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.
Samantha (@sharpxsweet) knows knives. Growing up with a dad who's a prepper and survivalist, she received her first knife (a Spyderco Navigator) at age 13 – which ignited her lifelong obsession with knives and tools. Besides collecting knives, Samantha also enjoys hiking, camping, and driving her Jeep out to the middle of nowhere with her son to escape the hustle and bustle. Read on for the full rig rundown of Samantha's sharp and sweet carry.
What's in your carry?
What's your story?
I’m currently a Global Program Manager and Supply Chain Analyst for an electronic component distributor in Phoenix, Arizona. It’s a lot more fun than it sounds and I love it. I originally worked in the food industry and even received a degree in culinary arts from Le Cordon Bleu. Playing with knives in a kitchen isn’t something I could give up completely, so I still occasionally cater on the side.
I grew up with a prepper/survivalist for a dad, so I blame him for the need to fill my pockets with so many items. He always carries tools, ready for whatever may come his way. He gave me my first knife when I was 13, a Spyderco Navigator that I still own. After that, it became an obsession for me.
My obsession grew even more once I realized that pocket dumps were a big thing in the online EDC community. I've always hated carrying a purse, and since I wear women's clothes, I don't have very deep pockets. I learned to position items in my pocket in a way that would allow me to carry more, taking advantage of the fact that women's pockets are wider rather than deeper. It became a game to see how much I could carry. Once I discovered a whole community was doing it online, I picked up the hobby of taking pictures of my pocket dumps. Because of this, I've met so many amazing people.
Besides collecting knives, I also enjoy hiking, camping, and driving my Jeep out to the middle of nowhere with my son to escape people and cell phone service. As much as I love to socialize, sometimes I need a break to recharge.
Favorite EDC Tool?
The McBee is my favorite item. It’s cute, but it’s also a great little tool. It’s easy to quickly open and close one-handed, and tiny enough to hide without much effort. I snuck it into Disneyland last year without a problem.
What's On Your Gear Radar?
Next on my list: I don’t really have anything that I’m looking out for. I’ll probably end up with another PM2, I already have another on the way.
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This is definitely not your average carry. From Singapore, we chat with Ben (@avgsgn) who's a project manager working in the UX and design thinking space. A man of many talents – Ben is also a dance instructor, music producer and DJ – in addition to running his YouTube channel. Read on for a full rig rundown and find out what's next on Ben's highly-honed gear radar (hint: it's quite a sight).
Hailing from northern Germany, Maik (@mpdwaberlin) is an engineer, craftsman and multi-talented man of the world. Achieving both form and function in his EDC, Maik believes that a "knife-less man is a lifeless man". Read on to learn all about this ultra sleek and stylish carry that's fit for a secret agent.