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StatGear TriTac EDC Pen

For plenty of us, jotting down notes and making quick cuts here and there are all in a day's work. If you're spending time switching between a tactical pen and your EDC knife, take a look at the TriTac EDC Pen on Kickstarter. It gives the word “penknife” a whole new meaning, integrating a small blade (and a punch) into its tactical pen form factor.

The knife in the TriTac is a folding sub-2" 440C stainless steel blade located at the tip of the pen. It's ideal for light utility work such as opening letters and boxes. Because it's at the tip, you can use the body of the pen for extra leverage and grip despite the blade's small size. You'll also find a tungsten carbide glass breaker on this tip when the knife is closed, which can come in handy in an emergency.

It's a capable pen as well, using the versatile Fisher Space Pen cartridge for reliable, write-anywhere performance. A nifty bolt-action mechanism exposes and retracts the tip for writing. It's intuitive and fun, and you just might find yourself activating it just to fidget around a bit.

This unique pen is available to you in both lightweight aluminum and titanium on its fully-funded Kickstarter. Go ahead, take a look, and make a pledge to get one of your own at the link below.

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The STK (Sliding Tool & Knife) and Rift Multi-tools

This year has been huge for small, one-piece multi-tools. Their simple designs (and lack of moving parts) make them both easier to carry and less likely to break. On the other hand, they simply can't match the functionality of more complex folding multi-tools. The STK, recently launched on Kickstarter, strikes a promising middle ground by sliding into action. It's more versatile than a single-piece tool, yet simpler than a butterfly-style multi-tool.

The STK has a solid 6AL4V titanium frame with a sliding S35VN blade and tool. Because it slides, the STK fulfills a myriad of functions without relying on a bulky and cumbersome butterfly design. When closed, the STK is only slightly larger than a credit card and it only weighs 2.9 ounces. Even when fully open, the tool measures a mere 4.5 inches in overall length.

Think of it as a minimalist EDC version of a utility knife, save for the fact that it can do a lot more than just cut. There's a pry tool, flathead screwdriver, and scraper on its tip. On the sides you’ll find a ¼” bit driver, a bottle opener, and a wire stripper. Even the hollowed-out section of the blade where the pivot meets the frame pulls double duty as a wrench for wingnuts and oxygen valves. Finally, the frame has a pocket clip on the reverse side that doubles as a money clip.

With how handy it is, you'll want to carry it around everywhere. However, the sharp blade can get you in trouble in places where having one isn't allowed, especially when traveling. For those times, you can bring the Rift. It's a one-piece solid titanium version of a fully-extended STK without a sharp edge, so you can EDC it anywhere. The Rift is smaller than the STK and way lighter. Its small size combined with its utility actually makes it a great candidate for keychain carry, even if you pick up the STK as well.

The Kickstarter project for both the STK and Rift multitools is now well over its goal and completely funded. You can reserve an STK or Rift or combination of the two at the link below.

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Deuce Wallet

Cash shouldn't have to be a deal breaker when choosing a minimalist wallet. Sure, lots of designs claim to accommodate cash. But in real world use they often fall short, leaving you fumbling your change when you're in a rush at the register. The new Deuce wallet, now on Kickstarter, bucks the trend with a unique design that combines the cash storage of a billfold with the minimalism of a cardholder.

Unlike other wallets where carrying cash is an afterthought, the Deuce Wallet features designated cash flaps to conveniently carry bills. Your cards fit both in the wallet itself and in its removable minimalist card holder. For days when you don't carry cash, you can keep things simple by separating the billfold portion and leaving it at home. Not to say the billfold section is too bulky to EDC, though. By reducing the number of leather folds in its design, the Deuce remains slim and light. It does all this while keeping your information safe with its built-in RFID protection.

Whether you're carrying cards, cash, or both, your wallet doesn't have to be a compromise with the Deuce. Get one for your EDC on Kickstarter at the link below in your choice of color and leather options.

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Sparkr & Sparkr mini

“Got a light?” It's one of those questions that as EDCers we might answer a little differently when asked. Whether it's a lighter or an actual flashlight you need, Power Practical's got your bases covered with their latest Kickstarter: the Sparkr and Sparkr mini. These useful tools combine an EDC flashlight with a windproof plasma lighter, making the usual firestarters, stormproof matches, and butane lighters look like a thing of the past.

