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KeySmart Rugged Titanium

Carrying keys in your pockets isn’t only uncomfortable, it also takes up valuable pocket space. The original KeySmart was great at slimming down your keys into an easy to carry solution, but there’s always room for improvement. What happens when you combine one of the most popular key holders with everyone's favorite metal? You get the KeySmart Rugged Titanium, a tougher version of the popular key management tool that’s found its way into the pockets of EDCers.

The new and improved KeySmart Rugged now sports a titanium build, which means you don’t have to worry about daily wear and tear. The front and back plates are slightly thicker now so you’ll get a more hefty feeling tool, and the removable pocket clip and improved bottle opener provide a welcome bit of extra functionality to your carry. In its base configuration the KeySmart Rugged can hold between 2-14 keys, with extension screws available that up the capacity to 100 keys. Try fitting that on a traditional keyring.

Though there’s plenty to like about the new features of the KeySmart Rugged, the basic premise hasn’t changed. You still have easy access to almost any key you need thanks to the Swiss Knife-style swivel action of the keys, and a small loop attachment point comes with every KeySmart for larger car keys or pesky key fobs.

If you’re looking for a sleek solution to jingling keys the KeySmart has always been a solid option, and this new more durable version makes it even more useful for EDC. Whether you’re upgrading or getting your first key management tool, get your KeySmart Rugged by clicking the link below.

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CRKT Crossbones

From the handle to the blade, the Crossbones is a marvel of slim, minimalist design. So much so that it went on to win the Best Imported Knife of 2017 at this past Blade Show. It's a feat made even more impressive given it's up-and-coming knifemaker Jeff Park's first production blade from CRKT. The Crossbones has an understated sleekness to it that makes it a perfect choice for a classy modern gent's knife. And its ergonomics and versatility make it a great choice for general everyday carry use, too.

The Crossbones sports a thin, 6061 aluminum handle with a two-tone “cross” pattern that gives it its signature look. A darker, diamond-textured section gives excellent grip to its otherwise slender frame and contrasts the rest of the brushed aluminum on the handle. An IKBS-assisted flipper tab keeps the knife's trim silhouette when closed while quickly deploying its 3.5” AUS-8 blade into a solid liner lock. The Crossbones is an excellent slicer thanks to the full flat grind on its blade, making short work of your everyday cutting tasks. And at a mere 4.5" closed and 2.4oz in weight, it's neither too big nor too heavy for your pockets.

If you're looking for a knife that cuts as sharp as it looks, the Crossbones is a great low-profile option for you. Give this modern EDC gent's knife a try and pick one up at the link below.

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Nitecore Concept 1

There's a reason some of the best flashlights you can EDC use an 18650 battery. Simply put, it pushes the limits of sheer power and runtime for its size. But even with such high performance, few lights that use one truly stand out—until now. Nitecore's latest and greatest 18650 flashlight, the Concept 1, is here to shake things up. It combines cutting edge flashlight tech with a sleek “gent's carry” design to bring you one of the most compact and powerful lights for EDC.

Modern LEDs have a knack for exponentially pushing the envelope, and the Concept 1's isn't any different. It uses one of the latest emitters from Cree—the XHP35 HD E2—which when combined with either an 18650 or 2 x CR123A batteries, can output an insane 1800 lumens up to 220 meters. Pretty good for an 18650 light measuring only 4.39” and weighing only 2.18 ounces, one of the smallest lights of its type. It saves space by moving its switch to its side, letting you control its 5 brightness levels and 3 special modes with a few simple taps.

The Concept 1 comes in a dual-textured design that's sleek as it slips and clips into your pocket but knurled on the tail for a better grip while in use. This minimalist look belies a tough construction that can resist impacts up to 1.5 meters and water submersion up to 2 meters thanks to its IPX8 rating. The Concept 1 also takes advantage of its size for excellent everyday use, thanks to its stainless steel clip and magnetic tailcap, giving you illumination as needed whether in your hands or lighting the way hands-free.

Nitecore continues to blaze trails with interesting and powerful lights, marrying tech and carry-friendly features in the Concept 1. Pick up this 18650 powerhouse from the Amazon link 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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Kershaw Dividend

Given their vast catalog, there's plenty to like from Kershaw's knives. So much so that sometimes, it would be interesting and useful to take features from one knife and mix them in with others to create the perfect EDC blade. With the Dividend, Kershaw's already one step ahead. It's a slimmer, sleeker knife in the vein of their popular Link and Leek models, sized and shaped for everyday carry, and one of the few Kershaw knives made in the USA.

