My real World EDC:
I live in a suburb of a major city. This is real world EDC. I don’t need to schlep around things like a sheath knife, a Glock or a weatherproof lighter. Nor am I some sort of retro cool guy artist who thinks its necessary to carry around an SLR older than I am and a notepad for my poetry or sketches. Nor am I some sort of a survivalist that may need a flashlight, a storm proof lighter, some sort of prison shank pry bar, navy beads or any glamorous shit on my knife lanyard. If I think I may need something more than a normal suburban situation calls for, it’s probably in my car kit. And I’ll have access to it because I will have driven to wherever I am when I need it. If all else fails, improvise.
My EDC from center - clockwise:
iphone 5, 15GB with an elago slim fit case. It’s done the job so far. This is my Phone, flashlight, notepad, camera, radio, MP3 player, internet, compass, GPS, TV, pretty much anything you can think of.
Car keys. House keys. Shed keys. Rental house keys. Rental house garage keys, some other keys. It’s a lot of keys, but unfortunately I need to carry them. I carry them on one medium-large key ring. It fits in my pocket easily and I don’t use any decorative stuff to express my personality. It’s not that i don’t like key chains, just that they’re annoying in my pocket.
Swiss tech utilikey: has flat and phillips screwdrivers, bottle opener, serrated edge and razor edged blade. it’s been useful on more than one occasion, especially since I don’t like to abuse my knives.
Steel gear clip. I picked it up at the Boy Scout Jamboree in Ft. A.P. Hill, Virginia in 1997. It hasn’t left my key ring and my keys have stayed clipped inside my pocket ever since.
Chapstick. Pretty sure it’s addictive. I’ve been a user since 1996 and the blue stick has been in my pocket ever since.
ALL-ETT Softech Nylon inside ID wallet. It stays thin while holding the right amount of stuff.
Knives, bottom to top. Only one of these knives is carried at a time, but all are carried in the same way: front right pocket, tip down, clipped in. All can be operated and opened with one hand, are comfortable to hold and fit nicely in my hand. Average blades length is 3.5”, average total length about 7.5”. I like the subdued look of the black scales and overall affordability of this EDC knife collection.
Columbia River Knife and Tool Drifter. Tough little liner lock with nylon scales. Stardard steel, 8Cr13MoV, half serrated. Handles pretty much any job and I don’t worry about ruining it since it was $15.
CRKT Mt. Rainier. Same steel, same finish, same scales, slightly different blade shape and a double lock on the liner. Somewhat more substantial grip making it great for heavier tasks.
CRKT M16-01Z. zytel scales. AUS 8 steel with an index finger flipper. Also has an automatic double lock on the liner. Little bit nicer all around, but somewhat dainty in the grip. i still like it.
Kershaw OSO Sweet. Back to 8Cr13MoV again, nylon scales, liner lock, index flipper with an assisted opening mechanism. Love the shape of this knife. Great ergonomics.
Kershaw Skyline. Sandvik 14C28N steel. Thinner blade than the others, but cuts like a well honed razor. G-10 scales are easy to hold, deep finger choil is super comfortable and while not automatic, the flipper is more than adequate for fast, one handed deployment.