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A New York native who lives and breathes creativity, Nolan (@everydaylan) is a former hip-hop producer and trumpet/synth player in an alt-rock band. When he’s not tending to his Bonsai, you’ll find him chasing light and shadows on the streets of New York in search of the decisive moment. Read on for the full story of Nolan’s wonderfully eclectic and effortlessly stylish everyday carry.
My name is L. A. Nolan and I’m based in New York City. Currently, I’m a Tech Project Manager and Photographer. When I was younger, I was a trumpet and synth player in an alt-rock band, as well as a hip-hop music producer. These days, I spend most of my free time roaming the streets of NYC capturing in-the-moment photos of people. I am also into the art of raising and training Bonsai.
When I was a youngster, I had a couple episodes where I was hassled by some gang members. I knew nothing about EDC, but I bought a few pocket knives to carry with me in case I needed to defend myself. I had no idea it was illegal to do so in NYC, but thankfully nothing bad ever happened!
So that blew over and I continued my life as a young adult, mostly forgetting about the knives. I was a web designer by day, and living the "rock star" life by night – either doing gigs with my band or partying at nightclubs in NYC.
This led to me getting into fashion, buying expensive brands, and trying to stand out. Years later as I matured, I toned it down and got more into things handcrafted and made with high quality.
It started with raw Japanese denim, leather goods, and copper jewelry. Then over the years, I became very fond of things that get more beautiful with age and use! So full circle - I discovered classic knives, as well as pens and flashlights made of copper and brass.
Favorite EDC Tool:
At this point in my life, my passion is Street Photography. So my favorite item is my Fujifilm X70 camera because it is so compact and stealthy - I always have it with me, ready to capture an unexpected moment!
Out of the more common EDC tools my favorite item is the Boker Plus Barlow knife. It is just the right size to not be obtrusive in my pocket, but still handle my everyday tasks like cutting avocados, cracking open stubborn pistachios, and opening packages. The blades are razor sharp too! If I am grabbing just one knife, this is the one I go for.
Next On Your Gear Radar:
I would really love to get my hand on a cranberry saw cut bone TC Barlow with sheepsfoot blade! But if we are talking about things I can actually buy now, I am looking at the Tactile Turn Mover and Karas Kustoms Retrakt copper pens.
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From Chicago, Illinois, Joe (@terrificknifeguy) sells and restores guitars while also writing and playing in an instrumental rock band called Versus The Giant. Joe astutely traded a few Pokemon cards for his first SAK Cadet, and eventually graduated to a Spyderco PM2 which changed everything. Read on to find out all about Joe’s carry, music and what he’s hankering after next.
From Morgantown, WV, Jason (@monkmadegoods) creates some of the finest and most functional leather goods by hand. The name “Monk Made” was informed by his interest in psychology and philosophy and inspired by those who work hard to take and shape their own paths. Read on for Jason’s ever-evolving daily carry and learn about his transition from legal counselor to leather craftsman.