Everyday Carry

Cogent Titanium Pen

Although the custom pen market is starting to get a little crowded, Kickstarter veteran Magnus Macdonald has one more hat to throw into the ring. His newest project is his take on the minimalist titanium pen, which has its share of features to set it apart from the rest. Its cap snaps on instead of screws on for easier access and more streamlined manufacturing. Macdonald designed the clip to be stronger than the usual bolt-on offering by integrating it right into the cap. The Cogent is machined out of grade 5 titanium and accepts two different Mont Blanc refills. Backers have a little over a month to make their pledge for a pen in one of three finishes.

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Dozer Gear Titanium Multitools

Titanium is a great material for multitools due to its light weight without compromising strength. This holds true especially for single-piece tools where space and heft are a premium. Dozer Gear is a pair of titanium multitools designed to level up your keychain. The MPBC-1 is a belt loop hook that can drive a 1/4" hex head and pop the cap off your drink, and the MPPT-1 is a prybar tool complemented by hex drivers and a bottle opener, with both tools CNC-machined out of grade 5 Titanium. There's a little over two weeks to pledge for the Dozer Gear tools in your choice of anodized color, with more designs added to the collection as the campaign progresses.

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Ti2 TechLiner Shorty Review

If you’ve been following along with our Carry Smarter features, you should be familiar with the value of carrying a pen and the allure of titanium. In this review, we’ll give Ti2 Design’s TechLiner titanium pen a closer look. As a writer, I’m particular about my pens. As an EDCer, there’s no other metal I want my gear made from than titanium. So when Mike Bond and the masters of titanium at Ti2 Design sent over their take on the machined titanium EDC pen, I was intrigued. Maybe skeptical is a better word. The pen certainly didn’t look like other pens on the market. No clicky, but a cap instead? A short barrel? An exposed needle tip? Nonetheless, I slipped it into my pocket to begin “testing.” What started as a trial run turned into months of daily use...

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Obtainium: Affordable Titanium Essentials

In the first two parts of the Carry Smarter: Titanium series, I talked about how Titanium's useful properties are able to benefit the gear in your EDC, as well as showcase its unique luster on beautiful products.
Given how useful titanium can be and how abundant it is in the Earth's crust, you'd think Ti tools would be more common, if not at least less expensive. However, extracting titanium from naturally occuring alloys is not an easy process. Plus, its strength makes it costly and difficult to machine.
Luckily, there are some manufacturers that manage to put forth capable titanium gear at an accessible price point. What this means is that owning Titanium is a privilege for everyone, from the simplest one-piece multitool to the highest-tolerance custom knives...

Whytanium: 4 Practical Properties of Ti

In the first installment of the Carry Smarter: Titanium series, I talked about products that best showed off the aesthetic qualities of Titanium. As a material, it’s often understated but never underrated. Its cool shine and feel in the hand galvanized an entire industry of gear.
If Titanium were all about the looks, we'd see it in jewelry or accessories and call it a day. Instead, Ti has found its way into such incredible applications as aerospace engineering and prosthetic implants. So what exactly are the qualities that make Ti so versatile?1. It’s light, but not too light.Although there are many materials lighter than Ti, none of them match Ti's balance of strength and weight...

Ti2 Whar-Biner

Hot on the heels of their minimalist wallet, Ti2 Design are back on Kickstarter with their latest EDC offering, the Whar-Biner utility carabiner. Taking inspiration from the wharncliffe blade shape and adding functionality to every aspect of its form factor, the Whar-Biner upgrades an ordinary carabiner into a bona fide multitool. Its hollow-ground top edge lets you chisel, pry, scrape, or drive screws. Ergonomic jimping assists with grip and leverage during use. Its key ring slot is also wide enough to attach webbing and paracord as well as your standard set of keys. There's a little under a month left in the campaign to grab this carabiner that does it all, and backers have a choice of materials and finishes, including acid-washed bronze and Zirconium.


Titanium: Understanding EDC's Precious Metal

Learn about one of the most desired "holy grail" materials in the EDC world, starting with an appreciation for classic titanium essentials in the first installment of this three-part primer in the Carry Smarter series.

