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Centric Instruments Lightwell Watch

If there's one kind of watch that's perfect for EDC, it'd be the field watch. Its rugged design, rich history, and iconic style makes it such a versatile daily driver. But even in a field watch, movement matters: automatic watches can be high maintenance, and quartz watches can run out of battery when you least expect it. That's why Centric Instruments built their take on the field watch around a solar-charging movement for high performance and low maintenance. And despite its unique solar-charging capabilities and slew of premium features, the Lightwell is modestly priced, making it easier for you to invest in a quality watch that lasts.

Upon first glance, the Lightwell is unmistakably a field watch, but with a few more modern twists. Its 316L brushed stainless steel case measures a versatile 38mm in a classic shape, with a screwdown caseback and crown making the watch water-resistant to 100M. Looking at the dial under the ultra-clear, scratch-resistance sapphire crystal is where you can really see the Lightwell's unique design cues. The outer ring gives a sense of depth to the face, with large luminous markers and easy-to-read Arabic numerals lending to its legibility. Subtle branding and a smaller date window round out the minimalist aesthetic.

Under the dial is what makes the Lightwell truly unique. Its Japanese solar-quartz movement from Seiko powers the watch with exposure to both artificial and natural light. A minute under the sun gives a full day of timekeeping power, while a full charge keeps the movement running for a full 6 months without ever needing to replace a battery.

The Lightwell is available in a black, white, or vintage-inspired “gilt” dial, with easy-to-swap straps in waterproof silicone or veg-tan leather. Pledges start at just $180 for a Lightwell and two straps, making this an impressive value for an EDC watch. See the Lightwell in more detail at the Kickstarter link below before the project ends June 14th.

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Lever Gear BitVault and BitLight

In an ideal situation, you have every tool you need at your disposal at any time. But as EDCers, we know it's not that simple. Some tools are large and cumbersome, while smaller essentials can get lost in your bag or pockets. So when Lever Gear, prolific makers of actual pocketable tools, sought to solve this dilemma, they ended up creating the CLiP system: Carry, Light, and Protect. They've just launched the first tools of the line, the BitVault and BitLight, making it easier than ever to make the most of your pockets.

At their core, the BitVault and BitLight are compact containers that carry either a bit set or small essentials like pills or emergency cash. Both have a uni-body construction made from aluminum alloy, with a sealed, watertight compartment to store your stuff. The flat form factor works with an included clip so the tools can lay flush in your pocket, with a tail end carabiner-style slot that lets you attach a keyring as well as a hex bit slot on the top so the body can be used as a screwdriver. As the name suggests, the BitLight differs from the BitVault by trading some internal space for a couple of LEDs. You can charge the light from any USB source, and it outputs 10 floody lumens across 3 levels for emergency or task lighting in a pinch.

Whether you need a compact tool case for your projects, a rugged emergency stash, or an easier way to carry your smallest EDC items, Lever Gear's new CLiP system has space to spare. They've just launched the project on Kickstarter at the link below, so you have plenty of time to pledge and customize the right tool for yourself.

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BigiDesign TPT Slide

With pocket space at a premium, it’s important to get the most out of your multi-tool. Ideally, you want something that’s functional enough to be worth carrying, while still being easy to pocket and use. The TPT Slide, the next generation of BigiDesign's popular TPT multi-tool, is just that. It rides the line between minimalist and full-on multi-tool, with plenty of useful features that are sure to come in handy on a daily basis. This new and improved titanium pocket tool isn't just easier to use and carry, but it's even stronger and more durable, too.

First and foremost, the TPT Slide now features a sliding extension mechanism for the box opener/camp fork insert. The previous version featured a friction fit mechanism that took two hands to open. The Slide has a two position locking thumb stud that’s easy to operate with one hand, whether you’re a lefty or a righty. You’ll also find a sleek, removable pocket clip that makes the tool even easier to carry. BigiDesign also strengthened the jimping on the universal wrench set for a more secure grip. Lastly, the TPT Slide is machined from thicker grade 5 titanium plates for increased overall durability and rigidity. The TPT Slide also has the all of the other useful EDC features from the previous iteration including a flat head screwdriver, 1/4” hex bit driver, simple measurement cues, lanyard/keychain hole, and a scraper edge.

