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Our Favorite EDC Pocket Essentials Right Now
Daily carry items are some of the most valued gear we have. Useful pieces that help us get things done. Not to mention, expressions of our personality and tastes. Quality pieces that combine interesting style and functionality get us stoked. Add pocket-friendly carry to the mix and we’re hooked. So come geek out with us over our favorite EDC pocket essentials right now…
Field Notes are a firm favorite for many in the notebook scene. And the Pitch Black Dot-Graph Note Book serves up Field Notes’ distinct styling and functionality in a larger option so you can capture more info in one place. Made in the USA, the Note Book measures 4¾” x 7½” and has 64 Dot Graph pages to suit a range of writing and drawing needs.
Sometimes the best multi-tools are the ones you don’t even know are there. Just like the Everyman Porter Key Multi-Tool 2.0, a stealthy edge and bottle opener in one that carries discreetly in amongst your other keys. Plus it comes in a range of finishes to blend seamlessly into your personal setup.
Orbitkey changed the key carry game forever with their Key Organiser, honing the design to deliver an EDC staple that ticks the style and practicality boxes in a big way. This suave leather version adds a dapper touch to your daily carry, though a variety of other options are available to suit your preferred tastes. All providing smooth access, compact storage and clink-free key carry.
A compact flashlight is a super handy addition to your EDC, whether you’re hunting for an escapee pen that’s rolled under the sofa, illuminating dark walking routes, or tackling some DIY in unlit areas. And the trusty Mini Turbo MKIII from Foursevens (acquired by Prometheus Lights) is a fine pick. It includes all of the features of the Mini MKIII but has a bigger “turbo” head and a new Cree XPL-HI LED, thereby providing 20m more throw than the MKII. It also has a magnetic tailcap and a sturdy pocket clip for flexible use and carry convenience.
Less really is more with this handsome card wallet from Jou Fuu Leather Craft, a one-man operation founded by Bud, a US Army Airborne Veteran. It’s designed to slip smoothly into a front pocket and store just the essentials, such as frequently used cards, ID and folded notes. Stitched by hand and made with a range of full-grain leathers, it’s a piece that makes you want to cut down on the bulk and embrace wallet minimalism.
The Leatherman FREE K4 provides all the day-to-day functionality you need from a multi-tool without the bulk and weight of infrequently used tools. More than a pocket knife, yet lightweight and compact enough to carry conveniently in a pocket, it features one-handed operation and Leatherman’s magnetic architecture for ease of use. This serrated version (FREE K4X) offers tools such as spring-action scissors, screwdrivers, a bottle opener, pry tool, and combination straight and serrated blade.
A refined take on the original design, this elegant Tactile Turn Bolt Action Pen features an improved bolt action amongst its updates (making it even more fidget-friendly for users who just can’t get enough of that oh-so-smooth and satisfying movement). And it comes in a choice of sizes and materials too, including a classy bronze standard length option that elevates any work desk or EDC setup.
Some designs take time to come to fruition. In the case of Bellroy’s Apex Slim Sleeve, it’s a design inspired by a decade of insights. And the result is a pretty darn satisfying wallet you’ll enjoy using a decade from now too. It’s crafted with pre-molded, precision-cut leather joined together through heat bonding rather than stitching. So you get an even slimmer wallet that looks undeniably eye-catching in work and play environments alike. Add in a quick and fun magnetic closure, with easy access to your daily cards and cash, and you’ve got a piece that not only looks stylish but is a pleasure to use too.
If sweet tunes are a staple as you go about your day, these Jaybird Tarah Pro earphones are well worth scouting out. Their waterproof, sweatproof construction makes them great whether you’re caught in commute showers or hitting it hard at the gym. The rechargeable battery offers up to 14 hours of playtime, with quality sound and customizable comfort courtesy of interchangeable fins and tips with pivoting earbuds.
While functionality is a big part of EDC, there’s no reason it can’t be fun too. Enter the VoxDesign Heartless Snailor, a pocket-friendly multi-tool that will put a smile on your face with its charming design and solid durability. Designed by custom knifemaker Jesper Voxnaes, it’s machined from solid 1/4″ copper and combines a bottle opener and emergency impact tool in one.
With its timeless styling, durable build, and functional design, the Chapter is a pocket knife you can use pretty much anywhere. The frame lock design features minimal moving parts for easy maintenance, with a S35VN stainless steel blade in partially serrated and straight options. Available in a choice of finishes to suit your own style, it’s a low-key, practical EDC tool that’s easy to carry thanks to its sleek pocket clip.
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