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From Minnesota, Devin (@drifters_edc) is going to college for CNC-machining. His EDC journey started after watching YouTube videos and he's now trying his hand at making his own coins, all while working part-time at a gas station, geeking out over Mr Robot, and battling it out on COD and R6 Seige. Read on to learn all about Devin's carry and find out why he's obsessed with... sunglasses (bet you didn't see that coming).
What's in your carry?
What's your story?
Hi, my name is Devin and I currently live in a small town in Minnesota. I am completely obsessed with sunglasses, Canada, anything mango-flavored really, the ocean, the mountains, and pirates! Kinda all over the board there but whatever, I like what I like alright.
I am currently going to college for CNC machining, working part-time at a gas station, and working on drops for my "business" Drifters EDC. So as you can imagine I have a very busy schedule, but hey that's alright it keeps me busy at least.
In what little free time I have you can find me playing video games or watching Netflix. If your interested my favorite games are COD Modern Warfare and R6 Seige right now, and my favorite series is Mr Robot I highly recommend it, it's great. It's on Amazon Prime Video right now if you wanna watch it.
Sorry got a little sidetracked there let's get back to the EDC stuff. I first realized I was a part of the EDC community kinda when I stumbled upon the Best Damn EDC channel on YouTube.
I love watching the EDC weekly and seeing what people carry and why and hearing some of the stories behind it all, it's awesome! That was not long before I graduated high school last year.
After graduating I was unemployed and wanted to start a business. I had purchased a small CNC machine that was similar to the one I used at school all the time. While in school my friends and teachers saw me using it all the time and by senior year I was quite familiar with it and I would say quite good at using it (I first started learning how to use it as a freshman.) So buying a similar machine only made sense if I wanted to start a business right away.
My first idea wasn't actually an EDC business, its wasn't actually even my idea really, it was my neighbors and my mom's mostly. I was going to sell custom wedding things like coasters and wood signs.
I worked on that stuff along with a couple of my own ideas for coasters and inlays for months and while I learned a lot from doing that, I didn't really enjoy it as much as I did in high school. So I ditched the whole idea and decided to try and come up with something on my own so that I would be doing something I wanted to do and making things that I thought would be cool.
After watching countless EDC videos on YouTube and scrolling through Peter McKinnon's pirate life page on Instagram and seeing the things he was making I knew I wanted to make EDC goods.
After doing a little research I found out my little CNC machine could cut soft metals with the right tools so I ordered everything I needed and came up with Drifters EDC! About 3 months after starting my Instagram I have drawn up tons of designs for coins and pry bars and other things that I'm keeping a secret for now, and I released my first drop of gear. The Wayfinder Coin and people seem to love them so that's good! Now I'm here!
Favorite EDC Tool?
My favorite piece of gear... that's real tough ya know? I'd probably have to go with my sunglasses. I've worn sunglasses my whole life, and I feel like they are just a part of me... is that weird? Oh well, I don't care that's just the facts.
Not sure if sunglasses count as a tool like you said in which case if they don't I'm going with my knife all the way. My Bugout and every other Bugout out there can take on the world. Need to chop down a small tree for who knows what? Bugout. Need to cut up some boxes at work? Bugout. Need to do some meal prep? Bugout. Now could you do that with other knives? Probably, but I carry a Bugout almost all the time so that's what we're going with.
What's On Your Gear Radar?
Some gear I'm looking forward to getting my hands on would be a James Brand Carter in Bone + Black or a Folsom in the same colorway. There's just something about their style that I love and would love to pick one of those knives up soon they just look so good!
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Today, we're getting down to brass tacks with Idon (@idonjuantatalya) who's born and raised in the Nutmeg State. From his 20-year-old Leatherman Mini to his trio of patinated brass tools (pry, pen, and light), he combines functionality and form in his wonderfully diverse carry. Read on for Idon's full rig rundown and find out what's next in his "must-buy" list.