Showcase #67: Mechanical Engineering Student from Charlotte, North Carolina
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For this week’s community showcase, we talk to Madison (@ntrovrt_) from Charlotte, North Carolina. She is currently a full-time student specializing in mechanical engineering. Read on to find out how her background influences her choice of daily carry!
- Knife: Spyderco Techno
The Spyderco Techno was my first “serious” knife purchase. I spent hours researching for the perfect knife for me and it seemed to check all the boxes. I love Titanium and I have tiny hands. The dimensions fit comfortably in my tiny girl pockets, and the design was still intimidating for its size. I usually like to switch up my knife carry, but I always seem to go back to my trusty Techno
Light: Muyshondt Maus Mk. I Titanium
The Muyshondt Maus Mk. I Titanium was a gift given to me by my dad (a fellow “EDCer”) for my 19th Birthday. I had my eye on it for awhile. It’s small, perfect for my keychain, and packs one hell of a punch for its size. The style, quality and manufacturing are second to none. I never realize how much I use it until the rare occasion I forget and leave it at home.
- Pen: Ti2 Designs Techliner
I’ve been a long time fan and supporter of Ti2 Designs; their Kickstarter campaigns are what led me to discover the Instagram EDC community, which eventually encouraged me to create an account of my own. I honestly feel naked without having a pen on me. I keep my Techliner in my purse/pocket and it’s accessible at all times. I love the look and feel of the titanium. It matches all my other gear and the lanyard cap comes in handy.
- Watch: Seiko Steel Kinetic Diver’s Watch SKA427
Love this watch. Initially, I was worried that the sheer size and mass would be an issue for me and my tiny wrist. On the contrary, it is an extremely comfortable watch and built like a tank (and could probably stop a bullet if needed). Its rough exterior hides its coolest feature, the electromechanical kinetic movement. It’s like having the best of both worlds, a self-winding mechanical movement and a battery that never dies.
- Keychain: Fallout HALO-biner Ti2 Design Vox Collab
They had me at Halo and Fallout; apart from being a diehard Halo and Fallout video game fan, I also loved the aggressive look and design of the carabiner. The HALO-biner clips on my purse strap or pant loop for easy access to my keys or flashlight, oh and did I mention it’s Titanium too.
- Bead/Bottle opener: Vosofferyn kNUCLEUSjr
I stumbled across Vosofferyn’s kNUCLEUSjr on Instagram while trying to find a lanyard bead for my Techno. The design, lines and stonewashed Titanium look matched perfectly. The bead also doubles as a cool bottle opener, but being under 21, it never opens more than the occasional glass-bottled Coke.
- Fiddle: Ntrovrt Happy/Sad Worry Coin
Initially, the Happy/Sad Worry Coin started off as a project for my dad and I to test out the limits of our new CNC router. We were looking for something that would challenge its 3D machining capabilities and… I won’t lie, adding it to my EDC collection was also a slightly selfish perk/bonus. The simple/cute looks can be deceiving, there’s not a flat surface or straight line on this guy and the CNC machined tool-path generates a unique pattern and texture.
My name is Madison, and I’m currently a full-time student studying mechanical engineering. I would say I’ve unknowingly been an EDC enthusiast for most of my life, but only recently became familiar with the term and community.
Having grown up in a family of racers and motorsports professionals, my appreciation and love for high-tech gadgetry and exotic materials was instilled in me at an early age. I would collect pens, watches, knives, rocks - anything, you name it!
As for hobbies go, I’ve always been quite hands on and drawn to computer aided design (CAD) and manufacturing. I love bringing my ideas and designs to life. There’s nothing more rewarding than going from a sketch on a piece of paper to a tangible part in your hand. On the flip side, I also enjoy gardening, outdoor activities, coffee, and video games in my free time.
Favorite EDC Tool:
This is such a hard question. I can say over the past couple years, I have discovered many amazing makers and EDC gear; choosing one is very difficult. Don’t even get me started on hanks!
My carry varies depending on my mood, but no matter what I always have my Happy/Sad coin in my pocket. The little guy has helped me through some stressful moments (public speaking class, school presentations, etc.) and always puts a smile on my face. For that reason, I would have to pick the “home team”, our (Dad and I’s) little creation, the Ntrovrt Happy/Sad Worry Coin.
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