This is a great site!
Quick question, occasionally I've seen some pictures with a leather coin pouch in the shape of a triangle with a snap on it. I think it's made out of one piece of leather and folded up. Living in America I don't use coins; however, I will be traveling to Europe this summer and since coins are a big deal there I figured I should have something to carry them in.
I have a quick question, I am looking for a good flashlight around $60, I was looking at the LD20 by fenix... But I would like something that can throw far. I have a Streamlight Stinger but I am looking for something for my EDC. I just want something that is a good light that is powerful! Thanks for the help and keep up the awesome work on the site!
First off, i love your blog. I geek out everytime I read it.
I'm from Singapore and I just moved to the states, and I'm starting out on my own EDC. I've got me a CRKT M16-10KZ blade which has been really useful.
Now I wanna get a small flashlight, preferable AAA coz I don't really like too many stuff in my pockets.
I've narrowed my search to either the the Fenix EO1 or the Fenix E05. They run 10 lumens and 30 lumens respectively.
And then I did a little research and found the Matarac AAA and the iTP EOS here - http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?t=240639
Just wanted your expert opinion on these lights and which you'd recommend. =)
If you’re choosing between the E01 and the E05, go with the E05. Brighter, much better beam IMO, smaller size. The tradeoff is runtime but it still can get over 2 hours on a good Energizer Lithium or something like that.
The Maratac and the iTP are virtually the same light. They are a bit more versatile than the Fenix E0 line so it kind of depends on what you’re looking for. The Maratac and iTP have traditional beam profiles (spot and spill) and can change modes depending on the situation. The E0 series are dead simple, reliable, and durable.
I think if you want a light and don’t care much about it, get the E05. If you are ‘into’ EDC or flashlights the Maratac and iTP would be good starting points… These are very different lights. The correct suggestion is to buy both, however. :p
Dear EDC, I found your site a couple of weeks ago and I LOVE IT!! I carry a number of things already (I am in IT, so I always have a lot with me!) I would like to add a pocket flashlight to my EDC, but never have really shopped for one. I have been eyeing some Quarks and SureFires, but I am not sure exactly what it the best option for me. I am looking for something in the 4-5" range in length. Have any good recommendations? Thanks and keep up the GREAT work! Michael
Thanks for the love! Considering you’re in IT, I would think ‘general EDC’ lights would be more up your alley compared to some ‘tactical’ lights. With that said I think you would like Quarks over SureFires. Of course, there will be a disparity in build quality between the two, but that’s also reflected in price.
I really like my Quark 123 and 4sevens lights in general (bleeding-edge tech and attention to detail in their designs with tech specs to please the most discriminating flashaholic nerd). It might be a bit small for you so I would go with the Quark 123^2 (a bit more brightness and added runtime on the job couldn’t hurt!) It comes in at about 4.5” IIRC. Get the regular version for easier access to a variety of modes and the ability to tailstand (candle mode).
SureFire lights are very popular for their simplicity, ruggedness and quality. I don’t mean to knock them with this post. This was probably a longer answer than anyone asked for, so good luck on your search!
Hello! I have a question for you.
I'm looking for a more gentleman-ly knife, however, I'd like one with a pocket clip. Sub $100 would be great!
Thank you, sah!
A lot of people will have different opinions on what they feel a “gentleman’s” folder is…
From what research I’ve done in the past, a lot of the more classically styled knives are small or they lack a pocket clip. I eventually settled on Al Mar for my gentleman’s knives… The Al Mar Falcon Ultralight comes with a pocket clip and can be found for around $75 IIRC.
I was also interested in the Böker Exskelimoor line.. looked like a nice blend of classical and modern.
Other than that, I don’t recall any other knives off hand. My readers seem very informed about knives, so hopefully they can recommend something to you via Disqus.
Hi, first off, love the blog, I read it every morning before running off to class. I'm a college student, and I currently EDC a Spyderco Delica (among other things). Problem is, whenever I pull out my knife to open a package or what have you, I invariably get stares and remarks like "Why do you keep that thing with you?!" (I attend a small urban liberal arts college). Any suggestions for a less "threatening" EDC blade?
My suggestion: transfer schools. haaaah just kidding
I really like Victorinox Swiss Army Knives for this kind of thing. SAKs are multipurpose and popular enough for your classmates to see one as a tool and not as a weapon. In addition, they’re relatively inexpensive and feature-packed depending on the model you get. Lately, I’ve been thinking a simple 91mm SAK would be a perfect, lightweight complement to a main blade (in your case, the Delica). If you’d rather not carry the Delica at all on campus, I think the SAK would be fully capable if you’re just doing things like opening mail or cutting fruit. I carry my Tinker from time to time and it works great.
Amazon has a bunch of price reductions on Victorinox gear right now. I think they even discount $10 off of orders over $50. Lots are available for Amazon Prime if you took them up on that Student Prime offer too.
Aside from that, you might want to look into some traditional slipjoints from Case, Opinel, etc. Look through the archives here for some recommendations for ‘gentlemen knives’, I’ve discussed them quite a bit I think.
i dont mean to offend.
i was wondering why everyone seems to carry knives?
i really dont know anyone who does other than for work. or for camping
Good news, everybody! Questions like these mean the blog is getting new followers.
However, I’ve been getting so many questions recently and I haven’t had much time to write good answers for them, let alone time to curate photos and make some posts of my own.
Please bear with me if your question hasn’t been answered yet. With midterms ending and the holiday season approaching, I hope you understand why I haven’t been updating as frequently. The few posts I do make, however, seem to be pretty popular!
In summary, thanks to my readers for your interest in EDC… sit tight and I’ll get to your questions shortly. In the meantime, have a happy Thanksgiving!
