If you're looking for a compact everyday carry knife, you might think that a folding knife is your only option. But have you considered a fixed blade? At first glance they might not seem like the best for EDC, but you'd be surprised. They actually offer a few advantages over their folding counterparts that make them better-suited for your EDC. In this guide we'll break down the benefits of fixed blades and show you 10 excellent options that offer serious performance at a size and weight that puts some folders to shame.
If you need help starting your own bug out bag kit, we've put together this checklist to give you an idea of what bases you should have covered.
This list should give you a good foundation for starting your BOB, but feel free to sub in your preferred products for each category and add anything else you'll need.
While browsing the site, you may have noticed that Chapstick (and many other brands of lip balms) pop up in quite a few EDCs. The obvious reason being that it prevents chapped lips, sure. But you might be surprised to learn it's capable of much more—especially in a survival situation. While the all-natural stuff may be the best for your lips, throwing a stick or two of the oil-based kind in your EDC bag can get you out of a few jams. In this guide, you'll learn 9 different ways to turn your ordinary lip balm into an unexpected survival tool.
"Be ready anytime, anywhere with UST’s ready-to-go survival kit. It packs emergency blankets, a compass, ponchos, whistle, carabiner/knife, firestarter spark wheel, towels, glow sticks, mirror, and..." (via TheAwesomer)
Let's face it, some tasks are just too big for the average EDC multi-tool to handle. Scraping ice off your windshield, cutting branches down, or hammering spikes usually need something a little more heavy duty. In those situations, it’s good to have something in your arsenal that can step up to the occasion. The American-made Trucker’s Friend Survival Tool is a multipurpose hand tool that has your back when pocket tools just don’t cut it.
Don’t let the name fool you. Though it was designed with the needs of professional truck drivers in mind, the Trucker’s Friend is also great for outdoor activities like camping. For starters, the fiberglass handle and shock-absorbing grip makes chopping firewood less of a pain. And while hammering down tent stakes usually requires a mallet (or large rock), the Trucker’s Friend has you covered there too with a hammer built into the blade.
Camping benefits aside, you’ll want this tool by your side in emergency situations as well. The cast-alloy steel blade is perfect for prying, pulling, and cutting objects out of your way should you need to make a quick escape. At 2.3 pounds, it isn’t exactly the kind of tool you keep in your pockets, but it’s worth keeping around the house, in a bug out bag, or in your car EDC when you need it.
If you like to be prepared for any situation, whether it's in your ride, on the campsite, or even at home, the Trucker’s Friend is one tool that could come in handy. Make sure to pick one up for yourself or someone you know by clicking the link below (also available on Amazon).
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It's Halloween season again, and oddly enough, it's an appropriate time to rethink your EDC. You've got your knives and lighters for making jack-o-lanterns and flashlights to keep little ones safe on their neighborhood routes. Maybe you won't go so far as repurposing your go-bag into trick-or-treating candy storage (though I can't blame you: candy just tastes better when it's free), but there's good reason to get your EDC in the Halloween spirit with some new orange gear.
Now, you don’t have to use Halloween as an excuse to pocket orange gear. Adding that color to your carry has year-round benefits as well. Orange is typically used in the outdoors and zombie apocalypse survival situations for its strikingly high visibility. Compared to the usual black finishes, orange makes your gear easier to find whether you've dropped it in the woods or it's sitting at the darkest bottom corner of a loaded bag. We featured 13 other hi-vis tools last year, but we've updated the guide this time around with newer gear with the latest features.
Here are our picks for hi-vis orange gear to carry this year.
"Always be prepared (to eat) with this durable lightweight camping utensil, which combines a fork, spook, and knife in one. The fork has a serrated edge, while the spoon on back has a flat tip, making it perfect for..." (via TheAwesomer)
There's a lot to pack for when heading out on your next adventure, from adequate apparel to a sturdy shelter. One thing you shouldn't forget, though, is to cover the bases of a survival kit. While it should be complete enough to handle most hassles you'll encounter while in the wild, it also shouldn't be the equal of having to pack an extra duffel worth of gear.
