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As an Executive Chef in New York City, Nick (@charliechingon) knows a thing or two about knives and tools and it shows with his gorgeous gear selection. Striving for a clean, classy, and competent carry, he places emphasis on keeping things minimal and purposeful. Read on to find out all about Nick’s effortlessly stylish carry and what’s next on his gear radar.
- Knife: Chris Reeve Large Sebenza (Knife Art Edition)
My daily carry is a Large Carbon Fiber Sebenza (Knife Art Edition) with an Adam Purvis White Timascus Clip. I love the Sebenza, it's an extremely well-designed knife.
The carbon fiber keeps the knife lightweight while the Timascus clip adds some flare. I think the Sebenza is one of the best knives on the market. It's practically bomb proof and has such a useful blade shape. Also, they have some of the best customer service in the business.
- Pen: Urban Survival Gear TiScribe
This is my Urban Survival Gear TiScribe Titanium Pen with a Timascus Clip. I love the weight and size of this pen. It is the perfect EDC pen.
- iPhone Case: Pitaka
On my phone is a Pitaka Carbon Fiber Case. Super thin and lightweight, it's almost like not having a case.
- Pry Bar: Casey Lynch V3.0
The Casey Lynch Pry Bar is one of my favorite items that I carry. It's super light and sturdy with so many uses. Casey is also one of the nicest makers out there.
- Keychain: Japanese Brass Hook
My keychain is a Japanese hook style clip that I picked up from Best Made Co. a few years back. I love how minimal and clean it makes my keys look.
- Flashlight: Tain Aurora
My flashlight is a Tain Aurora. The precision milling is what originally caught my eye. I carry it so often because of the compact size and powerful beam. I've paired it with a Mokume bead from Reylight.
- Money Clip: Craighill
I use a Craighill brass money clip. Again, like my keys, it's minimal design is what keeps it in my pocket.
- Wallet: Fouts
Lastly, to try and keep the bulk in my pockets to an acceptable level, I carry a card sleeve. This one, from Fouts, is made out of Horween leather and just keeps getting better with age.
I'm based in New York City and I’m the Executive Chef of a popular restaurant in Midtown Manhattan.
The start of my EDC journey can be traced back to when I was a little kid in the Boy Scouts. That's when I got my first knife and learned how to appreciate pocket tools. Ever since then I’ve always carried a knife.
My hobbies include looking for the next best EDC tool, hanging out with my dog, family, cooking, photography, and woodworking.
Favorite EDC Tool:
I love my Sebenza. It's not my first and it probably won't be my last. In my opinion, it is the epitome of a perfect EDC knife. It's a knife that I know can abuse and clean up like new.
The blade is such a classic shape and the S35VN steel is easy to sharpen back to a razors edge. The carbon fiber and Adam Purvis clip make it special and set it apart.
What's On Your Gear Radar:
I have been wanting a Gareth Bull Shamwari for a while now. I haven't been quick enough to get one just yet.