BigiDesign are no newcomers to the Kickstarter scene, with over 20 successful products launched on the platform. This project is already over 1000% funded, with pledges starting at $59 for a September 2018 deliver date. Check out the full list of features and snag one for yourself in your choice of Stonewashed or DLC Black titanium at the link below.

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QuietCarry Chase Knife

If you're considering a robust work knife, there are a few key things to look for. A hefty blade with a good steel and a great shape. Handles that grip well and shaped for comfort when performing harder tasks. And for EDCers, the knife should also be pocket-friendly. QuietCarry, best known for their minimalist EDC knives, have taken on the challenge of building a better workhorse blade. The Chase is an everyday knife designed to do hard work and look damn good while doing it.

From tip to clip, QuietCarry have put thought into the Chase's every feature to reinforce its purpose as a workhorse EDC. Its 2.95” blade comes in a drop point shape with a full belly for general-purpose utility, while its N690Co steel was chosen for its ease of maintenance and ability to hold (and hone) an edge. A thumb slot makes ambidextrous opening easy. Beefy knurling along the spine gives extra purchase for tougher slices.

The Chase's handles come in tried-and-true G10, shaped with extra width to help fill your palm for a more ergonomic grip. A deep finger notch gives both access to the blade's thumb slot and works in tandem with the spine knurling for a rock-solid grasp on the knife. Lock duty is handled by a liner lock, which also keeps the weight low at 2.8 ounces. Good knives are often ruined by a bad clip; luckily QuietCarry thought of that too, adding a deep-carry pocket clip that sits the knife flush in your pocket so no extra material is showing, making the Chase a discreet addition to your pocket carry.

With well-thought out features and an eye for EDC, QuietCarry's Chase is a welcome addition to their stable of minimalist, high-performance knives. The knife's still ongoing with its (fully funded) Kickstarter campaign, so there's plenty of time to to pledge one for yourself in your choice of black or olive G10, or special SeaGrey resin handles at the link below.

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StatGear X-GRIP Tweezers

A good pair of tweezers is one of those items that can be unexpectedly useful to EDC. You usually see them in first aid kits or tacked onto a multi-tool, and often as an afterthought. But you'll also find plenty of everyday situations where you wish you had a proper pair of tweezers. Whether you're extracting a nasty splinter or needing that extra precision on your DIY project, an EDC-worthy set of tweezers is just the right tool. With the X-GRIP, StatGear offers tweezers that are both built to last and easy to carry.

Because they're made of grade 5 titanium, the X-GRIP tweezers are superior to the flimsy pair you might find included in a first aid kit. They're strong and resistant against the elements, making them a piece of gear that will last you as long as you have them. At approximately 2.4 inches long, they're sized right for most tasks without being too bulky. They're also lightweight, weighing a mere 0.4 ounces including the aluminum cap. That cap features an eyehole for attaching the tweezers to your keys too, so they're easy to have on hand at all times.

With the StatGear X-GRIP, you can have a competent pair of tweezers on hand when you need it. StatGear has a long history of delivering excellent EDC gear on a crowdfunded basis. And the best part is pledging to this fully funded Kickstarter project will also get you the handy PocketLumen EDC flashlight as well. Check it out at the link below.

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StatGear Pocket Lumen

Finding the right EDC flashlight can be difficult, especially when space is at a premium. And when your pockets are full, it's hard to justify carrying a full-size or even compact light. Tiny keychain lights can fit the bill, but they tend to lack the power you need. Plus, they can be too small to comfortably hold and operate when you actually need them. Enter the upcoming Pocket Lumen by StatGear. It's a tiny yet capable keychain LED flashlight that has the right ergonomics for EDC.

