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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.

TI-EDC Titanium Pocket Comb

The comb is an everyday essential for the well-groomed, but for many reasons, it usually has to stay at home. That's because fragile plastic travel combs don't fare too well in pockets, and full-size combs tend to be too big for EDC. Enter the TI-EDC titanium pocket comb. Made out of durable TC4 grade 5 titanium, it won't bend or break in your pockets. Unlike stainless steel combs, the TI-EDC is lighter than the rest, weighing a mere 17 grams. It's also safe to use on even the most sensitive of scalps thanks to its corrosion-resistant and hypoallergenic properties. At under 4" in length, it's the perfect size for your pocket. It even has a slot built into the handle that lets you carry it on a keychain or with a lanyard for easy retrieval. Grab one of these combs for your EDC at the link below to stay looking at your best throughout the day.

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ThruNite Ti5T AAA Clicky Flashlight

It's hard not to love ThruNite's lights, whether you're a flashaholic or not. With sleek, customer feedback-driven designs, premium materials, current emitters (with actual tint options), and affordable prices, their lights offer tremendous value for an EDC light. 

ThruNite's latest product, the Ti5T, stands in as the little brother to their solid T10T AA light, but is just as big in style and features. It joins a small club of rear clicky AAA flashlights, and rivals its higher-end competitors with its power (130 lumens on high), runtimes (120 hours on 0.08 lm firefly), and tint selection. It’s made of titanium, of course, making it great for polished panache while keeping the weight down. 

Its slim profile lets it disappear in your pocket, while its integrated clip ensures it doesn't vanish indefinitely. The Ti5T has all the hallmarks of a great everyday pocket light, so pick one up in your choice of titanium or aluminum body and cool or neutral white tint direct from ThruNite at the link below.

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Fenix RC09Ti

When done right, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as magnets in your gear. Things just snap into place. And it feels like magic. Fenix makes the most of this phenomenon with their new RC09Ti flashlight.

Like more and more advanced lights these days, the RC09Ti can recharge its single 16340 lithium ion battery via USB. But it’s the first to ever use a magnetic cable to do it, making juicing up your torch literally a snap. Opposite the magnetic charging port is a side-switch, leaving room for a completely flat, magnetic tail. This adds tons of flexibility for hands-free use, letting you mount the light on magnetic surfaces or prop it to bounce light off the ceiling like a candle.

Looking past the shiny new magnetic features, it’s still a solid light. Its Cree XP-L HI LED hits a 550 lumen max, stepping down to a 5 lumen low mode with 53 hours of runtime. A two-way pocket clip and sub 3” length make it ideal for EDC, and its titanium alloy construction adds to its futuristic looks. You can pick up this attractive little light at the link below.

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Quiet Carry Mini Q Key Organizer

Finding a good way to carry your keys isn’t easy. More often than not, many EDCers simply end up dangling theirs from a carabiner (sometimes alongside a keychain knife). The Ti Mini Q takes a minimalist approach to key organization while incorporating features usually found on multi-tools.

For example, it comes with a built-in 2.35” interchangeable blade. You can configure a traditional plain edge drop point blade, or get one with a built in bottle opener. If you don't want to carry a locking sharp edge, you can configure the Mini Q with a versatile flathead/bottle opener option instead.

We’ve mentioned before that titanium is a great material for EDC because of its durability and light weight, and the Mini Q's grade 5 titanium scales securely store up to 8 of your keys without taking up a lot of space or weighing you down. The ergonomic design also allows for easy one-handed usage thanks to strategically placed cutouts in the body.

And while many key organizers don’t take into account bulky car keys and remotes, the Mini Q offers a clever workaround with the included smartloop that you can attach them to. For a polished solution to the ever-persistent keychain problem, pick up the Ti Mini Q by clicking on the link below. (Also available on quietcarry.com)

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Binary Titanium Carabiner

Despite hundreds of designs and styles, the perfect carabiner remains elusive—one with a gate secure enough to hold on to your keys under load and activity, while remaining easy enough to use regularly. Numerous locking mechanisms have been developed over time, but there have always been tradeoffs in usability, such as cumbersome slides and stoppers or screws that take some time to undo. iomaa's first Kickstarter project—the Binary Titanium Carabiner—has its own unique take on this dilemma. Improving upon traditional single-gate designs, the Binary’s tempered stainless steel wire gates open in the opposite direction. This makes the gate quick and easy to use without ever getting in the way of your gear. You can add attachments with one motion, but removing them requires a deliberate and more secure action. Grade 5 titanium construction offers a good balance of strength versus weight, while an integrated bottle opener makes the most of the Binary's minimal footprint. Secure your keychain essentials with the Binary Titanium in one of three sizes and two finishes on Kickstarter at the link below.

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Machine Era Ti5

Minimalist plate wallets seem to be all the rage these days, but they're not without their faults. Some are so simple they begin to lack function, while others are so complicated they're hard to use. Machine Era's new Ti5 improves upon their original wallet that helped kickstart the trend (and the dozens of other wallets that followed). It's constructed from 6AL4V titanium, making it stronger and lighter than its aluminum competitors at only 0.8 ounces. The titanium plate offers effective RFID protection when carried with the open side against your body and accommodates up to 9 cards plus cash. Machine Era also addressed accessibility—a common problem with plate and band wallets—with a rear thumb slot that lets you slide out one of your most used cards. For a durable, compact wallet that'll shed a few ounces off your carry, grab the Ti5 on Kickstarter at the link below.