This is where the MS5 Everyday Carry Survival Kit comes in. It packs an entire survival kit into a 7.55” baton-shaped capsule that's compact enough to sit in your backpack or camping bag while still giving you easy access to all its components.
From its paracord sheath down to its pins and needles, the MS5's design integrates its pieces together so no part of the kit is wasted. Said sheath unravels into 30 feet of 550 paracord. The capsule fits into a box made of easily combustible wood, giving you a convenient firestarter in a pinch. The capsule itself comes in either aluminum or carbon fiber, wrapped in leather, and waterproofed to face the elements.
Inside the MS5 is an array of tools, including essentials like a knife, flashlight, and water filter. A firestarter, compass, and hooks, pins, and more also round out the survival part of the kit. And for a modern touch, the MS5 also includes a GPS tracker, USB charger, and USB drive to help you get found or make that important call for help.
Pack lightly, but completely—it may just save your life. Check out the MS5 Everyday Carry survival kit at the Kickstarter link below, and pick up the configuration to cover your needs.
"Wazoo Survival Gear’s smartly designed belt can pack a complete survival and utility kit in its band. It works as a money belt, and is available loaded with cords, zip ties, safety pins, bandages, trail markers, a compass..." (via TheAwesomer)
You can’t climb with it, but the Firebiner still does more than your average bottle opener-equipped carabiner. This carabiner can open bottles too, but more importantly on the bottom lies an integrated EverSpark firewheel with replaceable ferro rod that shoots sparks to help start fires a lot quicker than rubbing sticks. It’s also got a small utility blade for cutting rope or fishing line as well as a screwdriver, just in case… (via GearHungry)
"An EDC tool for camping and outdoor living. While it works as a sturdy fork and spoon, inside, the Ka-Bar Spork conceals a serrated knife, perfect for cutting meat, as well as survival and self-defense. The spork and knife are..." (via TheAwesomer)
"Readyman’s no stranger to making pop out survival gear in the form of flat, laser cut cards. Their latest, the Readyman Pocket Survival Stove 2.0 X, is a lightweight pocket sized stove made of 310 Stainless Steel that’s easy to assemble and focuses flames to boil water in minutes. And perhaps it’s incredibly subtle, but there’s more to the Survival Stove than just a pot stand..." (via GearHungry)
"It blends in on a pair of slacks or coupled to a suit. It’s when it comes off that Slide’s Survival Belt really shines. The buckle is not unlike a Swiss Army knife, revealing a bottle opener, titanium nitride coated AUS-8 stainless steel blade, and an LED flashlight. Both the nylon fiber unibody buckle and strap are durable, resisting water, frost, abrasion, and long exposure to UV light. And best of all, like all of Slides belts, there aren’t holes along the strap, granting a greater degree of adjustability thanks to their notch system which slides along and locks in wherever…" (via GearHungry)
If you're new to camping or don't do it as much as you'd like, it can be intimidating to get set up properly. So grab your gear, and we'll cover the rest. Here are a few things you'll want to keep in mind before you go camping that'll really save you some headache and stress.
Whether you're on the trail or navigating the city, water is an essential—and often overlooked—EDC. If you need a bottle that's tough enough to keep you hydrated no matter where your day takes you, check out the AVEX FreeFlow for your carry.
While the FreeFlow's sturdy stainless steel portion is nothing to scoff at, the bulk of its value as a capable EDC bottle is actually in the lid. When you need to take a sip, you can quickly get your drink on at the push of a button. After your thirst has been thoroughly quenched, releasing the button automatically seals it shut. And it stays locked, so you won't have to worry about accidental button presses causing leaks in your EDC bag either. For all you germaphobes and frequent hydrators out there, the lid features a hygienic spout cover and bolted-on carrying handle, so you'll always have a clean drink on hand.
The bottle is insulated to keep drinks cold for up to 29 hours (or hot for 10) and constructed from stainless steel to withstand the dings and drops of daily use. It's available in either 24oz or 40oz capacities in several colorways (though I'm not sure why you'd pick anything other than the OD green/raw stainless version) for your summer EDC at the link below.