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Growing up in northern Sweden among towering trees and mountains, Mats (@kaiser_mats) has always been drawn to the great outdoors. It’s from this love that gave rise to his interest in knives and tools. Read on for the rundown of Mat’s high-performance carry and learn all about his newfound interest in high-end flashlights.
I live in Sweden and work as a licensed clinical psychologist. I love Sweden with it's easy access to beautiful nature and lots of space. My work as a clinical psychologist is challenging and highly satisfying. It gives me the opportunity to help others, and at the same time, it’s stimulating for me as a person.
I love that my work lets me work with difficult cases. It requires me to help others find a way through their suffering and team up with primary care clinics to develop their work with mental health problems.
My interest in EDC began when I started to make knives a few years back. I have collected and used knives since I was little (mostly fixed blades). When I started to make my own fixed blades I stumbled into the EDC community. Eventually, I started to find folding knives that were something different than the cheap folders I have had before.
The Strider and Hinderer knives that were designed to handle hard use opened my eyes to a whole new world of folders. One thing led to another and I found myself getting more and more interested in daily carry. From here I started to carry things with great design, both in the practical and aesthetic aspects. I really look for things that are well designed in both these aspects. My newest interest is in high-end flashlights.
I love the outdoors and being in nature. I grew up in northern Sweden with great big forests and beautiful mountains. When I think about what gives my life good quality, nature always comes to mind.
My interest in knives is rooted in my love for nature and the outdoors. A few years back I started making my own fixed blades. This gives me the opportunity to make stuff with my own hands and design knives as I want them to be. Working with my hands and doing practical things is important to me. Sometimes my work doesn't allow me to do these, so my hobbies mean a lot.
Favorite EDC Tool:
That is a hard one pick to pick. Several of the things on the list are favorites in their own categories. But if I have to choose one it would be the Strider SnG DGG. This knife can handle any tasks that I put it trough regardless of context.
The size is perfect when it comes to carrying a folder in the outdoors and the dual gunner grip gives great texture to the handle. At the same time, it's not too big to carry in my daily backpack in the city and use when needed.
What's On Your Gear Radar:
I’m on the lookout for a Tim Curry slip joint to try out. Another knife I want to get into my EDC rotation is a Mick Strider custom PT-CC. The PT is a great size in a city environment and I have been looking to upgrade the one I currently use.
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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.