Welcome to the Urban EDC Showcase! Each week, we feature a member of the EDC community and the gear they rely on every day. Want to be featured? Submit your gear photo.
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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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.