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Our Favorite Victorinox Gear for Cyber Week

Nothing rounds out an everyday carry like a Victorinox Swiss Army Knife. Not only do you get plenty of utility and functionality that fits in your pockets, but thanks to their variety of vibrant colorways, they make excellent additions to any EDC. For Black Friday and the holidays this year we’ve partnered with our friends at Victorinox and picked out our favorite new tools and gear that would make great gifts for the EDCer on your list. From a sport-inspired timepiece ensemble to a stealthy collection of multi-tools and even a vibrant knife that’s are perfect fits for the season, there’s something in this guide for you.

Onyx Black Collection

Thanks to a new process—polispectral (PS) coloring—that gives a covert, high-performance coating to a high-utility multi-tool, Victorinox's new Onyx Black collection brings three of their most popular models to the forefront by dialing the colors back. Three of Victorinox’s popular models across three sizes make up the Onyx Black collection. The Signature Lite offers a complete EDC in itself with its 8 functions including a knife, pen, and flashlight. The Spartan represents Victorinox’s 91mm line and offering a capable tool with 12 functions within its medium-sized frame, including two larger blades, drivers, openers, and the usual pair of slots for a toothpick and tweezers. Last but certainly not least is the Ranger Grip 55, representing Victorinox’s large tool line and offering the biggest polispectral platform yet among their multi-tools. Among its 12 functions, its 3.8“ locking blade is its key feature, letting you take on your biggest everyday tasks when paired with its grip-focused polyamide handles

The polispectral process adds a layer of chromium oxide to the stainless steel components of each tool, producing not only a smooth and glossy dark finish, but also an extra layer of durability and depth to the tools’ designs. The resulting monochrome tone adds an exotic touch and collectibility to tools you may have already seen before, and fits perfectly with any EDC, especially one with an all-black theme in mind.

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Hunter Pro Red Alox

Just in time for the holidays, Victorinox is giving their Hunter Pro the Alox treatment in their iconic red colorway. It gives this rugged, outdoor-ready knife some high-visibility on the campsite while also making it a stylish statement piece in your urban EDC. The Hunter Pro Red Alox is not to be confused with its smaller cousins in the Victorinox lineup. It was designed for the outdoors, which means that the use case for the Hunter Pro is more than opening packages in the office. When the cutting jobs get tougher, the knife needs to remain up to the task. That’s why this comes with 3.8” drop-point blade and a matching 5” handle for maximum comfort while slicing. The ribbed Alox scales (aluminum with a protective layer of anodic oxidation) also help with grip so every cut is taken with confidence. The lockback mechanism also keeps the blade securely in place when you don’t need it, but deploys in a pinch thanks to the large thumbhole.

Making gear rugged enough for the outdoors doesn’t mean that carrying it has to be inconvenient. Victorinox knows a thing or two about designing for your pockets after all, it comes with a removable clip for deep pocket carry. If you want to be more discreet it also comes with a paracord lanyard which makes it easier to retrieve from your pocket or bag and also might come in handy if you ever find yourself in an emergency situation.

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FieldForce Sport Chrono

The FieldForce is Victorinox’s take on the racing-inspired sport chronograph, offering the classic 3-dial chrono face and tachymeter scale bezel in striking high-visibility colorways as well as more traditional and understated options. At its heart is a Swiss-made analog quartz movement with chronograph and date complications, housed in a 42mm steel case with a screw-in caseback and under a scratch-resistant, triple-coated, and anti-reflective sapphire crystal. The quartz movement gives the watch more precise timekeeping, and large hands and numerals with color accents paired with Super-LumiNova lume give excellent legibility.

You have the option of a genuine rubber sport band or the classic steel bracelet to match your activity and the rest of your carry, with eight total combinations to suit your style. 10ATM/100 meters of water resistance also means the FieldForce is ready to be your reliable timekeeper, no matter the weather condition. And to round out your EDC even better, this latest addition to the FieldForce line with a striking hi-vis orange band comes bundled with a Spartan PS multi-tool with 12 functions.

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In addition to great deals on the Black Onyx Collection, Hunter Pro Alox and the FieldForce Sport Chrono, Victorinox's Cyber Week promotion runs until November 30.  All orders over $100 gets a free Swiss Classic paring knife and Allrounder cutting board to level up your kitchen essentials, too.  Check out the full list of Cyber Week deals at the link below. 

