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Giveaway: Win the Ultimate Tactical EDC Gear Loadout from ASP!

When it comes to reliable gear for LEOs, military personnel, and personal self-defense, one brand comes to mind: ASP. Armament Systems and Procedures has been making solid and reliable tactical gear for law enforcement professionals for over 40 years, and has recently unveiled its latest and greatest products. One lucky winner will receive this huge loadout of tactical flashlights and personal protection for EDC, courtesy of our sponsor, ASP.

Giveaway: Win a NutSac Mag-Satch!

Update: Congrats to Chip C., winner of this week's giveaway!

When your EDC gets to a point where your pockets are feeling a little cramped, a compact bag for just the essentials can be a game changer. In this giveaway, our friends at NutSac Bags are hooking it up with one of their sleekest EDC-friendly bags, the Mag-Satch. It's a classic design based on the trusty satchel, built in the USA from heavy duty canvas and leather, but with some modern features and organization for all your tools and tech. One lucky winner will receive a NutSac Mag-Satch, brought to you by our sponsor, NutSac Bags.

The Best Swiss Army Knife for EDC

EDC is all about having the right tool for the job. Multi-tools take that a step further by putting the right tool for a number of different tasks into one compact body. When it comes to keeping your bases covered, one of the most trusted brands of multi-tools is Victorinox, thanks in no small part to their Swiss Army Knife becoming an essential tool to carry since it was invented for the field in 1897. And in the past century Victorinox has only gotten better at what they do, now offering plenty of different variations of the tried and true tool.

If you've never owned a Swiss Army Knife (SAK), picking your first one out of Victorinox's extensive catalog can be daunting at first. Many of the models have specialized tools for specific uses, but they all share a common core of tools for general EDC. To make the decision easier, we're highlighting the 5 most-carried SAKs among our readers in this guide. As we'll be comparing tried-and-true models, you can't go wrong with any of the picks below.

NutSac Mag-Satch

Usually when it comes to EDC bags the search gets narrowed down to backpacks. But as useful as backpacks can be sometimes you don't need something so large and cumbersome. For city dwellers and commuters, a smaller bag like the Mag-Satch by NutSac might be the way to go if you want something that looks smart and still protects your gear. It brings modern functionality for your tools and tech to a classic design with rugged materials throughout.

Some materials are timeless, and full-grain leather and waxed canvas are just as durable today as they have been for decades. Combining the two along with quality YKK zippers means that if you get caught in a rainstorm you won’t have to worry about your gear getting damaged as water slips right off the top flap of the bag. Even if you don’t see yourself getting caught in the rain, it’s good to know that an accidentally spilled drink won’t be the end of your gear.

At 11” x 7.5” x 2.5” the USA-made satchel perfectly fits iPads and e-readers along with a notebook or two in the main compartment. Inside it also has two extra pockets for organizing smaller items that you might need throughout the day, like chargers and cables. An adjustable heavy cotton strap not only matches the natural look and feel of the bag, but it also distributes the weight nicely and avoids cutting into your shoulder thanks to its wide profile. The handle is also made of the same heavy cotton so if you're squeezing into a busy subway and need to carry it briefcase-style you have that option. A second zippered compartment along the front keeps your most used essentials in an easy to grab location that’s still protected from rain thanks to a secure magnetic flap.

The satchel is making a comeback, and NutSac is leading the charge with their durable Mag-Satch. If you want a bag that can keep up with your lifestyle make sure to pick one up a Mag-Satch for yourself by clicking the link below.

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Corso Mindful Notebook

How many times have you picked up your phone, just to forget what you were going to do with it? You end up browsing social media, checking an email, and often get distracted before you accomplish what you set out to do. When the world is full of digital distractions, sometimes it’s hard to keep track of even the most basic of to-do lists. The creators behind the Corso Mindful Notebook set out to make a notebook that motivates you and keeps you focused on the tasks at hand. With a the addition of a few simple features, Corso has transformed a basic notebook into a powerful tool to help you get motivated, achieve your goals, and reflect on your day.

