3 Non Knife Wishes for EDC Drops in 2020
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Drop starts off 2020 with EDC being part knife people and part EDC people who aren't necessarily liking the Drop focus on knives as much as the knife people are. Everyone that follows along in EDC probably knows which brands of knife I'd like to see drop that haven't already aired on Drop; I have kinda gone on Tuyaknife, TwoSun and my other favorites elsewhere at significant length already. So here's three things I would like to see get Drops in 2020 that aren't knives. 1) Lanyard Beads

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Titanium, copper, brass, damascus, aluminum, zirconium beads are all desirable in the EDC community for anyone who works with lanyards. Drop knows a lot of EDC makers and knifesmiths alike who are in a position to do a quick run of good milled beads to create word of mouth advertising among their communities of fans but don't necessarily want to be Joe the Bead Maker for the rest of their lives because it's probably not as lucrative for them as making their other gear. The very cheapest beads are jewelry spacers that one buys ten at a time. OK beads cost anywhere from $6 to 15 and really nice ones cost more than $20 as a general rule. Its's common to see beads that cost $50-60; custom ones can cost several hundred dollars easily, and with the fractal distribution of wealth in America, the ridiculous cost of certain materials and the wages of top artisans, there are undoubtedly people paying thousands of dollars to outfit their lanyard. I'm pretty sure Drop can find a level somewhere in there that works for them for a Drop Studio item. I would love to see drops from TiSurvival, Almost Everyday Carry, Grumpy's - all these little machine shops scattered all across America. I also frankly wouldn't mind seeing beads from many of the up and coming Chinese manufacturers. Real Steel has beads, WE has beads, Bestech has beads, but most of the rest of them are still trying to figure out why Westerners tie little bits of cord to their knives in the first place, let alone coming up with beads with which we might festoon them. I just know if Rike, or Harnds, or TwoSun, or SRM starts making beads that are anywhere near as good as their knives I will buy them. 2) Keychain Tools/Items
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Whether it's something like a Keysmart or a bottle opener/multitool -- I think I might be in the market for one this year. 3) Kubotans

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Kubotans are handheld nonlethal defense tools. For people living in places with knife restrictions, these have been known to save lives. For people who just want a nonlethal deterrent option for situations where the old shankerooney isn't legally defensible, or even if you're just kinda feeling your inner mall ninja, they're great things to have on hand. So to speak. These are three kinds of item that existing people might like to sell through Drop and they're also things that they might create themselves through the Drop Studio, and they're things that can appeal to both the knife folks and the EDC generalists. Anyone agree, or have a similar idea?
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kstokley
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Jan 9, 2020
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@reswright I'm headed to the Shot Show later this month and will keep my eye out. Also just FYI we are going to have a Tuya Envy2 running soon. Thanks for the suggestions they are always appreciated!
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Excellent!
Jan 9, 2020
ZcityUp
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Jan 9, 2020
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Good suggestions. I concur—especially on the bottle openers. Love me a cool piece of craftsmanship to crack open a beer. I also just think keychain curios are cool in general as a way to set your carry apart. I don't necessarily need a metal tool with 10 functions, but something handcrafted that I enjoy handling every time I use it (that's not a knife) is fun!
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Agreed. Brutalism is an architectural term, not really one that people associate with EDC, but it refers to minimalist work with exposed architectural elements and a general lack of facades. Build something out of cinderblocks and ferroconcrete and steel, you've probably built a brutalist edifice. Applying the concept to keychain tools, that's what I like. If you ask me to pick between a nice multitool and a brutalist piece of steel that's been milled to work as a prybar, a hex wrench, a screwdriver, a bottle opener, and a carabiner clip, the latter is going to catch my interest. It'd have to be one hell of a multitool, like something Q would make for Bond, before you're even talking about making it a hard decision. For a guy with hands my size, trying to use a miniature Leatherman is kinda like watching a gorilla ride a tricycle anyway.
Jan 9, 2020