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.
For our special festive feature, we sit down with Shawne (@shawne_decrist) who's the face of Urban EDC Supply (those in our Urban EDC Nation FB group would be most familiar with her). When Shawne's not working tirelessly to bring you the best Gear Drops, she works as a volunteer firefighter. So, read on for Shawne's full rig rundown and find out why she's so passionate about the EDC community.
What's your story:
I live in New Jersey and work for the one, the only, Urban EDC Supply. I started out as a customer, and saw one day that they were looking for someone to do Customer Service. I figured it was a long shot, but I threw my hat into the ring.
After a few months of Customer Service work, I was able to move up to purchasing, marketing, and managing the brand. The rest is, as they say, history! I can't wait to see what the next year brings!
When asked about how I first got into EDC, I always struggle to find the right answer. I have been carrying things around in my pockets for years. Ever since I was little, and got my first Victorinox for Christmas. I always want to be prepared, and be able to help when I can. So, next came a pen, then a flashlight, eventually some toothpicks also found their way into my carry.
However, I didn't find the EDC Community as a whole until about 2013. I was up late one night surfing the Internet and saw an animal shaped bottle opener. Several hours and one million hashtags later, I was in the deepest rabbit hole I have ever found.
Between the awesome people and functional gear, I am still amazed by it all. As we say - "Come for the gear, stay for the people."
In my free time, I like being outside. I love to go camping with my wife and dog, and we spend a lot of time down the shore on the boat crabbing and fluke fishing. When indoors, I enjoy the occasional round of Call of Duty. I am also a volunteer Firefighter for my local town.
Favorite EDC Tool:
I am not allowed to have a favorite. I am in a place now in my collecting, and in business, that I buy the maker, and not the gear. Therefore, it is truly impossible to pick a favorite.
What's On Your Gear Radar:
I would love to acquire a Marsh custom blade. Jeremy is a great designer and I love his work. He made me a nice Christmas ornament once, but a blade is certainly on my list.
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From Fresno, we speak to Josh who's a proud dad and a graduate student in History. A long-time EDC enthusiast and knife lover (who isn't?), Josh values the innovation and diversity most when it comes to EDC and the community. Read on for Josh's full rig rundown, and find out the story behind those stylish shades!
From Richmond, Virginia, we talk to Taylor (@rvagearguy) who's a Senior Systems Engineer. Inspired by his dad, grandfather, and uncles who all carried knives – Taylor always had a knife in his pocket. Over time, his hobby evolved and expanded to include military knives or historically significant models. Read on for the full story and to learn all about Taylor's carefully curated and considered carry.