Trending Gear: February 2017
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This past month, you all seemed to be most interested in some of the most unique (and tiny!) knives for EDC. There's also a nice trend of consolidating and managing your carry with the use of organizers. And while there are some usual suspects on the list, there are plenty of new and interesting additions that make a fresh appearance. Let's take a look.
The Best EDC Gear from February 2017
10. CRKT Minimalist
As seen in: Russell's Air Force Duty EDC
Many fixed blades have a larger profile to match their outdoor functionality. With the Minimalist, CRKT shows that with the right design, even fixed blades have a place in an EDC. Don't be fooled by its 2.125” blade—with its clip point shape, the Minimalist has enough belly to get the job done both on and off the field, hence its popularity. You've got plenty of leverage and grip thanks to its resin-infused fiber handles and deep finger choils, and a glass-reinforced nylon sheath (with belt loop) gives the Minimalist plenty of carry options.
9. Knomo Knomad Organizer
As seen in: Ridgeway's Librarian EDC
Many EDCers tend to carry a lot of stuff to stay prepared, so the secret is in keeping it all together. Knomo's Knomad Organizer is one such product to manage your essentials, keeping your gear handy all in one place. It has compartments and divisions for things like cards and electronics, so with one zip they stay protected and ready for duty when going about your day. It's a great option to carry around your EDC when you don't want to pack a whole bag for the day.
8. Rickshaw PocketDojo Sleeve
As seen in: Richard's Creative Director EDC
It's been a month of consolidation, as the 8th most popular item is another organizer. Made by Rickshaw Bagworks in San Francisco, the PocketDojo Sleeve is a waterproof sailcloth sleeve designed to hold essentials like your phone and stationery. It has a large slot to fit most EDC-friendly notebooks or your phone, slot(s) for pens, and even includes plastic sleeves to help organize cash and cards. Its light weight and rugged quality make it a handy addition to your carry.
7. Boker Plus DW-1
As seen in: Dan's Carpentry EDC
Just how much utility can a 1” blade hold? With the right ergonomics and materials, plenty. Plus it's a size that can slip into any EDC to give cutting power without taking up any space at all. That's what the Chad Los Banos-designed Boker Plus DW-1 is all about. It's got an an overall length of 2.8” while still packing an edge made from tough AUS8 steel. And with a reverse tanto design that makes the most of its size, it's an almost invisible knife for everyday utility that won't break the bank or weigh you down.
6. Streamlight Microstream
As seen in: Trevor's Daily Carry
Used by over 240 Everyday Carry members
The Streamlight Microstream is one of the most popular flashlights on our site, so it's no surprise it's a high placer on this list yet again. It takes one of the most common batteries available with the AAA, has enough lumens for everyday tasks, and is lightweight with a dual-purpose pocket clip that lets you clip it on the brim of a hat for additional functionality. And best of all, it's very inexpensive which makes it a no-brainer of an entry-level light.
5. Leatherman Wave
As seen in: Stephen's Technician EDC
Used by over 575 Everyday Carry members
One of Leatherman's most popular models is also a consistently popular multi-tool in our submissions. The Wave has 17 tools to cover your daily bases, including handy outside-accessible blades that can be opened one-handed for convenience. It's a robust tool with a build quality to match, hence its appearance in many of your submissions. The 25-year Leatherman warranty doesn't hurt much, either!
4. Boker Kwaiken Flipper
As seen in: J's EDC
Used by over 25 Everyday Carry members
Boker's Kwaiken Flipper is one of the sleeker models in their catalog, with a slim profile that gives off a gentlemanly aesthetic. It comes with a hefty 3.5” VG-10 blade, with a sizeable, sweeping edge for long, precision cuts. The Kwaiken also features the Ikoma Korth Bearing System for a smooth flipping action for performance to match its look. And while it's on the larger side of EDC, a lanyard hole and pocket clip gives you options to make it a part of your carry.
3. Amsler Atom
As seen in: Rob's Workday EDC
It's not every day a custom knife places high on this list, which goes to show how exceptional Amsler's Atom is. Its key feature is its magnetic interlocking system which secures the blade into its “sheath” side where its clip is attached. At the center of this system is an N52 neodymium magnet rated for over 8 pounds of force, ensuring the Atom won't come apart when carried on a lanyard or clipped to your pocket. It's also got a unique tanto edge made from CPM 154 steel, a hardy metal strong enough for the toughest cutting tasks.
2. Microtech Ultratech
As seen in: Tyler's Bike Adventure Carry
Another uncommon knife making waves the past month is Microtech's iconic Ultratech out-the-front automatic knife. While a bit overkill for general EDC tasks, it's definitely a unique addition to any carry. A contoured aluminum handle holds the Ultratech's double-action OTF mechanism, meaning the same switch deploys and retracts its 3.44” blade. The Ultratech also comes in a variety of colors, partial and full serrations for its blade, and handle finishes to match your preference of tactical aesthetic.
1. Torqbar Spinner
As seen in: Igor's Titanium EDC
And last month's most popular EDC item...actually has little to do with the practical aspect of EDC itself. You may have seen this oval addition to a number of carries, and wondered about its purpose. It's the Torqbar Spinner, a custom-machined, weighted toy that's spawned its own market of pocket fidget tools. By holding it in the middle and flicking its ends, the end weights keep the motion going, giving you a satisfyingly long spin during times when you just need to do something with your hands. It's not for everyone, not particularly practical in the traditional sense, but it is this month's most popular EDC product.
If you're curious to see how these trends change over time, check out our monthly roundups from the archive for even more excellent gear.
See anything in this list that made you stop scrolling and think, "I need one…right now"? Leave a comment and let me know your favorite gear from this round-up.