I honestly have no idea why they’re in EDC. I think the argument that, “I carry it with me everyday, so by a complete literal definition it’s EDC,” is weak because that classifies anything as EDC. If you subscribe to that argument, you better be willing to open the floodgates. But say that’s going overboard, sure. What about opening EDC even just a little bit? I see quartz Casio watches, G-Shock and what not, all the time in EDC. So what about automatic watches that I don’t see in EDC but I see in the watches category? They both serve the same function. What about the exclusion form fountain pens when Fisher Space Bullet pens are sold regularly on EDC? Clearly there is some distinction being made here.
The fact that there is even a debate shows that they don’t belong. This isn’t just about excluding what you don’t like, there is some clear divide over defintion. Most people within the mechanical keyboard community don’t like Razer products for any number of reasons, but I don’t think any of them would deny that the Razer BlackWidow is, in fact, a mechanical keyboard. I don’t drink from glass bottles hardly ever, but it’s very clear that a bottle opener is EDC as it serves some from practical function. I bring up practical function because that’s what the banner clearly implies: “It encourages preparedness and self reliance, and makes your daily life more convent.” Tops, spinners, coins, and dice accomplish none of these. Spinning a top on your desk to alleviate boredom doesn’t make life more “convenient.”
I saw livingspeedbump mention how because people are buying spinners and tops in EDC, “Clearly having them in EDC and being so successful means a lot of people in EDC are interested.” I think this is very clearly seeing the product sold and reinforcing your own belief as opposed to any other reason that could have lead to it being sold. For instance, just a week (or two) ago in watches there were two fountain pens being sold. It was relatively cheap, and I would have bought one. Hell, I’m sure somebody DID buy one. Doesn’t mean my interest in watches makes me interested in pens or that because people buy pens in watches means pens should be sold in watches. Watches belong with watches; pens belong with pens; spinning tops, fidget spinners, and novelty coins belong in hobby shop.