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Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Forrest (@forrestfire918) is building a career as an automotive locksmith. As a young boy, Forrest has always been enamored by shurikens and all kinds of ninja gear – and from there, his love of knives and high-quality tools grew. Read on for Forrest’s full rig rundown and find out what’s next on his gear radar.
My name is Forrest and I was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I’m 24 years old and I love collecting knives, gear, playing Kendama, drawing, painting, playing video games, and spending time with friends and family. I’ve been an automotive locksmith for almost three years and I love it. I plan on making a career out of it.
I’ve been into EDC for quite a while but didn’t really know it had a community until I saw people posting about it on Instagram. I’ve carried a knife, pen, wallet, Kendama, and my phone for as long as I can remember. My eyes were opened further when I started getting into the world of custom and rare knives.
I started following and discovering makers several years back but couldn’t imagine having the money to collect. I’m in a better position these days and I’ve been fortunate enough to expand my collection of rad gear and knives! I’m hoping to have a collection I’ll be proud to pass down to my children one day.
I remember always being into throwing knives, ninja stars, blow darts, and any kind of ninja tools when I was a kid. I even had a crossbow at one point. I find it funny that my brother was into airsoft guns and the military growing up. I find it fitting now that we are older, I collect knives and gear and he’s starting his collection of firearms and wants to serve our country!
Favorite EDC Tool:
Listing a favorite piece has been the hardest part of this write-up. When you start a collection they all become your favorites! One piece that really stands out in my collection is my Urban Survival Gear pen with the mokuti tip kit. Because the mokuti was a gift it makes that pen extra special to me. It’s such a versatile pen that takes various refills and has great balance.
What's On Your Gear Radar:
There are a few hard to get pieces I’ve been searching for like a TC Barlow and a Northwoods Madison Barlow. I’m looking forward to the Serge Panchenko production line that will be dropping sometime in the next month or so. I've been looking forward to scooping up one of the Bean Flippers since he announced them in December. Serge is definitely one of my favorite makers.
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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.