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Trending: CRKT Provoke First Responder

Trending: CRKT Provoke First Responder

Made in collaboration with custom knife maker Joe Caswell, the Provoke is a modern take on the Karambit knife. What makes it stand out at first glance is its peculiar, yet attractive shape. This shape is the result of its innovating Kinematic manual deployment mechanism. How it works is: while holding the knife, your thumb intuitively rests on the deployment curve, apply light pressure, and the knife will rapidly lunge open. If you want to close it, shift the lever at the base of the loop and nudge the blade back into place. The Provoke features a D2 steel blade that measures 2.14“, which might seem small, but when coupled with the Karambit shape, it becomes very proficient at cutting and slicing. This blade features a Titanium Nitride black finish that, not only makes it look great, but also adds durability and edge retention. The knife is quite pocketable, measuring a little over 5” when closed and weighting in at 6.1 oz. The handles are made out of aircraft-grade 6061 aluminum for extreme toughness. The pocket clip is built around the finger hole and sits flush with the handle, staying out of the way when the Provoke is in use. Finally, what sets this “First Responder” edition of the knife apart is the addition of a ceramic glassbreaker stud for emergency situations and a sheath for portability. Pick one up in the link below.

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GiantMouse ACE Biblio Pocket Knives

When you look to the EDC community for new knife recommendations, chances are something designed by the Danish knifemakers Jens Ansø and Jesper Voxnaes are bound to come up in the conversation. Their designs have been popular among seasoned knife collectors and new EDCers alike for their elegant balance of utility and aesthetics. The two have joined forces as the GiantMouse brand, bringing their mastery of minimalism to produce high-end, limited edition custom knives for everyday carry and outdoor use. The GiantMouse ACE line brings that custom-level design language to a broader market in the form of more affordable and more accessible production knives. The ACE Biblio in particular builds upon the popular custom GM1 silhouette as its foundation, delivering the design and performance worthy of an everyday carry in 9 different variations to better match your tastes and suit your EDC needs.

Although the GiantMouse ACE Biblio takes a utility-led, functionally-driven approach to its design, the result is as beautiful as it is practical. Its broad curves and organic lines in both the blade and handle make for a comfortable, ergonomic knife that’s versatile enough for most everyday tasks. It starts with its wharncliffe-esque blade shape, providing a wide belly to maximize usable cutting edge. It’s especially useful given its stout, 2.75“ blade length. The blade still comes to a sharp point for piercing and precision work, with jimping further up along the spine to add better grip for your index finger for finer handling. The full, flat saber grind on the Biblio also makes it an excellent slicer, while its high-performance Böhler M390 steel ensures it’ll keep a sharp edge for longer, even after day-in, day-out use. The blade deploys in a flash thanks to ball bearings in the pivot and a jimped, rear flipper tab, which then forms a comfortable forward finger choil for a secure grip as it secures in place via a liner lock.

Moving onto its handle, the Biblio comes in your choice of Micarta, Titanium, G10, or Bronze—all offering unique aesthetics, physical properties, and feel in hand. G10 and Micarta canvas offer a more organic handfeel and lightweight carry. Titanium brings an unmatched strength-to-weight ratio to the table. Lastly, solid bronze brings a uniquely satisfying heft to the knife and patinas to a one-of-a-kind finish that gets better with age. No matter the material, the 4“ handle fills the hand with dialed-in ergonomics, a generous choil, and three-finger grip towards the end of the knife for a balanced grip. A low-profile, reversible wire pocket clip gives you multiple carry options without creating hotspots when gripping tightly.

If you’re looking for a quality knife from some of the best designers in the business, but don’t want to break the bank, the ACE Biblio is a seriously compelling option. You can browse the line of these made-in-Italy knives, available in four different handle materials and satin or stonewashed blade finishes from GiantMouse’s site at the link below.

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Holiday Gift Ideas from Ridge

With the holidays approaching, everyone is scrambling to find a thoughtful, unique gift for themselves or their loved ones. But don’t panic, we’re here to help! We’ve partnered with our friends at Ridge to help you find the perfect EDC accessory for the special someone in your life. Ridge’s experience building a pioneering and innovative minimalist wallet means they’ve got what it takes to craft a solid lineup of versatile tools that are useful for long after the cold months are done. From a wide selection of their signature wallet to everyday accessories to cover your bases, Ridge has the gift idea for you. As an added bonus, Ridge's Black Friday Sale has started and you can save 15% off sitewide with code EARLYACCESS.

