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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.
I always carry a knife but like to keep a steady rotation going. I’m drawn to knives that have a classy, yet aggressive look to them. Above all, I buy the maker. Each knife I own is from a maker who I genuinely respect.
I live in Santa Clarita, CA and commute to my job as a commercial insurance underwriter everyday in downtown Los Angeles. I moved to LA in 2008, but before that, I was born and raised in San Jose, CA. I graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Business Management Economics.
I remember when I was very young, I saw my uncle carrying one of those huge Swiss Army Knives. It had everything in it but the kitchen sink. I always wanted one like it but had to wait until I got into my teens. Even then, I still only managed to get a small keychain SAK or some cheap no-name knives.
I lost interest until 2016 when my best friend introduced me to the EDC community. I immediately made fun of him for what he was paying for knives and beads. Within a couple of weeks, I joined USN and stared seaching social media for any EDC I could get my hands on!
Since then, I’ve seen the kindness and camaraderie that is the EDC community. “Come for the gear, stay for the people” - so very true.
When I’m not working, I’m usually just relaxing at home with my wife and two dogs. I also spend a good amount of time hunting down my next EDC piece. Otherwise, I love snowboarding and the outdoors.
Favorite EDC Tool:
My favorite would have to be my JBB Gaff. This was a long-awaited book spot with my favorite maker, Brad Blount. I recently got to travel to his shop in Tennessee and hang out with him for the weekend while he made it. He’s just such a good dude. The weekend was full of knife-making tips, stories, and laughs. This knife represents one of my now fondest memories and best EDC experiences.
What's On Your Gear Radar:
Currently, I have a build going with David Mosier that I’m really excited about. I also have a slip joint build later this year scheduled with Ricardo Romano. I’d love to get more JBB, Efros, Hansen, and a JB Stout as well.
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Hitting and melting steel every day for the past 20 years, Steve (@knife.thru.the.lens) is living proof that if you love what you do, you’ll never work a single day in your life. As a Fitter Welder and part-time photographer – he mixes work and play without missing a beat. Read on to learn about Steve’s love for GiantMouse knives and find out what’s on his wide-ranging gear radar.
From the rugged land down under, we chat with Chris (@cray_edc) who’s been working as a Water and Wastewater Operator for the last 20 years. Naturally, his EDC comes in handy in the line of duty, so he knows a thing or two about selecting the right tool for the job. Read on for Chris’ full rig rundown and learn how he puts his gear to the best use – day in and day out.
The epitome of a man who works with his hands, brain, and heart – to paraphrase Louis Nizer – Andrew (@0.8200.20) is an artist, craftsman, collector, photographer and leatherworker all rolled into one. A self-professed “patina-fiend”, he seeks out vintage Leatherman tools and Old Cross Alox SAKs. Read on to learn about Andrew's love affair with all things old and how he strives to live a simple, honest life.