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The Best Amazon Prime Day 2017 Deals for EDC Gear

The third annual Amazon Prime Day is here, and it's bigger than ever. Over the next 30 hours, Amazon will be running special deals and discounts on thousands of products. But when it comes to the gear, leave it to us. We'll be scoping the site to bring you the best deals on everyday carry related products.

You'll need a Prime membership to take advantage of all the savings, so be sure to sign up for a free trial here to shop if you're not a member already.

As a heads up, many of today's deals are time-sensitive, and it's gonna be a long event. So be sure to bookmark this post and refresh often so you won't miss a steal. Check out all of Amazon's Prime Day promos at the button below, and scroll further for our curated list of EDC deals of note.

10 Mobile Office EDC Essentials

When you think of an office, you might picture a shiny wooden desk with a computer and plenty of space. Unfortunately, that's a luxury not all EDCers have when you're on the go, so you have to make do with your surroundings. The best desk might be whatever space you can manage, from your lap on the subway to the counter of your local coffee shop. Both can get the job done when you’re finishing up that homework assignment or banging out that work presentation that’s due in 20 minutes, but you can still EDC some gear that'll make working remotely a little more painless. In this guide we’ll recommend some tools that will make it easier to get things done when you need to, wherever that may be.

An Introduction to Damascus Steel EDC Knives

A handy pocket knife is one of those things we EDCers love to collect. Some zero in on their favorite material, like titanium or wood handles, others might collect knives from their favorite designer. But for many enthusiasts, knives with a damascus blade and their distinct wave pattern are a prized part of their collection. While they're stunningly beautiful knives, they shouldn't be thought of as just display pieces — they're capable tools in their own right. In this guide, we'll explain what makes a Damascus knife so special and list some great options worth a spot in your collection.

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8 Made in the USA EDC Essentials

It’s America’s birthday, and we wanted to celebrate by highlighting some of our favorite gear that’s made in the USA. We’ve picked out a range of gear that’s traditional, tactical, and everything in between. There’s a solid EDC knife, buy-it-for-life pen, some summer-inspired notebooks to write on, a bag to put it all in, and more. If you want more American-made gear in your EDC, check out these essentials.

Trending Gear: June 2017

Every day, readers like you proudly share photos of their everyday carry on the site.

Not only is looking through their pockets this way super interesting, but it's also a great way to find really cool gear you never even knew existed (yet somehow, suddenly need…).

When you hover over an item you like and click on it in these photos, you're also letting other EDCers know you find that gear interesting. Each click gets recorded to create a data-driven ranking of the most popular gear, which you can find in our Gear section of the site found in the top menu bar.

Gear with the most views and clicks climbs its way to the top of this feed and lets the EDC community know what's trending right this second.

Last month, you were interested in unique knives, discreet writing tools, minimalist essentials, and adventure-ready implements. Let's check them all out.

The Best EDC Gear from June 2017

The Best Bolt Action Pens for EDC in 2017

These days EDC pens are getting tougher and tougher, and it doesn't stop at fully machined metal bodies. Some of the more popular pen designs take inspiration from bolt action rifles as the next step in EDC performance. It's not a gimmick, either — while most pens click, twist, or uncap, bolt action pens really take things up a notch. Besides their unique mechanism, they're built tough, fun to fidget with, and much harder to accidentally leak in your pocket. That's because the deliberate action you have to take to extend the tip ensures that ink stays in the pen where it belongs, and not all over your clothes. In this guide, we're highlighting some of the best EDC-ready pens featuring that sweet, bolt-action goodness.

The Best CR123A Flashlights of 2017

When you take a look at some of the most popular lights in the EDC scene, you'll notice one thing in common: the battery. With its smaller (though stouter) profile, the CR123A battery allows the lights it fuels to be compact enough for a comfortable pocket carry. But in spite of its proportions, this battery comes with a fair amount of power—enough voltage for outputs to measure in hundreds of lumens and enough capacity for flashlight modes to last days and even weeks. Simply put, it's a great middle ground of size and performance. In this guide, we've put together 10 of the best single CR123A battery LED flashlights for your EDC below.

