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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.
My name is Andrew, and I live with my wife, two-year-old son, and a grumpy cat in Manchester, UK. Although I grew up on a farm in the English Lake District, I am an artist and also work in an artist's supplies shop.
Growing up on a farm, knives and tools were always a part of everyday life. I've still got the scar from when I closed one of my Dad's slip joints on my finger as a child. I've carried a Swiss Army Knife for as long as I can remember. It was only a couple of the years ago that I discovered the EDC community, which has opened the doors to a whole world of collecting and other things to blow my spare cash on!
Aside from EDC and art, I read a lot and dabble with leatherwork. I've just started messing around with making micarta and wooden scales for SAKs. I cycle everywhere, tend my vegetable plot, play around with vintage film cameras, and spend a lot of time with my son. I'm just trying to live a simple and honest life.
Favorite EDC Tool:
My favorite from the above is the Old Cross Alox Farmer. I love carrying and using vintage stuff. It always makes me wonder where it has been and who had used it before it ended up with me.The stories a 40 or 50-year-old knife could tell. I also love the aesthetics of older gear; the lines are always cleaner, and they look classier to me. I'm not a fan of modern knives at all.
What's On Your Gear Radar:
My current wishlist is full of stuff as always, but I'd love to pick up a few older Great Eastern Cutlery models, namely, the #66 moose pattern. Recently, I've started trying to collect older #15s. Unfortunately, a lot of these fetch a really high price, and my budget for EDC stuff is lacking at the moment.
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From Portland, Oregon by way of the swamps of Louisiana, Travis (@tbabyedc) is a gardener for a licensed Oregon recreational cannabis farm (oh yeah). In addition to plying his green thumb, Travis also doubles up as a contractor, electrician, and designer to get the job done. Read on to learn how Travis curates an EDC that can keep up with him, and find out what he's looking to acquire next.