On one end of the Sparkr is a 150-lumen flashlight with three brightness levels and a wide angle beam useful for illuminating your immediate surroundings. On the other end a plasma lighter creates an arc of electricity (like a car's spark plug) that makes it easy to ignite kindling or lighting up lamps without worrying about running out of butane or exerting yourself on creating sparks. This spark, powered by a USB-rechargeable li-ion battery, works in the wind and the wet, making the Sparkr ideal for your camping or hiking EDC. There's even a handy use for the plasma lighter's safety cap: simply fit it over the flashlight end and now you have a lantern thanks to the diffused beam.

The Sparkr mini takes the Sparkr's main functions and packs it into a case that fits right in your pocket. For light, it uses a 15-lumen beam, and its plasma lighter features a double beam for more power without taking up too much space. It's about the size as a standard Zippo, so it's a perfect replacement for two key items in your everyday carry.

Ready to light up? There's plenty of time to back both the Sparkr and Sparkr mini through the Kickstarter link below.

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Dash Access Bifold Wallet

There's no shortage of great minimalist wallets for your everyday carry, in no small part due to Dash's offerings. While they're definitely compact and affordable, none of the wallets in their lineup offered both RFID protection and a no-fuss way to carry cash, until now. Enter the Access Bifold, Dash's newest wallet on Kickstarter. It's designed to protect your cards' sensitive information and easily hold your cash without the pocket bulge thanks to its thin profile.

Opening the Dash, you’re greeted with two easy access flaps for cards and cash. Say goodbye to bulky, triple-folded bills messing up your minimalist ways—the Dash fits cash folded in half. There’s also a third slot for any extra cards or IDs that are too essential to leave at home.

If you have a most used card, you can store it in the quickdraw pocket on the front of the wallet. On the quickdraw pocket, there's a slot cutout that reduces weight and lets slide out your card with a push of the thumb so it's readily available when you need it. All this in a form factor that will protect your cards from any prying ne’er-do-wells.

The Dash Access also has a build quality to match its tough RFID protection. It’s made of a durable microfiber canvas that's more weather-resistant than real leather, so you can keep your eco-friendly conscious clear.

The Kickstarter campaign is already funded and promises to bring this sleek wallet to backers by June of 2017. If you’re looking for a new wallet or want to upgrade your current one, check out the Dash Access Bifold via the link below.

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Capsule Accomplice and Diplomat Review

Review

Slim is in. And for a lot of you, a minimalist wallet is a great asset to your everyday carry. But here's the thing: sometimes, you just need to carry more than your ultra slim wallet can handle.

That doesn't mean you'll need to give up on compact wallets entirely, though. Considering how popular EDC zip pouches are, and the inevitable times when you'll wish you had an easier way to carry loose odds and ends, a zip wallet—when done right—makes a lot of sense for everyday carry.

Capsule, known for their well-executed Minimalist Wallet and its signature Cash Strap, launched two new zippered wallets on Kickstarter recently: the Accomplice and the Diplomat. And they are thin. 

Today, I'll give you my hands-on impressions of the wallets so you can decide for yourself if a zip wallet design is what your EDC's been missing.

Tactica Talon

When you've got good gear and you use it hard, all the scratches and scuffs that come with it are just the cost of doing business. Sometimes, the battle scars and patina make your gear look even better. But scratched up phone screens? Not so much. The Tactica Talon, on the other hand, is gentle on your tech but tough on EDC tasks thanks to its innovative, non-scratch composite materials. And with 17 tools packed into its unibody design, that's just scratching the surface.

Besides its materials, what sets the Talon apart is how it handles bits. You can actually store two bits inside the Talon's unibody frame via a soft elastomer latch that locks them in place. The Talon even offers two ways to drive bits depending on the task at hand: either by using the tip of the storage compartment for more control, or by turning the tool sideways and using the secondary socket if you need more torque.

The rest of its tools should handle most of your day-to-day tasks, with its wide-mouthed bottle opener, TSA-friendly box opener, rulers, and set of imperial and metric wrenches. For EDC, it's equally well-suited to ride on a keychain or deep in your pocket, given how its polymer construction is soft to the touch and 40% lighter than titanium.

