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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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Dango P01 Pioneer Bifold Wallet and Pen

Even with the latest and greatest smartphones releasing year after year, so many EDCers still swear by good ol' fashioned pen and paper. They make an unbeatable duo when it comes to fleshing out ideas and keeping tabs on things without having to swipe through app menus and folders. But unlike a smartphone, they're not always the easiest thing to slip into your pockets day in and day out. The team at Dango Products have had success with taking something easy and essential to carry—your wallet—and redesigning it to help you carry more, smarter. Their latest project, the P01 Pioneer Wallet, consolidates your pen and paper in one place, but does it in a more compact wallet-sized form factor rather than your typically bulky journal cover design.

One big reason the P01 Pioneer is able to easily carry everything in such a compact footprint is because Dango designed every component from the ground up to fit together perfectly. They've taken one of the oldest tricks in the EDC playbook of slipping a pen into the spine of your wallet, then upped the execution. The pen was custom designed to slot into the spine of the P01 so it sits flush. To get that perfect fit, it's CNC machined in the USA out of a lightweight, anodized aluminum like you'd expect to see on quality flashlights and other EDC tools. It boasts write-anywhere performance thanks to a pressurized ballpoint ink refill, and it's compatible with the crowd favorite Fisher Space Pen refill as well. The business end of the pen narrows down to a minimalist grip system of 3 silicone o-rings while the back of the pen comes to a 4-way slotted tip for multiple attachment configurations. By now the P01 campaign hit its first stretch goal, so backing the project will get you a free paracord lanyard to easily retrieve the pen.

The other part of the equation is the notebook. It's not the largest notebook you can carry, but it might be one of the most convenient ones. At a modest 24 pages, it's a good balance between portability and thinness without needing replacements too often. Not to mention it's stitched and finished in the USA then protected from excess wear and tear in the P01 wallet itself.

Of course, the P01 is still an EDCer's wallet at its core. It has some of the best elements of all the different kinds of wallets you can carry in one. For starters, it's made in the USA from premium Italian veg-tan leather for that patina after break in and familiar feel in hand. But that's where the similarities with traditional leather wallets end. The leather comes laminated with an RFID-blocking material for your security and geometric patterning give a look and ergonomic feel that lean towards the future. The P01 uses a silicone strap for extra security and versatility like you'd find on more modern minimalist wallets. It's designed to accommodate up to 20 cards as well as Dango's wallet-sized multi-tool from their earlier line of wallets, the MT02. With options for a pen, notebook, multi-tool, and cards, it's got room for a big chunk of your daily kit.

There's just a month left to back the P01 on Kickstarter. It comes in two colorways — a natural tan with silver or a fully blacked out setup, now with a free paracord lanyard as part of the campaign's first unlocked stretch goal. Check it out in more detail at the link below.

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mininch Xcissor Pen

As much as we appreciate a good EDC knife, it's not always necessarily the best tool for the job. And depending on where you live or work, carrying a blade isn't even an option at all. For those quick cutting tasks, a pair of scissors can get 'em done quickly, safely, and precisely. Even then, an EDC-friendly pair of scissors is surprisingly hard to come by: you've got trauma shears, ones built into bladed multi-tools, or dedicated scissors that can be dangerous to toss into a pocket or bag. With successful products like the Toolpen and Wrenchit under their belt, the innovative team at mininch are back to doing what they do best: re-designing essential tools in a pocket-friendly pen form factor. Their latest Xcissor Pen conceals a compact pair of scissors in a robust, machined stainless steel executive pen, making it an excellent office companion.

Where most pens in this class reserve the barrel of the pen for fancy deployment mechanisms or larger refills, the Xcissor opts for multi-functionality with its set of SUS420 stainless steel scissors. They're squared away until you remove the barrel of the pen, disengage the safety lock, and extend the scissors forward. Fully ambidextrous and measuring in at about 1.5” of cutting length, the scissors give you plenty to work with for easy snipping. You can even choose between a nickel plated finish to withstand corrosion, or a blacked out teflon coating for its non-stick properties.

With the scissors hidden, the Xcissor Pen is still a solid EDC jotter in its own right. It features a robust machined stainless steel construction at a modest and balanced 5.5” overall length while weighing only 2.1 oz, scissors and all. Because of the built-in scissors, the pen lacks any click or bolt action deployment. Instead it features a classic screw off cap with an integrated pocket clip. Fortunately the cap actually posts onto the back of the pen when using it so you're less likely to lose it (not to mention the better balance it provides). The pen comes with a Schmidt 635 Mini D1 ballpoint refill and accommodates similarly sized refills.