The Pocket Lumen is a simple yet powerful light for its size. At 1.77" long and 0.4 ounces in weight, it doesn't add too much heft to your carry. But it is enough for you to get a firm grip on the light. And lights with twist-on activation, the Pocket Lumen's head has prominent grip surfaces. This lets you control its handy single-output 30 lumen LED module with one hand. And with its four LR41 batteries, it can power that light for a full 15 hours.

Unlike most keychain flashlights, the Pocket Lumen offers a rugged build. Its hard anodized aircraft-grade aluminum case boasts 3ATM water resistance for use in wet conditions. The aluminum case also offers some impact resistance. In their durability testing, StatGear dropped the light from a high roof onto the concrete below and it lived to tell the tale.

The Pocket Lumen is a great everyday carry keychain light, and you can secure it right now on StatGear's fully-funded Kickstarter page. StatGear has a long history of developing innovative and useful EDC solutions and delivering them to the community via crowdfunding. Plus, you can even snag their X-Grip titanium tweezers with the light at the right pledge level. Find it at the link below.

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Nomatic Messenger and Laptop Bags

When pockets aren’t enough, a good bag can help you carry everything you need while keeping it all organized. But like the tools in your EDC, finding a bag that’s practical and fits your lifestyle can be challenging. That’s why Nomatic has a few different options in their line-up depending on what you’re looking for. With a proven track record of bringing minimalist yet feature-rich EDC gear like wallets, notebooks, watches, and backpacks to market via Kickstarter, the company is back with a new duo of smart crossbody bags: the Nomatic Messenger Bag and Laptop Bag.

If you like to keep things discreet, you’ll like the Nomatic design language. Their entire line of bags comes in stealthy black and gray color options, and this new Messenger bag is no different. It has removable padded strap that clicks securely into place thanks to magnetic Fidlock hardware on either side. Removing them is simple, so if you need to carry it briefcase-style you can do so without having to fiddle with buckles when it’s time to reattach them. If you travel often you can also stack it on top of your rolling suitcase when killing time between flights using its pass-through luggage handle sleeve. But the same organizational details that makes the Nomatic Messenger an ideal carry-on also makes it practical for EDC.

It comes with three zippered compartments and plenty of pockets perfect for organizing your gear while you’re out and about with a 15L total capacity. First is the padded laptop compartment along the back which has a built-in sleeve that keeps it from slipping out when you need it. Then there’s the large main compartment perfect for electronics like cameras or headphones. This compartment also has a handy removable divider and a zippered mesh pocket for any smaller batteries or memory cards that you don’t want to lose. The last zippered compartment on the very front allows for quick access to smaller essentials that you might need throughout the day. Elastic and zippered pockets line the inside and make it easy to organize everything from pens and passports to snacks and cables.

For an even more minimalist solution to carrying your laptop and its accompanying essentials, there's the Laptop bag. It sports a lower profile than the Messenger with its fewer compartments at 10L capacity, but still comes with enough organization and storage for your laptop, tablet, notebooks, and other mobile office essentials as an everyday work bag.

Judging by the company's track record, it’s only a matter of time before the Nomatic Messenger and Laptop Bags get funded. So whether you’re looking for an easy way to carry your stuff on your commute or want a bag that makes a hassle-free carry-on, make sure to click the link below and back the campaign.

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Zootility RNGR Ultra-thin Folding Knife

You think you've seen it all when it comes to knives, and then something like Zootility's RNGR comes along. It's got the proper size, ergonomics, and even cutting ability of any EDC blade, until you turn it on its side. At only 0.125” thick, the RNGR is almost impossibly thin. It's one of the most EDC-friendly knives you can carry, and it's got even more tricks up its very narrow sleeve.

For starters: the RNGR isn't even held together by bolts or screws. Zootility calls it “steel origami,” with the RNGR's two pieces designed to interlock as well as disengage with ease. This means that if you accidentally leave the knife on your person going through security, the blade can be forfeited with a simple twist, which you can then replace later to restore your knife to its rightful place in your EDC.

The pieces themselves are made from 440C stainless steel, rust-resistant and robust, and easy to maintain. The steel also gives the knife some cutting heft while still maintaining a 1.4 ounce weight.  The 2.2” blade comes with a combo edge, with the straight section having a bit of belly tapering into a tip for long slices when needed, while its serrated edge takes care of the heavier tasks.