At the top of each page in the notebook is an inspirational quote. These short quotes are great for getting your creative juices flowing. It’s also less daunting than a completely blank page. Below, there are plenty of lines to write out a journal entry, sketch an idea, or write out your to-do list. At the bottom of each page is a grey box for what they call “Daily Gratitude Practice”. By writing down what you’re grateful for each day, you can remind yourself of everything in your life that makes you happy and keeps you going. Corso also paired up with mindful.org to give back. A portion of each sale will go to the Foundation for a Mindful Society — a non-profit dedicated to bringing mindfulness into the daily lives of people all over the world.

The Corso Mindful Notebook is available on Kickstarter now. They’ve already surpassed their funding goal by several thousand dollars at the time of publishing. Add-on pledges include a sustainably-sourced ostrich leather cover, as well as additional notebooks. A $28 pledge secures you a book with a delivery before the 2017 holidays.

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StatGear BitzBlade 2.0

With limited pocket space, you have to be able to justify the size and weight of everything you EDC. And while it would be nice to be able to carry dedicated tools for every task you will encounter, it's not realistic. What you need is a solid, compact EDC multi-tool that you can actually use to get the job done. The upcoming and fully funded BitzBlade 2.0 on Kickstarter aims to fill that role. It's a feature-packed multi-tool that takes the place of a large tool set, all while fitting in your pockets.

The thoughtful design of the BitzBlade 2.0 lets you pare down your EDC to the essentials. The highlight is its three major interchangeable modules. The first is a knife blade. Unlike the knives found in most multitools, the one on the BitzBlade 2.0 is not at all an afterthought. It's made out of 440C stainless steel, which is excellent for edge sharpness and retention. The second is a dedicated utility box cutter and scraper blade. That's made to tackle more regular use, and its 440 stainless steel is easier to sharpen too. And then it has a combination pry bar, hex wrench, and bottle opener.

On one end of the tool, there's a small LED flashlight powered by watch batteries. On the other end, there's a tungsten carbide glass breaker tip that's good to have in an emergency. Reverse that and you'll find the slot to carry standard screwdriver bits, with some Torx and hex bits as well. And because it's machined out of aircraft-grade aluminum, the BitzBlade 2.0 should stand up to hard use. Its sturdy build and pen-like shape allow it to be used as a kubotan in a self-defense situation as well.

StatGear claim the BitzBlade 2.0 will be the last multi-tool you'll need. With their proven track record of delivering high quality EDC gear like the TriTac pen and Pocket Samurai knife, that might just be the case. Consolidate your gear and secure a BitzBlade 2.0 for yourself at the link below.

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Dango P01 Pioneer Bifold Wallet and Pen

Even with the latest and greatest smartphones releasing year after year, so many EDCers still swear by good ol' fashioned pen and paper. They make an unbeatable duo when it comes to fleshing out ideas and keeping tabs on things without having to swipe through app menus and folders. But unlike a smartphone, they're not always the easiest thing to slip into your pockets day in and day out. The team at Dango Products have had success with taking something easy and essential to carry—your wallet—and redesigning it to help you carry more, smarter. Their latest project, the P01 Pioneer Wallet, consolidates your pen and paper in one place, but does it in a more compact wallet-sized form factor rather than your typically bulky journal cover design.

One big reason the P01 Pioneer is able to easily carry everything in such a compact footprint is because Dango designed every component from the ground up to fit together perfectly. They've taken one of the oldest tricks in the EDC playbook of slipping a pen into the spine of your wallet, then upped the execution. The pen was custom designed to slot into the spine of the P01 so it sits flush. To get that perfect fit, it's CNC machined in the USA out of a lightweight, anodized aluminum like you'd expect to see on quality flashlights and other EDC tools. It boasts write-anywhere performance thanks to a pressurized ballpoint ink refill, and it's compatible with the crowd favorite Fisher Space Pen refill as well. The business end of the pen narrows down to a minimalist grip system of 3 silicone o-rings while the back of the pen comes to a 4-way slotted tip for multiple attachment configurations. By now the P01 campaign hit its first stretch goal, so backing the project will get you a free paracord lanyard to easily retrieve the pen.

