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Your favorite essentials reviewed by our team so you can find the best products.

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Superior Titanium mini-Viper Money Clip Review

In an increasingly cashless world, the money clip has become an overlooked yet effective carry option for a minimalist’s cards and cash. In this review, we find out if the Superior Titanium mini-Viper Money Clip has any bite.

Tactile Turn Brass Mover Machined Pen

Tactile Turn Brass Mover Review Tactile Turn have been turning heads among pen addicts and EDCers alike with their machined aluminum pens in recent months. Now, they’re back on Kickstarter in all new materials. Do these new pens continue to live up to their names as movers and shakers in the pen market? Read more for my hands-on review of the new Brass Tactile Turn Mover, provided by Will from Tactile Turn.
Tactile Turn have returned to Kickstarter to start production on these updated versions of their already successful Mover and Shaker pens, which we recommended in Vol. 4 of our Carry Smarter buying guide series...

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Review: distlunion Wally Stick-on

distilunion Wally Stick-on Review For the minimalists out there, chances are your phone and your wallet make up the bulk of your carry. The Wally Stick-On wallet adheres to your iPhone, slimming down two of your most essential items to one. It’s promising in theory, but how well does having a wallet stuck to your phone and vice versa really work? Read more for my review of the Wally Stick-On wallet and to enter a Wally Case giveaway, all provided by distilunion.

The Wally Stick-On is a single-piece leather cardholder that attaches to the back of an iPhone using a high quality, 3M adhesive backing. It’s shaped and cut to protect the back of the phone from scratches, with some clearance left for the rear-facing camera and dual flash...

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Review: Native Union JUMP Cable

Native Union JUMP Cable Review & Giveaway If you rely on your smartphone everyday, battery life shouldn’t stop you from getting the most out of your phone. There are several ways to keep your phone charged, but not without their flaws. Most power banks are too bulky to EDC, wall chargers are very limiting when out and about, and cables can tangle or fray when tossed in a bag. Native Union puts forth their JUMP Cable as a 2-in-1 solution for mobile charging on the go. Read more for my review of the JUMP Cable and for a chance to win one for your EDC, courtesy of Native Union...

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Review: BigiDesign Ti-POST RAW

BIGiDESIGN Ti-POST RAW Review Whether you like letting your ideas flow on old fashioned pen and paper or getting your work done with the processing power of a modern tablet and stylus, the Ti-POST RAW from BIGiDESIGN is designed to handle it all. In this review, I put this titanium machined pen (graciously provided by BIGiDESIGN) to the test.
We gave BIGiDESIGN a nod of approval in our Best EDC Pens buying guide a while back for their Aluminum Pen + Stylus. The Ti-POST RAW in this review boasts many of the same features but comes upgraded in titanium and attempts to address some of the balance issues found in earlier versions of the pen.  
There’s a lot of great things to be found in the pen upon first glance...

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Machine Era Co. Wallet Review

Last September, Machine Era Co. invited early adopters on Kickstarter to rethink their everyday carry with the introduction of their fully machined, aluminum slim wallet. The campaign was met with tremendous support, raising nearly $250,000 from over 5600 backers. In this review, I attempt to rethink my everyday carry as well and share my thoughts on this wildly successful wallet, courtesy of Machine Era Co.


The Machine Era Wallet takes an industrial approach to a modern, minimal wallet through its design and choice of materials. Its understated design, essentially an assembly of a metal plate and a thick elastic band, immediately appears somehow striking yet barebones...

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Mini Review: Fenix E12, PD12, & E35UE

Fenix E12, PD12, & E35UE Mini Review Roundup & Giveaway Fenix has built a reputation in the EDC community as one of the leading flashlight manufacturers, using high quality materials and solid designs. In this mini-review roundup we take a quick look at some of Fenix’s newest offerings, the E12, the PD12, and the E35 Ultimate Edition, graciously provided by Fenix Outfitters.

Fenix E12
My immediate impression of the E12 is that it’s nothing flashy — it brings a simple, unassuming sensibility to the table. It’s styled very traditionally, with the usual black knurled aluminum body that you’d expect from Fenix and other practical flashlight brands. It’s decently compact for a 1xAA light as its head, battery tube and tailcap are all flush with each other...

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Review: OBSTRUCTURES Pry/Open Tool

OBSTRUCTURES Pry/Open Tool Review & Giveaway While most of us try to get by with just our EDC pocket knives, there are a few common tasks that a knife just isn’t cut out to do. OBSTRUCTURES designed their PRY/OPEN pocket tool to take the brunt of wear and tear on a knife from prying, scraping, poking and turning. Read more for my review of these “knife saviors” and for a chance to win one for your everyday carry, courtesy of OBSTRUCTURES.

The PRY/OPEN line comes in two sizes: small and large (which this review will focus on), made of beadblasted stainless steel, and a limited edition titanium version of the large tool...

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Review: H.L. Human Pelican Clip

H.L. Human Pelican Clip Review & Giveaway Many new keychain gadgets try to revolutionize the way keys are carried or cram as many other tools into a keychain as possible. The Pelican Clip from H.L. Human takes the old-school approach of hanging keys from a belt loop — that’s it! Read more to find out if the Pelican Clip fits the bill and for a chance to win one for your everyday carry courtesy of Jeffrey Bruckwicki from H.L. Human.


The H.L. Human Pelican Clip is not a 13-size wrench, nor is it a bottle opener, a measuring tool, bit driver, or anything like that. It was designed with a simple, specific purpose: to hold your keys on your belt loop. It does this the old-fashioned way via an included ...

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Review: OBSTRUCTURES A3 Wallet

OBSTRUCTURES A3 Wallet Review & Giveaway It seems every week or so, a new minimalist wallet pops up on the market. However, few wallets even come close to resembling the OBSTRUCTURES A3 aluminum wallet with its 3-plate, rolling O-ring design. It looks promising in theory, but how does it handle? Read more for my hands-on review of the A3 and for your chance to win an A3 or A2 wallet courtesy of OBSTRUCTURES.

Upon first glance, the A3 doesn’t immediately present itself as a wallet. Even with a few cards and some cash inside, calling it a wallet feels like a misnomer. Rather, it’s a unique assembly of three, well-machined aluminum plates held together by two large rubber bands (O-rings) merely being used in the way a wallet would be...

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Review: Monteverde OneTouch Stylus Tool Pen

Monteverde OneTouch Stylus Tool Pen Every once in a while, we see multitools with pen implements, such as in credit card tools or some Swiss Army Knives. The Monteverde OneTouch Stylus Tool Pen flips the script — it’s a pen first and foremost, with extra tools built right in. In this review, we look at the ballpoint pen version, graciously provided by the folks at PenChalet.


Don’t be fooled by its retractable ballpoint tip, its hefty, hexagonal barrel, or its strong and springy pocket clip, even if it seems like just a pen. Look closer and you’ll see four scales on its body: three metric (1:100, 1:200, and 1:300) and a four-inch ruler. That’s odd. You might notice a level built into the barrel, too. Interesting...