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Maratac AAA Ti

EDCers in the know highly recommend Maratac's AAA flashlights as some of the best in the business. These pocket-friendly torches get updated with modern features and desirable materials like brass and copper, but many enthusiasts have held out for a titanium version. Due to overwhelming demand (to the tune of 60,000 requests), the Maratac AAA is finally available in 6AL4V grade 5 titanium. This makes a good light even better by taking advantage of titanium's lighter weight, corrosion resistance, and strength-to-weight ratio. The AAA Ti also comes with the most recent features of Maratac's line, including the latest XP-G2 R5 emitter (138 lumens up to 70 minutes), a new orange peel reflector, and glow-in-the-dark accessories. This refresh doesn’t stop at its materials, either. Maratac strengthened the pocket clip and resequenced the modes to start at a more usable 40 lumen Medium. The AAA Ti won't stick around for long in its limited initial production run—so pick up the latest and greatest light from Maratac at the link below while you still can.

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Cerberus Titanium Multitool

In Greek mythology, Cerberus was a hellish, three-headed hound guarding the gates of the underworld. In the world of one-piece multitools, however, Cerberus is Schnelle Engineering's latest Kickstarter project, designed to be far friendlier and useful than its namesake. The Cerberus multitool is machined from aerospace-grade steel and titanium with three “heads,” like the fabled canine itself, each ending in primary tools. One ends in a Philips screwdriver, one in a flathead screwdriver and package opener, and the last in a pry tip with a nail notch. Its center is hollowed out to reduce weight, and shaped to accommodate six wrench sizes. A bottle opener also makes an appearance on one of the heads, not unlike Cerberus himself with snakes protruding from his body. No need to go through twelve trials for a handy tool, just check out the Kickstarter project at the link below.

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GambleMade Gatekeeper

A common carabiner is one EDC item you wouldn't think twice about, until you clad it in a suit of armor. Take the Gatekeeper, GambleMade’s fourth heavy-duty Kickstarter project, for example. It enhances the standard carabiner in every way. Its core is lightweight aluminum coated with titanium plates, and its bottom section has holes drilled in for plenty of versatility with your existing setup. Its screws and hardware are machined smooth out of stainless steel to strict tolerances, ensuring edge-free carrying comfort. Its namesake feature, the main gate, is secured with a beefy spring, ensuring a reliable action with every use. Check out the Gatekeeper on Kickstarter, and link up your essentials to one of the most solid carabiners on the market.

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FlyPry Titanium Multitool

You've seen tools for your pockets, your keychain, and your bag. What's next? The FlyPry tool takes EDC gear to a new frontier — your zipper. No, not that zipper… Imagine the zippers on the jacket, backpack, or pouch organizer you might already be carrying made even more useful. With a design inspired by repurposing a broken zipper pull to crack open a beer, the FlyPry crams over 10 handy functions into the size of a standard zipper slide. True to its name, it shifts gears from an easily accessible pull tab to a micro pry bar on the fly. Whether you're out camping or just managing daily tasks, this multitool gives you a bottle opener, can opener, bit driver, box opener, and more, all within reach. It's tiny, it's clever, it's versatile, and better yet, it's titanium. Hit up Kickstarter to see all the sizes, colors, and materials available and grab one that's just right for your carry.

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Cranker Titanium Multitool

In an everyday carry, size matters. Carrying a one-piece multitool is one of the most efficient ways to add tons of functionality to your setup without the bulk. The Cranker is an excellent example of this, cramming 12 unique functions into its tiny sub-3" frame. Alongside its set of more common features like a prybar, bit holder, bottle opener, and screwdriver, it also offers some unique utility in a spoke wrench, nail puller, scraper, ruler, and even a saw blade with real teeth to make quick work of your projects. Its titanium construction adds durability and maintains light weight, making the Cranker an ideal keychain companion for the handy EDCer. There's two weeks left to grab one for your carry in US or Metric, constructed from titanium or stainless steel at the link below.

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HangKey Titanium Keyholder

Cogent Industries continues on Kickstarter as a premium purveyor of titanium tools. The HangKey assists in suspending your keychain from any pocket, and can dangle inside or outside of your clothes or bag. CNC-machined from grade 5 titanium, the HangKey is designed to be securely and comfortably gripped thanks to its beveled edges and machined finger grooves. It also adds next to no weight to your carry, measuring in at a mere 3.9 grams. There's plenty of time to back the project, and pledgers can select one of four finishes for their HangKey including a limited and unique "MokuTi" layered pattern.

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Octovo Titanium Comb

The last comb you’ll ever buy? Definitely. Unless you lose it. Octovo’s Titanium Comb is milled from lightweight Grade 5 titanium — the same that’s used in high performance aerospace, marine, and motorsport applications. It also sports two tooth sizes and is both durable and corrosion-resistant. Its sleek, raw finish couples especially well with the included Chestnut Italian vegetable tanned leather sleeve.

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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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