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Published on June 23rd, 2012 | by Kira


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.

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Former neuroscientist, and now fashion photographer, Kira is a perfect fit for TrulyNet. She has a great understanding of what is hot, loves the new geeky toys, and has the academic background to be opinionated on it. Kira is well traveled, has lived in Australia and Canada for school. Loves the outdoors, biking, all types of art, and is completely obsessed with fashion and photographing it. She presently can be found in New York City at an art event, art gallery, museum, science talk, one of the NYC parks, a vegetarian friendly restaurant, a comic book store, or out getting bubble tea. She is a little obsessed with bubble tea.

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