The Ridge Essential Kit

If you or your giftee have never owned a Ridge wallet before, then the Essential Kit is a great place to start. The core of the kit is their flagship minimalist wallet, itself able to hold up to 12 cards via a unique combination of outer plates and an elastic band. It provides useful RFID-blocking security, along with cash-carrying versatility by way of a swappable band or clip mechanism. And while this is a starter kit for those new to the brand, Ridge spares no expense with their materials, offering three of their most popular plate designs for the kit: a checkered 3k Carbon Fiber style, an exclusive Forged Carbon pattern, and Gunmetal Aluminum for a sleek silver profile.

The Essential Kit also adds a carbon fiber bottle opener the size and width of a card so you can slip it right into the Ridge for always-ready bottle-opening functionality, as well as a leather keychain to bring all your pocket essentials together. Every Ridge wallet also comes with a lifetime warranty and free 45-day returns, so it’s a gift for life.

Our Favorite Ridge Wallets

With over a dozen options for design and materials, there’s a Ridge wallet for everyone, but their exotic models released in the past year became some of our instant favorites. The new Damascus and 18 Karat Gold versions lead the pack, and usher in an exotic new aesthetic for the wallet’s iconic design. The Damascus design features laser-engraved steel plates with patterns inspired by the forge-welding technique of modern Damascus steel, while the 18 Karat Gold comes with a signature gold-leaf printed box and a microfiber cloth to clean and help keep its sheen.

For those looking to pair their wallet with stealthy setups, there’s the Forged Carbon design that features an obsidian-like chiseled pattern, and the Topographic lays out the summit of Half Dome National Park, making it an outstanding gift for the outdoorsy person on your list. Last but not least, the Titanium-Burnt Ridge wallet is one of their best sellers for a reason, mixing the EDC favorite exotic material with a splash of eye-catching anodization.

Ridge Accessories

Wallets aren’t the only thoroughbreds in Ridge’s stable. They also make a wide range of accessories from bags to electronics, all in pursuit of making your EDC as useful as it can be. Three of our favorites include the iPhone 12 Card Case, which is a great way to consolidate both a case for the latest model and a space for your most essential cards. It’s a minimalist full-frame case made from oil-waxed full grain leather, and holds up to 2 cards to keep things slim.

Speaking of slim, coins and keys are the some of the most cumbersome items in any carry, so Ridge set out to design a sleeker solution with the Cavity Tray, a compact aluminum drawer that slides right into your Ridge wallet, and deep enough to hold a small combination of keys and coins. It’s a smart way to deal with minor pocket jangle, while integrating seamlessly with something you already carry.

Last but not least, Ridge’s Weatherproof Commuter is designed to address all three needs to give you a durable everyday bag. Starting with its exterior, the Weatherproof Commuter comes with a waterproof 600D nylon shell, giving it a matte and sleek appearance that gives it versatility both at work and at play. The exterior treatment also provides excellent environmental resistance should you run into inclement weather, paired with YKK Aquaguard zippers to keep the rain out. Its main compartment opens flat to access its 15L interior, where zip and mesh pockets provide organization for your gear, while a shock-resistant laptop compartment ensures the safety of your tech.

Be sure to take advantage of Ridge's early Black Friday Sale and save 15% off sitewide with code EARLYACCESS. 

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Able Carry Max Backpack

Able Carry Max Backpack

Even with only three other backpacks to their name, Able Carry has carved out a niche for themselves in the market thanks to their use of technical materials crafted into unique and eye-catching designs. Recently, they released their second Kickstarter for their most ambitious backpack yet, the Max backpack. It aims to combine the bag you use for work and the one you use for travel in a single, consolidated experience. With a campaign fully funded in six hours, we take a look at what makes the Max a strong contender for your next do-it-all everyday and everywhere backpack.

