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Week In Review ~ 30 March

by , March 30, 2013

EDC to antiques, chic style to colorful creativity, with a little bit of minimalism thrown in for good measure. Diversity is the name of the game for this Week In Review so enjoy the read, hopefully there’s something for everyone…

Elegantly simple EDC

The Shard keychain tool from Gerber looks pretty simple but don’t let that deceive you. This tool may be small (it measures 2.75″) but it stills offers a lot of functionality. There’s a bottle opener, pry bar and wire stripper, along with a small, medium and cross driver. Plus the lanyard hole offers carry flexibility. The tool is made out of stainless steel with a titanium coating and is inexpensive and widely available so you shouldn’t have any trouble getting hold of one. The Shard is also airline-safe, so no need to worry about having it taken away during the security check if you want to keep it with you whilst traveling.

Spanish style

Bonastre is a brand that knows how to make beautiful carry and their D14 holdall is no exception. Handmade in Spain using vegetable-tanned leather, the D14 has an interior zipped pocket and a chic minimalist look that accommodates a variety of business and leisure uses. So what’s the catch? Well this is some serious carry candy and it comes with a serious price tag.

Folding with flair

It doesn’t get much more minimal than the likes of the Defy Swaddle wallet. Constructed out of Horween Shell Cordovan, the wallet folds around the contents, whether it’s bills, bank cards, business cards or a combination thereof. Each wallet is cut from a supple and durable single shell and measures 2.75″ by 4″ when closed. For interest, Leffot also does a similar wallet aptly named The Fold.

Shining the spotlight: Blackbird and the Owl

Blackbird and the Owl produce a range of fun and colorful handmade leather and suede carry items, from card holders and clutch bags to MacBook covers, pouches and coin purses. There’s no shortage of eye-catching designs and colors which may be just the sort of thing to brighten up your day if you’re after some carry that stands out.

They don’t make them like they used to

Whether you think it’s the most amazing pack you’ve ever seen or there’s something slightly disturbing about it, we’d recommend you take a further look at this rucksack because it’s rare and hard to come by in a well-preserved condition. So what is it, you ask? Well it dates back to WWII and was constructed in Switzerland for Swiss infantry, and yes, that’s real pony fur. If you do happen to come across one in good condition for sale, it’s well worth buying it (as long as the price isn’t extortionate). You could find yourself making a tidy profit if you sell it on or alternatively treat it like a fine, valuable wine – it never gets used but you appreciate it simply because you own a prime example of something rather special.

  • Anil A.

    The Gerber is a bit of a double edged sword. In that it is really easy to stab yourself with it. The screwdriver is sharp!

    Mine hasn’t seen much use yet.

    • simon

      it’s also strangely easy to get your finger caught in the bottle opener and almost have it wrenched off as well as having the whole assembly swing and bash your knuckles.

      • http://www.coroflot.com/TaylorWelden Taylor Welden

        Thanks for the feedback Anil A and simon,

        Being that the Shard is relatively new to me, I agree, it isn’t perfect by any means.

        For strictly EDC use on a keyring, there are plenty other pocket tools / multi-tools that I’d recommend over it. I love the Mega Dangler, but there are even other options still.

        However… $6 for a functional well-made emergency multi-tool to toss inside my Dopp Kit and forget about it… it is perfect.

  • http://wiegold.de Thomas Wiegold

    Well, as for the “widely available” Gerber Shard: Amazon U.S. sells them for less than 6$ apiece. Amazon Germany demands €13, that’s approximately $17 apiece. Now even higher price levels in Europe, taxes and customs do not justify 3x the price?

    • http://www.coroflot.com/TaylorWelden Taylor Welden

      Hey Thomas,

      If you ask someone in the US to send you one over, I’m sure you could get one for a steal. $6 USD plus a few bucks shipping to Germany in a tiny envelope.

    • Catherine

      Hi Thomas

      I’ve been searching around for potential Shard sources and eBay looks like it might be your best bet if you want one: http://www.ebay.de/itm/Gerber-Shard-Keychain-Tool-22-01769-/400455386921?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5d3d004729

      Alternatively perhaps you’ll find an equivalent tool in Germany that’s awesome and cheaper for you to purchase, in which case please feel free to share details! 🙂

  • Edward

    Wonder what the Gerber Shard was inspired by? See Peter Atwood’s prybaby tool. I saw one of the recent edc posts mention him, though i don’t recall seeing a prybaby picture. Incredibly hard to snag one of those things.

    The resemblance of the shard to the prybaby is too close to call coincidence, but Gerber does help facilitate innovative designs to trickle down to the masses.

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