Thanks to its size and design, it couldn't be easier to carry the RNGR. Slide it into any pocket, slip it into your wallet, hang it off a carabiner, the options are limitless. You can even pledge for an extra clip if you want even more options for EDC. There's a little under two weeks left to grab Zootility's ridiculously thin knife for yourself, so head over to the Kickstarter link below to pick up a RNGR with your choice of extras.

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Code of Bell X-PAK Bag Collection

When choosing a bag to be your main EDC, it can be tricky to prepare for all the different situations that come your way. The bag you'd bring your laptop into the office with might not fare so well on a hike in the rain or packed with clothes for a short-haul flight. That's why Code of Bell put adaptability at the forefront of their new Carrywear collection on Kickstarter with the X-PAK One and X-PAK Pro. They're highly configurable cross-body sling bags built with waterproof materials, expandable compartments, and tons of versatile features inside and out.

For a pair of bags designed to be your one option for a wide range of uses and conditions, they come prepared with premium materials throughout. PU-coated zippers and laminated waterproof fabrics on the exterior provide all-weather protection, while 1680D ballistic nylon, ITW Nexus and YKK hardware stand up to repeated use. Overall, the X-PAK One and X-PAK Pro share the same sling-based design with storage capacity being the main difference. The key is in their unique, vertical roll-top outer compartment that can accommodate even bulky items you couldn't normally carry in a smaller bag.

The X-PAK Pro offers more packing space with a capacity ranging from 10L to 17L, taking on a compact daypack role. Besides its expandable roll-top compartment, it has two separate main compartments and an admin panel section to accommodate a 13” laptop and the rest of your small essentials. All of the pockets on the X-PAK Pro are well-placed for its purpose as an EDC sling, with concealed pockets on the back panel, a weatherproof quick-access pocket on the front, an expandable water bottle pocket on the side, and easy access to the main compartments. You can get to these pockets even on the go by slinging the bag forward without having to stop and take the bag off completely.

With the X-PAK bags, it isn't only about having a pocket for everything. They offer so many different ways to actually carry the bags, thanks to their adjustable and stowable straps. The X-PAK Pro can be worn like a traditional sling across your back, over one shoulder when buckled together, or in briefcase mode. The smaller X-PAK One has even more options that active EDCers might enjoy, including as a waistpack or strapped to bike handles. Last but not least, optional compression straps let you attach bulkier items and MOLLE-compatible webbing along the sides let you carry more.

The Code of Bell Carrywear collection is already fully funded on Kickstarter with just under two weeks left in the campaign. You can choose from the X-PAK One and Pro in various color options, as well as learn all about the features and nuanced design decisions that went into the bags at the link below.

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Tactile Turn Mover and Shaker Pens

Before fidget spinners were a thing, many EDCers would keep their hands occupied with something a bit more practical: a clicky pen. But if you ever carried an average clicky pen, you'd know they're fragile, prone to leaking, and that oh-so-satisfying clicky top is nothing but a nuisance to everyone around you. Tactile Turn's Mover and Shaker pens, on the other hand, are a bit of a revelation. They're precision-machined from durable metals, take all sorts of refills, and feature a custom-made titanium clicky top unlike anything you've clicked before. The first versions were already an EDC favorite, and they've just been revised with a ton of EDC-focused improvements.

Upon first glance, it might look like the Mover and Shaker haven't changed much at all from the original versions. But in this update, the devil's in the details. They still feature that substantial yet minimal silhouette that gives it a good balance, heft in hand, and comfortable grip. The unique micro-ridged grip section now extends along the entire body of the pen for complete control. As a result of all the ridges it's even harder to distinguish where the barrel unscrews to swap out refills, giving the pen its sleek, seamless look.

