Notebooks

Declan x Word. Collection

Despite how useful they can be, handkerchiefs seem to be overlooked and under carried. These technical fabric pocket squares from Declan just might be able to change that. They’re made from Delcan M120, a specially engineered microfiber twill textile that looks and feels like a traditional handkerchief, but offers the smudge-fighting performance of cleaning cloths to keep your eyewear, camera lenses, and screens looking pristine. Declan's latest release comes as a collab with Word., known for their pocket-friendly notebooks, hip designs, and unique page layouts. Declan and Word. actually swapped and customized patterns from each other for the collab set. The Declan Major comes in a vibrant variation of Word.'s popular Indigo covers, while the notebooks rock an updated colorway of the Declan “Lang” floral print. If you’re still buffing out smudges from your glasses or phone with your shirt, these aesthetic and functional essentials should come in handy. Grab ‘em as a bundle (it’ll save you a few bucks) at the link below to keep your notes and your lenses clear.

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The Best 2017 Planners for Everyday Carry

The new year is right around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to set new goals for yourself. Making resolutions is easy, but sticking to them is the hard part. One way to get closer to achieving your goals is to be organized, and a planner or EDC notebook can make all the difference. To help you stay on top of things, we’ve put together six of the best planners you can carry everyday.

Rite In The Rain Centennial Bound Book

If you’ve ever been laying prone, kestrel meter at hand staring down a scope at a target over half a mile away you know how important details are. Recording and knowing the variables of each shot from density altitude to wind speed can mean inches. Add rain to the mix and your standard logs become useless, waterlogged, ink stained pulp. Whether it’s that or recording in nature regardless of the weather conditions, Rite in the Rain’s books are the answer… (via GearHungry)

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Word. Dot Grid Notebooks

Word. Notebooks’s signature bullet-point page layout is great for staying productive and organized, but not so much for drawing and sketching. Their latest release, the Dot Grid, features a new page layout with a matrix of dots, each 5x5mm apart. This combines the freedom of a blank page, the ease of writing on a line, and the precision of standard graph paper. Geared towards artists and designers, the Dot Grid lets your sketches and mockups do the talking, without traditional printed ruling getting in the way. The covers of these books also feature a dot grid on a white background, making it easy to add a title, sketch a drawing, or further personalize your book. If lined notebooks aren’t your thing, and you find graph paper is too cluttered, definitely consider the Word. Dot Grid books.

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Field Notes Colors "Shenandoah"

Field Notes releases a special limited edition every season, revolving around a central theme. The newest edition, “Shenandoah," draws inspiration from the green tones of three trees found in the Shenandoah National Park. Each book features a two tone, custom-made duplex cover with a beefier feel in hand. Inside, you’ll find premium 60#T graph paper that suits a variety of writing instruments. A corresponding leaf graces the back cover of its respective book, alongside some interesting facts about each species. Every 3-pack is held together by a belly band made of real birch veneer that beautifully compliments the green toned covers. Head over to Field Notes to snag a pack before they’re gone like the leaves off the trees.

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MidamMercantile Leather Sportsman Journal

The increasingly popular Field Notes notebooks are becoming an EDC staple thanks to their variety of styles to fit every carry. However, their covers are prone to heavy wear and tear when carried around in a pocket. A leather journal cover not only gives them some much-needed protection, but also extends their utility by providing additional storage for essentials. The Leather Sportsman by MidamMercantile comes custom-made out of Hermann Oak leather in one of three colors. One side stores and protects an included Field Notes notebook, while the other adds a trio of pockets to hold your cards, notes, and other kit. At 4.125" x 6" while folded and waxed for protection against water and grime, the Sportsman is a great addition to your writing carry that adds little bulk but lots of life to your EDC. 

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The Adventure Log Notebook

Word Notebooks have made documenting your life even easier with their line of Adventure Log notebooks. These handy books were designed so that you can easily write down and look back on all the exciting things that you've accomplished. What sets the Adventure Log apart from regular lined pocket notebooks is its unique page layout. Each page contains a box for the location, date, companions, and conditions of your adventure, along with several lines for extra notes. You don’t have to be a mountain climber or avid camper to make the most out of these small pocket-friendly books — the ruling is suited for micro journaling everyday life as well. Each pack includes three 3.5” x 5.5” books with heavy stock covers, available in stealthy black or high-vis yellow.

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Field Notes Workshop Companion Edition

Every season, Field Notes releases a themed limited edition, usually including several unique details not seen in the regular pocket notebooks. Enter the Field Notes Workshop Companion set. This set of 6 books is packaged in a cardboard slip cover and they’re themed to help you get work done. Each book represents a different sect of DIY-handiwork, from electrical to plumbing. The covers are heavy 100 lb. stock that feels like it will stand up to being tossed in a toolbox or back pocket. The paper inside is heavier than normal, allowing you to write with markers, fountain pens, and rollerballs without messy bleed through to the back of the page. Head over to Field Notes and grab one before this limited edition is gone!

