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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.
Knife: Ferrum Forge Fortis 2.0.
Next up is a new addition to my EDC and knife collection, the Ferrum Forge Fortis 2.0. Been using this guy for a little while now and I gotta tell ya, this knife is pretty terrific.
The Fortis gets a lot of use at home and at work, but mainly at home. My girlfriend is obsessed with Ikea and is always buying new furniture for our place. So I'm constantly using a big knife to cut into and break down boxes/packages. She was one of those "why do you carry a knife... that's creepy" kind of girls, but that quickly changed because now she has me cut and open everything.. in conclusion, the Fortis is an awesome knife.
SAK: Victorinox Pioneer Alox
My Victorinox Pioneer Alox is the knife I use for precise cuts and for cutting into the mail, small packages and sometimes I use it to peel fruits. I bought a TEC Accessories clip for it that makes it a joy to carry. This Pioneer is another piece that has a very steady role in my EDC.
My name is Joe and I'm actually based out of Chicago, Illinois. I sell guitars for a living and repair/restore them in my spare time as a hobby. I also write music and play the guitar for my instrumental rock band called Versus The Giant, we are currently recording our first EP and have a few demo tracks out on band camp. There's a link to it on our Instagram page @vtgchicago.
As long as I can remember I've always been into gear. As a kid, you can't really buy all the stuff you want so I had to acquire my gear in other ways. My first pocket knife was this old beat up SAK Cadet, I remember trading this kid in school a few Pokemon cards for it. But it wasn't till about 2013 when I bought my first Spyderco PM2 that really changed the game for me. To have such a quality knife was a real game-changer, and so began my EDC journey.
Favorite EDC Tool:
My favorite piece of gear in my arsenal has to be my knives though. I've collected so many and just have a passion and respect for the craft and genius that goes behind the designs.
My favorite knife (not shown in current gear line up) has to be my McNees Dixon. Which is currently with Jonathan McNees getting a new back spacer and pocket clip. My Ferrum Forge Fortis 2.0 is definitely a favorite of mine as well. Feels great in the hand and is just a visually stunning knife.
What's On Your Gear Radar:
I'd really like to get my hands on a Peter Rassenti Nirvana or Satori. I bought a Spyderco Nirvana a while back thinking it would quench my thirst.. it did the opposite and I've been drooling over a custom Rassenti ever since.
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From Gothenburg, Sweden, Marcus (@__macktheknife__) works with kids with special needs while working part-time at a motorcycle shop. For him, less is always more and that’s the guiding philosophy of his EDC. Read on for his full rig rundown and find out how Marcus uses each and every one of his carefully chosen tools.
From Marietta, Ohio, we chat with Courtney (@bladeantly_obvious) who’s studying to be a Medical Cannabis Technician. Growing up on a tobacco farm, she always found a use for a sharp blade, whether it’s the SAK from her father or the Case fixed blade from her Pawpaw. Read on to learn all about Courtney’s sleek carry and her wonderfully diverse interests and hobbies.
This week, we talk to Grayson (@g.r.parker) who’s an adjunct college lecturer from Bakersfield, California. As a regular contributor to BladeReviews, Grayson knows his gear and is especially discerning when it comes to his personal carry. Read on to learn all about Grayson’s astute gear choices and how his carry has evolved since he was last featured over 2 years ago.