You probably know what features come next. Like most Kershaw knives, the Dividend comes with a SpeedSafe-assisted flipper opening which secures with a steel liner lock. Its blade folds into lightweight anodized aluminum handles with a slight curve for a more comfortable full-handed grip. 

The Dividend's payoff comes from its blade. Its length is exactly 3 inches, giving it a balance of utility and compliance with many local laws. Its modified drop point geometry gives it a long belly with a narrower angle, granting extra precision and slicing performance. A 4-way clip and lanyard hole rounds out its carry options, making the Dividend a versatile EDC blade in any orientation.

The USA-made Dividend shows off Kershaw's knowledge and mastery over their own products, giving you a robust blade designed tip to clip for EDC. Pick one up in gray at the Amazon link below, and be sure to check out its black-handled version as well.

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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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SOG Baton Q2

It used to be that carrying a multi-tool meant putting up with bulky pockets to cover your bases. Even then, your options were either overly tactical looking or chock full of tools you'd rarely use. But what about the minimalists and urban EDCers who want a tool that looks as good as it performs? For that, the tool experts at SOG teamed up with design powerhouse IDEO to produce their new award-winning Baton series of everyday carry tools. The Baton Q2 packs in only the most essential functions in a stylish, modern form factor not much bigger than a marker.

Upon first glance, you'll notice the Baton Q2 takes on a sleeker, lower profile design that blends in better with the rest of your urban carry compared to your standard tactical multi-tool. Its two-tone anodized aluminum body weighs just 3 ounces and measures in at 6.3” long, giving it a shape and feel much like an ink marker. Combined with its screw-on pocket clip, the Baton Q2 can pack away easily in your pocket, a pen slot in your bag, or strapped into a larger pouch organizer.

The Baton Q2 conceals four essential tools from end to end. At the bottom of the Q2 lies a twisty LED flashlight with a groove-textured head for easy activation. It packs a respectable 75 lumens as its single mode, providing enough brightness for general purpose use. At 75 lumens, it's not a battery-draining, blinding burst of brightness, but it can compete with the ambient light in your urban environment.

On the other end you'll find a handy combination medium flathead screwdriver and bottle opener. Given the Baton Q2's longer form factor, you'll get plenty of leverage for cracking open a cold one with the boys and a familiar grip when turning screws.

Last but not least, you can fold the Baton Q2 in half to reveal its 2.5” 5Cr15MoV straight edge blade. When fully deployed, the folded handle gives you a fuller grip for precise control of the knife. And unlike some other multi-tools, you can deploy the knife with one hand right out of the pocket.

With its pocket-friendly form factor, thoughtful set of tools, and sleek urban styling, the Baton Q2 makes for a solid addition to any modern minimalist's kit. Grab one from SOG's website via the link below.

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Leatherman Juice CS3

When you're traveling, bringing your EDC along for the ride is never easy. You can just about forget about anything with a sharp edge on it thanks to airport security and local laws that are only getting stricter. Luckily, Leatherman's new Juice CS3 is not only plane-friendly, but it's also packed with functionality for everything from lunch in the breakroom to a campground cookout. It features four useful tools and the build quality you'd expect from the Leatherman brand.

Instead of sporting the plier-based clamshell design of the rest of the Juice tools, the CS3 cuts it down to half the size, with just one aluminum handle. It’s both lightweight and compact, weighing only 1.5oz and measuring in at 3.45” closed. Inside, you’ll find four fold-out tools made from 420HC high-carbon stainless steel. There’s a pair of spring loaded scissors, a combination can and bottle opener, and a corkscrew. It's a handy set of tools for opening food packaging or getting drinks flowing when you're out and about.

Whether you’re looking for a travel-friendly tool, or just want something lightweight in your pocket, the Juice CS3 makes an ideal option for your EDC. Pick one up in Cinnabar Orange, Columbia Blue, or Moss Green at the link below.

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Nitecore NEB10 Excursion Bag

When it comes to your EDC bag, there are three main things you want it to be: rugged, organized, and easy to carry. Sometimes you'll find a bag that's got all the pockets you need, but it just isn't comfortable. Or one that's compact enough for the day's errands but doesn't have enough ways to arrange your essentials. Nitecore's new NEB10 excursion bag aims to hit the sweet spot of a tactical pack suited for the urban commuter. It's got the heavy-duty construction and materials of tactical bags, with the size and organization to fit an EDCer's needs.

