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Have You Carried the Victorinox Manager?

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There’s a common saying in the EDC scene: “two is one, one is none.” It stresses the importance of having backup options in your EDC. Besides the obvious mathematical inaccuracy, it can be confusing the first time you hear it: If you already have a tool in your EDC that serves a purpose, why would you need another one?

Simply put, it’s your “Plan B.” Carrying an extra of something you already have and practicing redundancy in that way does two things. Let’s use a knife for example: if you lose it or if you've used it so much it’s gotten too dull to finish the task in front of you, having a backup knife—even if it’s tiny—still lets you make the cut. Secondly, your backup knife could have a different shape or serve a slightly different purpose, giving you that extra versatility.

But here’s the thing about backups. At the end of the day, they’re still another thing you have to carry! That means more weight and less space in your pockets (not to mention, less cash in your wallet).

Now, what if there were a tool that could serve as a backup for your knife, pen, and multi-tool, without taking up much space at all?

Have You Carried the Fenix E05?

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It wasn't so long ago that the best compromise for an EDC keychain flashlight was one that used an AAA battery. They were a good size to live on a keychain, inexpensive, and gave off enough light for everyday tasks. Plenty of lights fit this description (you could probably walk into any hardware store right now and still see them at the checkout counter), but one stood head and shoulders above the rest in EDC circles…

Olight S1 Baton Review

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I'm going to save you the trouble of reading this review and tell you right away that the S1 is one of the best EDC lights you can buy today. Ever since its debut last year in its original black and blue aluminum design, the S1 has delivered exceptional value in performance, size, and as of Olight's latest offerings, collectibility.

If a feature-packed, inexpensive light that clocks in at an under two and a half inches sounds like a good fit for your carry, read along for my impressions and adventures with the Olight S1 Baton.

Victorinox Werks Traveler WT 5.0 20" Carry On Review

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I recently had an opportunity to spend some time with the Victorinox Werks Traveler 5.0 WT 20” carry on, provided by Victorinox. Over the past few months it's been down the cobbled streets of the Azores, a chain of islands off the coast of Portugal, on the snowy streets of Zurich in Switzerland, and stateside in New Hampshire, Boston, and Washington D.C.

Between all of the airports, conveyor belts, and luggage compartments, it’s seen a fair amount of use. I feel comfortable saying that it's been thoroughly tested. Thankfully, this has revealed that it's a solid, dependable choice, and one of the best pieces of luggage that I've had the chance to test or own.

Secrid Slim Wallet Review

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These days, it’s not enough for your minimalist wallet to just be slim. Back in 2009, the Secrid Wallet really set itself apart from the rest of the crowd with how you use it. Its innovative design features a patent-pending lever that slides your cards out with a simple push.

This complexity of a spring-loaded lever mechanism isn’t what you’d normally expect from a minimalist wallet. Moving parts can fail, and often, simplicity is best. But the trade-off in quick access and on-demand organization of your cards is certainly compelling. Whether the Secrid Wallet deserves a spot in your EDC hinges on how well this mechanism handles. Read along for my impressions to see if this is the right wallet for you.

Bertucci A-3P Watch Hands-On Review

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In this hands-on, we take a closer look at the Bertucci A-3P Vintage Field Watch. Military style watches are known for their durability, reliability, and clean design. The high level of utility and ease of wear make them ideal candidates for the perfect everyday watch. Does the A3-P meet these criteria? Read on to find out how it stands up to EDC use.

Video: Benchmade Mini Griptilian Hands-On Review

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When you look for a go-to knife recommendation for EDC, the Benchmade Mini Griptilian is bound to come up in your search. It's widely regarded as one of the best EDC knives for your money thanks to its ideal compact size, quality materials and construction, useful blade shape, and excellent ambidextrous locking system. You've probably seen it in other people's EDC photos as well, but photos can only tell part of the story. In this hands-on video, we give you a quick review of the knife, show how it handles in the flesh, and compare it to some similarly sized knives to give you a better idea if it's the right blade for your EDC.

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VIDEO: Rite in the Rain Stapled Notebook Review

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Rite in the Rain are not newcomers to the pen and paper market. Their namesake all-weather resistant notebooks have earned their spot in many EDCs for their durability and reliability. In this video, we give you a quick hands-on of their newest line of notebooks. It's a departure from their typical spiral-bound field journal, marking their entry into the popular stapled backpocket notebook category. Watch the video after the jump for a closer look at the notebooks inside and out, how they hold up to daily use, what pens write best with it, and how effective its water resistance can be.

