and field testing a lot of his hawks and blades. His stuff is legendary and made to be handed down to your kids. What else can I say about this mans work?


Emerson Knives: I know Mr Emerson and have trained with him. The man is fighter. I always mention him as an inspiration as far as becoming an instructor. His knives speak for themselves.


Author – Ed is a security specialist and combatives instructor with over 10 years experience in public safety along the northern border area of Mexico. He runs seminars and private training specific to anti-abduction, escapology, free hand and unconventional edged weapons work. He is also director of Libre Fighting Systems in Mexico.

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