The Workers Titanium Prybars

Give the edge of your EDC blade a break from prying duty with this 3-piece set of titanium prybars. Made by family-owned company, QERIM, the set includes a 2”, 3” and 5.75” prybar that are all made with care in the United States. At .100" thick, the bars can withstand years of heavy duty usage. Each bar has a nail remover hole and a loop to attach a keychain or lanyard for carrying and accessibility. QERIM's prybars look like a great alternative to currently available prybar offerings, especially considering that they're made from titanium. Add-ons include several anodization options and the stretch goal (at $5,500) will include 5 feet of 550 paracord free of charge. The project has just under a week left, and is already fully funded - so new backers from here on out are eligible for a reward.


PillPots Titanium Pill Box & EDC Cache

Magnus Macdonald is a man on a mission to improve your EDC one titanium product at a time. With five successful Kickstarter campaigns behind him, he is now looking to improve not just how you carry your gear, but also what you carry in them. The PillPots are a collection of titanium canisters made from grade 5 titanium, secured with lids fitted with custom-cut threads and sealed water and airtight with an o-ring. The collection includes a pair of small and large 22/28mm canisters with minimalist notched lids, and modular stacking canisters with three extension pots and a looped cap for a customizable keychain carry. There's a little over two weeks left to pledge for the PillPots, and backers can choose from a variety of packages to fit their needs.


Matrix Titanium and Carbon Fiber Credit Card Holder

Jens Anso is a Danish knife maker and industrial designer known for gear designs that break convention and excite with their uniqueness. When he decides, then, to start a project for a new product, people sit up and listen. The Matrix is Jens's first project on Kickstarter, and it's his own take on the popular minimalist titanium wallet. CNC-machined in the U.S. to high tolerances, the Matrix is manufactured from extremely durable but lightweight titanium and carbon fiber, and can hold up to six credit cards with its integrated center spring. There is a little under a month left for this original Anso design, and backers can choose between four colors for their Matrix.

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TiBiner Titanium Carabiner

A solid carabiner is an essential part of any everyday carry; it neatly allows you to combine and sustain a number of useful keychain tools in an easily accessible way by clipping onto clothing or a bag. The grade 5 titanium used to build the TiBiner, the latest product from Cogent Industries out of the UK, is the perfect material to use for this function, tough enough for your daily grind yet machined slim and light enough to not add unnecessary bulk to a belt loop or strap. The TiBiner comes in single or double-gated configurations, with a little under three weeks left to back the project.


The Fidelis Tool

Now on his seventh successful Kickstarter project and on his sixth multitool, Jeff Morin has taken inspiration for his latest creation from the Marine Corps motto "Semper Fidelis," meaning "always faithful." The Fidelis Tool, like its namesake, is designed to be tough, reliable, and always available, accomplished through a variety of carry options, hardy materials, and of course, useful every day tools. Machined from stainless steel or titanium, the Fidelis is carried via keychain or belt loop hanger and packs nine other tools in a card-shaped frame that's slim enough to slide into a billfold. Just under a week is left in the campaign, with options for material, measuring unit, and a smaller dog tag-sized version of the tool.


Sponsored Post: Fenix E99 Ti Limited Edition

The E99 Ti is a limited edition offering from Fenix's latest product lineup. Constructed from aircraft-grade titanium alloy with a unique metal texture, this personal light is tough enough for everyday use, while easy to carry, at under 2.75" in length. Simple twist switch operation manages three brightness levels, reaching an impressive 100 lumen output off a single AAA battery. Featuring classic styling, premium materials, waterproofness, corrosion- and impact resistance, the E99 Ti is an ideal choice for any EDC.

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Sponsored Post: TEC Accessories UFO

The UFO (Universal Flex Organizer) is a ring of titanium with 8 equally-spaced holes around the perimeter for attaching gear. Unlike a standard split ring, it flattens out the items to prevent them from bunching up, leaving you with a neat, streamlined keychain. It can be used to pocket carry with a TEC Accessories P-7 Suspension Clip as shown, or as a zipper pull with a few items attached for convenience and accessibility. Use it to separate house keys and work keys, to space out your keychain gear, or as a unique piece of hardware in your next paracord creation. Thanks to its versatile design, the UFO gives you new options to organize your gear to your needs.

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Damastylus Inkless Pen

Damastylus Inkless Pen When a premium, patterned steel that once formed ancient blades is reforged as a modern tool at an affordable price, then you know you’re on the edge of something special. The Damastylus aims to not only meld the function of a pen with the modern utility of a stylus, but also to innovate while remaining practical. It can draw on the popular Pilot Hi-Tec-C refills, and the unique metal alloy inkless refill that comes with the pen can write on most surfaces, in any temperature, and from any orientation. The Damastylus can be pre-ordered on Kickstarter in two material and size configurations.