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Public Supply Notebooks

These 5x8 notebooks from Public Supply are the sized just right for everyday use. They’re big enough to write down all of your thoughts, yet they’re compact enough to not crowd your EDC bag. The minimally decorated soft covers offer protection and some flexibility for easy carrying. 96 white pages inside are lined with a subtle dotted rule, keeping the focus on your words, not the ruling. These handy notebooks are made in the USA, ready to be filled up with whatever notes, sketches, or to-do lists you can throw at it.

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VIDEO: Rite in the Rain Stapled Notebook Review

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Rite in the Rain are not newcomers to the pen and paper market. Their namesake all-weather resistant notebooks have earned their spot in many EDCs for their durability and reliability. In this video, we give you a quick hands-on of their newest line of notebooks. It's a departure from their typical spiral-bound field journal, marking their entry into the popular stapled backpocket notebook category. Watch the video after the jump for a closer look at the notebooks inside and out, how they hold up to daily use, what pens write best with it, and how effective its water resistance can be.

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Doane Paper Small Idea Journal

If a pocket notebook is too small for your writing needs, then consider something more substantial like the Doane Paper Small Idea Journal. The 5.25 x 6.875” size is compact enough to fit easily in your EDC bag, but roomy enough for all of your sketches, notes, thoughts, and more. The 100 sheets of bright white paper inside are ruled with Doane’s trademark grid+lines ruling and perform well with a variety of writing instruments. Taking notes in the field is a breeze thanks to the rigidity of the heavy chipboard covers. Folded over, they provide support when there isn’t a flat surface around. Heavy-duty twin ring Wire-O binding allows the Idea Journal to lay perfectly flat and ensures that it will last a long time. Pair it with your favorite pen and get writing!

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Field Notes Two Rivers Limited Edition Pocket Notebook

Every quarter, Field Notes pulls out all the stops and releases a special edition 3-pack of their iconic pocket notebooks. The most recent “Two Rivers” edition is no exception. Paying homage to America’s history of wood type and letterpress printing, no two covers are alike. The cover of each book was printed on vintage presses at the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum over the course of eight months. The “Two Rivers” books are an edition of 25,000 and $2 from the sale of each pack is being donated to the museum to preserve a piece of American history. We've outlined the benefits of carrying a pocket notebook, and these are a great way to get you started!

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Bradley Mountain Pocket Tennyson Adventure Journal

Tired of your pocket notebook calling it quits before you're done with it? Then check out the Tennyson by Bradley Mountain, a 100% handmade leather cover for your favorite pocket journal. The custom oiled finish will age over time, looking better and better the more it’s carried. The Tennyson comes with a 3.5” x 5.5” Moleskine to get you started, but will also fit Field Notes, Word. Notebooks, and more. The cover stays closed with a solid brass button on the collar and the internal sling makes it easy to change out notebooks. Protect your precious notes in style and swap in a new book when you’re finished writing about your latest adventure.

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How to Make Writing a Part of Your Daily Routine

We’ve given you several ideas involving the whys, hows, and whats of carry a notebook and pen. Now it’s time to take a look at some of the more premium pens, notebooks, and accessories. This installment of Carry Smarter touches on fountain pens, full-sized notebooks, some nice desk accessories and planners to wrap up our 3-part guide on writing analog. While each of these items may not exclusively be EDC’d, they are certainly useful on a daily basis and can easily become a part of your ritual.

Why You Should Carry A Pocket Notebook

Learn why and how you should carry a pocket notebook and check out our suggestions on the best memo books to get you started.

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15 EDC Gifts Under $15

We're well into the holiday season, a time to be spent with loved ones and a great opportunity to exchange gifts. If you're still having trouble deciding what to add to your wishlist, or if you've put off shopping because your minimalist wallet is feeling especially light these days, don't worry — we've got you covered with this collection of 15 great pieces of EDC gear for under $15 each.

