If you're looking for a compact everyday carry knife, you might think that a folding knife is your only option. But have you considered a fixed blade? At first glance they might not seem like the best for EDC, but you'd be surprised. They actually offer a few advantages over their folding counterparts that make them better-suited for your EDC. In this guide we'll break down the benefits of fixed blades and show you 10 excellent options that offer serious performance at a size and weight that puts some folders to shame.
Opinel knives have all the hallmarks of an everyday workhorse that make them an EDC favorite. They're inexpensive, lightweight, and easy to carry. Not to mention, they have a rust-resistant blade with enough length for precision slicing, a unique locking collar, and lightweight wood handles that drop the weight while still providing great grip. The No8 Trekking knife adds a few more features that make it a great addition to a weekend or bug out bag.
Starting with the blade, the No8 Trekking knife retains the signature Opinel slim drop point blade. At 3.25” and made from resilient 12c27 Sandvik Stainless steel, it's an ideal slicer when you need long cuts or for food prep. The Trekking knife series features a few handle colors besides the usual tan/yellow, so matching it to your EDC's color scheme is easy. Also unique to the series is a leather loop on the No8's handle, giving you more options for pocket retrieval or attaching it to your bag for use as an outdoor knife.
Opinel's knives are simple and effective additions to any EDC. With the Trekking knife series, they've added just the right options to make the No8 and even more versatile performer both in and outdoors. Pick one up in your choice of color from Amazon at the link below.
- Victorinox Classic SD
- Fisher Space Pen With Clip
- Sharpie Stainless Steel Pen
- Red Bandana
- Recycled FireFighter Tarp Sergeant Wallet
- ESEE Knives ESEE-3MIL-P Military Plain Black Edge / w Green Canvas Micarta Handles
- Benchmade Knife 550HG Griptilian Pardue Plain Edge Folding Knife with Hole Opener and Black Handle".
- Apple iPhone 6 Plus
- SWC Sanctified Survival Case
- and 2 others
I know you didn't print this post out to read it, so I'm going to safely assume you're reading this on a screen. Probably the same screen you stare at hours on end, day in and day out, whether it's at work or just passing time on your phone. I know, it's fun to scroll through photos of people's gear, do a little online shopping, and escape from the grind of the 9 to 5 sometimes. But if that's your idea of taking a break from it all, you can do better. Maybe it's time to unplug. For real.
Here's a suggestion: join us in celebrating National Day of Adventure on October 14th. It's a day meant to give you a chance to log off, step away from your desk, head outdoors, and enjoy the moment. Now, I'm not saying to play hooky (but I'm not not saying it, if you get my drift) — even the tiniest departure from the norm is a step in the right direction towards a more adventurous life. If you can swing it, take a sick day! It'll be fun.
NDOA is a joint effort by our friends at Victorinox and their many partners, including Men's Journal, REI, the National Park Foundation, and more. That includes us and you too, as a member of the Everyday Carry community!
You take your wallet with you everywhere. And whether you're up against a busy commute zipping through the city, roughing it in the great outdoors, or traveling to far-off destinations, your wallet should be tough enough for the ride. No stranger to quality EDC wallets, Bellroy dropped its newest range of zip pouches to be your single solution for carrying your essentials to new environments.
The Bellroy All Conditions collection includes a compact zip wallet, phone pocket, and general utility pouch, constructed from weather-resistant materials and hardware. Each offering comes with weather-resistant exteriors made from either full-grain veg tan leather or durable woven textiles to protect your valuables. A YKK AquaGuard water-repellent zipper helps seal off contents from the elements and adds an extra layer of security.
On the inside, things get even more interesting. The internal pocket layout differs among the Wallet, Phone Pocket, and Essentials Pocket, optimized to their respective applications. The Wallet has two slots for cash and coins, with enough room for 4-12 cards and something small, like a spare key. The Phone Pocket comes with a microfiber lining to keep your phone screen in good shape and accommodates 2-8 cards, coins, keys, or cash in its two additional pockets. Lastly, the Essentials Pocket's spacious, 5-pocket design offers the most utility. It's versatile enough to use for organizing your general EDC, consolidating travel documents (alongside its included micro travel pen), or for keeping your electronic devices dry.
For a thoughtfully designed carry option that balances durability, security, and minimalism, check out Bellroy's latest on their site at the link below.