The Talon is available as a reward on Kickstarter with an estimated delivery of this December. It's Tactica's second successful campaign to date, and the campaign is already fully funded. Grab a Talon for your everyday carry at the link below.

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MS5 Everyday Carry Survival Kit

There's a lot to pack for when heading out on your next adventure, from adequate apparel to a sturdy shelter. One thing you shouldn't forget, though, is to cover the bases of a survival kit. While it should be complete enough to handle most hassles you'll encounter while in the wild, it also shouldn't be the equal of having to pack an extra duffel worth of gear.

This is where the MS5 Everyday Carry Survival Kit comes in. It packs an entire survival kit into a 7.55” baton-shaped capsule that's compact enough to sit in your backpack or camping bag while still giving you easy access to all its components.

From its paracord sheath down to its pins and needles, the MS5's design integrates its pieces together so no part of the kit is wasted. Said sheath unravels into 30 feet of 550 paracord. The capsule fits into a box made of easily combustible wood, giving you a convenient firestarter in a pinch. The capsule itself comes in either aluminum or carbon fiber, wrapped in leather, and waterproofed to face the elements.

 Inside the MS5 is an array of tools, including essentials like a knife, flashlight, and water filter. A firestarter, compass, and hooks, pins, and more also round out the survival part of the kit. And for a modern touch, the MS5 also includes a GPS tracker, USB charger, and USB drive to help you get found or make that important call for help.

Pack lightly, but completely—it may just save your life. Check out the MS5 Everyday Carry survival kit at the Kickstarter link below, and pick up the configuration to cover your needs.

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Nomatic Travel Bag

"You might know Nomatic from their ultra-compact Basics Wallet that cleverly makes contained cards accessible. Now they’re tackling a different carry with their Nomatic Travel Bag, a carry-on designed for trips up to one week in length and that’s packed to the brim with features. First, the straps: switching from backpack to duffel modes takes literal seconds thanks to a unique design that eliminates dangling straps. A flap with both laptop and tablet pockets lets you fly through security checkpoints without removing them from the bag while also granting full access to the bag’s contents for optimal packing…" (via GearHungry)

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Anson Calder Adaptive Layout Bags & Cases

One of the many things tactical bag makers get right is modularity. That's the ability to attach and configure pouches or add-ons to a bag depending on what you need to carry. Usually, it's done using a grid of webbing, straps, and hardware to snap things in. Outside of the tactical end of the spectrum, you won't see many bags with this kind of modularity for use in more casual, everyday applications.

Anson Calder is set on changing that with their new system of "adaptive layout" bags and cases. The collection consists of high quality cases—made from either full-grain calfskin leather or reinforced heathered nylon—that strap into briefcase-style bags, creating a system of exact-fit "pockets." This kind of adaptive layout nets you two main benefits: you'll have an EDC bag with a custom-fit level of organization and endless personalization, and all your essentials will have their own standalone cases for luxurious protection.

Anson Calder partnered with a carefully selected set of brands to make custom-fit accessories for essentials from Mophie, Apple, Davek, Moleskine, and more. You can build your perfect mobile office setup in premium leather styles, or more casual nylon styles at more affordable prices at their fully funded Kickstarter campaign below before August 4th.

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ARKTYPE Paracord Magnet Keychain

Keychains aren't exactly the most glamorous EDC staples, so how do you make one that's exciting? It's simple. Take cutting-edge hardware and the strongest materials, then roll them up into a clever, utility-driven design. That's what San Francisco-based ARKTYPE's doing with its PMK, or Paracord Magnet Keychain.

The PMK starts with a heavy-duty, stainless steel snap shackle for anchoring the keychain to your belt loop or bag. Next, a  paracord lanyard (hand-weaved in the USA) adds just the right amount of length for a backpocket tuck and doubles as emergency cordage in a survival situation. Last but not least, you have quick and convenient access to your keys thanks to a magnetic Fidlock clasp attached to a split ring.

This combination excels at key qualities you'd want in your keychain: security (from the shackle), utility (from the paracord), and accessibility (from the magnetic quick-disconnect). The PMK comes in three low-key colorways (black, grey, OD green paracord) with a smaller pull cable for extra customization. See the PMK in action and pledge for yours over at ARKTYPE's Kickstarter campaign below.

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