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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 Ann Arbor, Michigan we chat with Matt (@blackbeard_edc) who, for the record, has a black beard. Between earning a bachelor’s in Environmental Studies and working part-time at a custom apparel printing shop, he enjoys getting down and dirty in the outdoors. Read on to learn all about Matt’s well-used and well-thought-out carry, and find out what’s he’s saving up for next.
From Herentals, Belgium, we chat with Michiel (@mvanhoudt) who’s not only a knife nut but also a fountain pen fanatic and avid photographer. Through his love for knives, Michiel has connected with like-minded individuals and even runs his own straight razor sharpening service. Read on to learn all about Michiel’s diverse interests, and what’s next on his gear radar (and what he has on order).
When Nick (@scv_edc) was first introduced to the world of EDC by his best friend, he made fun of him for paying for knives and beads. That was until he joined USN – and as they say, the rest is history. Read on for the story of Nick’s EDC journey and find out all about his spectacular knife rotation.