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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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!