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Rumbling in from New York City, Nick (@nicholas.melnyk) is a railroad signal electrician for the MTA. His carry relies heavily on things that simply work rather than anything frivolous. Purpose-driven with both his EDC and his attitude toward life, Nick is also an accomplished musician and photographer. Read on for the full rig rundown and find out what's next on Nick's discerning gear radar.
What's in your carry?
What's your story?
Well, my name is Nicholas. I’m currently 23 years old and I live in New York City. I work for the MTA (Metropolitan Transit Authority) on the railroad as an electrician in the Signal Department.
Before that, I was a Commercial/ Residential Electrician for several companies. My job requires me to work nights at times and other days to stay longer than usual. But I love it and I love this city. Maybe you’ll see me next time you ride the train!
I remember I got into EDC a while back. Maybe 4 or 5 years ago. But I always carried a multi-tool on me. My buddy would carry a Benchmade 940 and I always found it so cool.
One day I decided to order myself a knife. After reading several reviews and watching videos on the subject I got a Spyderco Delica as my first and that’s what started it all.
Then I got into the knife community and everyone welcomed me with open arms, even though I didn’t know much. A few names to throw out there were Frankie (@frankie_blades), Casey Lynch (@lynchnw), and Mr Jurassic himself (jurassic.blades).
I found myself ordering a new knife every few weeks or so. I went through Spyderco, Zero Tolerance, Benchmade, the whole nine. Until I ordered my first Sebenza. That really sealed the deal for me.
So, before I was into EDC I was heavily into music. I play the guitar and have been playing for the better part of 14 years or so. I got my first acoustic when I was about 7 years old and the last guitar I purchased was a Gibson Les Paul Traditional.
Music has always been something close to me, and it always will. However, after that I got into photography. Again I found help from a few really cool folks on Instagram and they got the ball rolling for me. I started researching and practising on an old Nikon I had.
Then I got my Sony a6000 and it’s been amazing. I almost consider it a part of my EDC because it’s a great pass-time to walk around and take a few pictures. Or even be at home and snap some shots of knives and other gear.
Favorite EDC Tool?
This is a difficult question because it’s not easy to pick a favorite, but I’d have to go with my Omega Speedmaster. I just can’t see myself without it.
As I mentioned before, it’s been a dream for years and now that I own it, I find it hard to separate myself from it. The rest of the gear is replaceable. The Omega, however, holds sentiment and that can’t be replaced.
What's On Your Gear Radar?
I haven’t really given this too much thought. I would like to eventually get another higher-end watch. I have a Rolex Explorer 214270 on my wishlist so to speak. But that’s long-term. Short-term I would really like to own either a Shirogorov F95 or an MSC Strider with a Nightmare Grind blade. Those two are incredibly gifted makers who really know what they are doing.
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From across the pond, we chat with Matt (@mattd_edc) who only got into EDC recently by way of boredom and the lockdown. As an engineer at a power station, Matt's able to use his gear on daily basis, which helps him fine-tune his carry based on real-world functionality. Read on for the full rundown and find out who in the EDC community Matt really wants to buy a beer for!
A practical problem-solver and teacher at heart, Ben (@gearinsitu) works as an operations manager tackling tactical issues and is trained and certified in a number of mental health and first responder programs. In his free time, he also runs youth camps, offers counseling services, and provides wilderness survival training and nature guides. Read on for the full story and rig rundown of Ben's amazing gear situation!