Kickstarter

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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Key Wrangler

Your keys are one of the more important items in your EDC, but they’re usually a hassle to carry. Though there are plenty of options out there for carrying your keys in an organized way, there’s always room for improvement. A Kickstarter campaign by cw&t has already been funded, and promises a fresh take on key organization. That pile of keys at the bottom of your pocket is going to be a thing of the past.

The Key Wrangler is a stainless steel carabiner with a unique design that ditches split rings for a single post instead. You can unscrew the post and add up to 17 keys in whatever order makes sense for your daily routine. The spring clip is strong enough to stay attached to your belt loop or bag when closed, but it's also springy enough to comfortably open without catching on your belt loop every time you go to open a door. Thanks to its carabiner design you can also use the Key Wrangler as a bottle opener in a pinch.

If you like carabiners for how easy they are to use, but find they’re not the best at key organization, then the Key Wrangler is a great way to get the best of both worlds. They come in three cool colors to match your style: classic silver, bright orange, or stealthy black. To learn more about this unique carabiner and how it aims to simplify the way you carry keys, make sure to click the link below.

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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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