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.
A man of many talents, Sam (@raven_the_pirate) used to work as a photographer and videographer before taking flight in the aerospace industry. It was through his love for photographing his gear that led him to the EDC community which he has since embraced. Read on to learn all about Sam and his mission to find the perfect gear to suit his everyday needs.
What's your story:
I’m a design engineer for the aerospace industry, based in Frankfurt, Germany. Our company designs, builds, and operates test means for aerospace components or even entire systems.
Usually when I give this answer people still don’t know what I do, so the easier answer is: If you need something tested, I’ll make it happen.
During my time in university, I worked as a freelance photographer/videographer and retoucher which is still one of my biggest hobbies. I used to shoot events and portraits, but now with a full-time job and a family, I just can’t find the time to shoot events or other people.
So, I started with product photography of my personal everyday things which lead to my interest (and maybe addiction) in EDC.
I have always had an interest in gear and wanted everything to match, not noticing that I was already EDCing. It was only when I started posting these pictures to Instagram when I discovered the world of EDC and the amazing community behind it. Ever since, I’m on the mission to find the perfect gear for my needs and I’m making amazing friends along the way.
Favorite EDC Tool:
The favorite tools are the ones I literally can’t leave the house without – my wallet and my key clip. I often change my carry depending on the occasion, but my wallet and my key clip always stay on me to the point that I feel naked when I don’t have one of them with me.
But on the other hand: who doesn’t like to fidget with a knife...
What's On Your Gear Radar:
I want to add a hank to my carry and a friend (@mcmdhankery) is currently custom-making one for me. Another friend (@rambler.made) has just started his leatherwork brand and is developing some amazing things, so I’ll definitely have an eye out.
When it comes to knives I want to get a custom SAK with titanium scales and acid-etched tools. There are some amazing makers out there, but their books are usually pretty full, so I may have to wait a bit for that.
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When Kirk (@capt.kirklucas) received his first knife – courtesy of a good friend and the astute advice of the storekeeper – it eventually set him down a path of being a YouTube Video Editor within the EDC community. Read on for the full story and find out which knife it was and what's next on Kirk's gear radar.
Making the most of his time home, Erik (@e.frdnbrg) has been dedicating more time to his love of photography, taking long bike rides through the German countryside, and is even planning to take his racing boat out on the water again! Read on for the full story and find out how Adam Savage inspired Erik's EDC journey.