The Best Slim Portable Battery Packs

At some point you’ve probably had your phone die on you when you needed it most (it happens to the best of us). If you want to avoid the dreaded low battery warning, EDCing an external battery pack is a good idea. The problem is most batteries are designed for long trips to last you days at a time, with more juice than you'd ever need along with a ton of extra weight to carry. Luckily, there are some battery packs that check all the boxes for EDC. They're slim, lightweight, and give you just that extra boost in battery to make it to the next outlet. In this guide, we've rounded up some of the best slim batteries for EDC and travel alike.

The Best Lighters and Fire Starters for Everyday Carry

When putting together your EDC, you'll want a kit that covers all the bases. For most of you, that means something to cut with, a way to light things up, and a multitool for everything else. But to be truly prepared, especially in some emergency or survival situations, you can't forget about having access to a flame. Fire is one of those primitive tools that even your state-of-the-art smartphone can't replace. And you don't have to start a full-on fire out in the woods to find a lighter useful. It can come in handy during your day-to-day for things like melting paracord or firing up the grill. In this guide, we're highlighting a ten of our favorite tools for starting a fire.

An Intro to Tactical EDC Bags

If you're looking for a bag you can rely on day in and day out, it's hard to beat a tactical nylon bag. They're popular for EDC because their design and construction put them a step above your run of the mill bookbags. Unlike most casual bags, tactical packs are built to last through the most demanding missions, usually for military, law enforcement, or emergency applications. Luckily for you and your EDC, you can find tactical-style bags with the same focus on high performance and longterm durability in a wide variety of styles, from small day packs to large duffel bags. In this guide, we'll go over some key features and qualities to look for in a good tactical bag for everyday carry as well as some of our favorite bags, each with a specialized purpose.

25 Father's Day Gifts for His Everyday Carry

Father's Day is fast approaching this June 18th! No pressure or anything, but that's just a couple of weeks to find the perfect gift to get your dad. Don't worry—we've got you covered. This year our guide has 25 awesome gifts for every type of dad to help you get the perfect one for the man who has everything. Whether practical, memorable, or just plain fun, he deserves nothing but the best and most useful gear.

Father's Day 2017 Gift Ideas for…The Professional

For the successful dad who's always on his grind, takes pride in his work, and crushes it at the office day in and day out…

Boker Kwaiken CF

: A slim, sleek knife that looks just as good as his best black suit. Boker's Kwaiken CF features an assisted opening mechanism for easy access and carbon fiber handles that give it a unique, dressed-up look. (Buy)Orbitkey 2.0 w/ Monogramming: Orbitkey's system is great for quietly carrying around both his house and office keys. You can add Dad's initials with their new monogramming service to make it a personalized gift. (Buy)Lamy 2000 Ballpoint Pen: This iconic pen's design dates back to the 1960's, yet it still looks as modern as ever. Dad will appreciate how the Lamy 2000 ballpoint feels as good in his hand as it looks on his desk. (Buy)The Gadget Enthusiast

For the tech-savvy dad whose vice is his devices…

Kindle Oasis

: If your dad is an avid reader, he'll be able to enjoy thousands of books at his fingertips with a new e-reader like the Kindle Oasis. It has a glare-free screen and a new ergonomic design perfect for long reads. (Buy)The Jetsetter

For the dad who loves to travel and only packs the best of the best…

Aer Travel Pack

: Nothing's better for the jetsetter than a bag that maximizes the carry on bag limit while being ultra-easy to use. The numerous pockets and compartments make loading and unloading gear from the Aer Travel Pack a breeze. (Buy)Anker PowerCore Fusion 5000mAh Power Bank: Give your dad a reliable source of power for when he's stuck in transit. This particular power bank comes with a wall plug built in, so your dad can charge up with less baggage. (Buy)The Outdoorsman

