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QuietCarry MARQ Multi-functional Moneyclip

Most minimalist wallets these days get as slim as they are by sacrificing a convenient way to carry cash. However it's usually a matter of when, not if, you'll need to deal with loose bills. You could carry a money clip separately, but it'll be dead weight in your pocket for whenever you aren't carrying cash. The QuietCarry MARQ, on the other hand, brings tons of extra functionality to the table with its folding tool “blade” built right in. Whether you use it as a money clip or a multi-tool, it'll cover your bases without wasting precious pocket space.

The overall shape of the MARQ was inspired by a vintage money clip, but it features modern materials and plenty of hidden functionality concealed within its discreet design. Slim handles and a wide-set clip made from machined titanium make up the frame of the money clip. It can accommodate once or twice-folded bills depending on how many you're carrying or how slim you want it to fit in your pocket. At just 2” long, 0.2” thick, and just over an ounce in weight, it adds virtually no extra bulk to the pocket.

The “blade” on the MARQ sets it apart from most money clips, featuring 10 total functions including a box opener, rope cutter, bottle opener, and pry bar to cover your bases. It's made of a hardy Bohler N690co steel to be tough enough for daily tasks. The UK-friendly blade swivels out via a thumb hole and locks into the frame, while jimping along the spine provides extra grip to maneuver such a compact tool.

The MARQ comes in black and silver colorways to fit right into most EDC setups. It makes for an excellent companion to your wallet and main blade, but can pull double duty as an all-in-one wallet and tool for your minimalist EDCers. As a stretch goal, QuietCarry are looking to offer a dog-tag style blade variant of the MARQ too. You can secure a MARQ for yourself at QuietCarry's fully funded Kickstarter campaign linked below.

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Farer Design Dayfarer Sling

In theory, the best bag for EDC would be a sling bag: it's comfortable, spacious, and easy to access even on the go. But many bags miss the mark, with some not durable enough or too sporty or outdoorsy for urban EDC. The Dayfarer Sling from Farer Design on the other hand boasts an EDC-friendly design and smart styling to fit right into your fast-paced lifestyle. It sports a sleek, minimalist look that keeps a low profile, but impresses with its finer details upon closer inspection. And its incorporation of high-performance materials and futuristic hardware makes for a reliable bag that feels ahead of the curve.

What sets the Dayfarer apart is the thoughtful design of its most important feature: the sling itself. It attaches to the sides of the bag with flaps that prevent it from spinning and tangling around when you're rushing to catch a train connection. Plus, with its Fidlock magnetic buckles, it's easy to take it on or off when you need to. There's even an additional Fidlock buckle in the middle of the strap where your sternum sits, letting you take the bag off without having to swing it around your neck in close quarters.

For quick access, you can spin the bag to your front to reach into the compartments, and you can loosen and tighten the strap with ease as well. The Fidlock hardware extends to the main compartment, which opens via a top flap to reveal a padded compartment with about 400 cubic inches of space. It compresses nicely to save space and keep a low profile but also expands when you need to load up with more gear. Its ripstop fabric interior can handle any pointy objects you place inside and the dedicated tablet area helps keep your electronics safe. For further organization, there's two internal pockets to keep loose items like pens from flying around while you travel. The exterior shell is made of durable 1680D Cordura nylon fabric, chosen for its abrasion resistance and weatherproofness. And for further safety, there's a hidden YKK-zippered pocket on the reverse side of the bag, facing you, that you can use to carry cash or important documents.

And the versatility of the Dayfarer Sling extends to its carry options too: you can use it as a sling, a shoulder bag, or as a traditional briefcase, albeit with a modern minimalist bent in its design. You can secure one of your own at special Kickstarter pricing with an early pledge at the project linked below.

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StatGear Slinger

You might think that you need a large knife to take on large tasks, but that's not always the case. Size isn't everything, and with the right design and build quality, even a compact folding knife can do the trick. Take the upcoming Slinger by StatGear as an example. With its beefy tool steel blade and overbuilt handle, the Slinger is built tough to deal with hard use and the biggest of your EDC tasks. The design inspires confidence while still remaining compact and lightweight in your pockets, making it a great choice for everyday carry.

