hi, great blog.
quick question: i noticed my victorinox climber is getting a little grimy. what's the best way to get into those grooves and clean it out?
thanks, keep this blog up.
Thanks for the love. I would take a toothpick (not necessarily from your SAK) and gently pick out the lint and grime. If it’s still a little dirty, try soaking it while it’s open in some hot water with a little bit of soap in your sink and see if anything else loosens up. Dry it off with some soft cloth or something right away, then maybe go over it once more with the toothpick. Avoid using solvents other than water such as acetone, ethanol, isopropanol, etc as those soften up the cellidor scales.
Hopefully that helps… Any more experienced SAK carriers are welcome to chime in via Disqus. Thanks!
I'm looking for a torch and multi tool that are small enough to fit on a keyring. I'm not looking for anything "heavy duty". Thanks.
You have plenty of options here.
For your flashlight, try a 1xAAA light. They won’t be the brightest but they’ll be lighter in weight and easy to replace batteries. ITP EOS A3, Maratac AAA are good value lights. Fenix E01 is even more affordable with a longer burntime if you don’t mind a bluish tint, mediocre beam pattern and not the brightest LED. Higher quality lights include the the 4sevens Preon I, Liteflux LF2XT, and the lists go on and on.
For your multitool, you have a large variety as well. One-piece keychain tools such as the Gerber Shard, Atwood tools, are simple and reliable. Then there are Swiss Army Knife type tools. From Victorinox, the Rambler, Manager, Midnite Manager and Classic are my favorites. Leatherman makes the Style and Style CS. Lastly, there are folding tools like the Leatherman Micra, Squirt line, Gerber Clutch, and so on.
There a LOT of options, but don’t be discouraged to do a little research to narrow your choice down.
regarding your keychain (http://everyday-carry.com/post/866779537/editors-note-i-dont-think-ive-ever-posted-my), I'd recommend a welded titanium ring in place of the split ring (lightweight and sexy), then three (#1) mcgizmo clips so you can quickly remove each of the items for individual use. I swear by the configuration, and of course it becomes modular, as you can attach/remove other items as your edc habits change.
Thanks for the suggestion. I’ve actually already tried keychain carry with a ring and McGizmo clip setup, but I found it didn’t work well for me. After a lot of planning, I was able to slim my keychain down to just three components. A keychain this minimal doesn’t really need the strength of a titanium ring, especially considering its price. Furthermore, I noticed the McGizmo clips that were strong enough added unnecessary length, while the ones that were short had unreliably weak gates and would drop my gear if I barely twisted them. I think simple split ring attachment works best as far as retention, which is one of my highest priorities. Having a modular setup isn’t as important for me because I don’t plan on changing my setup in the near future, and if I do, I would rarely do it on-the-go (as in I’d have a minute or two to undo the split ring to swap gear). If I want to access a particular component, I can unclip the entire ring from my belt and pick one, while palming the other two for something to hold onto. Lastly, my keychain serves as a backup or last-ditch option, so it doesn’t see enough use to require McGizmo clips, imo. Concealment, light weight and retention are more important to me.
While I appreciate your suggestion and recommend it to people who are looking for those qualities, I just want to point out that sometimes what you read on the internet won’t work for you. An important aspect of finding the perfect EDC is trial and error/carry experience. It’s a frustrating, expensive, but also fun and rewarding process.
In retrospect this post is kinda long and detailed — I guess it shows the kind of pathetic and nerdy things I spent my free time thinking about… :p
What is the attachment piece you are using in the picture of your whole keyring?
It’s a LuckyLine Secure-A-Key 40401. As a general rule of thumb, always try clicking through or the via _____ source links to look for more info from the original post.
To avoid clutter in dashboards and RSS feeds, leave a comment with your question on individual posts via Disqus, which can be accessed on the permalink or comments link on the front page. I’ll do my best to identify gear, but there are no guarantees. The EDC world is full of custom-made gadgets from many different designers, so IDing gear is harder than it looks. Thanks.
I started following after minimal submitted his EDC. I find this all pretty cool, and while I try and be as minimal as possible, when something serves a purpose, it's important to include it.
anyways, my question is, since you're anti-caribeaner, and I really like some of these key rings I've seen, where's a good place to get a new one, or search for one? thanks!
I’m not completely “anti-carabiner,” I just found from my experience that they don’t work well for me. They’re normally larger than they need to be which causes a lot of keychain swinging (although some prefer this to tuck their keys into their back pockets. I don’t have the space for that). Also, non-locking, non-climbing carabiners have weak gates that are prone to failure over time, and the long gate gives too much surface area for things to press against it and inadvertently open the gate. With that out of the way…
Some alternatives to carabiners are keyhooks, cable rings, belt clips, and a bunch of other miscellaneous clip/gate hardware that I don’t know the specific names for…
Unfortunately, the online shops that I’ve bought my keychain carry from in the past were less than ideal and I’d rather not mention them here. I settled on a LuckyLine product that you can find at a local locksmith or hardware store, actually.
