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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.
My name is Matt (not many people in the EDC community know my name, or me for that matter) and I’m based in Ann Arbor Michigan. Although I work part-time at a custom apparel printing shop, my main gig is being a student.
Initially, I was studying photography but nearing the end of an Associates program I decided to change my path. I’m currently working towards a bachelor’s in Environmental Studies.
For as long as I can remember I’ve always loved pocket knives and neat little trinkets. As a young teen, I’d save my cash, purchase gift cards, and then use them to buy whatever knives and EDC items I could afford (online).
My first purchases included a Spyderco Tenacious, Ambitious, and CRKT Drifter (not necessarily in that order). Eventually, I got a job and purchased a Benchmade Mini Griptilian as my first “nice” knife. Since then, I’ve slowly been building my collection and refining my taste. The items you see on my Instagram today are a reflection of that.
During my free time, I enjoy photography, snowboarding, dirt biking, mountain biking, camping, hiking, and backpacking. I love the outdoors, and I love getting dirty. My hobbies define who I am and bring me more joy than I ever thought was possible.
Favorite EDC Tool:
My favorite piece of gear is my Sebenza. It has all the qualities of a pocket knife that are essential to me. It’s the essence of perfection.
What's On Your Gear Radar:
I’d love to get my hands on a Gareth Bull Shamwari. But realistically the next items on my list include a brass Maratac AAA light and some Ti scales for my Benchmade Bugout. I’m ballin on a budget, so my purchases tend to be quite spread out.
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A modern working man, Josh (@wanderer.edc) is a General Fitter in the Distribution Field of Natural Gas, which means he's the 1st responder to gas leaks, carbon monoxide calls, and line hits. As such, he knows the importance of being prepared and the value of having the best tools for the job. Read on to find out how Josh first got addicted to knives, and what he has next on his razor-sharp gear radar.