Welcome to the Urban EDC Showcase! Each week, we feature one member of the EDC community and the gear they rely on every day. Want to be featured? Submit your gear photo.
In one of our most heartfelt showcase, we talk to Gem (@night.sky.edc) from the Philippines who's a self-professed insomniac. An old soul at heart, Gem enjoys the tangible allure of mechanical watches, knives and putting pen to paper. Read on to learn all about his gem of carry, along with the stories, meaning and significance behind each and every piece of gear.
My name is Gem, I’m 34, married, and from the Philippines. I am a businessman and an insomniac lol. The plus side of being an insomniac is I tend to use my night time crafting leather stuff for my EDC gears. And no, it’s not the reason why my handle name is @night.sky.edc, lol.
Though I believe that great things are made under the night sky.
My story? I guess most of my story is told by my EDC gears. I carry them not only because they are tools to be used, but also because they hold a great sentimental value for me, each items that I bring with me everyday is sort of a reminder of how we faced the pain and hardships that me and my family went through last year.
I was supposed to be a father of two beautiful children. But as life happens, our first born son, Paris, died last year, he only lived for three months due to his congenital heart disease.
Four months after that we were blessed with another baby, this time a baby girl named Venice. This is not to bring sad vibes to the reader, but to share the reason why I do what I do. It is to honor the memory of my son and to strive harder for the future of my daughter. They both are my greatest joy.
Favorite EDC tool:
My favorite EDC tool is a knife. I always carry a couple with me, one for utility use and one for food. Or so I say to myself, but man! I just love knives haha.
What's on my gear radar:
So far my collection is almost complete. I already own knives from the makers that I look up to and support. But a Custom Boson knife by Michael Burch will be an awesome addition.
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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.