The first thing to notice about the Max is how unnoticeable it is— it features a sleek design with a low-profile that won’t draw any unwanted attention whether you’re on a commute for errands or in an unfamiliar locale while traveling. Even the color options maintain a stylish look without adding unnecessary flair. The backpack’s construction features a potent mix of different high-quality fabrics and hardware that make it more than capable to stand up to the wear and tear of EDC: the outer shell is made out of lightweight yet durable VX21/X42 X-Pac and the base of the bag features tough 1000D CORDURA nylon for extra protection when setting the bag down. The entire bag features 420D ripstop lining as well as bar tack stitching for added reinforcement. It also features lockable YKK zippers and DWR coating on everything for water resistance. The bag measures 20.5“ x 12.5” and a capacity of 30 liters (enough to fit an entire basketball in the main compartment), to hit a sweet spot of size and functionality for any user. 

The core of the Max is its two-compartment design, one meant to carry all your work gear, and a main compartment meant for anything else that you might want to carry on your trip. The work compartment features a dedicated and suspended laptop sleeve that that protects up to a 16“ laptop from bumps and scrapes if you set your backpack down a little too hard. You can find elastic dividers on this compartment as well, so you have room for all your devices, chargers, and cables. And, thanks to it’s full length zipper that goes completely around the bag, you have easy access to your work gear even when the bag is packed. The main compartment is a 22-25L space where you can store whatever else you might need for a long day or trip. It features a 90% clamshell opening so you can pack and unpack your stuff with ease, or stack packing and organizing pouches as needed. It also features small zip pockets on the front flap for smaller clothing or essentials. 

The Max also features five specialized external pockets for even more versatility. A quick-access top pocket to keep your small and important essentials secure and within reach, a unique zippered water bottle compartment that integrates seamlessly into the bag’s interior, a front pocket that comes with a key lash, a side pocket with another lash point, and a secret pocket for sensitive gear. The Max also comes with hook-points all throughout its body, so you attach and expand your carrying options. 

Able put as much thought into comfort as they did design for the Max. You get padded shoulder straps in an A-Frame for support from top to bottom, with an option for a sternum strap with a magnetic lock for heavier loads. The back panel comes padded with closed-cell foam and features a breathable air channel for all-day comfort. Other carry options include a top handle so you can have a comfortable grip in tight spaces, a luggage passthrough that also acts as a grab handle and even a suspension hook so your bag never actually has to touch the floor if you have to make a pit stop.

Do it all and carry it all with Able Carry’s Max backpack, which you can check out at the fully funded Kickstarter campaign at the link below.

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Dango Pocket Clip XL

Your EDC essentials like your keys or your wallet will do you little good if they fall out of your pockets when you least expect it. You might think you’d be able to tell when that happens, but distractions are a frequent occurrence, and this kind of loss happens even to the best of us. To help prevent this from happening, Dango has made a new Pocket Clip XL, which operates both as a hook to attach items to your belt, and as a clip to hold items fast to your pocket like a pen or a knife. And while they are designed to work seamlessly with Dango’s extensive line of versatile minimalist travel and bifold wallets, the Dango Pocket Clip XL is a useful tool in and of itself that has a place in everyday carry ensemble.

As its name implies, the Pocket Clip XL is a sized up version of Dango’s previous Pocket Clip. The original Pocket Clip was smaller in length and was compatible with Dango’s smaller M-Series wallets. The new Pocket Clip XL features a more convenient and versatile length that makes it work with the full series of wallets in their catalog, including the new P01 Travel Wallet. But don’t think that the bigger size makes it too heavy for EDC use: its lightweight yet durable aluminum alloy and stainless steel construction doesn’t add too much bulk to your pockets, and the end result is a small price to pay for security.

Slide it onto the Dango wallet of your choice and you can secure it to your pants pockets without too much fuss. Attach a keychain of your choice and keep your essential access keys on your person at all times. There’s a bottle opener built into the frame of the hook, and the larger size of the Pocket Clip XL also allows it to operate as a standalone cash and card clip too.

With the Dango Pocket Clip XL, you can help prevent being stuck like a fish out of water without your keys or your wallet at the worst possible moment. Its smart design and compatibility with Dango’s system makes it a no-brainer if you already have one in your front pocket, but its unique and seriously-useful design has merits that make it a compelling choice even if you don’t. Find out more about the new Dango Pocket Clip XL today and make one yours now by purchasing it at the link below.

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