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From Elkhart, Indiana, Chip (@phantom_brewer) is literally living the dream. Alongside his wife, Chip owns and operates Iechyd Da Brewing Company and gets paid to indulge in his hobby (cue widespread envy). Read on to learn all about Chip’s highly personalized carry which he uses daily as he brews up a storm.
Flashlight: Okluma DC1
This is the Okluma DC1 with a custom Ti2 Designs clip. Lightweight, forgiving finish, superb milling and construction. The brewery has dark places, I need to light them up and this does a fantastic job in a small package.
What's your story:
I'm from Elkhart, Indiana, about 20 minutes east of Notre Dame. I spend my days making beer. Together with my wife, Summer, we own Iechyd Da Brewing Company, a small 100 seat / 7 barrel brewpub on our towns Main St.
My EDC journey started at probably 10 or 11 years old with my first Swiss Army Knife my father gave me and I've been carrying knives since. My addiction has really picked up steam in the last 5 years or so as I started adding items to my EDC that aided me in making beer.
Instead of stopping what I was doing and going to grab a flashlight, pliers, or screwdriver – I now have those things on me. Oh, and 5.11 brand jeans. They have an extra pocket on each side between the hip pockets and back pockets. It really increases the amount of gear you can comfortably carry.
Some days the items are more basic and some days they're fancier versions but almost always a combination of those things.
I brew beer for a living, I get paid to do my hobby. Any free time I have is spent with my wife or sharpening knives. Living the dream!
Favorite EDC Tool:
The Curt Haaland San Mai would have to be my favorite. It's just the right size and has a great build quality and design. I have several knives from him and they never disappoint.
What's On Your Gear Radar:
Next up? I'm not sure. I kind of have my eye out for copper flashlight, something that will patina well. Or an Omega Mark II reissue. Or a Sinn U1 Professional. We'll see.
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