The other part of the equation is the notebook. It's not the largest notebook you can carry, but it might be one of the most convenient ones. At a modest 24 pages, it's a good balance between portability and thinness without needing replacements too often. Not to mention it's stitched and finished in the USA then protected from excess wear and tear in the P01 wallet itself.

Of course, the P01 is still an EDCer's wallet at its core. It has some of the best elements of all the different kinds of wallets you can carry in one. For starters, it's made in the USA from premium Italian veg-tan leather for that patina after break in and familiar feel in hand. But that's where the similarities with traditional leather wallets end. The leather comes laminated with an RFID-blocking material for your security and geometric patterning give a look and ergonomic feel that lean towards the future. The P01 uses a silicone strap for extra security and versatility like you'd find on more modern minimalist wallets. It's designed to accommodate up to 20 cards as well as Dango's wallet-sized multi-tool from their earlier line of wallets, the MT02. With options for a pen, notebook, multi-tool, and cards, it's got room for a big chunk of your daily kit.

There's just a month left to back the P01 on Kickstarter. It comes in two colorways — a natural tan with silver or a fully blacked out setup, now with a free paracord lanyard as part of the campaign's first unlocked stretch goal. Check it out in more detail at the link below.

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Victorinox Altmont 3.0 Deluxe Laptop Backpack

A good EDC backpack to help lighten the load can go a long way. With so many options out there, finding a bag with the perfect balance between a smart design, good organization, and a durable build can be difficult. Thankfully the Almont Classic Collection of bags by Victorinox offers plenty of options ideal for EDC. One option in particular is the Deluxe Laptop backpack, which strikes a solid balance between having a sturdy build, organization, and a sleek design while also adding some extra functionality to your carry.

When it comes to keeping your gear organized, this bag gives you plenty of options without overdoing it. The polyester exterior might look super minimal at first glance but upon further inspection you’ll find two hidden front pockets that open from either side, perfect for any items that you might need to get to in a hurry. Plus, whether you’re headed to class or hitting the trails two more zippered pockets on either side of the bag can easily fit water bottles and other beverages. One of them even carries the Swiss Army Knife multi-tool bottle opener and screwdriver that might come in handy in a pinch. And that’s just the exterior.

Opening this 21L pack reveals a slew of sleeves, pockets, and slots so you can hold everything from a few textbooks to pens and pencils (and still have room to spare for snacks in case you get hungry). A dedicated tablet sleeve lines the back of the main compartment and a separate side-loading zippered pocket along the back gives you easy access to your laptop.

Typically filling up a backpack to the max can put a strain on your back, but the Deluxe Laptop backpack distributes the weight evenly thanks to adjustable padded straps and a design meant for carrying heavy loads comfortably. If you’re looking to tidy up your carry with a bag that was designed for everyday use, make sure to check this one out in Navy or Olive Green via the link below.

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Giveaway: Win a Ridge Wallet Titanium!

Update: Congratulations to Christopher S., winner of this week's giveaway! Thanks to everyone who participated. Stay tuned for more chances to win a Ridge Wallet in future giveaways.

If you haven't made the switch to a minimalist wallet yet, now's the perfect time. Our friends at Ridge are hooking it up with their Ridge Wallet Titanium in this week's giveaway! Titanium's one of the most versatile and sought-after materials in EDC tools, thanks to its strength-to-weight ratio and classy sheen. The Ridge Wallet combines modular titanium plates with an elastic strap for a sleek, minimalist package. One lucky winner will receive a Ridge Wallet Titanium, brought to you by our sponsor, Ridge.

ASP Defender Pepper Spray

At the end of the day, we all just want to be prepared ― it's why we have an EDC in the first place ― and for many of us, an integral part of being prepared is having a form of self-defense. One of the most popular, non-lethal self-defense tools to EDC is OC (“pepper spray”). Armament Systems & Procedures (ASP) is a leading supplier of tactical gear to the law enforcement and military communities, and their EDC-friendly line of OC products is now available to civilians. Their pocket-sized Palm Defender and Key Defender, and the larger Street Defender, are compelling options for self-defense. They’re built like true tactical tools rather than simple aerosol cans, with a design that's safe, discreet, refillable, and easy to use.

