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American Handgunner Sep/Oct 2011 Digital Edition - Page 68
Pat Covert PHotos: chuck pittman, inc. DYNAMITE! O POCKET ne of the offshoots of the tactical knife explosion has been the boom in everyday carry knives for everyday people. Whether for self-protection, utility, or both, more people of both genders carry knives today than ever before. One major problem in toting protection, however, has always been discretion. The size of most folding knives gives them away, and if that doesn’t, just the fact a knife simply looks like a knife does. Triple Eight Professional has ingeniously disposed of those two obstacles by giving knife users a knife easy to conceal without sacrificing efficiency. Triple Eight, often referred to as simply 888, is located in San Diego, Calif. and has only been around a scant two years, but don’t let their youth mislead you. Their innovative designs have turned the average concept of what a pocketknife is on its head. Their blades don’t engage like the average folding knife and are not the skinny nail-cleaners found on most knives this size. The company is the brainchild of Walter Kaihatu, a law enforcement, military and sporting goods industry veteran who has built several multinational brands in the lighting and tactical market over the years. Kaihatu tells Handgunner, “Triple Eight’s focus is on everyday carry knives 68 WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER2011