Is That A Utility Knife In Your Pocket Or Are You Just Happy To See Me?

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The concept of an Everyday Carry (or EDC as it is more commonly known) is something we experience every day, but very few are aware of or give any particular thought to. Today I’d like to change that (warning: this may hurt your wallet). First, a definition from the Wiki:

Everyday carry (EDC) or every day carry refers to a small collection of items that are carried on a consistent basis to assist in dealing with normal everyday needs, to emergency situations.

That’s all well and good, but when you enter the realm of EDC forums, subreddits, and 4chan /g/ threads, the phrase takes on a somewhat altered meaning. It stops being purely about “here’s what I carry with me everyday” because no-one is going to care about that, and becomes more of an exercise in “check out how cool my things are”.

The more you look, the more you’ll see four common trends emerge. So let’s take a look, shall we? And I’ll throw in some examples, too, coz I’m a cool dude like that.

The Minimalist. This guy carries the absolute bare essentials, and keeps things as sleek and streamlined as possible. His EDC items are all-black (because that’s cool) and there’s no more and no less than is absolutely required. Also, everything has a million and one different uses, and his wallet is a titanium clip.


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The Theme Artist. This is someone who has spent years perfecting every facet of his EDC. Whether it’s finding the perfect wooden iPhone case to go with the rest of his all-wood setup, or looking for the smallest pen he can find to finalize his all-in-one-pocket EDC, nothing matters more to this EDCer than the theme of his carry.



The Survivalist. He carries three different sorts of pocket and utility knives, magnets, a tiny walkie talkie, fishing line, two compasses (just in case) and an Altoid tin full of first-aid tools. This guy could get lost in a jungle and he’d have enough tools to survive, meet someone, and build a small village.

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The Tank. And last (but the exact opposite of least), this guy carries more weapons on his person every day than a small police force. If faced with a decision between carrying another knife and his house keys, he’ll get two more knives then ram down the door when it’s time to return home.



So what’s your everyday carry? Or are you more of a house keys and phone sort of guy (or gal)?

Amante Reale

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