You can also do some research of your own over at EDCF — they’re a very helpful community.
To be honest, I buy from wherever I can find it the cheapest. You’ll find some good deals on Amazon and eBay once in a while… Because my gear is from a variety of brands, I end up buying from all over the place. However, because I like the 4sevens brand of flashlights, their 8% coupon code and free shipping, I get most of my lights and batteries from there. I also buy my pens from JetPens, but that’s because very few stores carry the same kind of selection.
A long time ago I compiled a list of some gear shops to get people started over at the superfuture EDC thread.
I have no affiliation with any of these stores, just my personal experience.
Cutting an apple. I love eating an apple that I’ve cut with my pocket knife, slice by slice. You feel like a bad ass doing it. You hold the apple in your non-dominant hand and then make a slice with the knife using your dominant hand. After you make the slice, pinch it between your thumb and knife blade. Bring the blade to your mouth and deposit the apple slice.
But yes, yes I do, in fact I’m eating some microwaved apples slices with cinnamon right now. Update: all gone.
Let me play devil's advocate here... and this is probably just my minimalist/philosophical personality speaking...
I have nothing against people who own or carry knives (I myself own a SOG Flash II and carry it everyday), but doesn't it ever seem kind of silly to carry a knife —especially big/expensive ones— only to end up using it mostly for minor tasks* like opening a box or a letter, tasks that could really be accomplished even without a knife. It just seems like overkill 98% of the time, depending on who you are and where you live or work, and except for those rare occasions when a knife could really end up saving your life.
What are your thoughts?
Do you think a knife is an essential EDC tool for everyone, regardless? Or is a knife overkill for those who don't live or work in an environment that would otherwise render a knife invaluable?
* Here's an example of what some people have used their knife for: http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=733408.
It depends on the type of knife, really. Larger knives with exotic steels, titanium integral locks, and other tactical features would be overkill for the average EDC. A simple slipjoint like a Victorinox or Case knife that your grandpa used to carry, imo, is sufficient for general EDC use (for harder use though, a locking knife is safer). Moreover, those slipjoint knives carry a reputation of being tools and not weapons, which can’t necessarily be said for more modern, tactical types of knives. There are some other issues regarding knives still under dispute but I won’t really get into that.
I admit that my Leafstorm is overkill for EDC, and I’d do just fine using my Victorinox. Would I be just fine using my hands? I’d say no — if this were true, pocket knives probably wouldn’t exist, right?
On a somewhat related note, I think the EDC knife, especially when in public, should be a “last ditch” option. Recently, someone in my lab broke his pencil and asked “Can I borrow your…” Before I let him finish his sentence, I had his pencil sharpened with my knife. He just wanted to borrow my pencil, but instead I sort of startled him by pulling the knife. (Someone else proceeded to ask, however, why I carried a knife right after they saw me sharpen a pencil with it…) This was my bad.
The bottom line — your hands can’t cut things. A tactical folder can, but so can a small Swiss Army Knife. Choose the knife that fits your needs.
I always see people asking the same questions. Why don't you just have a frequently asked questions section on the side bar?
Yeah, I was just thinking that. I need to make a FAQ and an About for both the site and the editor…
Let me take this opportunity to encourage more ‘discussion’ type of questions. Although I realize a lot of my readers are new to EDC and would like recommendations, I try my hardest to suggest them but in all honesty it’s just too difficult as the perfect EDC tool depends on so many factors and personal carry experience. I will still welcome recommendation questions but I should say now that I’m not an expert on knives, multitools, wallets, etc. I do think I can answer your flashlight questions, though.
I really want to help readers out with being prepared and sharing this hobby. More personal questions or questions that you’d prefer not to be published can be sent to my email.
Stay tuned for a FAQ and About section in the near future. Thanks for the suggestion!
I love your blog! I didn't realize that the EDC philosophy existed before I found your site - let alone that I followed it.
One thing that is new to me is all of the Chinese Knotting on your readers items. Is there a function to the knots and rope/string? Are your readers creating them on their own?
Thanks for putting this all together.
Hi, thanks for the love!
The knots are paracord lanyards that mainly serve for quick retrieval and survival applications. They are relatively easy to make.
Please refer to this question asked not too long ago for more info.
I'm a really big fan of all the braided cords people attach to their various EDC gear. I am familiar with the 'boondoggle' technique (other times called gimp) but I was wondering if you could offer up a good resource for creating these braided treasures. Also, what type of materials are folks using for said creations? Thanks so much! Keep up the fantastic site.