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Based in Long Beach, Jordan (@pxlpirate) is the modern renaissance man. Surfing, playing in bands, training as an EMT, learning to make knives from David Boye, travelling the world as a missionary and currently a captain on a dredging project in Anchorage – this pirate has done it all. What more can we say? Read on for the full story!
What's in your carry?
What's your story?
Based in Long Beach, I spent my late teens and my early 20s living the California dream: surfing most mornings and playing in bands. A lot of the bands sucked, and the ones that didn't had too much drama.
Trained as an EMT, and while I loved the work, school and I really don't get along. At one point I took an opportunity to learn how to make knives from David Boye, a guy who literally wrote the book on DIY knife making.
Spent some time traveling: building houses and schools in Mexico, connecting with missionaries in Singapore, Thailand, and Eastern Malaysia. One of those missionaries would set me on a path upon which I would meet my wife. But that's a story all on its own.
Currently, I'm working on a dredging project in the port of Anchorage, AK, as a Captain/Engineer. might sound fancy, but we're basically pushing an enormous vacuum around the inlet. I work for a few different companies with contracts that vary from offshore oil platforms to charter yachts to island ferries. I try to stay well rounded
I've always loved knives. My dad gave me a whittling knife when I was about nine, no doubt an attempt to stop me from taking his, and I carried that thing everywhere.
When I was old enough to buy knives myself the focus was always quantity, and boy was I unkind to those poor blades. My respect for tools has increased substantially since then and with it their longevity.
I'm often working 85-90hrs a week, so free time is generally spent eating and sleeping. When work is slow I'm happiest outdoors: hiking, biking, working the garden.
My wife and I love to travel, which is how I got into photography. It's hard to beat a week spend hiking foreign landscapes. And when you're visiting the relos in Aus every summer, bangers are a sure bet.
Favorite EDC Tool?
Probably the Fernet coin, purely for the sentimental value. It doesn't see daylight often, but when I'm out with friends and set it on the bar, a silent pocket check, I'm reminded why it never leaves my wallet.
What's On Your Gear Radar?
Honestly, that changes almost daily. Been looking at the Wingman by Malone knives. Wayfinder to the rescue!
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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.