For the adventurous dad who'd rather be outside, taking in nature more than anything…

Garmin Fenix 5 Sapphire

: Give him the upper hand in all his favorite outdoors sports with this rugged, feature-packed smartwatch. It boasts advanced fitness tracking as well as outdoors sensors like GPS, a barometric altimeter, and more. (Buy)CountyComm Brass Compass Capsule: If dad likes to do things the old fashioned way, he'll appreciate this two-in-one button compass and watertight match container on his next camping trip. (Buy)The DIYer

For the dad who loves to work with his hands, is able to fix anything, and is always tinkering with a new project…

Rite in the Rain Metric Field Notebooks

: Writing down important notes and measurements are part and parcel of any project, so any old notebook won't do in dad's workshop. These Rite in the Rain Metric Field Notebooks aren't just rugged and waterproof, but come with the metric field patterns to help track every task. (Buy)

Hopefully you've found something you know your dad will love from this guide. Or, for all you dads who are notoriously difficult to shop for, feel free share this article with your loved ones.

Still looking? Check our archives for even more gift ideas:

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Trending Gear: May 2017

Every day, readers like you proudly share photos of their everyday carry on the site.

Not only is looking through their pockets this way super interesting, but it's also a great way to find really cool gear you never even knew existed (yet somehow, suddenly need…).

When you hover over an item you like and click on it in these photos, you're also letting other EDCers know you find that gear interesting. Each click gets recorded to create a data-driven ranking of the most popular gear, which you can find in our Gear section of the site found in the top menu bar.

Gear with the most views and clicks climbs its way to the top of this feed and lets the EDC community know what's trending right this second.

Last month, you were interested in a variety of watches, knives, wallets, and quite a few fidget spinners. Let's check them all out.

10 Best EDC Card Tools for Your Wallet

One of the best ways to cover multiple bases in your EDC is to carry a multi-tool. The obvious upside is having every function you might need in one convenient package — if you can justify the pocket space. You could carry a keychain-friendly tool, but that might not be the best route to take, especially if you use a key organizer. There's one last place to carry a tool that even minimalists can appreciate: your wallet. The best EDC card tools can come in handy in a pinch as backups. Some might even do the job as your main tool. In this guide, we'll go over 10 tools that'll quickly become the most rewarding card in your wallet.

15 Slim Card Sleeve Wallets

Your wallet doesn't have to be the bulkiest thing in your EDC. But somehow, it's all too easy to let yours get out of control. Most of us only need an ID, a few cards, and maybe a bill or two to get through the day anyway. So if the only reason you're carrying that bulky wallet is to stuff it with Taco Bell receipts dating back to last March, it's time to switch things up. To keep things real slim, try a card sleeve wallet. They're easy to carry (front pocket or back), quickly accessible, and super light weight. Luckily, you've got plenty of options to choose from when it comes to a good EDC wallet. In this guide, we're highlighting 15 of our favorite card sleeve wallets out there.

10 Key-Shaped EDC Essentials

If there's one thing in your EDC you make sure to have when you step out the door, it's your keychain. That makes it a great place to include the EDC essentials that you'll need in a pinch. It's a convenient way to maximize your carry while keeping things as small and light as what's on your keychain. However, some keychain tools can be bulky and awkwardly shaped, which takes away from their utility overall. You can avoid this tradeoff by sticking to tools that are designed to fit right in with the rest of your keys instead. In this guide, we'll show you our favorite key-sized (and key-shaped) EDC tools and essentials.

The Best EDC Knives Under 3" in 2017

When it comes to your EDC knife, size matters. And bigger isn't always better. A knife that's too big can be unwieldy to use and carry, not to mention illegal depending on where you live. On the flip side, a knife that's too small might take more effort for even simple tasks. For a lot of you, the best EDC knife is just under 3" long. In this guide, we'll break down why you might want a smaller knife, what to look for in a compact EDC, and highlight 10 EDC knives around the 2.5” to 3” sweet spot that are a cut above the rest.