CRKT Tighe Rod – Review

CRKT Tighe Rod – a Brian Tighe design and Collaboration


CRKT Tighe Rod. Available on (click picture)


Designed by Brian Tighe in Ridgefield, Ontario
You can’t judge a great knife on looks alone. Just in 
case, this one goes way beyond looks.

Once again custom knife designer Brian Tighe puts the edge back in knife design. Whether you’re a casual knife user, or someone who seeks out the truly ôunique”, the Tighe Rod will not disappoint.

Thicker, stainless steel handle scales are attractively skeletonized to reduce weight without sacrificing strength. Titanium Nitride coated blue and then surface finished to create a visually striking color effect.

Innovative, Patented, Handle Integrated, Klecker Lock
Blue Two-Tone Titanium Nitride Buffed Handle
Satin Polished

MSRP $175.00crkt_tighe_rod_5265_closed

You can’t judge a great knife on looks alone. Just in case, this one goes way beyond looks. Once again custom knife designer Brian Tighe puts the edge back in knife design. Whether you’re a casual knife user, or someone who seeks out the truly ôunique”, the Tighe Rod will not disappoint.

Thicker, stainless steel handle scales are attractively skeletonized to reduce weight without sacrificing strength. Titanium Nitride coated blue and then surface finished to create a visually striking color effect.

Solid, blade lockup comes from the Klecker Lock that is uniquely formed within the steel scales creating an innovative, modern lockback design.

The Tighe Rod’s blade rotates buttery smooth with caged mini ball bearings in the pivot, and its shape is user-minded with a broad sweeping, deep belly, and hollow ground cutting edge.

You can open the blade with use of either its blade flipper, or ambidextrous thumb-studs.

For the user that enjoys a folding pocket knife that looks both unique, and offers great cutting tool pocket utility—the Tighe Rod delivers at first sight.

Brian Tighe (Ridgefield, Ontario)

There are edged tool artisans…and then there’s Brian Tighe. A Canadian Renaissance Man, he is practiced in the art of metallurgy, photography, and tool and die making. It’s what helped him make the leap from a creator of high-quality custom folding knives into the top 10 elite. We were honored to have his Buy Tighe™ blade as our limited edition CRKT® 20th anniversary knife and are releasing the new Tighe Tac™ 2’s for 2016.

Blade Length 3.57″ (90.68 mm)
Blade Edge Plain
Blade Steel AUS 8, 58-59 HRC
Blade Finish Satin
Blade Thickness .12″ (3.05 mm)
Closed Length 4.64″ (117.86 mm)
Weight 4.8 oz
Handle 420J2 Stainless Steel
Style Folding Knife w/Klecker Lock
Overall Length 8.19″ (208.03 mm)


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Motorola VerveLoop+ Wireless Earbuds – Review

Motorola VerveLoop Plus“Take your music anywhere with the Motorola Verve Loop+. These wireless stereo earbuds are super light, perfect for high impact activities, and are IP57 water and sweat proof to hold strong during your most intense workouts – indoors our outside. The integrated mic lets you take calls with ease without having to reach for your phone, while the extended 150 feet of range gives you mobility at the gym or the office. Go ahead, listen to music for up to 9.5 hours without interruption using your phone, tablet, or computer. Verve Loop+ Super Light, Waterproof, Wireless Stereo Earbuds. Cut loose.”


  • Sweat & waterproof (IP57 protection)
  • Super light with HD Sound
  • Up to 9.5h Playtime*
  • Up to 150ft of range
  • Siri & Google Now compatible
  • Integrated mic for calls

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Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Slim – Review


Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Slim 500 GB USB 3.0 Performance External Hard Drive (STBE500100)

This review is for the Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Slim 500 GB USB 3.0 Performance External Hard Drive.

My previous favorite go-to backup drive was the Buffalo Technology MiniStation Stealth 500 GB. Was. Now, I have a new go-to drive with the Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Slim. I did not think a new drive would replace the MiniStation for a while, and I am pleasantly surprised with the GoFlex Slim performance.

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Review – Motorola SF600 Wireless Sports Headphones

Link to Amazon – Motorola SF600 Wireless Sports Headphones

I received these headphones to test its capabilities as a replacement to my wired headset.   My favorite wired inner-ear headsets are the Ultimate Ears TripleFi 10, followed closely by the Ultimate Ears 600vi set.

I opened the retail packaging to find a quick-start guide sitting on top.  Underneath was the SF600 wireless sports headphone, a bag with 5 sizes of ear cushions, a wall charger, and a convenient black travel pouch.  The package Motorola SF600 has ear cushions in five sizes to ensure a secure, comfortable fit no matter what your pace is.

The selling-point of this headset is the breakthrough HD sound with wireless technology that the manufacturers referred to as headphones that “deliver crystal clear, pulse-pumping sound quality to keep you focused and motivated through every step of every workout.”  What does that mean?  Well, the Motorola SF600 features advanced HD audio capabilities that include APT-X codec technology that Motorola boasts to match or even the outperform wired headset performance.  Overall, the sound is one of the best I’ve heard from a bluetooth headset.  However, there are areas that need work.

I tested this with an iPhone 4S, iPad2, Blackberry Curve, and a MacBook Pro.

How did the SF600 fare?

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Logitech Ultimate Ears 600vi

This is a review of the Logitech Ultimate Ears 600vi Noise-Isolating Headset – Dark Silver. I tried this inner ear headset on various devices: Blackberry, iPhone 4S, iPad, iPad2, iPod Touch, iPod Mini, ThinkPad Lenovo, MacBook Pro, and Dell Precision 690.  It works well as a headset, and the mic and controller features work on my blackberry and iPhone/iPad/iPod.  Bottom line is that it is a very good inner-ear headset (IEH), but there is certainly room for improvement.