"If you want to get serious about shooting further, you’ll eventually need to buy a rangefinder, and if you’re into the technology, the Bushnell Elite 1 Mile ConX might be the ticket. Besides being a mouthful, the Elite 1 Mile ConX is a handheld 7X rangefinder that weighs in at 12.1 oz. It claims to range reflective targets out to one mile (hence the name) and soft fuzzy ones the size of deer out to 600 yards. It can be mounted to a tripod or slung around your neck, and takes up relatively little space in your hunting or gear bag…" (via TheTruthAboutGuns)
Tyler Kee writes: "Hunting is roughly fifty four and a half minutes of sitting and waiting with five minutes of looking and seeing accompanied by thirty seconds of sheer panic thrown in for good measure. Those five minutes are supremely important, and nothing compliments your experience more than a good set of binoculars. Fact is, most game animals can stand still as stone for a very long time. A good set of binocs can help you find them, and for hunters with limited time to spend in the field, that can be the difference between meat on the table and rampant shaming at the deercamp. Vortex doesn’t want you to be ashamed around the campfire…" (via TheTruthAboutGuns)
If you're new to camping or don't do it as much as you'd like, it can be intimidating to get set up properly. So grab your gear, and we'll cover the rest. Here are a few things you'll want to keep in mind before you go camping that'll really save you some headache and stress.
Whether you're on the trail or navigating the city, water is an essential—and often overlooked—EDC. If you need a bottle that's tough enough to keep you hydrated no matter where your day takes you, check out the AVEX FreeFlow for your carry.
While the FreeFlow's sturdy stainless steel portion is nothing to scoff at, the bulk of its value as a capable EDC bottle is actually in the lid. When you need to take a sip, you can quickly get your drink on at the push of a button. After your thirst has been thoroughly quenched, releasing the button automatically seals it shut. And it stays locked, so you won't have to worry about accidental button presses causing leaks in your EDC bag either. For all you germaphobes and frequent hydrators out there, the lid features a hygienic spout cover and bolted-on carrying handle, so you'll always have a clean drink on hand.
The bottle is insulated to keep drinks cold for up to 29 hours (or hot for 10) and constructed from stainless steel to withstand the dings and drops of daily use. It's available in either 24oz or 40oz capacities in several colorways (though I'm not sure why you'd pick anything other than the OD green/raw stainless version) for your summer EDC at the link below.
"YETI set the gold standard for tough coolers that keep ice longer. They’re still the choice of professional river guides, fishermen, and yuppie weekend glampers alike. As YETI continues to branch out, they continue to keep the quality and performance just as high…" (via TheTruthAboutGuns)
Chris Burkard is an action and outdoors photographer. If you’ve ever explored the side of Instagram with stunning landscape shots, outdoors vibes, and the most majestic, remote locations you’d only dream to visit, chances are you’ve seen some of Chris’s work. His eye for the outdoors goes beyond snapping scenery: he captures his connection with nature and evokes a certain yearning for adventure in his audience. Over 1.6 million people follow his Instagram alone!
Whether he’s managing his online presence or shooting in far-off locations, Chris stays prepared with a solid EDC. In this interview, he shares what’s in his pockets, the inspiration for his work, and must-read advice for aspiring photographers.
There’s a certain charm about classic hunting knives, but they tend to fall short in everyday use. It takes two hands to open them via nail nick, brass bolsters make them heavy but they don’t come with a pocket clip to help you carry them, and their wooden handles can degrade over time. Benchmade’s new Crooked River folder updates the iconic hunting knife with both modern materials and improved ergonomics. Durable G10 replaces the wooden scales, and lightweight aluminum replaces brass bolsters. The contoured handles and anodized metal not only look modern, but they also provide a better grip and won’t require the maintenance that wood does.
It’s the little things like the reversible pocket clip and thumb stud openers that make the Crooked River that much easier to use when compared to the hunting knives of old. The 4”, CPM-S30V clip point blade locks in place using Benchmade’s signature AXIS Lock mechanism. Visual details like an orange anodized pivot ring and a textured orange backspacer add just the right amount of pop to this otherwise subdued looking knife. Whether you’re taking this blade with you on your next hunting trip, or simply prefer a more substantial EDC, consider this modern classic for your next knife.