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From the South West of England, we chat with Tim (@rockett86) who works as a copywriter. When it comes to his EDC, he's a firm believer of ‘less is more’ and focuses on extracting maximum performance from the most minimal of packages. Read on to find out all about Tim’s carefully considered carry and what he's eyeing for his next purchase.
Hi, I’m Tim. I’m a copywriter based in the South West of England. In my spare time, I like to get far away from urban life, and a good weekend usually entails my partner and me going on some hike or adventure.
My interest in tools such as pocket knives and torches started when my dad gave me my first Swiss Army Knife. I was just seven years old, about to go on my first camping trip.
As I grew older and started sourcing my own gear for various outdoor escapades, I became more and more interested in making sure I was getting hold of the best kit I could. Lots of research later, I found myself among the thriving EDC community and discovering the myriad of awesome tools and gear out there.
A pen (or two) and notebook are probably my core carry more often than not, as my vocation involves a fair amount of brief taking and writing. Ideas and concepts come much easier to me when I put pen to paper, with all the creative stages visible - even if it’s shown through crossings out!
When it comes to EDC I’m a firm believer in ‘less is more’ and try to keep my pockets streamlined and free of anything I don’t actually need. When I carry a pocket tool or torch, my first consideration is its size and I try to find the best performance in the smallest package.
To me, materials and craftsmanship are some of the most exciting and interesting aspects of what we choose to carry. Titanium features a lot in my usual items; I love its clean look and inert nature, as well as the superb strength to weight ratio. But I’ve also come to appreciate the subtle differences in metals such as copper and brass as they patina and alter over time, and the character they add to tools like writing instruments and flashlights.
Favorite EDC Tool:
I love my Ti SAK – it’s more than enough opening and cutting power for everyday life and the saw is great for any excursion away from civilisation. But, as the old adage goes, the pen is mightier than the sword, and Bear Grylls I’m not… so five days out of seven I’d probably have to choose my Maxmadco!
What's On Your Gear Radar:
Hmmm… that is a dangerous question! I’m actually planning to find a nice custom SAK for my other half, who thankfully shares my interest in great gear. She loves metals that age and tarnish – so probably something with copper or brass scales.
Oh, and I would definitely like more tritium in my life…and probably some more leather stuff like a pen and notebook wrap. This list goes on!
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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.