Hello, Love the blog. I want to know what method you used removing the screws on the micra. I cannot for the life of me get that thing apart. Thanks in advance!
It’s loc-tited. I believe mine was red loctite when it came apart, so try a heat gun or throwing it in some boiling water or something… Then you can try using needle-nose pliers once it’s a little looser.
I'm trying to find a cheap ($30ish) flashlight about the size of the fenix pd20. Any suggestions?
My suggestion is to never settle for something “cheap.” An affordable flashilght or a good value flashlight is different… But if you are planning to carry something every day that can potentially save your life, would you depend on something cheap? Cheap flashlights are hit-or-miss, tend to fail and probably have terrible/nonexistent warranties if anything should happen.
My suggestion is to take advantage of 4sevens Early Black Friday sale and pick up a 123 quark tactical for 43 shipped (20% off - 8% from code cpf8 if you are a candlepowerforums member!).
I’m not affiliated with them or anything, I just carry a Quark and I like it over my PD20 (it’s smaller too). Plus you have a ten year warranty on these. I’m sure one day you’ll use the light and think “well, this thing just paid for itself.”
Big fan here, thank you so much for the wonderful blog! I check it every morning while drinking my coffee ;)
I have two question in one for you. Do you know the website DealExtreme? if so, which flashlight would you recommend me for EDC?
I would like a single (or double?) AAA Cree, but can't decide on which one…
help would be appreciate.
thanks you, and keep up the good work!
I’d go with DX SKU 24291. It looks sleek, takes 1xAAA like you wanted and uses a decent LED. You might be annoyed with it coming on in high mode first, then low second, though. At least it has a clicky cap! A lot of my friends who get twisty lights as their first lights later tell me they want to upgrade to a clicky. I haven’t handled any of the DX budget lights so this is just speculation. Couldn’t hurt for under $15 though.
As an aside, I was going to possibly recommend another light, but as some observant DXer pointed out, it suffers from an insoluble paradox. (non-flashaholics won’t get it though, sorry~)
I really enjoy the blog, even though I'm new to the EDC thing. Trying to get an idea of what will eventually become my EDC, and had a couple questions.
Is the "SpacePen" just a gimmick, or do you see any redeeming value? I haven't seen any here (though may have missed) and and was curious. Also, I've seen the Tuffwriter a couple times and wondered if you might elaborate on it, or suggest something over it?
Second, I've seen heaps of the LaCie Key drives, and have been interested, but read reviews that some tend to break down after few months of use. Any personal experience? Thanks.
If by SpacePen you just mean those pressurized ball point pens, I feel the fact that you could, if necessary in some sort of interstellar survival situation, write upside down in zero G submerged in water on a non-paper surface to be ‘gimmicky.’ However, I think one of the attractive things about the Fisher pens is that they’re compact and easy to carry.
The Tuffwriter is one of those ‘tactical’ pens in that they can be used in a self defense situation as a kubotan. I honestly don’t like tactical pens and instead would rather try to find a pen that’s meant to be a writing utensil and not a potential weapon. Try looking at popular, higher end pen brands like Lamy, Zebra, etc…
Re: Lacie — mine has lived on my keychain without the cap since I first started EDCing in general and it hasn’t shown any signs of failure, physically or digitally.
Hi, I haven't been able to find this addressed, but how does all this weaponry work with airport or building security? Do you just have to check baggage or leave them at home if you're flying? Also, something like one of the multitools hacked to hold keys: do those get through airport security? It would be terrible to make one of those and then get it confiscated.thanks.
EDCers, especially the ones who know what they’re doing, comply with their local laws as far as carrying a knife goes. I’m sure they wouldn’t try to carry a knife on their person onto an airplane or into a government building or something. Secondly, the multitools that are hacked to hold keys can only pass if they remove the blade (and probably scissors) on them. My multikey is purely keys in a Micra handle.
And while it would be terrible for the TSA to confiscate those, the upside is that you can find confiscated knives and multitools on eBay for mad cheap yo.
I normally carry a sog tac auto for edc but I have an ME co-op coming up and am looking for something a little less threatening to the eye in an office environment. I was thinking a swiss army type or an al mar SLB. Any suggestions? Thanks for the help
You could go with more traditional looking slipjoints like a Case or Victorinox. Opinels don’t look very aggressive either. Those might be difficult to switch to if you’re used to carrying something like a SOG.
I personally love Al Mars because they’re both elegant and capable, so look into the SLB or even the Ultralight series (Hawk is a good size).
If you do happen to get the Al Mars that are OHO, it might help to carry them in a pouch or something. That way, instead of unclipping something and flicking it open in public (which some people find scary…) you’ll have to take a little more time to remove it from the pouch and even open it with two hands in a slow, calm manner.. That might give them more time to digest what they’re seeing.
Sometimes it’s not just the knife that’s threatening, but also the method of deploying it.
I found your blog earlier and am now 40 pages in. I'm very surprised that I haven't seen a single magnesium strip.
Cord is the most important item to have in a survival situation, so I'm glad that people seem to be carrying varying amounts of paracord, but I'm very surprised that I haven't seen a magnesium strip, or even a flint.
I should have an EDC photo to submit in the next few days.
Love your blog, by the way.
Hi there, thanks for the kind words.
I agree that magnesium and other fire starters could prove to be vital tools (along with cordage like you mention) in survival situations. However, its absence in most pocket dumps doesn’t surprise me, especially since the reader base (including myself) of everyday-carry are general use EDCers as opposed to survivalist and tactical EDCers.
I like to curate and comment on EDCs that are a little more accessible so people new to EDC can realize it applies to the everyone and not hardcore survivalists, tactical operators, LEOs, etc.
In any case, you bring up a good point. I look forward to your submission. Thanks again!