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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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