If you want a capable tool for the office but would rather not carry a knife, mininch's latest creation is shaping up to be a strong option. It's got a discreet and stylish design and two functional features that can benefit any EDC. Check it out and secure one for your EDC in your choice of silver or black color options at the Kickstarter link below.

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Dango P01 Pioneer Wallet

Dango have impressed us before with their unique and high-quality takes on the everyday wallet. They pair their eye for minimalist and functional design with top-shelf materials to bring you wallets that are impressive to both look at and use. With their third crowdfunded wallet the P01 Pioneer, they've set their sights on consolidating your EDC essentials in one package, keeping your cards, cash, and most importantly, your ideas within reach.

Like all of their wallets, Dango starts with the materials. For the Pioneer's wallet section, they've sourced Italian vegetable-tanned leather that's cut, sewn, and assembled in a factory part of the SFMade Organization out of the Bay Area. It's got RFID-blocking material laminated into the leather, and with the included silicone band and room for up to 20 cards, gives you flexibility with how to carry your essentials. This includes compatibility with a compact 24-page notebook as well as their separate MT02 one-piece multi-tool.

The P01's custom pen is CNC-machined out of 6061 aluminum to keep it light and compact, with an anodized finish for extra durability. It takes a Schmidt's 4889M pressurized ink refill, but is also compatible with Fisher Space Pen refills which should please plenty of EDCers. The pen's tail end also comes slotted with a paracord lanyard, giving it easy retrieval and compatibility with other split rings or keychains.

Dango's P01 is certainly out to live up to its name, blazing a trail towards gear that's a cut above the rest while down to business with improving your carry. They've just launched the project on Kickstarer, so be sure to check it out at the link below.

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Everyman Hideout Pack

When a piece of gear promises an endless list of features, there's a fine line between truly functional and downright gimmicky. Even as relative newcomers to the EDC scene, Everyman has proven they know how to combine everyday utility and timeless design with successful Kickstarter projects like the Grafton Pen and Porter Key Knife. Their newest project, the Hideout Pack, tackles your commute, travels, and everyday adventures with a vintage-inspired design that simply gets it right.

To be tough enough as your one bag for all your hauls, the Hideout Pack doesn't skimp on the materials. It sports heavyweight 1680D ballistic nylon for durability with a polyurethane coating for added weather resistance. A tarpaulin bottom lays the foundation for peace of mind when knocking the bag around even on rough or dirty surfaces. Oversized YKK 8.0 zippers are a great choice for the bag, letting its 3-way zipper system glide open with little effort.

Unzipping the center of the pack reveals the main compartment with laminated mesh dump pockets on either side. This clever combination of pocket placement, antimicrobial materials, and zippered storage makes them versatile enough to use for quick access, organizing smaller gear, or even keeping a change of clothes separated from the rest of your essentials. Beyond those pockets you'll find even more organization for your carry in an integrated admin panel.

Your laptop and tablet can hide out in the back of the pack, nestled safely in a felted wool sleeve that even opens flat to make getting through airport security a breeze. Ample storage for the rest of your gear rounds out the pack: a zippered dump pocket in the top lid for quick access, a fleece-lined zippered pocket for shades and screens under that, a security pocket for your passport, wallet, or other valuables hidden in the back plate, and two different keychain attachment clips for more carry options.

The project also includes a dopp kit to complete your travel setup. Check them both out at Everyman's fully funded Kickstarter project below.

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Ti2 Para-Biner V2

Just how much functionality can you squeeze out of a carabiner? That's a question Hawaii's master metalworkers at Ti2 strive to answer with every product. With their latest release—the Para-Biner V2—they push the boundaries of utility and collectibility yet again. Not only is this updated Para-Biner an EDC toolkit by itself, but with its many exotic iterations it can also be the centerpiece of any everyday carry.

The Para-Biner's name comes from its two main functions: paracord and carabiner. You all know how useful paracord is for EDC, so having some handy (maybe from a paracord bracelet or lanyard) adds to the Para-Biner's functionality in the right situations. With its series of pulleys, holes, and cinches, it allows you to create a pulley system by itself or in sets to reduce friction and effort when hauling extra heavy loads.

It's not a one-trick pulley pony, though. The Para-Biner by itself (or themselves, as it comes in two models) is a competent one-piece multi-tool, with a series of wrenches in either imperial or metric in its body and a beefy pry edge at its tip. With its size and generous jimping, prying, driving, scraping, or simply plowing through packages is a comfortable task. No need to worry about being careful with the Para-Biner, either. They're performance-built from your choice of titanium, zirconium, bronze, or copper—some of the hardest-working (and best-looking) materials available.

Whether creating complex suspension systems or wanting to add one of the most functional and robust carabiners to your EDC, the Para-Biner V2 delivers right out the gate. Ti2 have already smashed their Kickstarter funding goal, so hit the link below to pick out the best Para-Biner for your carry.

