Titanium

Handgrey KIN Titanium Key Hook

When it comes to making the most out of your keychain, it's all about the hook. Most keychain hooks, at best, do their job keeping your essentials close at hand. At worst, they're so poorly designed that they can damage your pockets or belt. For us EDCers, that simply won't do. So Handgrey put their years of experience and successful crowdfunded projects behind them to perfect the keychain hook with their latest product, the KIN. With its efficiency in its simplicity and metal that speaks for itself, the KIN doesn't just enhance your keychain's utility, but it elevates its aesthetic as well.

So how do you dress up something as simple as a hook? Titanium would be a good place to start. The EDCer's favorite metal offers unique properties that make it great for gear meant to be used every day, such as its strength in spite of its flexibility and its heavy resistance while remaining lightweight. That flexibility lends itself well to the functionality of KIN's Grade 5 titanium hook, since it's able to engage and disengage without ever losing its grip.

Handgrey also added a couple of thoughtful touches to the hook itself: a no-contact opening and slightly curved tip that ensures it doesn't rip your pockets to shreds over time, and a wide inner clearance for latching onto thicker objects. Since the hook rides deep, there are grooves on either side of the KIN that give proper purchase when pulling it from its attachment point. The keychain slot itself also shows off Handgrey's precision-cut ornamentation, slow-cut using EDM (electrical discharge machining) for precision even in the smallest spaces. While it doesn't add any functionality, it's something that will make onlookers do a double-take to see just how such tiny cuts are possible.

A simple hook with the right design goes a long way. The Handgrey KIN is already funded nearly six times over, with plenty of time for you to pledge for one of two styles and accessories at the link below.

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The James Brand Titanium Knife Collection

When you think about your EDC knife, it's easy to focus on just the blade. But that's only half the equation — the handle and materials also play a huge role. Aluminum handles might seem more tactical while G10 handles fit in an outdoorsy carry for example. In the case of The James Brand family of knives, with its focus on everyday utility blended with modern styling, there's no better fit than titanium. The new Titanium Collection now has a knife in every EDCer's favorite metal, whether you want a keychain option, a classier slipjoint, or a hardworking framelock for your kit.

For their first materials-focused collection, The James Brand dressed up a well-balanced trio of their knives in matte Grade 5 titanium scales. Titanium has amazing physical properties that are perfectly suited for EDC gear: it's uniquely strong yet flexible, light weight, and resistant to corrosion. It also complements the sleek, minimalist silhouettes on these three knives.

If you're looking for day-to-day performance and a solid lock for hard use, the Chapter knife covers your bases. It features a usable 2.8” long, drop point D2 steel blade to tackle most cutting jobs. It deploys quickly via a manual thumb stud and locks up securely into its titanium frame lock. For a dressier, more modern take on a classic pocketknife, there's the County. Its 2.5” Sandvik 12C27 blade requires a two-hand open and doesn't lock, making it a viable EDC in places where large, locking knives or open carry are restricted. Last but not least, the titanium Elko knife can ride on your keychain and handle quick cuts, opening mail, and other smaller tasks thanks to its 1.74” blade and built-in screwdriver/keychain attachment point.

Check out the full titanium collection here, or grab the titanium Chapter at the link below.

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EverRatchet: Ratcheting Keychain Multi-tool

The biggest problem with keychain multi-tools is finding one with the right balance between form and function. Small tools are easier to carry, but harder to use. Larger tools are quite the opposite. The EverRatchet from Gear Infusion hits just the right balance of size and functionality while adding something never before seen on a keychain multi-tool. The EverRatchet’s integrated bit driver has a unique ratcheting mechanism that makes quick fixes even faster.