The highlight of the Slinger's design is its stout, modified drop-point blade. Its unique design with its combination hollow-ground straight-edge, curved slicing belly, and sharp point makes for immense versatility, despite it being only 2” long. And since it's made out of venerable D2 tool steel, the Slinger's blade features excellent edge retention and the ability to take some abuse when the situation calls for it. The strength of the Slinger's blade is matched with the ergonomic stainless steel handle that's shaped to afford you a proper grip on the knife during use despite its smaller 3” size. The handle also features internal ball bearings at the pivot point, making the Slinger's flipper opening smooth and easy to actuate with one hand. You can be sure the Slinger's blade will stay open when you're using it thanks to its frame lock mechanism. When you're ready to put it way, it has a skeletonized tip-down stainless steel pocket clip for your convenience.

The StatGear Slinger is available in three beautiful colorways: one with a stonewashed blade and a blue handle with gold toned hardware, another with a grey handle and blue hardware, and a more tactical-leaning all-black edition inclusive of the blade. Its initial run is being crowdfunded by StatGear, and they have a long history of designing and delivering quality EDC knives this way.

The Slinger itself is born out of the success of StatGear's Pocket Samurai and Ausus crowdfunded knife campaigns. It sits between the two, delivering premium construction qualities and high performance at a size that isn't too big or too small for you to get things done. Secure one for yourself now by making a pledge with StatGear on the Slinger's Kickstarter page at the link below. Rewards are set to ship in early December just in time to make a great gift for the holiday season.

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T'Spin Titanium Travel Tool

It's always the small things that tend to get forgotten when we travel. That's why having a capable multi-tool on hand is important, but most aren't something you can take with you when you fly. And when it comes to their actual functions, even the most travel-friendly multi-tools aren't designed for the challenges of traveling. Enter the T'Spin, a useful gadget designed for frequent fliers, by frequent fliers. It packs a set of travel essential tools not commonly found in other designs into a fun and EDC-friendly package made of premium materials.

The tool set of the T'Spin truly sets it apart from other travel everyday carry options. It starts with storage space for two SIM cards and the tool you need to install and remove them from your phone. That's one of the last things you end up packing and you'll end up regretting it hard when you're desperately trying to search for an alternative in a foreign country where you probably don't speak the language. Plus, there's even a notch built into the tool that lets you prop up your phone so you can catch up on the shows you've downloaded to it during long-haul flights without needing to hold it with your hands constantly. When it's time to stow everything away for arrival, the body of the tool is designed to let you wrap around a USB cord to keep it from tangling up in your bag or your pockets. And for life's small but important tasks, there's a micro screwdriver built in and sized perfectly to help you fix and maintain your glasses in a pinch. When it comes time to unwind, the integrated and ever-essential bottle opener helps you crack open a cold one for you and your travel companions.

For a tool that you're going to want to carry everywhere you go, the T'Spin's premium titanium construction means it can stand up to whatever you throw at it without breaking or corroding. It helps keep it very lightweight too, weighing in at 35 grams even when you throw in the included fidget spinner function. It's not essential but it's certainly fun and can help when you're feeling anxious or stressed out by flying and traveling in general. And on a more practical note, the design of the T'Spin includes a carabiner swing gate to attach it to your gear as well.

With its unique assortment of travel EDC essentials, the T'Spin makes a compelling case for a spot in your everyday carry. And if you make a pledge to secure one right now, you can save quite a bit off the sticker price as a way of saying thanks for getting this unique project off the ground. Check it out and learn more about the T'Spin multitool at the Kickstarter link below.

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Slughaus Nanopen

Chances are you could benefit from a pen in your EDC. But if you only need to make quick notes or sign things every so often, dedicating precious pocket space to a full-sized pen might not be the best option. In that case, we'd recommend a keychain pen to keep your pockets free. The new Slughaus Nanopen fits the keychain role with an ultra compact, durable aluminum design and a tungsten carbide tip that doubles as a puncture tool for even more everyday utility.

The most striking quality of the Nanopen is its size. At 57mm long and weighing only 4.5 grams, the Nanopen stays true to its name. Combined with its lanyard-compatible keyring attachment point, the Nanopen offers so many ways to carry it so you'll never be without a pen. The most obvious way to go is on your keys, but you can also wear it on a necklace, use it as a zipper pull for a jacket or bag, or even carry it loose in your coin pocket or travel wallet.

To use the ballpoint pen, you simply unscrew the cap to detach the body. Because of its short length, it's best used for those unexpected moments during the day when you need to jot something down briefly. Aside from writing, the pen's tungsten carbide tip is strong enough to use as a puncture tool, giving you a TSA-friendly way to open boxes and packaging in a pinch. When you're all done, screwing it back into the cap creates a waterproof seal for EDC in all conditions.

