A Question for EDC
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Hey guys, I'm pretty new to edc right now, all I carry is a little pocket tool and sometimes a crkt knife. However I realized that I've never used or needed to use either of them in daily situations. So my question is this: what do you carry on a day to day basis and how do you use it? I want to know because I'm interested in getting a lot of the stuff on here but most of the time I can't see myself using it.
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Jmartucci
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Jul 8, 2019
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To list my full edc I carry a knife, flashlight, organizer for those two items, a pen and field notes book in a cover, a pry tool, my wallet, keys, phone, knuckle tool, comb, and handkerchief. I use my knife daily at work to open boxes. I work as a cashier and spend a lot of my day scratching the silver part off gift cards to reveal the pin number, and the pry tool saves my hands from being silver after 8 hours. The pen and notebook are to jot down random things along the day. My wallet, keys, comb, and phone are obvious. I use a flashlight to search through the warehouse at work and at night since I typically get home late. I use the handkerchief to dry my hands if they get wet and wipe off any other gear I carry. Finally I carry the knuckle tool as a self defense item I hope to never use, but is nice just in case. The knuckle tool does get switched out for a kubaton on occasion though. I keep my field notes in a canvas cover just to keep it from getting ruined, and same goes for my knife and pen, with the added benefit of not having those items loose in my pocket. I know this was a long response, but I have a huge carry and hope that helped.
Jul 8, 2019
Fluffy.Benis
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Oct 2, 2018
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as someone who works in an office environment, the most useful tools i can have are a watch, pliers, and screwdrivers, and something good at opening packages. I carry a knife too, but that's mostly just because it makes me happy. Don't underwstimate the watch. It's great at keeping you off your phone, even if your computer displays the time all day :P
Oct 2, 2018
Fluffy.Benis
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Oct 2, 2018
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I tend to carry IEMs and writing implements if I have a backpack, plus relevant charging cables.
Oct 2, 2018
Maxp
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Sep 20, 2018
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I want it!!!
Sep 20, 2018
BlakeV
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Sep 4, 2018
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I rotate watches and knives (Swiss and Japanese automatic watches and Microtech, AGA Campolin, or Benchmade Knives) but this is pretty typical. I carry a Glock 19 Gen 5, a Taran Tactical Extended Magazine, Tier One Concealed Agis holster, Versace or Louis Vuitton wallet, a Tudor/Rolex Date-Day 94613 or a Seiko SRP series dive watch, keysmart key organizer, Streamlight Microstream, Microtech Combat Troodon, a Parker Jotter SS pen, and an IPhone X currently.
Sep 4, 2018
Camoohra
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Oct 25, 2018
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that seems just about right
Oct 25, 2018
detmercod
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Aug 22, 2018
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I carry a CRKT Tighe Tac Two Tanto, pliers, my V20, headphones (NuForce EDC, bought here) and a pen. I have a flashlight on my phone so there's no real need to carry a separate, unless I am going camping or hiking at night, and that isn't very often, but I'd carry a Maglite mini with the LED upgrade.
I just bought this CRKT and already find it useful for many things like box opening, cutting threads, prying, carving, locking stalls, etc.
Your use case will differ but everyone has different reasons for different things. Just experiment with what works and do away with what doesn't.
Aug 22, 2018
fhood
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Jun 28, 2018
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Unfortunately phones have sort of taken the place of one of the most useful edc items, the flashlight, but there are a few others that come up a decent amount. I am a big fan of having tweezers on hand.
Jun 28, 2018
YanDoroshenko
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Jun 20, 2018
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I can say that if you don't see any use of your stuff, no one will make you too. I can tell you that I carry a Spyderco Endura in ZDP-189 and use it all the time to open coke cans, boxes, envelopes and such, cut loose threads off the clothes, use it as a little prybar and whatever else, but it won't mean anything to you because you obviously don't need a knife for any of these. I think that if you don't see any use in your tools, just stop carrying them since no one will provide you with use cases for them but yourself.
Jun 20, 2018
jfulford
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Jun 19, 2018
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Two sets of pliers, 1 SOG and 1 Leatherman, a Streamlight ProTac 2L, and a knife. Which knife depends on if I'm at work where I don't want to pull out a scary knife to cut tape on boxes.
Jun 19, 2018
jfulford
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Jun 19, 2018
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The two sets of pliers are in belt pouches
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Jun 19, 2018
BlakeV
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Sep 4, 2018
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Definitely understand the scary knife thing. I carry a lot of OTF, Balisongs, and Out the side autos, I have a couple boring knives to carry the common rabble.
Sep 4, 2018
A community member
May 22, 2018
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If you don't use it, you don't need to carry it. Save your pockets for stuff you use regularly. If the only thing you use on a day to day basis is your phone, then that is your EDC. If you want to be trendy, call it your ultralight EDC.
If you carry something that you haven't used in a month, leave it at home, it's just "stuff." What you should carry every day differs by person, and can change as your life changes. You may have no need for knives or pliers in your daily life, so why carry them around?
I draw and write daily. On paper. With a pencil. It's what I like to do while waiting for appointments, on break at work, waiting for friends, etc. So, a pencil and notebook are EDC items for me. Someone who uses their cell phone for all their note-taking needs, and who has no interest in drawing doesn't need a pencil, pen, or notebook in their EDC. It would be a waste of space.
Granted, if you only carry your smart phone, and I have a pencil, I can gouge out zombies' eyes when the Apocalypse arrives. You'll have to bash their skulls repeatedly with your phone. Clearly, I'd have a tactical advantage. You'd have less weight in your pockets, so maybe you'd get speed and agility boosts. Things to consider.
May 22, 2018
metis
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May 22, 2018
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I carry a Gerber Trendy, Gerber EAB with the clip removed and a dewalt carbide blade, Gerber Black Crucial (clip removed), Atwood doubleheader #2 & a single headed alligator, (4) Raimundo pick/tension tools, a tiny retractable 50" promotional tape measure. A Caran d'Ache FixPencil and Pilot Razor Point ride in the shirt pocket, usually along with a twin tip Sharpie. The only thing I don't use at least weekly (if not daily) is the lock picks, but when I need em, I've got em, and they just tuck into my wallet, about the size of (5) toothpicks.
I could do without the Trendy, but I find the blade shape more routinely useful than the Crucial's main blade. The EAB routinely proves useful as a semi disposable/dirty blade, and the carbide blade just plain lasts longer and holds an edge better than the cheapos. I used to carry a Gerber 600 needlenose, but ended up not needing the extra oomph vs the Crucial, particularly for the weight. I'd happily swap out the Crucial if I could find a good flat phiips, strap cutter and pliers on anything else.
If you're carrying something because it's pretty or you like how it looks, that's fine, but it's not an EDC tool, it's jewelry. That's fine, and folks go through a lot for vanity but you need to decide if you want to be instafamous for carrying around some metal or for putting elmers and koolaid in your hair for liberty spikes. If you're carrying something because you might use it someday.... well I've got a garage full of old parts and pieces of wood to sell you.
May 22, 2018
metis
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May 22, 2018
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side note, not sure why I have so many Gerber tools. I've certainly owned and used dozens of others, but have ended up finding them lacking in some particular. I'm partial to leaf lock blades, and haven't found a better flat sided phillips bit which grips as well.
May 22, 2018
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