Keychain ToolsNiteIze DooHicKey

Something as essential as keys deserve better than a flimsy, generic keychain. This multitool is an easy upgrade over an ordinary carabiner, offering versatility with its pry bar, box opener, screwdriver, ruler and wrenches. Its solid stainless steel construction will give you the peace of mind that it'll reliably handle your day-to-day and keep your keys secure.
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Gerber Shard

According to our database, this is one of the most popular EDC items in our community, with good reason. For its price, it makes for a surprisingly good keychain tool, and has done so for years. Its simple, single-piece construction boasts durability and just the right variety of well-executed tools for common daily tasks. A substantial Philips screwdriver, pry bar, and bottle opener add utility to any set of keys.
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Victorinox Classic SD

The Classic is the quintessential keychain knife if there ever was one. It makes practically any keychain better, and makes for a great "backup" for people who carry primary tools. Even still, the tweezers and surprisingly good scissors are handy functions to have for daily tasks. Its blade might be small, but it's sharp, precise, and works well in a pinch. People who might not be super enthusiastic about EDC (yet) would still appreciate this little tool.
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Pocket KnivesVictorinox Spartan II

Gifting a Swiss Army Knife is a sure bet for any guy, let alone an EDC enthusiast. The Spartan II in particular hits a nice balance of versatility and minimalism with its feature set: a highly capable main blade, a smaller blade for precision work, two screwdrivers, and other handy tools. It’s backed by Victorinox quality, so whether it gets EDCed or not, it’ll be a reliable gift that keeps on giving.

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Opinel No. 7 Carbon

This handsome classic French knife is a simple, non-threatening EDC that can get the job done for most daily tasks, from general utility to mild food preparation. Its carbon blade will sharpen easily and take on a nice patina with use and carry. Light weight, comfortable handles and simple operation make it a great gift to get someone familiar with the world of EDC knives.

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Higo No Kami

The Higo No Kami is a beautifully simple Japanese friction folder pocket knife. Its unique design and ease of use would appeal to both knife collectors and newbie EDCers. No locking mechanism makes it legal in places with stricter knife laws, too. (Featured model temporarily out of stock, browse alternatives here.)
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FlashlightsFenix E01

This is a simple, reliable, bomb proof flashlight that seems to last forever off of a single AAA battery. Its beam may not be the prettiest, but the light makes up for it with its durable construction, easy twist-operation, and ability to act as a "candle" in an emergency. It's a great gift for those who appreciate practical items and makes for a good introduction if you want to infect your loved ones with the high-end flashlight bug.
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Streamlight Nano

This tiny LED flashlight manages to push out a respectable 10 lumens for up-close, light duty illumination tasks, and is easy enough to carry on a keychain. It's similar to the aforementioned light in its twist operation and output, but it cuts down on some of the bulk at the expense of a smaller, less-common battery. Great for minimalists who don't want to add much more bulk to their keys.

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LRI Photon II

Another solid keychain light, this is the "real deal" when it comes to this style of 5mm LED pushbutton lights. It's higher quality, durability, and performance in the same compact profile as those familiar freebie LED lights. It'd be right at home on a keychain or as a zipper pull inside a dark and cluttered bag.
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Writing EssentialsStainless Steel Sharpie

Add a sense of luxury to this beloved office supply product and never deal with snapped pocket clips or worse — leaks in your pocket or bag! For someone who uses permanent markers often, it's an economical gift as it can take refills as well. Its stainless steel body adds that durability and substance that will make the pen as permanent as its ink.
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Field Notes Cherry Memo Books

These memo books are among the most popular pocket notebooks in the EDC crowd. At under $10 for a 3-pack, they're an especially great value. Keep one around for making lists, journaling, doodling, or taking notes on-the-go. With so many covers to choose from, you're sure to find something that will suit whoever you're shopping for's style.
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Zebra F-701

A great entry-level EDC pen and longtime crowd favorite, this stainless steel pen features a no-frills industrial design, knurled grip, and durable construction. A retractable tip, pocket clip, and tough-as-nails barrel make it a reliable EDC.
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Miscellaneous

Kent 20T Folding Pocket Comb

Cheap, ordinary plastic pocket combs don't stand a chance in your pocket, while some of the beefier metal EDC combs can weigh you down and feel uncomfortable on your 'do. This handmade pocket comb is smooth to the touch, folds into its handle to protect its teeth, and even comes with a pocket clip for effortless daily carry. It's a great gift for the guy who's gotta keep his hair on point throughout the day.
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Zippo Hand Warmer

Sometimes, gloves don't quite cut it when it comes to fighting off the cold. This pocketable hand warmer can keep your hands comfortably toasty even when it's mad brick outside. It's a safe and reusable upgrade to the disposable hand warmers, making it a great winter EDC item.

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The Friendly Swede Paracord Bracelet & Firestarter

Paracord is highly regarded as an indispensable survival item due to its versatility and strength. This bracelet combines not only paracord, but a fire starter as well, into an easy-to-carry piece of kit for wherever your next adventure takes you.
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We hope this guide gives you some inspiration for all your shopping this holiday season! Are we missing any great recommendations for under $15 in the list above? Leave us a comment below with what you think should've made it to the list. Happy holidays!