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Able Archer Buttpack Review

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Able Archer is a brand that produces high quality military inspired bags. Blending vintage aesthetic with modern fabrics, Able Archer’s line of bags is timeless and functional. For this review, they’ve sent us one of their more EDC-suitable offerings, the Able Archer Buttpack. It draws inspiration from military bags of the same name, but Able Archer has beefed theirs up and added a modular strap system for customizability and extra storage. Read on to see how the Able Archer bag held up under EDC conditions!

Fujifilm X30 Digital Camera Review

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While most phones come equipped to take photos, they don’t come close to the same experience of using a dedicated camera. The distinct feel and added control are just some reasons to keep a compact camera in your carry. Fujifilm has been a huge player in the mirrorless camera game over the past few years, and they’ve sent us their X30 to review, confident that it can fill that need for a small, capable on-the-go camera...

Prometheus Brass Beta QRv2 Review

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The original Prometheus Beta-QR was a massive Kickstarter success. Nearly 2,000 backers pledged to see a new take on the keychain light, and Jason Hui of Prometheus Lights launched the Beta to an eager market. While I wasn't able to jump on the original v1 release, I couldn’t resist his collaboration with Scout Leather Co. on a brass Beta, now sporting an upgraded, sleeker version of the quick-release mechanism. Before receiving the light, I was convinced that the Beta was the perfect AAA flashlight. After a few months of carrying the Beta-QRv2, here are my thoughts.

Benchmade 485 Valet Review

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Benchmade Knives can be found in the pockets and collections of those new to EDC and blade enthusiasts alike for their thoughtful designs, build quality, and cutting edge technology at many price points. They’ve been making specialist and everyday carry-friendly pocket knives for decades and are often quick to come up in discussions of the best EDC knife companies to consider. We were excited to see their new 485 Valet, a sub-3” slim folder with M390 supersteel and Benchmade's signature AXIS lock, so we reached out to the company. Benchmade was generous enough to send us a sample of this highly EDCable folder to review for you. It certainly has the makings of an ideal everyday knife on paper, but how does it fare for daily use?

Victorinox EvoWood 17 Review

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The Swiss Army Knife (SAK) is one of the most iconic multi-tools in the world, and for good reason. Found in toolboxes, pockets, and glove compartments everywhere, the SAK is available in dozens of configurations with different tools, shapes, sizes, and designs. We reached out to the leading SAK manufacturer, Victorinox, to try something new from their lineup that we thought you guys would enjoy. They graciously sent us a sample of their EvoWood 17 to consider. It stands apart from the usual candy red Swiss Army Knives with its genuine walnut hardwood scales, while boasting 9 tools capable of 13 different features in one 85mm package. Read on to find out how the EvoWood 17 held up in our EDC.

Spyderco Dice Review

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Spyderco releases several knives per year in lots of different shapes, sizes and styles. Only recently have they produced knives with a "flipper" opening mechanism. While Spyderco's larger flipper knives are still EDC-friendly, none of them are as well-suited to daily carry as the Dice. Premium materials, an integrated liner lock, carbon fiber scales, and most notably, a convenient flipper blade opening mechanism are just a few of the features seen in the Dice. I’ve been carrying the Dice exclusively for two months now, read on to see how this EDC friendly blade held up.

Native Union Belt Cable Review

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Not all cables are designed with carry in mind. As a result, stock cables or cheap alternatives tend to tangle, fray, or end up becoming a hassle to carry in general. Native Union, on the other hand, puts plenty of thought into something as simple as our charge/sync cables. They sent over their BELT Cable for me to check out — here’s my quick review.

MAKR Wallets Review

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Coming off a streak of handling mostly modern minimalist cardholders, I decided to take a look at other interesting, EDC-worthy wallets. Taking some suggestions from our readers who prefer more traditional materials, I opted for wallets made from leather. 

Not just any leather, though. I was aiming high.

I reached out to a local leather goods and carry brand — MAKR out of Orlando, FL. They’ve been in the leather goods game for years, hand-crafting high quality wallets, keychains, and other essentials. They graciously sent over some samples for me to test.

In this review, I’ll go over two of my favorites: the Round Wallet in Matte Navy and the Zip Slim Wallet in Charcoal. There are enough similarities in these wallets to do a double-feature review, but they’re unique enough on their own to deserve some specific commentary.