Published on June 23rd, 2012 | by Kira0
Nextorch and Wiss: Making Cutting In The Dark Possible.
Ever needed to safely cut something in the dark? I know I have: cutting open boxes or tape in a dark basement or attic, tweaking your tent while camping, or having to cut yourself free while trapped in a cave. You know, normal stuff!
If you are like me, than you need the Nextorch – Viker Star LED Headlamp and the Wiss Auto-Retracting Utility Knife. Ok, you can also purchase these items independently, and we might even recommend this. They can just be used in conjunction if you choose. The Viker Star LED Headlamp from Nextorch is a lightweight (3.92oz/112g, without batteries), high output light with a 140 lumen output that is visible up to 70m and can last for 12.5 hours per battery set (runs on three AA batteries). It has three modes: high, low, and SOS. You can adjust the headband and the angle of the lamp up and down. It is water resistant, but this means that the batter pack was impressively difficult to open. Overall, this is an all around useful headlamp. Because it is water resistant and bright it can do well in caves, hiking, or camping, but it can also be useful while kicking around the backyard, attic, or basement. The placement of the pack, on the back of the head, did mean that a cable is wrapped around. My preference is to have everything in the front with the light so that I have less things coming off my head to smash into stuff. Also, if you have a smaller head, like me, the size of the battery pack makes it a little hard for the head band to fit as comfortable.
The Wiss Auto-Retracting Utility Knife is just a great idea. It is a normal 8.5 inch utility knife (accepts standard blades), but when it is not cutting the blade pops back into the body to avoid injury- even if slider is in the “open” position. Everyone needs a utility knife at home or the office, but one with the extra safety feature is genius. For a klutz like myself, any way for myself to avoid accidents is ideal. We found it easy to use, and well-made, and slid consistently, cutting smoothly
Both of these products are about middle of the road as far as price gos, and neither are particularly expensive. You can get the Viker Star LED Headlamp for $35, and the Wiss Auto-Retracting Utility Knife for $11.