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Happy new year! For the first feature of 2017, we talk to Jay(@dakine234_edc) from Kaneohe, Hawaii. Jay recently graduated with his masters of Science in tropical plant pathology and works as the Team Leader for Invasive Insect Response. Read on for the full details of his kickass everyday carry!
Light: Mcgizmo Sundrop
The first custom light I ever saw was a Mcgizmo Haiku. I saved up $20 from every paycheck until I could afford one and I was in love. I've been fortunate to expand my collection since then and have a few others in my rotation.
The Sundrop is the one that I find myself using the most. The beam quality is flawless, and emits a HI-CRI beam with full and rich colors in the night from the nichia 119 emitter. In my opinion, it’s a hybrid of the Mule’s wide beam with the immaculate beam and throw of the Haiku. I've roughed it out with this light - fishing, night diving, camping and hiking. It’s an absolute perfect user for Hawaii’s unique outdoor environment.
I recently graduated with my masters of Science degree in tropical plant pathology so I have a little more free time from reading papers and writing my thesis for some of my other hobbies.
I enjoy fishing, spear fishing, hiking around the islands and hanging out at the beach whenever Iʻm able to. Iʻm also slowly but surely working on a new hobby in photography. My instagram account was initially started in order to keep motivated to practice new shots, lighting, styles and techniques.
My EDC hobby started when I was a boy scout, always wanting to fulfill the scout motto: to be prepared. Since then, Iʻve tried to be as prepared as I was practically able to be for any situation.
My first blade, like many others, was a folding Buck lock back with a AA mini Mag light. But it wasn't until I saw a Munroe Designs Mega Dangler back in 2009 that my EDC endeavor truly started! Since those humble beginnings, Iʻve been very fortunate to own a wide variety of high end and production lights and knives. Iʻve also made many incredible friends along the way which has been one of my favorite parts of this hobby.
My EDC philosophy has been refined over the years and I feel this evolution to find your own perfect carry has been the most fun part of this hobby. Iʻm very grateful in that Iʻve learned more than I ever thought I would about subjects like metallurgy, LED emitters, photography, leatherwork and many unique facets through this hobby. Most importantly, I’ve learned to patiently seek out quality gear that you absolutely look forward to using, how to care for those pieces of gear and USE IT!!!
Favorite EDC Tool:
My favorite piece of EDC gear is definitely my Mcgizmo Sundrop (as well as the Haiku and Mule head variations). This was my first expensive purchase within this hobby and it has never left my side since. A good knife and light are something to be treasured and never left behind! I feel a quality light is something that is an afterthought to other EDC gear until one holds one and uses a high-quality light. It is truly an illuminating experience!
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