You can secure a Nanopen for your keychain at the fully funded Kickstarter link below before the project ends in a little under 4 weeks.

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Peak Design Travel Line

Travel is one of the most exciting ways to put your gear to use, but let's face it, parts of it can be… inconvenient, to say the least. Case in point: packing. There's a fine line between over- and under-packing for a trip: too much leads to the hassle of checking baggage, and leaving things behind can present its own set of struggles. As frequent flyers themselves, the team at Peak Design know this problem all too well. With their experience developing and crowdfunding state-of-the-art, incredibly functional packs, they're set to solve the travel packing problem with their new Travel Line—a one-bag travel system that combines form and function in one feature-rich package.

The foundation of the new Travel Line system is the 45L Travel Backpack. Taking functional cues from their experience with their popular EDC backpack and slings maximized in an ideal carry-on size, each side and panel of the Travel Backpack is lined with features. Its core is a clamshell-opening 45L main compartment with generous space to fit the rest of the Travel Line system, accessible from either side and top access to the laptop/tablet slot. Expansion zips let you make full use of its 45L capacity as a carry-on pack, while compression straps let you compact the bag to a daypack-friendly 35L. You also get a full suite of thoughtful details like a front admin panel, grab handles from every angle, theft-deterrent zippers, hidden pockets galore, and even stowable shoulder and waist straps. Keeping it all together is the Travel Pack's exterior shell made from field-proven and weatherproofed 400D nylon made from 100% recycled plastics.

Along with the Travel Backpack, the Travel Line also brings a complete line of packing cubes and pouches of every size and purpose, all designed to look and work seamlessly on their own, with each other, and with the backpack itself. From a dopp kit to a tech pouch to compressible packing cubes and camera cubes featuring Peak Design's signature FlexFold dividers (giving you a completely customizable modular system for your camera gear), you're able to assign a function to every pouch, organizing all your essentials for quick swapping depending on your activity and to ensure nothing gets left behind.

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EVERGOODS MQD24 and CTB40 Crossover Backpacks

We EDC our gear to keep us prepared for whenever and wherever adventure strikes. And for some of us, the endgame is finding that one bag to carry it all no matter what and where that might be. EVERGOODS is dedicated to making that one bag a reality with their line of crossover equipment. At the helm is GORUCK's co-founder and former head of product who has split experience between New York City and Bozeman, MT for a one-of-a-kind insight into “city to mountain” gear. They've just launched two new packs: the MQD24, a 24L daypack designed with quick access in mind, and the CTB40, a 40L hybrid backpack that blurs the line between carry-on luggage and gear hauler.

Inspired by traditional top-loading mountaineering packs, the MQD24 (Mountain Quick Draw 24L) has a few tricks up its sleeve to keep in line with the Crossover Equipment theme. Its namesake Quick Draw mechanism works like a drawstring cinch, conveniently and intuitively opening and closing the main compartment of the pack in one smooth motion. The clever, forward-leaning design towards the front of the pack helps keep water out without the hassle of unbuckling or unrolling like on other top-loading packs. The second main feature that makes the MQD24 ideal for on-the-go EDC is its side zipper. It grants quick access to the center and bottom of the bag without taking it off your back by drawing it under your arm. Between the Quick Draw toploader and side-entry zipper, getting to your gear is a snap.

For those trips when you're carrying more than your daily essentials, there's the CTB40 (Civic Transit Bag 40L). It's something between a padded, softshell carry-on luggage and a backpack designed with a focus on both efficient packing and comfortable carry. Its “flex fold compression” system starts with a large, unobstructed clamshell-opening main compartment for easy packing. Semi-rigid “wings” protect and contain the contents, while two compression straps lock everything down. The top lid of the pack serves as a built-in travel organizer, with multiple mesh and zippered compartments for the rest of your essentials. Once closed, you can comfortably carry the pack using its backpack straps, or carry it briefcase-style from its beefy side and top handles. Thanks to its versatile design and rugged materials, it can pull double duty as a travel pack or as a sports equipment and gear hauler when going from urban to outdoor environments.

Both packs are made from durable, high denier nylon and jam packed with tons of thoughtful features. Head over to the Kickstarter project page for in-depth breakdowns of each bag at the link below and secure one for yourself before the campaign ends on August 13th.

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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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