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From the sunshine state, we have Dave (@everydavecarry) - a rugged renaissance man who enjoys cooking, photography, design, and art, among other hobbies. After stumbling into the world of EDC by way of a Benchmade Griptilian, Dave has found his place among the community. Read on for Dave’s EDC journey, as well as a full rig rundown of his stunning daily carry.
Knife 02: Shirogorov NeOn Lite
This comes with M390 blade steel and it was Nick Shabazz's review that sold me on the Shiro NeOn. The reasons I am personally so keen on this knife is its super-slim profile, paring knife-like blade, and buttery-as-heck flipping and drop-shut closing action.
The full flat ground M390 blade is a slicing machine. Some say it's a bit one-note in its aesthetic, but I personally like how its monotone theme highlights the tight tolerances and milling work. You will usually find this guy in my pocket paired with a slipjoint or a SAK. Did I mention the action on this thing is bonkers? It is.
If you had asked me 18 months ago what my hobbies and interests are - I would have told you cooking, photography, design, art, music, old cars, and motorcycles. That was before I got bitten hard by the EDC bug.
In the middle of 2016, I decided I wanted a pocket knife for my birthday, so I started researching and ended up with a Benchmade Griptilian. Since then, I have been feverishly researching, buying, selling, trading, using, collecting, and obsessing over EDC gear, primarily pocket knives.
For me, pocket knives check a lot of boxes. They have a function, a design aesthetic, and can be handled and toyed with. I also have a deep appreciation for the makers of custom knives.
What I didn’t foresee when I started collecting were two unexpected benefits. One is that I have engaged with my passion for photography in a new way. I take photos every day now, and, by focusing on a similar subject matter, I have improved my technical skills as a photographer.
The second is the community. Never before have I met a group of individuals who are so welcoming, kind, generous, and equally as obsessive as me. It has been a pleasure to get to know and become friends with some of the guys from the EDC community.
I love spending time with my amazing wife and daughter. We like taking adventures together, listening to music, gardening, and trying new food. My wife is super supportive of my EDC hobby. Recently, my 2-year old daughter melted my heart when she told me my knife had “nice walk and talk.” I also love to cook, especially for my girls.
Favorite EDC Tool:
My favorite piece of gear from my photo (second to my ring of course) would have to be my Peña slipjoint. When a knife is handmade with such care and skill from this quality of materials - there is just something very special about it.
I enjoy the colors, pattern, and feel of the micarta handle covers. The smoothness of the pull and the feedback from the action are great. This knife embodies everything I love about pocket knives.
Next On Your Gear Radar:
My next purchase will probably be a Maxmadco bolt action pen in black aluminum. I have had my eye on it for a while. I recently got to handle my buddy’s titanium version of the pen which sold me on it. Also, I would really like an Oeser Tengu Flipper.
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A proud alumni of our Urban EDC Supply community feature, we talked to Jannik (@mr.decaffeinato) in 2018 (Showcase #114) and thought it's high-time we revisited his carry. Since then, Jannik has boldly pursued his passion in EDC and has come a long way. Read on to find out how his carry has evolved, and how he has turned his obsession and passion into his profession.