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Born and raised El Paso, TX, Ever (@bhonda98) plans also to die in this “hot, sweaty, sunny beautiful desert city” that he proudly calls home. As an elementary school teacher, Ever believes in being prepared and it shows in his highly competent and comprehensive daily carry. Read on for Ever’s full story and find out what's next on his finely tuned gear radar.
My name is Ever Balandrán Jr. and I was born, raised, and always lived in El Paso, TX. I plan to die in this hot, sweaty, sunny beautiful desert city that is wonderful to mountain bike with its technical rocky trails; full of cactus and other thorny plants of the Southwest.
I am an elementary 5th-grade teacher. Have been teaching for...too long. It is said that teachers are always prepared, therefore, that’s why my pocket dump is important to me.
I am an enthusiast of knives, quality watches, road biking, mountain biking, and RC scale trucks since I was young. And I spend my free time surfing the web and Instagram, admiring other people’s EDC dump, or RC scale trucks.
I first got into EDC when my father left behind a Camillus US Military utility pocket knife that he found stuck on a tree in Timberon, NM. It was the last time I went camping with him. He got lost on that trip.
He went off to the side to use the restroom. When he wanted to come to us, he got disoriented, and couldn’t find his way back to us; until much later that evening. I don’t ever carry that knife with me since I see it as an heirloom; I’d hate to lose that.
Later in the years, I remember another time when I was helping my older cousin sell some stuff. Just for him selling an x amount of items, he received different prices from a catalog. He let me choose from the different prices. I picked a Swiss Army Knife. I lost it within two weeks since I took it to school. I hated myself for that.
I learned from a young age, that using a watch and a knife, with other tools integrated, were cool, but not necessarily as cool as I see them...and most of us in the Hobby.
About two years ago, I lost a little bit of interest with RCs. I was looking through Instagram when I saw how there was a whole community of people that enjoyed the same things like me, knives, wallets, watches, and even keychains.
Favorite EDC Tool:
Can I pick more than one? Chris Reeve Knives Large Inkosi Insingo Frame Lock Knife, “bank-vault” feel, is definitely the mere definition of this. You can tell quality once you see and feel it. It’s very simple, yet elegant and classy. Did I mention that it is tough looking? I can’t see this leaving my side, and it hasn’t since the day I got it.
Northwoods Bear Lake - Sambar Stag 05 knife. Is this the epitome of a classy slip joint knife or what? It sure is for me!
Magrette Moana Pacific Professional Kara automatic watch. It’s very sporty, it’s big, stylish, tasteful in my opinion, comfortable to wear, precise, and a limited edition with certificate of authenticity serialized out of 1,010 pieces.
What's On Your Gear Radar:
I’ve been keeping an eye on a Medford, Strider knife, and Dirk Wanger mini pen (hope to get ahold of one this upcoming drop), and either Rolex Sub-Mariner or black face Tudor Pelagos. I’m trimming the heard of things that I have, so I can make space for the most desired in my dump.
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A winemaker and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner, Ivan (@knives.x) is as rugged and refined as it gets. Hailing from Eastern Europe, his free time is either spent rolling on the mat or on adventures with his wife and son. Read on for Ivan’s simple yet stylish carry that places real-world functionality above all.
If you think looking after a single kid is tough, try raising 4 of them. From Barwick, Georgia, we talk to Jeremy (@jpoppell85) who’s a proud stay-at-home dad of 4 young kids. Jeremy has always carried a knife but only started getting into other aspects of it after interacting with the EDC community on Facebook. Read on for Jeremy’s full rig rundown, and find out what’s next on his gear radar!
With a name like Dean Burns (@dean_edc), you already know you’re talking to somebody lit. A schoolteacher by day and SAK-modder/leatherworker by night, Dean’s aesthetic of choice for his EDC is anything post-apocalyptic or battle-worn. Read on for Dean’s full rig rundown and find out how he configures and deploys his different custom SAKs.