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Hitachi Deskstar Desktop Hard Drive

This is a review of the Hitachi Deskstar 3.5-inch Internal Hard Drive.  I have the 1TB and 2TB versions, but I will be reviewing the 1TB model here.

Basic specs are included in the product description. It is a 1TB 7200 rpm drive with 32 MB Cache. It comes in a retail packaging. The drive is in an anti-static bag, and suspended by plastic holders for protection during delivery and handling. It comes with 4 drive screws, and does not come with a SATA cable.

I purchased this drive when it went for $45 on one of those online deals (a price you won’t see for a while due to the recent flooding in Asia).  I need to increase the disk storage space for my workstation, so I am playing with a few different ones to see which ones suit my needs best.

What I need are disks for:

1. I need a drive for file storage; require immediate access to these files. I work with a lot of different file types, which include word processing, picture files (JPG, TIF, RAW), video files (SD, HD, mp4, VOB) for text, picture, and video editing.
2. I need a backup of this drive (manual backup) onto another drive (in the same computer); I run it almost like RAID1, but I manually backup these drives.
3. Automatic backup of this drive onto NAS box running RAID1.

This is a very quiet drive. I think this may be a different model than my other Hitachi drives, which are relatively louder than this one (I have to verify it later). It also runs relatively cool at 33 C during these testings, which means that it is less susceptible to heat damage from use over time (one of the primary causes of hard drive failure is overheating).

Firstly, as a single partition, this drive will come out as 931 GB. (You can skip this paragraph if you understand why a 1TB drive is now just over 900GB after installation.) This is due mainly to the ambiguity of the nomenclature. Briefly (and without going too much into the science), electronic memory circuits such as hard drives and memory chip sizes use a binary architecture, and this means that the number of addressable storage locations is based on the power of 2. Therefore, memory sizes are NOT integer multiples of 1000 (or 10^3), but of 1024. This magic number 1024 is based on 2^10 (read as “two to the power of 10,” which is equal to 1024), and because this is approximately 1000, the prefix symbol K (or kilo) was used for convenience. Bottom line is that this drive has 10^9 Bytes (or 1,000,000,000 Bytes, which can be termed as one “Giga” Byte), which is 977 x 10^6 KB, which is 954 x 10^3 MB, which is 931 GB. So if you were wondering where the 69 GB of data storage went, it got lost in the math of ambiguous nomenclature.

Bottom line is that this drive is cheap, fast, and quiet (for a 7200rpm drive). If you need to upgrade your desktop computer’s hard drive, I highly recommend this drive.

If you would like to see some benchmark results, read on (warning: geek alert):
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Buffalo Technology MiniStation Stealth

This review is for the Buffalo Technology MiniStation Stealth 500 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive

Buffalo Technology MiniStation Stealth

I have to admit that this drive may be my new favorite go-to backup drive. When this drive dropped sub-50 dollars, I snagged it, and so far I have been pleased. I have used this device on various computers, including a PC (WinXP SP3), Mac (OS X Leopard), and Linux (various flavors).

Overall, I found this to be a very good drive.

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Jabra EXTREME2 BT Headset

Jabra EXTREME2 BT Headset:  An almost-perfect bluetooth headset.

The Jabra EXTREME2 builds on the success and technology of its predecessor, the Jabra EXTREME, by offering the same high quality headset but now with a more advanced set of features. With Noise Blackout 3.0 technology it blocks out an astonishing amount of background noise, ensuring you enjoy your conversations without disruption. Sound quality is more robust with the inclusion of HD Voice technology. This enhancement allows you to hear the other person’s voice with unbelievable clarity, so that you can enjoy extremely clear hands-free conversations – anywhere and anytime. Automatic Volume control instantly adjusts the headset volume to best suit your environment and various styles of Ultimate Comfort Eargels provides a superb fit that sits comfortably and securely on your ear for all day comfort.

I compared this to my current go-to Bluetooth headset, which is the Plantronics Voyager PRO (PV Pro) Bluetooth Headset.  I’ve made some direct comparisons between the two.

Overall, I recommend it.  For more information, please read the full article.

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Seagate Barracuda ST500DM001 2 TB SATAIII Internal Bare Drive

Seagate Barracuda 2TB

Seagate Barracuda 2TB

This is a review of the Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM 2 TB SATA 6 GB/s NCQ 64 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive (ST500DM001).

This is part of the “Barracuda” series, and not a Green drive. According to the manufacturer specs, this 7200 rpm drive has a 64MB cache, advanced format 4K sectors, 6GB/s interface. I cannot find any information regarding the warranty, but my experience with Seagate warranty has been pretty good.

From what I’ve seen with this drive, I would not hesitate to use it as a performance or data drive. It is fast enough to run the OS, and large enough to store tons of data files. In fact, I will be replacing my WD Raptor (10K rpm) drive with this one because this Barracuda outperformed the Raptor in ALL of my benchmark and real-world testings. (For detailed specs, see below).

Overall, highly recommended.

For more information (ie. benchmark numbers, tests, etc.) please read on.

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Review: D-Link DIR-651 gigabit wireless N router

DIR-651 front view


The D-Link DIR 651 Wireless N Router is one of the new releases of consumer routers from D-Link.  It is D-Link’s attempt to create an entry-level gigabit wireless-N router for the consumer.  Key word is “attempt.”

Is it note-worthy, or not-worthy?  Read on…

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