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For this week's feature, we chat with the irrepressible Nick Shabazz (@nickshabazz) from Southeastern Michigan. Nick is a research scientist specializing in the processing of sound and speech, and he does amazingly informative gear reviews on his YouTube channel. Read on to find out all about Nick's choice of daily carry, along with his rationale behind each item!
Pen: Kaweco Lilliput
Fountain pens aren't ideal for EDC in some ways, but this little guy bucks the trend. It's durable, collapsing into a little silver capsule. It's handy, it writes joyfully, and overall, it's a gem. And there's a certain joy in producing a tiny fountain pen in public.
I was always a gear nut, for lack of a better term, and I've always had a mind towards function and preparation in what I carry. But I only realized that "EDC" was a thing that people thought and talked about around 2008, when I found /r/knifeclub and /r/edc on Reddit. That inspired me to up my game a bit more, drove me to appreciate the subtle mechanical and functional joys in the EDC and pocketknife world, and to get deeper into the philosophy of it all.
My biggest hobby is gear review, over on my YouTube channel (Plug!). But aside from that, I'm a computer geek, and love playing with new software and optimizing my computing world, as well as walking in nature and waving to squirrels and birds.
Favorite EDC Tool:
It's hard to answer that as for me, gear comes and gear goes. My phone is the most essential part of my EDC, as I can't do large parts of my day without it, but the NeOn or Norseman are much better made tools, and the Oceanus is better at "Just working" than anything else in my life. My favorite gear, then, is probably my wallet, because I don't ever have to think about it, it does the job perfectly, and I don't even consider switching it up. "Boring", in EDC, is usually code for "excellent".
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From Long Island, Mark works as a lawyer and curates his EDC based on real-world requirements. Eschewing showpieces and safe queens, he only carries items that get used (and abused) on a daily basis. Read on to find out who are some of Mark’s favorite gear makers and how he deploys his spectacular EDC.
Growing up in northern Sweden among towering trees and mountains, Mats (@kaiser_mats) has always been drawn to the great outdoors. It’s from this love that gave rise to his interest in knives and tools. Read on for the rundown of Mat’s high-performance carry and learn all about his newfound interest in high-end flashlights.
From Düsseldorf, we chat with Felix (@new.knife.order) who works as a freelance photographer. His love for knives waned as he was growing up and was recently reignited when he stepped into a Victorinox Flagship Store. Read on to learn all about Felix’s EDC journey and what’s his favorite piece of gear in his carry.