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From across the Atlantic, we chat with Jason (@boneyandstubs) who’s based in Hertfordshire and works in London. Growing up in the 70’s, Jason always had a penknife on him as he camped and traveled around Europe in a Volkswagen Camper Van. Read on to find out how Jason’s everyday carry has evolved over the years and what’s next on his gear radar.
My name is Jason McCallum and I’m a Technical Business Analyst Consultant working in London. Hertfordshire UK is where I live and I use London as my location on Instagram as I work and spend half my life there, plus most international people know London but the shires inspire visions of hobbits.
My hobbies obviously include EDC gear, playing guitar, vintage Volkswagens and surfing when I get a chance.
I got into EDC when I was about 6 or 7 when I got my first penknife and it never left my side, along with a flashlight, as we did a lot of camping and roaming around Europe in a Volkswagen Camper Van for vacations.
Back then, even as a child, we always treated knives as tools not weapons, we used the knives to make weapons! - bows, spears etc - this was the 70s, an era of zero health and safety.
Carrying a penknife kind of disappeared in my late teens and early career years and life moved on. Fast forward to now’ish, about 2 years ago I started looking into updating my keychain carry and after going on a few EDC forums and YouTube I had a keychain to be proud of.
Off the back of this, I realized there was a massive knife community and quickly submerged myself in this wonderful world. This interest was born out of the heavy tech world I live in, I realized everything I owned needed charging, from eCigs, iPhones, iPads, laptops etc and I just needed a break, and that’s where the EDC gear came in - here was something really tangible, no charging and you could feel the engineering, design and craftsmanship.
First up was a Kershaw Cryo II, it was a wonder to me, I never knew knives existed like this! Next came more research, I gained more knowledge and an XM-18, then the floodgates opened and widened to flashlights and tools etc.
And here I am, involved in a community of great like-minded people across the globe having the time of my life! It is about the gear, and that’s what draws you in, and once you’re in you realize you are involved in something much bigger - a globe-spanning family!
Favorite EDC Tool:
The XM-18 is a special knife for me as this is where it all truly started. It’s tough, as I have a lot of gear I love, but the XM-18 is probably the one as it was the catalyst for everything to come.
What's On Your Gear Radar:
One theme that runs through every EDC gear purchase I make now is quality, from good reliable friendly manufacturers and retailers, the buying experience is key as we tend to do a lot of it and making a good transaction just adds the icing on a purchase.
Always more Combat Beads. I really love the oversized madness and they work so well with so many items.
I have a number of pieces from Anso and Voxnaes and I’m waiting on the next GiantMouse Biblio in green Micarta to drop.
Would love to get my hands on the elusive GEC Oak Barrel Beer Scout slip and a GEC TC Barlow single blade with bone scales. The search continues.
And I’m still trying to find a Lumintop Copper Worm, I bought 2 of these from 2 separate suppliers from China recently and both turned out to be stainless steel, but hey, it’s a bit of a lottery sometimes.
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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.