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12 Amazing All-Black EDC Essentials
Hey all! Yong-Soo here, Founder and CEO of Urban EDC Supply. I’m back with another EDC column for our good friends at Carryology. As we kick off the new year, we’re always on the lookout to upgrade our gear for 2019 not only in terms of functionality but also style. Black is as classy as it gets, and a color that never goes out of style. So I thought it’d be neat to kick things off with a set of all-black everyday carry tools. I’m sure you’ll find something here that you’ll like! Thanks for reading and always carry strong!
Awarded Knife of the Year at Blade Show 2018, the small but mighty Fox Knives Vox Suru is a masterclass of functional beauty. Designed by Danish knifemaker extraordinaire Jesper Voxnaes, the Suru is made to work and is pleasantly stout and beefy. It packs a robust 2.3″ Bohler M390 blade into a compact 5.91″ frame (one of the best blade-to-handle ratios we’ve seen).
The Suru features a unique double-choil design which enhances the overall grip and handling of the blade, despite the small frame. The discreet milled pocket clip even comes with a Zirconium ball bearing at the tip for easy extraction. It’s easy to see why it clinched the top prize at Blade Show 2018.
The Urban Organizer Mini is perfectly sized for your front pocket carry. The compact design allows you to slip it easily into your front pocket without any added bulk. It comes with two front slots for your most essential tools, as well as a card slot in the back for your most frequently used credit card, a convenient place for your folded bills, and a middle slot for everything else. Handmade in California using 100% made in USA materials, each wallet is saddle-stitched with thick waxed poly cord, and stress points are reinforced with brass double capped rivets so you can be sure it’ll last you a lifetime.
The Lucky Bastard Co. Lip Balm is the perfect remedy for chapped lips all year round. It’s created from 100% organic material sourced directly from the farmer to create the best possible premium product. The all-organic ingredients used are shea butter, avocado oil, jojoba oil, vitamin E, menthol, chamomile oil and raspberry seed oil. Everything is handcrafted, hand poured and hand labelled in California to ensure the highest quality.
The humble pocket top is one of our civilization’s oldest and most enduring toys. The Vortex features the high-performance and incredibly stable Si3-N4 bearing (silicon nitride) allowing the Vortex to spin for up to an incredible 8 minutes at a time, depending on your skill and spinning surface. The body of the Vortex is CNC machined from lightweight aluminum, and precision grooves around the stem offer enhanced grip, control and handling. It is then individually hand finished to perfection.
The Knucklebone is a beautifully eclectic skill toy that you probably never knew you needed, until you learnt about it. In a nutshell, the Knucklebone is a skill toy that is simple to learn, but hard to master. The Knucklebone is manipulated with the fingers of one or both hands to perform tricks and patterns, or simply to pass the time. It is perfect for training and improving the dexterity of your fingers and overall hand-eye coordination. It is also known to help with focus and concentration.
Precision machined from solid titanium, the Rain.Z Hex Bit Screwdriver is extremely lightweight yet robust and durable. The dark coating adds a layer of extra protection while significantly upping the style quotient. Great looks aside, this highly functional titanium hex head screwdriver features a ringed structure and high-speed zirconia ceramic ball bearing. This makes it incredibly smooth to operate and makes tinkering with your tools an absolute joy.
Well loved by the EDC community, it’s hard to go wrong with the Field Notes memo books. Minimalistic yet endlessly elegant, these sophisticated notebooks feature acid-free 60-lb Finch Opaque Smooth pages for all your writing pleasure.
The T&P Avis Titanium Tool Companion will definitely get you going if you prefer to carry light. Within its elegantly compact frame is a utility blade for your everyday cutting tasks, and integrated within the design are a bottle opener, 1/4″ hex bit driver, flat head screwdriver and pry tip for scoring, scraping, marking and prying – the perfect brute force companion to the razor-sharp blade.
We collaborated with the talented Anthony Griffin to bring you the most beautiful custom utility blade designed to fit in most standard utility knife tools. This is no ordinary utility blade. Each blade shape is hand-cut, heat-treated and individually ground to thickness by custom knife maker Anthony Griffin in North Carolina. Each utility blade is fully custom made, requiring several hours of shop labor. Each blade is as unique as they come, and no two blades share the same pattern.
The Beta-QR v2 is a tiny and functional flashlight that’s both simple and minimal. Using an ingenious quick-release snap-on/off design, the Beta-QR can be deployed and attached to your keychain quickly and easily. It uses a Nichia 219 LED for high color rendering (CRI) and runs on a single AAA battery. This is the black version, which has a black anodized aluminum body.
The Mininch Xcissor Pen combines a pair of full-sized scissors into the sleek form factor of an everyday pen. The scissors are cleverly hidden in the barrel that is opposite to the writing end, so it offers protection against stabbing your pockets or bags. Machined from SUS420 stainless steel, the scissors feature excellent edge retention and resistance to corrosion. Everything is housed in a lightweight and incredibly robust SUS304 stainless steel housing with a beautiful satin finish.
Laser-cut from lightweight carbon fiber right here in the USA, the Chicago Comb Co. Model No. 1 comb is lightweight, robust, maintenance-free, and built to last a lifetime. It will help you look your best anytime and anywhere. As they say, buy it once, and buy the best, and forget about the rest.
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