People & Places

Interview: Les George, Knife Designer

Interview

If you've been following the knife releases of Kershaw and Zero Tolerance the past few decades, then you might recognize the name Les George. He's a knife designer who's been at it since 1992, learning his craft from legendary knifemaker Stan Fujisaka of Kaneohe, Hawaii.

He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1997, serving for over a decade in various heavy equipment and ordnance roles, and deployed to dozens of countries around the world. His long service has given him a unique take on using and designing tools, and he's put this experience to use with his creations.

2017 marks Les George's 25th year as a knifemaker, known for his clean, military-inspired designs and collaborations with Kai USA. We got in touch with him for this interview with help from our sponsor Zero Tolerance to announce the release of his latest design, the ZT0920, and talk about his EDC, his love of all things knives, and the future of his work.

Interview: Carl Elsener, Global CEO of Victorinox

Interview

Carl Elsener, the global CEO of Victorinox, flew in from Switzerland to kick off the store's grand opening. I took this rare opportunity to scope the new location and talk SAKs with Mr. Elsener himself.

In this quick interview below, Mr. Elsener shares what's in his pockets, what model of SAK he swears by, and two incredible stories he's heard over the years of a SAK coming to the rescue. It's been lightly edited for clarity and length.

Interview: Chris Burkard, Outdoors Photographer

Interview

Chris Burkard is an action and outdoors photographer. If you’ve ever explored the side of Instagram with stunning landscape shots, outdoors vibes, and the most majestic, remote locations you’d only dream to visit, chances are you’ve seen some of Chris’s work. His eye for the outdoors goes beyond snapping scenery: he captures his connection with nature and evokes a certain yearning for adventure in his audience. Over 1.6 million people follow his Instagram alone!

Whether he’s managing his online presence or shooting in far-off locations, Chris stays prepared with a solid EDC. In this interview, he shares what’s in his pockets, the inspiration for his work, and must-read advice for aspiring photographers.

Interview: R. Lee Ermey, Actor

Interview

When you think of a military character in one of your favorite movies, chances are it's R. Lee Ermey who you’re picturing. With such memorable roles as the intense Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Full Metal Jacket to the plastic army men in Toy Story, Ermey has appeared in over 60 films over an impressive span of four decades. His 11 years in the Marine Corps and passion for acting have produced several iconic roles in some of the most highly-regarded military films ever made. We had the opportunity to talk with Ermey about his day-to-day activities, his passion projects, and of course, the things he carries every day.

Interview: Pat LaFrieda Jr., CEO of Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors

Interview

Patrick “Pat” LaFrieda Jr. is the CEO of Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors, a 100-year old third-generation company that supplies exclusively American-raised meat to some of the best restaurants in the country, including a special blend for Shake Shack. In this interview, Pat shares his essential office and hunting gear, how he hustles to run his business, and why his butchers use only Victorinox knives, whose culinary line of products is suitable for both home cooks and professionals alike.

Interview: Kevin Gillespie, Chef

Interview

Kevin Gillespie is an American chef, restaurateur, and author. You might recognize him as the runner-up and fan favorite in season 6 of Top Chef. He took some time out of his hectic schedule to join us for a quick interview. Read on to see Kevin share his thoughtfully selected EDC, fill us in on what it takes to be successful in the culinary industry, and leave one tip he believes everyone should follow.

Interview: Matt Alexander, CEO of Need

Interview

Matt Alexander is the founder and CEO of clothing e-commerce companies Need and Foremost, together known as The Edition Collective. He’s also an influential figure in tech, a mentor, a creative, and an overall stylish guy. In this interview, he shares the gear he uses to run his businesses, and gives advice for those aspiring to start projects of their own.

Interview: Brad Thor, Novelist

Interview

Brad Thor is an American novelist, whose works include several New York Times Best Sellers. He’s just finished his newest book, Code of Conduct, and took some time to share his everyday carry inspired by his many military- and spy-themed thrillers. Read along to see what gear he uses and to discover his secret for any aspiring author looking to get published.

Interview: Scott Jordan, CEO of SCOTTeVEST

Interview

Scott Jordan is the CEO of SCOTTeVEST, an apparel company known for their travel clothing designed with tons of hidden pockets. He knows a thing or two about EDC, having pocketed his gear for decades. In this interview, he shares his daily setup, speaks on how the practice of EDC shaped his company, and reveals his secrets for making it in the business world.

Interview: Rian Dawson, Drummer of All Time Low

Interview

Rian Dawson is the drummer and percussionist of All Time Low, an American pop punk band. He’s also a coffee addict, watch collector, gadget enthusiast and avid EDCer. He set some time aside from touring to share his daily essentials with us and talk about interesting hobbies and the gear that goes with them.

Interview: David Heinemeier Hansson, Creator of Ruby on Rails

Interview

David Heinemeier Hansson is a Danish programmer, creator of web development framework, Ruby on Rails, founder and CTO of leading project management tool, Basecamp, and class-winning endurance racing driver. In this interview, he shares his minimal, considered carry and how it fits into his everyday life.

Interview: Steph Davis, Rock Climber

Interview

Steph Davis is one of the best rock climbers, having set multiple records as the first and only to summit several of the world’s toughest routes. She’s taken some time from shooting photos from dizzying, breathtaking heights to snapping her everyday carry for us to see. Read on to find what gear she finds most useful on the cliffs and her quick advice to apply to your gear and your life.

Interview: Mike Farley, CEO of Tile

Interview

Mike Farley is the CEO of Tile, the company behind the wearable gadget of the same name that tracks and locates small essentials. In this interview, he shares his everyday carry, some insight gained from leading a company, and his secret to achieving your goals and realizing your dreams.

Interview: Robert Love, Software Engineer

Interview

Robert Love is a Boston-based software engineer at Google, speaker, and author of several books on Linux, an operating system. In this interview, he shares his everyday carry, brief philosophy on engineering (software in particular), and some advice on how to gain knowledge and enrich your life.

Interview: Dan Cederholm, Web Designer

Interview

Dan Cederholm is a web designer, author, and speaker. He co-founded Dribbble, a community for designers, and blogs at SimpleBits. In this interview, he shares the tools he uses on the daily, his thoughts on each of his essentials, and some sage advice about how you should use tools everyday.

Interview: Bas Rutten, TV Host & MMA Legend

Interview

Bas Rutten is a legend in the mixed martial arts scene. He held four world titles as the first UFC Heavyweight Champion and wrapped up his competitive career with a 22-fight win streak. Now retired, he’s an actor, business owner, TV-host and personality. In this interview, he shares his tactical EDC and some advice from a champion.