The EverRatchet’s key feature works thanks to what Gear Infusion calls their “dynamic ratcheting beam.” Through some careful design and engineering, they’ve managed to create a system that holds the bit still under force but lets the tool rotate back to its starting position to get additional torque in use. In practice, it's not at all as complicated as it sounds. To tighten a screw, put the bit driver in the ratchet hole, and turn it back and forth like you would a normal ratchet. Loosening a screw is just a matter of flipping the tool over and rotating it in the other direction. In addition to the ratchet, you’ll find a fire flint, scraper, pry bar, measuring tool, and 7 wrenches of different sizes. The tool measures in at just under 2.5” in length — ideal for keychain or coin pocket carry.

Currently, the EverRatchet is tens of thousands of dollars over its funding goal. Pledges start at a reasonable $16 for a stainless steel tool and $21 for the titanium version, both of which include a #2 Philips Bit and Fire Flint to sweeten the deal. Hit the link below to see the tool in action and snag one for yourself.

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Dango T02 Titanium Tactical Wallet

While most gear is made from strong stainless steel or lightweight aluminum, one prized material combines the best of both worlds: titanium. But the toughness that makes titanium perfect for EDC is also what makes it so hard to work with to make a finished product. That's why titanium is usually reserved for only the best everyday carry gear. By swapping a titanium chassis into the mix, the new Dango T02 titanium tactical wallet takes its durability and light weight to the next level while keeping everything that made the original great. And this time around, it offers even more capacity in an all-new bifold design so you won't have to compromise capacity for a slim profile.

Like the rest of Dango's popular EDC-friendly wallet designs, the T02 mixes minimalist aesthetics with practical qualities like EDC multi-functionality, a high capacity, and slim design. Two things set this particular model apart. The first is the beautiful one-piece solid titanium chassis that's more durable and corrosion-resistant compared to previous models while still being incredibly lightweight. The high-quality chassis is precision CNC-machined in the United States, and built tough enough to handle all the bumps and scrapes of daily use. And because it's made out of corrosion-resistant titanium, it can stand up to the elements even outdoors in poor weather.

And like other wallets in the Dango lineup, the T02 is compatible with the included 14-function stainless steel MT02 multi-tool. The MT02 insert covers essential EDC functions like opening boxes and bottles, helping you further reduce the bulk in your EDC.

The addition of titanium to the Dango wallet line-up is a welcome, logical progression towards everyday durability and light weight. If you're in the market for a new EDC wallet that strikes a balance of premium feel with practical features, make sure to give the T02 Tactical Wallet a look at the link below.

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Ontario Carter 2quared

A big job calls for a big knife. And with so many EDC knives on the smaller side, sometimes they just don't cut it. When you're looking for a bigger knife, there's more to consider than just the length of the blade. A comfortable and easy to control handle and solid construction all around are key factors, just to name a few. The new Carter 2quared from Ontario Knife Company delivers that and more. It's a robust folding EDC knife designed to help you tackle the big tasks with ease.

With one look at this knife, you can tell that it's made for hard use. This collaboration design from Robert Carter looks beefy, even overbuilt. With its titanium handle and secure frame lock, it's ready for what you can throw at it. At 4.83" long, the handle will fit your whole hand, and its ergonomic design gives you superior control. The handle also features a large finger choil in the grip, which helps guard you from cutting yourself on your own knife during hard use. 

With that, you can leverage its 3.5" hollow ground D2 sheepsfoot blade for general utility tasks and its defined tip for poking and piercing. Unlike most sheepsfoot blades, the one on the Carter 2quared has a bit of a curved belly which helps with slicing tasks. Its top swedge also helps you maneuver it through tough material with ease. With its low-index flipper tab at the spine, deployment of that blade is as easy as a flick of your finger. And when your job is done, its low profile clip lets you store it tip-up in your pockets.

With the OKC Carter 2quared in hand, you can have the confidence to take on your larger daily tasks with ease. Pick it up at the link below, and get to work.