Massdrop x Ferrum Forge Gent Knife

It used to be that a proper gent's knife was an investment, if not a “grail” status part of any EDC. After all, the materials and design it takes to produce a sleek, EDC-worthy knife don't usually come cheap. That's why Massdrop's latest collaboration with Ferrum Forge is as impressive as it is exciting. The Gent Knife boasts high-end materials and utilitarian features in an attractive design that won't break the bank at under $80 shipped.

The Gent is small, lightweight, and stylish, ticking all the boxes for a modern gent's knife. At a modest 3.6” closed and weighing only 2.4 oz, it shows a sense of streamlined ruggedness thanks to its bold, sweeping lines, ever so slightly curved edges, and unobstructed blade and handle. Aesthetics aside, this knife is much more than a shelf queen, built with a slew of high performance materials throughout to handle formal, casual, and heavy duty carry.

Instead of an ebony wood or micarta, the Gent opts for a more modern-day material in smooth G-10 scales, providing excellent grip to the knife's 6AL4V titanium handle. Not only is the handle made from titanium, a favorite metal among EDCers for its excellent strength to weight ratio, but it also houses a frame lock mechanism, something you typically see on high end, high priced knives. Last but not least, a two-way reversible deep pocket clip allows for discreet, ambidextrous, tip-up carry. Between the G10 scales and titanium frame lock, the Gent is already shaping up to be an impressive little folder. And that's just the handle.

Ridge Wallet Titanium

Your EDC should help you stay ready for anything, but that’s hard to do if you've got a bulky wallet taking up valuable pocket space. That’s why so many are turning to slimmer cardholder wallets to make room for other useful gear, but even those aren't always as convenient as they claim to be. Thankfully there’s the Titanium Ridge Wallet which has a build tough enough for EDC while offering some extra security for your cards. All in a body as thin as a few credit cards.

Like all great cardholder wallets the Ridge Wallet is super thin measuring in at only 6mm. To get this slim, materials and construction are key. Two pieces of thin titanium—sought after by EDCers for its impressive strength to weight ratio and unique handfeel—are held together by T5 stainless steel screws and elastic bands. This modular plate construction makes it easy to expand should you need to carry more than a few cards (it can hold up to 12 at max capacity).

A finger notch along makes it easy to push out the cards inside, giving you easy access to the one you want without forcing you to take them all out of the wallet. Besides being tough enough to run over with a car, the wallet also comes with two aluminum RFID-blocking plates built in to protect your cards against wireless theft.

Of course the purpose of a good wallet is to hold currency, not only plastic cards. Which is why the Ridge Wallet also comes with two ways to carry cash. One is an elastic cash strap that not only maintains the thin profile of the wallet, but also has rubber gripping along the inside to prevent your cash from slipping out. If that’s not your style you can always opt for the money clip variation that keeps your hard-earned cash pinned securely against the wallet until you need it.

Whether you’re looking to slim down your wallet so you can carry more stuff or want an upgrade that protects you from modern ne'er-do-wells, the Ridge Wallet has you covered. This version's lightweight titanium construction that EDCers love is just the cherry on top. Make sure to click the link below to add this wallet to your pocket.

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Kershaw Fraxion

Looking to lighten up your loadout? Kershaw's new collaboration with Danish knife maker Jens Anso offers EDC performance in a sleek flipper format. The Fraxion lives up to its name by weighing a fraction of the competition at just under 2 ounces. And thanks to a thoughtful combination of G10 and carbon fiber in its modern design, it disappears in the pocket yet makes an impression when it's out.

This design is a slight departure from Anso’s other knives, but it’s a welcomed step outside his comfort zone. In your pocket, the Fraxion barely noticeable until you need it. It’s no one trick pony either. You’ll appreciate the KVT bearing-enhanced flipper, blacked out stealthy looks, and reversible pocket clip to accommodate both left and right handed users.

