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Working out of Traverse City, Michigan, Ben (@edcgearhouse) modifies knives for a living. With a background in street art and painting, he first experimented with spray painting inexpensive knives before turning his passion into a profession. Read on to find out all about Ben’s EDC inspiration and what he believes to be the ultimate everyday carry blade.
What's your story:
I’m currently living in Traverse City, Michigan. I say ‘currently’ because I move around a bit and plan on traveling much more. For work, I’m happy to say I am a voided warranty specialist and business partner of Way Of Knife. I modify knives for a living.
A couple of years ago I was living in my hometown of Chicago doing street art and painting as a side hustle (my actual job was working in train yards) when I decided I wanted to be more involved in this awesome EDC community.
So, I started doing paint jobs with spray paint on some inexpensive knives like CRKT Squids. Those took off REALLY well and I knew that it was the start of something so progressed to simple with dye jobs and acid washing incorporating my stencils and whatnot, now I’m here.
I first got into EDC through my gramps. He was a blue-collar union worker on the south side of Chicago who loved fishing and walks in the woods. He always had a lighter, a fixed blade, and a knife. The knives were usually a SAK and a Buck 110 Classic. I found it awesome that he always had tools ready to go when the time called and that resonated with me.
In my free time, I like hiking and exploring northern Michigan, flying my drone (Mavic Pro Platinum), driving my little GTI just to drive, and indulging in Michigan's relaxed recreational laws 😎
Favorite EDC Tool:
It’d have to be the Arius, it’s just my end all be all for knives. You can tell that there was so much thought and effort in designing this knife. Worth every penny.
What's On Your Gear Radar:
I’m in a bit of a time out from buying any EDC gear until I pay the IRS back 🙄 but when that’s all over I’d really like to finally land a David Mosier custom...or another Arius.
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A dedicated father of a 6-year-old twins, Casey (@yasec.edc) works as a Cardiac ICU nurse. From playing the crane game at the State Fair to win cheap knives to owning his current custom blade in the form of the Grimsmo Norseman, Casey’s love affair with blades and pocket tools runs deep. Read on to learn all about Casey’s carefully curated carry and his “pryblem” which involves about a dozen different pry bars.