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StatGear X-GRIP Tweezers

A good pair of tweezers is one of those items that can be unexpectedly useful to EDC. You usually see them in first aid kits or tacked onto a multi-tool, and often as an afterthought. But you'll also find plenty of everyday situations where you wish you had a proper pair of tweezers. Whether you're extracting a nasty splinter or needing that extra precision on your DIY project, an EDC-worthy set of tweezers is just the right tool. With the X-GRIP, StatGear offers tweezers that are both built to last and easy to carry.

Because they're made of grade 5 titanium, the X-GRIP tweezers are superior to the flimsy pair you might find included in a first aid kit. They're strong and resistant against the elements, making them a piece of gear that will last you as long as you have them. At approximately 2.4 inches long, they're sized right for most tasks without being too bulky. They're also lightweight, weighing a mere 0.4 ounces including the aluminum cap. That cap features an eyehole for attaching the tweezers to your keys too, so they're easy to have on hand at all times.

With the StatGear X-GRIP, you can have a competent pair of tweezers on hand when you need it. StatGear has a long history of delivering excellent EDC gear on a crowdfunded basis. And the best part is pledging to this fully funded Kickstarter project will also get you the handy PocketLumen EDC flashlight as well. Check it out at the link below.

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Victorinox I.N.O.X. Titanium Watch

Even with all their moving parts and intricate components, analog watches don't have to be fussy or fragile. Victorinox proves that with their adventure-ready I.N.O.X. line of watches. While this relatively new collection started with models built from its namesake I.N.O.X. steel, the line has expanded with timepieces sporting new, durable materials like titanium and paracord. The I.N.O.X. Titanium comes as a sand-blasted, EDC-ready option with a case made from lightweight titanium alloy. It's got the rugged spirit and classic analog style we've seen from past I.N.O.X. watches in a new design that won't weigh you down.

Despite its stylish looks, it’s durability and functionality at the core of an I.N.O.X. watch's design. To meet such high durability standards, Victorinox puts I.N.O.X. watches through the wringer, testing to ensure each watch can withstand the most extreme conditions. That includes drop tests onto concrete, freezing it solid, and blasting it with corrosive liquids, to name a few. It's a rigorous process, but it's all with the goal to create a watch that's tough enough for EDC and then some.

Pound for pound, titanium outperforms stainless steel in strength tests. The I.N.O.X. Titanium takes advantage of the material’s strength to weight ratio, achieving next-level durability while dramatically reducing weight. The matte finish coupled with titanium’s natural grey-green hue results in a unique looking watch that evokes the low-light finish of military time pieces. The triple-AR coated sapphire crystal offers scratch-resistant clarity, which protects the matte finish dial.

This model features a dark green dial with a red seconds hand, white indices, and silver accents. The green dial paired with the brown leather strap (it’s the same hard-wearing leather they use to make boots for firefighters) give off a military camouflage vibe without looking too tactical. As a unique design detail, the I.N.O.X. Titanium features a 24-hour time scale printed directly onto the inside of the crystal. These 13-24 hour markings make it easy to read military time and add visual depth to the dial. Lastly, there's a contrasting white date display between the 4 and 5 hour markers.

Inside, you’ll find a durable and accurate Swiss quartz movement. While many EDCers would appreciate an automatic movement in the watch, Victorinox opted for a movement certain to be able to handle the shock, temperature, and high durability standards set by the I.N.O.X. line. It's set inside a screw-down steel caseback that helps give the watch its 660ft water resistance rating.

Measuring in at 43mm the I.N.O.X. has plenty of wrist presence, yet despite its larger size, it doesn’t wear like a heavy, clunky watch. Since the case is made from titanium, the watch is remarkably light weight at only 3.3oz. Titanium is also a hypo-allergenic material, making the I.N.O.X. Titanium great for those with metal allergies as well.

If you like a large, adventure-ready watch that’s sure to hold up to anything you can throw at it, consider adding the I.N.O.X. Titanium to your collection. It comes with a compass bezel bumper for protection against scratches and a handsome presentation box. The watch is also available with black or grey dials with a variety of different strap options. You can browse them all at the link below.

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