As a daily bag, the NEB10 keeps your gear in check with its array of compartments and expansion options. This includes a loop surface and 6-channel elastic organization in its main 6L compartment and dual front zippered pockets with mesh slip pockets. On the front is a MOLLE system laser-cut from Hypalon rubber that keep a low profile without any loss of expansion and modular capability, and on the sides are retention straps for even more attachment options.

But the NEB10's key feature as a daily bag comes in its 3-point harness system. Paired with a removable padded shoulder strap, the system lets you distribute the bag's weight evenly across your body for a secure carry while out and about. And as befitting a modern tactical pack, coated 1050D CORDURA nylon keeps your gear dry and protected.

Stay prepared on your day's activities with Nitecore's purpose-built NEB10 excursion bag. You can pick one up in two colors from the Amazon link below.

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Benchmade 319 Proper

When you think of a proper gent's knife, Benchmade knives probably aren't the first to come to mind. But with their new 319 "Proper," that's all about to change. It's Benchmade's first take on a classic slip joint folder. It's a non-locking folding knife with a ton of character, crafted by one of the best blade makers in the USA. It’s significantly less aggressive than Benchmade's usual offerings thanks to the blade size, shape, and handle materials, but it's every bit as capable for EDC.

Instead of the cheap carbon steel you commonly see on slip joints, the Proper uses a corrosion-resistant, American-made CPM S30V steel on its 2.86” blade. Its sheepsfoot blade shape is ideal for a variety of cutting and slicing tasks, thanks to the large belly and distinct point. In keeping with the traditional slip joint design, the Proper comes with scales made of either red contoured G10 or a dark green micarta resin that both give a unique tactile feel and extra grip. It opens and closes with a nail nick and the slip joint mechanism keeps it firmly in place. There’s no pocket clip, but there is a lanyard hole so you can easily grab it from your pocket.

If you've been wanting a knife of Benchmade's caliber but prefer less tactical knives, the Proper is an excellent place to start. Pick up this modern, soon-to-be-classic from Benchmade via the link below.

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ZeroHour Apex Tactical Pen

If you're on the market for a versatile pen that's tough enough for EDC, your options can be a bit limited. On the one hand you've got minimalist machined pens, and heavy duty tactical pens on the other. ZeroHour's Apex Tactical pen offers the best of both worlds and is now on the market after a successful Kickstarter campaign last year. It has the quality and performance of a machined pen without being clad in the trappings of an aggressive tactical design. It's a great example of ZeroHour's crowdfunding pedigree, EDC gear built with reliability, function, and comfort as their main features.

The Apex is designed around the Fisher Space Pen refill, a community favorite thanks to its ability to write in every environmental condition or orientation. Many tactical pens are so long that they become unwieldy and heavy, but the Apex's total length of 4.7” makes it compact and easy to carry. It comes in 6061 aluminum or grade 5 titanium, popular materials that offer ideal strength-to-weight ratios and also fit the look of many EDC loadouts. Its skeletonized barrel cuts down weight even further and doubles in showing off the brass Fisher refill underneath. Finally, its tail end features a safety-capped tungsten steel tip, a hardened material that lets you use the Apex for emergency situations as a glass breaker or for self-defense.

It's a great pen you no longer have to wait to add to your EDC. Add this feature-heavy but pocket light pen to yours by clicking the link below.

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GRID-IT Wrap Laptop Sleeve

Turning your backpack inside out in search of accessories or charging cables is never fun, but we’ve all been there. Cocoon Industries has a large line of accessories aimed at helping you organize your most used essentials when they won’t fit in your pockets. The GRID-IT Wrap is a laptop sleeve that fits up to a 13” slim laptop, outfitted with their signature criss-crossed elastic straps for secure gear organization at a glance.

With a GRID-IT on your laptop sleeve, there'll be no more digging through your computer bag in search of tiny accessories like USB sticks or earbuds. You can strap in everything from your favorite multitool to any charging cables you might need right onto the webbing panel of the GRID-IT Wrap. With the flap folded back, you’ll be able to see all your gear in one place without needing to empty your pack or rummage through compartments. Best of all, you can take advantage of the versatile straps to fit your specific needs. The setup that you use today might be completely different than the one you'll use tomorrow.

Because this is a laptop sleeve, it can be your own portable workstation that slips in and out of your bag with ease. Whether you’re trying to be a little more organized with your gear or are looking for a painless solution to loose accessories, the GRID-IT Wrap is worth checking out.