The biggest and most important change is actually in the click mechanism. These new pens ditch the old brass knock mechanism for a bigger, stronger, and more durable custom titanium design. It not only stands up to repeated clicking and general wear and tear, but it offers more travel when pressing it. It also helps the refill retract further into the body of the pen to better prevent accidental leaks in your pocket. This is a welcome change for those of you especially tough on your pens who prefer the ease of use of a click mechanism instead of dealing with pen caps to lose or slightly more complicated bolt action mechanisms. The new titanium clicky isn't totally silent, though, but it's worth it for the overall enhanced performance.

Of course, the Mover and Shaker come equipped with an EDCer's best friend, a sturdy, stainless steel pocket clip. The pens come in a huge range of EDC-friendly materials, including lightweight and colorful anodized aluminum, hefty polished brass, stainless steel, copper, and polished grade 5 titanium. There's a little under a week left to get in on this fully funded Kickstarter set to deliver in January at the link below.

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WESN Titanium Micro Blade

When space is at a premium in your EDC, you might end up leaving your favorite knife at home. Even some smaller everyday carry knife options can be either too big for what you need, or other times, even too small to be anything more than a novelty. What you need is an extremely compact EDC knife that can actually perform. The WESN Titanium Micro Blade is a fully funded Kickstarter project that aims to be just that, designed with a strong set of features you'd expect from a knife twice its size.

The WESN Titanium Micro Blade is an incredibly tiny EDC folding knife that looks built for real use. The excellent utility of the knife starts with its 1.5” AUS8 stainless steel blade. It has a modified drop point shape with a pronounced curve that increases the surface area of the knife and helps it deal with tasks easily, like a larger knife could. The AUS8 composition allows for an ideal mix of sharpness, edge retention, and ease of maintenance. Deployment is also easy thanks to two opening mechanisms: a thumbstud on the blade and a flipper tab on the spine.

Its grade 5 titanium handle helps bring the weight of the knife down to just a single ounce for barely-there pocket or keychain carry. The resilient, springy characteristic of titanium also improves performance of the WESN's frame lock mechanism, which you usually don't see on a knife of this size. On the side is a deep carry pocket clip designed for right-handed carry. Because the knife is only 2.25” when closed, the clip can also double as an effective cash clip for your bills. The hole at the other end of the handle can accommodate lanyard or keychain carry as well. There's even a beautiful leather sheath available for the knife at higher pledges.

It's not often you can look at a tiny EDC knife that inspires confidence in its ability to work for you. The WESN does just that. Make your pledge to the fully-funded Kickstarter to secure a WESN Titanium Micro Blade of your own.

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Firefly Fire Starter

When's the last time you used the toothpick on your Swiss Army Knife? If the answer is “never,” we hear you. Maybe you've used it to clean out debris from your knife or something, but its intended function seems a bit out of place on such a venerable EDC tool. And in an emergency situation, you're going to wish it could do more than keep your teeth clean. Enter the Firefly from Tortoise Gear: a firestarter rod that's designed to replace the toothpick on your Swiss Army Knife.

For something small enough to fit in the toothpick slot of your SAK's scales, the Firefly can generate an impressive amount of sparks. By scraping the Firefly with a blade or saw on your knife, you'll get enough sparks flying to start a fire in a pinch. It'll even work on the scissors of the TSA-friendly travel models of the SAK. Plus, Tortoise Gear specially designed their custom firesteel to be twice as strong and last longer than similar standalone ferrocerrium rods.

The Firefly comes in two different sizes, for both small and large models. If you carry a non-traditional SAK, that's fine too. As long as it has a toothpick, it will fit. That includes compatibility with even the SwissCard multi-tool. Hot swapping in the Firefly would be a step in consolidating your outdoors carry for a more minimal setup, or it can add redundancy as a backup to your main fire starter. Last but not least, its bright green head provides higher visibility during the day, glow-in-the-dark visibility at night, and makes retrieving the Firefly itself easy thanks to an injected molded thumb notch.

The SAK is an effective part of your everyday carry, but with the Firefly it's made even better. It's an easy and low-profile option for EDCing this crucial piece of preparedness gear. Secure this handy EDC accessory for yourself at the fully-funded Kickstarter link below.

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