TTAK News Digest 7/22/18

I have no idea of the context of the photo above, but feel free to caption it in the comments if you wish. It has been a while since I have cleared the decks of accumulating links, so here is a selection for your Sunday reading enjoyment. I DIG MY STOCK PARA-3:   TRAIN STABBINGS, […]


When I was a kid, I couldn’t wait to get my Smoky Mountain Knife Works catalogue in the mail. Its pages positively gleamed with all manner of bladed-goodness, from novelty kitsch to premium brands. I never imagined that one day in the future, I could almost take dropping by their brick and mortar – the […]

Best Made / Chris Reeve Knives collaborate with first-of-its-kind handle material

Everyone knows that spider-silk is some crazy-strong stuff. Apparently there is a company, Bolt Threads, that has managed to produce a really close synthetic version, through process I will leave to Gear Patrol to describe: Making synthetic spider silk involves several simple ingredients and very meticulous science. Sugar, water, and yeast cells infused with spider DNA […]

Japan is running out of Ninjas; Applicants needed.

One would think that this would fall under the hashtag of “#15thCenturyProblems”, but apparently this particular situation is rooted in the very real 21st century demographic crisis occurring in Japan. It is not the place of this blog to dive into the causes and ramifications of the macro-issues facing the Japanese population, but there this […]