The Best Knife, Light, and Watch Carry for Every Situation

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A knife, a light, and a watch. They're a means to cut things, to brighten up an area, and to tell the time. Sure, you could probably use your teeth, wait until daylight, and use the position of the sun to figure out what time it is, but having these dedicated tools make those tasks so much easier to perform.

They're the building blocks of an EDC, the first steps on the road to preparing yourself for everyday obstacles. They're also three of the biggest markets in everyday carry, with hundreds of knives, lights, and watches available for every price point and purpose.

So today we've put together some of our favorite knife/light/watch combinations to suit a variety of situations. We're hoping our picks can give you ideas on how to choose each so you can build a carry that works best for you.


Streamlight MicroStream | Timex WeekenderOntario RAT II

Beginner

The Beginner combo puts together inexpensive, yet highly functional picks for EDCers looking to build their first carry. They're community favorites, have proven themselves time and time again as solid picks, and don't require much investment so you can easily upgrade down the line (though you may not have to with these guys!).


Olight S1 Baton | Seiko 5 AutomaticSpyderco Roadie

Urban

The Urban carry features some of our favorites for pounding the pavement in your city. They have people- and law-friendly designs and take up minimal space in the pocket so you're not weighed down during your errands. They're ideal for the modern city dweller, but are also great additions to any carry.


 Olight M1X Striker | Luminox 0201.BOSpyderco Para Military 2

Tactical

When the going gets tough, this is the carry that gets going. These tools are built tough, purpose-built for performance, and blacked-out for discreet operation.


Thrunite Ti5T | Titanium Pocket ToolSkagen Ancher

Office

If you  work in a coat and tie, sleek and professional is the name of the game. These picks won't weigh down your wrist or slacks pocket, and feature slim profiles for an office setting.


Orient Symphony | Maratac AA CopperBuck Stockman

Traditional

There's something classic and timeless about wood and leather, and these picks reflect the natural colors that age with grace over time. Nothing tells a story like a well-used and well-loved tool with the patina to match its character.


Garmin Fenix 3 | CRKT HomefrontNitecore TM03

Outdoor

Reliable tools matter the most when in the wild. Inefficient and less-capable tools could spell the difference between a fun trek through the woods and being stranded without the means to find your way home. These picks ensure you have a knife free from jams, a light with enough power to light up a clearing, and a watch that ensures you always have enough information to find your bearings.


SureFire E1D Defender | Seiko 2nd Generation MonsterZero Tolerance 0450

Overbuilt

“Buy cheap, buy twice” is a common motto among EDCers, a warning against spending a little less money but losing a lot more performance. No need to worry about that with these picks. While they fetch a higher price tag, you're also getting some of the best materials and manufacturing on the market, ensuring tools that will perform superbly for a long time.


Seiko SGG731 Titanium Sapphire | Prometheus Beta-QR CopperBenchmade 940-1 CF

Exotics

While we pick our tools to address a need or perform a specific task, that doesn't mean they can't look good doing it, too. These picks feature some of the finer materials available to manufacturers like carbon fiber and titanium, and add a touch of collectibility to their functionality.


Surefire Sidekick | Smith & Bradley SpringfieldBuck 110 Folding Hunter

Made in the USA

Feeling patriotic? Take a look at these picks made right in the USA. They're brands that carry a legacy of performance and quality that make them reliable additions to any EDC.


Void V03B-BRTEC Accessories Pixel | James Brand The Swell Knife

Minimalist

Sometimes, you just can't be bothered to carry much at all, or want to make an effort to make an understatement. These picks feature some of the most minimal and subtle designs for an EDC, making them standouts for a discreet carry.


What's your favorite knife/light/watch combo? Let us know what they are and how you use them in the comments below!

Products featured in header photo: Chris Reeve Carbon Fiber Small Inkosi | Redux COURG Type-A | Olight S1 Baton Ti

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Not at work - Olight S1 Baton, Garmin Vivoactive HR, CRKT M16-01Z
At work - Victronox Farmer, Olight S1 Baton, Casio WV-200A "Wave Ceptor"
(note: add Fisher Space Pen to both configurations)
Love how each of these is grouped. Neat post. I've been hearing about the CRKT homefront a lot recently. The Fieldstrip tech in it looks cool- I wish some of the knives I already own had that feature!
Hey guys, some of you have been asking about the products in the lead photo. They're listed at the end of the article, but if you're jumping here to ask, I'll list 'em here too:

Chris Reeve Carbon Fiber Small Inoski: http://go.everydaycarry.com/kaink
Redux COURG Type A Gr2: http://go.everydaycarry.com/reduxca
Olight S1 Baton Ti NW: https://www.amazon.com/Olight-S1-Ti-Polishing-Flashlight-LegionArms/dp/B017Y4AKRW?tag=bg999-20
Minimalist at a Urban Office with traditional Taste in style:
Citizen BM8180 with Leatherstrap, Victorinox Bantam Alox and Trunite Tube LED
I have the Beginner and no other itmes :)
Great piece Mikey! keep em coming.
I was hoping there would be a "Formal Wear"/"Black Tie"/"Business Formal" category.
The best option for me in EDC Watch is Suunto Ambit 2 or 3 , they are brutal and with a amazing design for me .
Excellent combinations, definitely getting the SGG731 before the end of the year, thanks for the article!
Casio Pathfinder, Swiss army tinker, mecarmy

The pathfinder has a compass built in as well as altimeter/barometer, and thermometer. The tinker has plenty of tools you can actually use comfortably, and mecarmy's flashlight is small, rechargeable, and has lights of red as well as the standard multi-level LED
Great combinations. Something there to make most anybody happy.
Best article so far. Every personality or profession get its set of core items. Great.
Can't agree more on the Ontario RAT II, it's not just for novice but a knife that you don't have to care to do anything with. But the Exotic choice is not exotic enough...
Casio Solar Wave Ceptor, Ontario Rat II . . . and a cheap flashlight/laser pointer from the hardware store. Hmmm, looks like I'm in serious need of an upgrade . . .
I myself use a Spyderco Paramilitary 2, Fenix Pd32, and a G-Shock GD120mb. Great combo for my EDC; particularly like the Pd32 with its choice varying light levels
That Smith & Bradley watch is definitely not "Made in the USA" or anywhere close. It has a Swiss movement, which is mostly made of Chinese parts. Even less Made in the USA than Shinola, who got scolded by the FTC.
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