Inspired by Seth Brown’s post Matryoshka Hardware, I decided to write up my own “EDC”. I’m fascinated by posts like these to the point of it becoming an obsession, and perhaps some of you are, as well. There’s a weird kind of fetishism surrounding gear like this, which I wholeheartedly participate in. For much more of the same check out the delightful everyday-carry.com.
1. Slim Slimmy Ultra Thin Front Pocket Wallet
I’ve tried various cheap slim wallets ever since I decided that carrying around a “butt-brick” was going to be seriously detrimental to my spine over the long haul. They all fell apart pretty quickly. In order to give you decent service a wallet has to be made to a high standard, due to all the wear and tear it suffers. The trade-off here is that you can’t carry more than a few cards and bills around with you, but I’ve found that caused me to clear a lot of the cruft out of my wallet (receipts, long-forgotten coffeeshop loyalty cards, etc). You really don’t need to walk around with nearly as much as you think you do.
2. Gerber Ridge
Carrying a pocket knife is an extremely useful habit to cultivate. Nowadays you need to make sure that it’s short enough that you can carry it without getting into trouble. There are a lot of options out there which could paralyze a new knife buyer. I finally settled on the Ridge for the following reasons:
I like the shape of the blade. The point is useful to me for a lot of regular activities (I rarely skin deer at work, but I often open packages).
It’s small enough that it doesn’t say HEY EVERYONE I’VE GOT A KNIFE. It also fits comfortably in any pocket, and the clip comes in handy to keep it where you put it.
It’s cheap enough that I don’t feel like I have to be extremely careful with it. There are probably nicer knives out there, wonderful knives… that I’d leave at home for fear of losing or breaking.
3. Fenix E01 Compact LED Flashlight
Surprisingly bright for such a small light. Waterproof, made of T6 grade aircraft aluminum. I don’t often use this, but when I do I’m really glad of it.
4. Fisher Bullet Space Pen
This pen will withstand almost any environment and keep writing. Not only that it’s actually rather nice to write with: smooth ink-flow and comfortable in the hand. I never have to ask anyone for a pen. It could also function as a palm stick if you found yourself in some unlikely self-defense situation. You know, because you’d totally use it like that.
5. Field Notes Expedition Edition Notebook
I carried pocket Moleskine notebooks for many years until I cottoned to the fact that I just wasn’t using them. Field Notes notebooks are great notebooks that I find I actually write in a lot more. They don’t have that “precious journal” feel to them. There are other benefits:
Waterproof, tear proof and hard-wearing. As you can probably guess from the picture.
There’s not hundreds of pages so you work your way through them faster and get to open a nice new one sooner. Also they aren’t as bulky in the pocket as most notebooks.
They have fun stuff written inside them.
I’ve found that the dot-grid is my preferred notebook background because it’s so flexible.
Not pictured are the Jawbone UP and my iPhone 5, which both count as EDC items, I suppose.
Published on July 12th, 2013