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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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“Hello, my name is Corban (@hideandgrit) and I love multi-tools.” With that out of the way, we can delve into Corban’s impressive collection of Leatherman tools, ranging from the compact Micra to the innovative Free P4. When he’s not working on his collection, Corban also works with leather (Horween leather in particular). Read on for the full story and find out how he deploys his different tools in his day-to-day.