Since the Fraxion is both slim and light, it’s a breeze to carry. The pocket clip lets the knife sit above your pocket just enough to get a secure grip, thanks to the elongated taper of the handles. The handles of the Fraxion are made from G10 laminate overlaid with carbon fiber. It gives the illusion of full carbon fiber handles, but without the hefty price tag. There’s an angular routing pattern carved into the side of the knife that adds some visual flair as well as some extra grip. Your thumb finds its way into the ridge when deploying the blade, giving you some welcomed leverage. The knife is a compact 4” when closed and only 6.75” when open.

The Fraxion has a 2.75” modified clip point blade that’s super sharp right out of the box. There’s a slight recurve on the belly of the blade that improves slicing capability. Essentially, it creates a protrusion that’s easier to control than the full length of the blade. Deploying the blade is quick and easy too. Since the pivot has Kershaw’s KVT bearing system built in, the 8Cr13MoV steel blade flips out with barely any pressure on the flipper lever. Once it's open, the blade stays in place thanks to a sturdy liner lock.

There’s some jimping on top of the blade and a slight finger choil underneath for excellent cutting, piercing, and slicing control. Sticking with the stealthy theme of the knife, the blade is coated with a black oxide finish that will keep the appearance of scratches to a minimum.

Overall, the Fraxion is a solid entry into the EDC flipper knife category. Sleek, modern looks, a sharp and easily deployable blade, and a barely-there pocket presence result in an excellent little knife. You can add a Kershaw Fraxion to your collection via the link below.

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Ridge Wallet CF

When it comes to EDC gear, we’re always looking for the perfect balance between durability, functionality, and weight. This is especially true about your wallet which is probably one of the most important items in any carry. But even slim wallets can sometimes be too heavy if they’re durable, or too flimsy if they’re light. But why should you have to choose? The Ridge Wallet CF is a simple solution to bulky pockets that solves these issues in one fell swoop. It has just the right amount of functionality and a lightweight yet durable carbon fiber build that’s as easy on the eyes as it is on your pockets.

There’s a reason plenty of racing bikes are made from carbon fiber: it’s strong, lightweight, and easy to work with which makes it the kind of versatile material that’s perfect for EDC. The Ridge Wallet CF is composed of two slim plates of carbon fiber that can hold up to 12 cards sandwiched between them. Then there’s the elastic bands that connect them. These bands expand depending on the number of cards you carry, keeping everything firmly in place whether you’re carrying one card or twelve. Throw in some RFID blocking for good measure and you get a wallet that’s both adaptable and secure in a package that weighs only 1.6 ounces.

To get to a card just push them all out via the finger slot for easy pickings, and when you’re done just slide them all right back into place. As great as cards are it’s always a good idea to have a bit of cash in your pockets. That’s why the Ridge comes with either a built-in money clip or cash strap along the back so you can easily carry a few folded bills just in case.

Between the lightweight carbon fiber build and the slim design the Ridge Wallet CF makes a pretty strong case for minimal card-carrying wallets. If you’ve been trying to slim down your carry and like what the carbon fiber Ridge has to offer, make sure to snag one via the link below.

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ASP Flashlights

If you ask any police officer about the gear on his or her duty belt, chances are there’s something on it made by Armament Systems and Procedures, better known as ASP. If you're unfamiliar with ASP, they've been making solid and reliable tactical gear for law enforcement professionals for over 40 years now. While their products are primarily designed and made for the pros, they've got what it takes for civilian EDC, too. ASP offers an eclectic lineup of everyday carry flashlights, all designed with an emphasis on high performance, ease of use, and reliability.

Interview: Les George, Knife Designer

Interview

If you've been following the knife releases of Kershaw and Zero Tolerance the past few decades, then you might recognize the name Les George. He's a knife designer who's been at it since 1992, learning his craft from legendary knifemaker Stan Fujisaka of Kaneohe, Hawaii.

He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1997, serving for over a decade in various heavy equipment and ordnance roles, and deployed to dozens of countries around the world. His long service has given him a unique take on using and designing tools, and he's put this experience to use with his creations.

2017 marks Les George's 25th year as a knifemaker, known for his clean, military-inspired designs and collaborations with Kai USA. We got in touch with him for this interview with help from our sponsor Zero Tolerance to announce the release of his latest design, the ZT0920, and talk about his EDC, his love of all things knives, and the future of his work.