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Magpul DAKA Suppressor Pouch

By now, you might've seen Magpul's DAKA line of pouches and wallets recommended as weatherproof EDC options thanks to their rugged construction and protective materials. The newest addition to the DAKA line, the Suppressor Pouch, is like a trimmed down version of the original DAKA storage pouch. Officially, it's designed to fit a suppressor and its required NFA paperwork. But since you probably don't EDC one of those, you can look at this pouch in a different way. This is one of the most rugged tactical pen and pencil cases available today.

At 9 x 3 inches, the suppressor pouch is smaller than the rest of the DAKA line. That's just the right amount of space to store the writing implements of your choice and keep them safe on the go. Even if you don't carry multiple pens, it'll stash a few of those awkwardly long items in your EDC, like 2-cell flashlights, dedicated screwdrivers, pry bars, and more.

The Suppressor Pouch retains the rugged polymer construction that's welded to keep the elements out. Plus, a reliable, water-tight YKK zipper its contents safe from dirt and water. Each corner of the pouch also features a lanyard attachment point, letting you easily clip or tie the pouch into your EDC pack system.

If you're looking for a pencil case that's more on the rugged tactical side, consider giving this pouch a shot. Pick one up at the link below.

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Benchmade 560 Freek

When it comes to your EDC knife, having the right grip on it can make all the difference. A good grip grants more control, which makes cutting tasks both easier and safer. The new Benchmade 560 Freek, with its dual polymer handle, gives you the kind of precise control you want out of your EDC blade.

It starts with the simple yet reliable blade opening and lock on this knife. The thumbstud on the 3.6" S30V blade offers easy one-handed opening. That blade stays locked in place during even hard use via Benchmade's signature ambidextrous AXIS lock. The blade itself also has jimping at the spine, giving you fine control during precision tasks.

But the real source of control is the dual-polymer handle on this knife. It's made of a combination of lightweight and grippy Grivory and Versaflex polymers. The handle materials are also cut in a diamond and striped pattern for more texture to grip. And the handle is large enough for your fingers to wrap around it for a firm grip.

The Benchmade 560's superior ergonomics will help you make quick work out of any cutting tasks ahead of you. Grab one for yourself at the link below.

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Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Diver

When it comes to your EDC watch, you want something you can trust to stay accurate and keep ticking without much maintenance. Automatic movements are great, but only if you wear them (or at least give them a good shake) every day. The Citizen Promaster Diver avoids the daily upkeep with their proprietary Eco-Drive Technology. Thanks to a quartz-based movement, a solar charging cell, and robust construction, it makes for a reliable EDC watch that'll keep on ticking.

From the outside, the Promaster Diver has all the classic looks and features of a solid dive watch. There’s a 42mm stainless steel case contrasted with a blacked out face, bezel, and strap. Luminescent paint paired with large indices make for high visibility in dim (or underwater) conditions. The same goes for the chunky, yet legible hands. The orange minute hand not only adds a pop of color, but it also makes it easier to track time when using the bezel. You’ll also find a date window in the 4-o’clock position that lines up with the screw down crown. The steel case provides 200m of water resistance, which is more than enough for both professional diving and surface water sports.

The Promaster Diver represents an excellent value for a reliable and rugged everyday watch. You can can pick up one up for yourself for right around $200 via the link below.

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Helikon-Tex Urban Admin Pouch

While you normally find admin pouches in larger packs as a way of organizing your smaller essentials, they can be especially useful on their own. When you lack pocket space and don't want to carry a ton of stuff for your daily activities, a custom pouch lets you consolidate you gear without adding a lot of bulk. The Helikon-Tex Urban Admin Pouch is a rugged, modular pouch that lets you customize how you carry your everyday carry, maximizing space while keeping you prepared.

Its secret is in its removable inserts. They give you plenty of options for storage and organization, and let you configure the pouch depending on the day's needs. One day the Urban Admin Pouch can be a compact toolbox, another, a first aid kit. In addition to the inserts, the pouch also has expansion options in its interior with dummycording loops, and on the outside with a hook and loop panel and mesh pocket. It's as rugged as any tactical pouch, made from 500D Cordura nylon, with hardy YKK zippers that secure its contents.

From colorways to camouflage patterns to inserts, there are endless possibilities to customize the Helikon-Tex Urban Admin Pouch to suit your EDC needs. Pick up your choice of pouch and inserts at the Amazon link below.

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