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Schon DSGN Clip Pen

A good EDC pen should be ready to get to writing as soon as you need it. That boils down to two main things: a pocket friendly size and a handy clip to keep it accessible. Schon DSGN made excellent minimalist EDC pens that were as compact as you could hope for, but they were missing one key feature—a clip. Now, their newest version gets even better with a much welcomed addition of a stainless steel pocket clip while keeping its streamlined, minimalist form.

The clip itself is thoughtfully designed with the rest of the pen. There’s a small flat spot machined into the cap so it lays flat despite the curve of the cap. Inside, you’ll find a Fisher Space Pen refill that’ll write anywhere you need it to. The refill is replaced via a custom made brass set screw in the back. Since the clip angles out at the end, it can be used as a screwdriver to swap out refills without any additional tools. Overall, the pen measures in at a scant 4” closed when capped, and a comfortable 5.75” with the cap posted to the back of the pen when in use.

At the time of posting, the Kickstarter project is supported by over 500 backers with $43k worth of funding. This is Schon DSGN's second successful project so back with confidence. Pledges start at $45 for an American-made aluminum pen with a few other options like anodization, stainless steel and titanium construction, and quantity discounts.

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IPPINKA MKC Wallet

Your wallet and keys are two of the most useful items in your EDC, so why not kill two birds with one stone and combine the two? That’s what the design company IPPINKA hopes to accomplish with their new Kickstarter project, the MKC Wallet. It's half minimalist wallet and half key organizer so you can ditch your loud, jingling keychain and your bulky wallet in one fell swoop.

The MKC Wallet was made with two main purposes in mind: organization and accessibility for your MKC (that's money, keys, and cards). As a wallet it gets the job done with two separate slots so you can keep your most used cards and even some cash neatly stashed inside. Meanwhile keys and keyfobs fit comfortably in the deep key pocket. The pivoting posts on either side are secured with adjustable bolts so you can fine tune how tightly your keys stay in place.

Though it aims to do two things at once, the MKC Wallet is fairly minimal. With a clever design and a quality full-grain leather build, you can have more of your essentials with you while carrying less. You can also configure the wallet to include a leather flap with button clasp on the back side to keep everything extra secure. Lastly, additional options include a bottle opener or USB flash drive that’ll sit next to your keys for even more functionality.

There are plenty of ways to carry cash and keys, but there aren't as many options to combine the two. Learn more about the MKC Wallet and how to back one for your EDC at the Kickstarter link below.

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Titanium EDC Ink Keychain Pens

Let's face it: at one point or another, you're going to need to write something down. Whether it's notes for class, a message for someone else, or an idea that came to you in a coffee shop, having a pen in your EDC is pretty handy. The problem, though, is many of them are too cumbersome to carry in your pocket or on a keychain. A few years back, BLANK FORCES successfully funded the EDC Ink series of pens designed for carry on your keychain. Now they're back with a new collection in titanium, taking their pens up a notch in both collectibility and utility.

The EDC Ink pens make the most of the tiny space they take up in your pocket. Both models use the popular D1 refill, housed in a titanium shell machined so precisely, the seam where the cap connects to the body becomes invisible. You have a choice between the smaller T1 model, measuring at 3.2” long and half an ounce in weight, and the larger T2 at 4” and 0.7 ounces. Both models can come with or without a split ring hole, so you have options with how you want to carry them. There are also choices for your EDC Ink's barrel design, with a few beautiful patterns like a blue flame torched finish or useful measuring units engraved right into the barrel.

Adding a pen to your EDC has never been more compact or convenient. There's plenty of time to pledge an EDC Ink tailored to your needs at the Kickstarter link below.

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Zenlet 2 Quick Access Wallet

Looking for a unique way to carry cash and cards? Sometimes, you'll have to think outside the box. Zenlet, on the other hand, have been doing the opposite with great success. They've improved their original Red Dot Design Award-winning wallet and are back on Kickstarter with the new Zenlet 2 Quick Access Wallet. Unlike your traditional leather bifold, this minimalist wallet combines a sleek aluminum unibody enclosure with handy access and security features for your EDC.

The overall design of the Zenlet 2 looks more like a smartphone than a wallet, but it can store cards, cash, and small essentials in its rainproof enclosure. Dirt and splashes aren't the only thing the Zenlet 2 seals out either, as its stylish aluminum construction also protects against RFID theft. For more flexibility, you’ll also get a special sensing compartment. It's a slot meant for one contactless card (like a commuter smart card or RFID access card).

