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The James Brand Elko

The Most Popular EDC of 2018

by , January 15, 2019

Everyday carry items hold a particularly special place in the hearts of many carry enthusiasts. And it’s not hard to see why. These are the pieces that help get you through the day, from tools to deal with day-to-day tasks, to accessories that help you make the most of your downtime. But what pieces really stood out in 2018, charming EDCers with their looks, functionality and adaptability?

Discover some of the most popular EDC of 2018 below…

The James Brand Elko

The James Brand Elko 

The James Brand Elko is a celebration of getting more from less. An elegant and compact pocket knife with multiple functions and an easily portable form. The winner of our Best EDC Carry Award offers a Sandvik 12C27 stainless steel blade and a pry bar that also serves as a bottle opener, screwdriver, and keyring. Minimalist in form but not lacking in functionality, it’s easy to see its EDC appeal.

Leatherman 10

Leatherman 10

Super lightweight at only 0.5 oz (14 g), the Leatherman 10 keeps you prepped for a variety of on-the-fly jobs without weighing you down. It can be secured easily to a keyring and provides tools such as five metric wrenches, a screwdriver, and a bottle opener. Built in Portland, Oregon, and backed by a 25-year guarantee, this is durable multifunctionality in a small EDC-friendly package.

Leatherman Wave+

Leatherman Wave+

Leatherman’s most popular multi-tool gets a practical update with the addition of replaceable wire cutters. The Wave+ multi-tool offers a choice of 18 tools to handle a wide range of day-to-day, DIY or emergency needs. The multi-tool enables one-handed access to the serrated and straight knife blades for convenient use, while the 25-year guarantee provides peace of mind that this tool is built to last and get the job (whatever it may be) done.

Matador Pocket Blanket 2.0

Matador Pocket Blanket 2.0

Festivals, beaches, day hikes, trips to the park…at some point you’re going to want to sit down and relax for a bit. And the Matador Pocket Blanket 2.0 provides a clean and dry place to do that. The water-resistant and puncture-resistant blanket includes inbuilt corner stakes as well as weighted corners and sand pockets to secure it in place. And with its integrated folding pattern and storage pouch it’s simple to pack up and go, saving you time and storage space.

Magpul DAKA Pouch

Magpul’s DAKA Pouch packs a punch with its tough build and versatility. Weatherproof and durable, the pouch features reinforced polymer fabric with an anti-slip texture. The welded construction and YKK AquaGuard® water repellent zipper help protect the contents from the elements, and a paint pen dot matrix can be used for labeling the pouch. A total community favorite!


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