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For this week's community feature, we welcome Grant (@essentialcarry) from New Jersey. Grant is an auditor for the state and enjoys weightlifting, fishing, golfing and collecting knives. Read on for Grant's full rig rundown and his rationale behind each and every item!
Watch: Seiko LeGrand Sport
I am a big Seiko fanatic. This model is a kinetic perpetual with a sapphire crystal and beautiful detailing on the dial. My biggest attraction to this watch is the kinetic movement, which combines the best of automatic and quartz movements. It can easily sit for a week and will reset itself when I pick it back up. The perpetual calendar means I never have to manually change the date when it’s the first of the month and the watch says it’s the 31. It even adjusts for leap years; such a great feature!
Deciding on which EDC to pick as a feature on your site was about as difficult as my wife asking if we should have a second child!
My name is Grant and I work as an auditor for the state of New Jersey. I am 33, married, with two daughters ages 3 and 4. My hobbies are weightlifting, fishing, golfing and of course collecting knives and watches.
My obsession with knives (and EDC in general) started around age 11 when I found my first pocket knife in my grandparents’ garage. I took it home without permission, got in trouble, but ended up getting to keep it (and yes I still have it to this day!).
The watch obsession began after I got my first job as a bank teller when I could finally afford a decent watch. So I treated myself to a Seiko. Over the years I was in and out of collecting little things here and there. But it wasn’t until having my first child that I found myself spending a lot of time around the house. And sure enough, the passion for EDC was back in full swing.
Over the last couple years, I filled a drawer with knives and watches and a couple other EDC items. I don’t discriminate when it comes to knives. If it fits in my pocket, I will carry it, or at least try it out!
My only real preference for my main EDC blade is a deep carry clip, as I prefer to be discreet when carrying a knife. I decided about a year ago that I needed a way to share my hobby with others, so I created an Instagram account solely dedicated to things that I carry with me all the time. I named it “essentialcarry” because what I post is what I consider as essential.
Whether I'm at home, at work, or in the park with the kids, I’ll change what I'm carrying to fit the situation. I’m by no way a hard user of knives. However, I like to be ready for any task if it comes my way. I may wear a suit to work 5 days a week, but you’d better believe I have at least a pocket knife in my suit jacket pocket.
Favorite EDC Tool:
Of the EDC I listed, I must have a watch and a knife. So those are my favorites. I'm a self-proclaimed EDC nut and proud of it!
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