Thanks to a clever tilting mechanism, sliding open the top of the wallet reveals the cards inside. Then by pushing down the lid, the cards cascade out for easy selection. And if you’re picturing a big bulky piece of metal, think again. The Zenlet 2 and all its mechanisms measure only 11mm thick. For even less bulk you can opt for the even thinner Zenlet Al wallet, while the Zenlet 2+ offers a second horizontal sliding compartment for greater carrying capacity.

The campaign has already blown past its goal on Kickstarter, but if you’re interesting in securing one of these elegantly designed wallets for yourself there are still some early bird specials available. Learn more about all three Zenlet wallets by clicking the link below.

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Wingback Cash Wallet

Carrying too much cash on you? Now that's a good problem to have. Still, finding a convenient way to store all the change you get back isn't so easy, especially if you're using an ultra slim wallet. That's why the small design studio Wingback took their successful EDC wallet back to the drawing board to develop the Wingback Cash Wallet. It's a minimalist take on a high-capacity trifold design, tailored specifically to your loose bills and cards without the bulk.

Through careful patterning and the right hardware, Wingback trimmed away the bulk that multiplies with every fold of a trifold wallet. Instead, bills wrap around the wallet itself on the inside for a lower profile. A CNC machined brass or stainless steel button fastener keeps it all secure (up to 20 bills, in different currencies too) while adding subtle contrast to an otherwise understated design. Opening just the outer fold lets you pull out one bill at a time too, for a painless way to get your cash.

Despite its name, the Cash Wallet handles cards just as well. You can store up to five of them in the dedicated card pocket, then access them from the top. For easier at-a-glance retrieval, you can fan the cards out in a cascading fashion.

Like previous Wingback Wallets, the Cash Wallet is crafted from the same thick, full-grain Italian veg tan leather that only gets better with time. Finishing details like hand-stitching, beveled and burnished edges, and inscription and color options give the wallet a one-of-a-kind polish. You can pledge for the Cash Wallet at its fully funded Kickstarter below.

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BigiDesign Ti Pocket Pro

When you think of your favorite pen, what do you like about it the most? It might be the design, but there's a good chance it's your go-to because of how well it writes. You can chalk up that smoothness to its ink cartridge. All too often, when you get an EDC pen, you're stuck with using the one cartridge it comes with. BigiDesign's new Ti Pocket Pro, on the other hand, offers a completely customizable experience. It seamlessly transforms to fit over 80 different ballpoint, gel, and rollerball refills, all while maintaining a pocket-friendly design.

The Ti Pocket Pro is BigiDesign's most compact pen yet, measuring in at just over 4” with a Parker-style refill and a little over a half inch longer with a standard rollerball. The Ti Pocket Pro stands out from the pack thanks to its small size and ability to accept over 80 of the most popular pen refills out there. The key is in its tip mechanism: it's almost like the adjustable clutch on the end of a drill. As you tighten the grip, the clutch clamps down onto your refill of choice. The best part? It gets a just-right fit for a secure, wiggle-free writing experience. On the pen there’s also a beefy, ridged grip section, a sturdy pocket clip, and of course, solid grade 5 titanium construction.

BigiDesign has an excellent track record with Kickstarters, so back with confidence. In fact, the Ti Pocket Pro is currently trending on Kickstarter with nearly 2000 backers and over $100k of funding. Make sure to check out the video at the Kickstarter link below to get a better idea of how this pen works.

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Current Bags

If you have a smartphone, you know what it’s like to leave the house and realize your phone is about to die. A dead battery means missed calls, emails, or worse — no memes and cat videos to get you through the morning. You could carry an external charger, but a battery brick isn't exactly the easiest thing to stuff in your pocket. Current Bag Co. aims to solve that problem with two stylish backpacks on Kickstarter—the Move and the Classic—complete with integrated batteries for charging your mobile devices.

A good EDC bag is built with materials you know can keep up with your daily life. The water-resistant blended nylon of the Classic will keep your essentials dry when you get caught in the rain, while microsuede lining the laptop compartment will protect your devices from scratches. There's also a main compartment that gives you plenty of space for notebooks or a light jacket. And on the front, you'll find a smaller pocket for quick access to your most used essentials.

But the killer app of Current Bags has to be the built-in charging station. It comes with a 10,000 mAh battery with two outputs that can charge your smartphone 4-6 times so you'll stay connected, all day long.

The Move bag is just as durable but with a slightly different design. It's also made of a water-resistant material (heathered polyester), but doesn’t have a dedicated laptop compartment. Instead, the laptop sleeve relocates to the main compartment to cut down on the bag's overall size and weight. It comes with a 5,000 mAh battery that can charge a smartphone 2-3 times and a zippered quick access pocket on the front.

If you’re looking for tech-centric EDC bags that keep your gear charged without sacrificing style, the Move and the Classic backpacks might be for you. Learn more about them by clicking the link below.

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