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From Southern Illinois, Tay (@knaf_potato) first got into EDC by way of Doctor Who, and soon discovered the handy Swiss Army Knife. From then, taking a trip on the TARDIS, her daily carry now features both a Kizer fixed blade and folding knife. Read on for the full rig rundown, and find out how she puts her kickass gear to good use!
My name is Tay, and I’m originally from the San Francisco Bay Area but currently live in Southern Illinois. I am working toward my MA in Mental Health Counseling and have a background in crisis counseling and social work.
I first got into EDC when I was 12. I was super into Doctor Who and thought it would be cool if The Doctor’s sonic screwdriver could be real. So I thought, “hmm, what’s the closest thing in real life?” And the answer was a Swiss Army Knife.
I asked my dad for one for Christmas and he gave me his old one with his name engraved on it. I carried that tool in my backpack until college, when I started to build my collection.
I particularly like pocket knives because I tend to use blades the most and I enjoy the fidgetability and wide variety of knife options. The first knife I bought was the Spyderco Tenacious, based on my brother’s recommendation.
I didn’t get seriously into knife collecting or the knife community until I started watching BirdShotIV on YouTube. It was encouraging to see another lady in the EDC world, plus Frankie and Bird are hilarious! I’m grateful for finding this community and am so excited to meet more EDC enthusiasts!
My hobbies include EDC gear, martial arts (Choy Lay Fut Kung Fu, SanShou Kickboxing), visual arts (drawing, painting, sketching, digital, tattoo design), creative writing, piano, and hiking. I spend my free time hanging out with my husband, friends, and family.
Favorite EDC tool:
My favorite item on my list is the Kizer Copper Gemini. The action is snappy, the blade shape is versatile, and the overall quality is excellent. I love the copper scales. The patina the copper takes on gives it so much character, and watching the colors shift is a beautiful sight to see.
What's on my gear radar:
I don’t have anything particular on my radar right now, but someday I would like to acquire a Liong Mah Lanny V2 in Micarta. That knife looks awesome and checks lots of boxes.
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From Richmond, Virginia, we talk to Taylor (@rvagearguy) who's a Senior Systems Engineer. Inspired by his dad, grandfather, and uncles who all carried knives – Taylor always had a knife in his pocket. Over time, his hobby evolved and expanded to include military knives or historically significant models. Read on for the full story and to learn all about Taylor's carefully curated and considered carry.