Everyday Carry

The Drop: WESN x Glidr Microblade Collection

The Drop: WESN x Glidr Microblade Collection

You may be familiar with WESN's super-compact and super-premium Microblade, which has become their signature platform for fresh colorways and collaborations. Their latest sees them partnering up with Glidr, best known for their highly sought-after colorful catalog of butterfly knife trainers. Glidr has developed a design language all its own, and its use of striking color combinations and unique engraved patterns has set them apart on the market.

This use of color and texture is what they bring to the collaboration, bringing four bright colors and a special engraved design to the Microblade. Underneath, you still get the knife's solid specs, including a 1.5" blade in D2 that deploys on bearings and a titanium clip side opposite the colorful aluminum show side. Glidr also brings an exclusive matching lanyard bead to match each knife, along with custom-branded hardware and packaging.

What we like: We'll never not like colorful options to break up the usual monochrome and stealthy loadout in our EDC.

What to watch out for: This is a limited-edition collab, so when they sell out, they're gone for good. Also, take note that the knife isn't ambidextrous and that the Glidr design is only on the show side.

Final verdict: It's hard enough to get a Glidr trainer, so if you're a fan of both brands, this is still a solid way to add one to your collection.

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BodyGuardz Tech Accessories

As one of the most important (and most fragile) items in our everyday carry, our mobile phone is an investment that deserves all the protection it can get. But with hundreds of screen protectors and cases in the market, choosing the right one isn’t always a straightforward task. The phone protection products from BodyGuardz caught our eye because of their use of high-quality materials and commitment to innovation. Their 30-day money-back guarantee also adds icing to the cake. Here are some of the standout items we picked that will give your phone some added functionality and protection.

Kershaw's New DuraLock Knife Lineup for 2023

Kershaw's New DuraLock Knife Lineup for 2023

The ambidextrous crossbar lock has become extremely popular in the EDC folding knife community. With all the convenience and versatility the technology provides over standard liner and frame lock designs, it's easy to see why. New in 2023, Kershaw has introduced four everyday carry knives featuring DuraLock, their take on the crossbar lock trend. Each of these knives features a consistent and attractively-modern design that looks good in your hand. We'll introduce you to each one and explain why they're great options if you want to add a knife of this style to your everyday carry today.

Trending: CIVIVI Elementum Knife

Trending: CIVIVI Elementum Knife

We recommend the Elementum as one of the best budget knives you can EDC, and judging by its popularity with knife enthusiasts, the community seems to agree. Its sized just right with a 2.96“ drop point blade in a capable D2 tool steel, with a quick rear flipper deployment and reliable liner lock. The G10 scale adds just the right amount of grip resulting in a balanced, functional knife that fits the minimalist aesthetic while still delivering on performance and value. The Elementum was awarded Blade Show 2021's Best Buy of the Year, adding even more to its legacy as an everyday carry knife.

(Editor's note: We awarded its button-lock successor as Best EDC Knife at this year's SHOT Show, so head over to our coverage to check it out!)

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Gift the Perfect Knife for the Holidays with Deejo

The best pocket knife is the one you have with you. That's why Deejo prides themselves on their extremely portable ultralight knives. With their minimalist aesthetic and endless customizability, a Deejo knife is a perfect fit for any pocket and any style. On top of the ease of use and general utility of a slim pocket knife, the designs that make every Deejo knife unique is also what makes them an excellent gift idea this holiday season. Through the Deejo configurator, you can customize one of these classy knives into a one-of-a-kind gift for the EDCer on your gift shopping list.

Customization aside, the Deejo knife packs plenty of features making it worth considering in its own right. The skeletonized design makes it super lightweight and easy to carry, with the smallest option weighing 15 grams while the largest weighs in at 37 grams. The 3.7” stainless steel blade is a great size for EDC too, giving you plenty of cutting edge to let you tackle your cutting tasks. The slim profile makes it suitable for dressy and casual settings alike. Finally, its curved design helps you maintain complete control throughout the cut, and the secure liner lock lets you cut with confidence.

Whether you’re looking to gift someone a new heirloom with a meaningful design or want to treat yourself to something that’s entirely your own, the Deejo custom knives are a great option. From decking out your own viking-inspired knife or keeping it minimal with your favorite saying, your knife carries your story. Hit up the link below to start building it out for yourself.

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2023 Pocket Dump
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Prometheus Design Werx's Outstanding Outerwear for the Coming Cold

While it’s easy to get away with old shorts and a t-shirt during the hotter summer months, winter forces you to think extra hard about what you wear outside. The colder seasons require pieces that are not only warm but also tough enough to withstand extreme weather. Whether you make a living working outdoors, have an inconvenient commute that exposes you to the elements more than you would like, or know that you’ll shovel the driveway soon, some tough jackets and hoodies are always a worthy investment.

That’s where Prometheus Design Werx comes in. The company makes all kinds of EDC tools and goodies, but it also has an impressive apparel line that can make all the difference in the coming months. The pieces highlighted here are some of the options that showcase how the company takes staple cold-weather clothing you might find on your father’s coat rack, given a modern twist. The clever designs, rigid materials, and the fact that they’re made entirely in the USA make them worthy of attention if you want to upgrade your cold-weather gear.

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True Utility Swift Edge Flip Knife

True Utility Swift Edge Flip Knife

"This unique folding knife features a locking, replaceable blade system, so you can switch between drop-point, tanto, and saw edges in seconds. The blades measure 3.25″ to 3.5″ long and are made from black-coated steel. It has a smooth ball-bearing flipper, and its handle is made from..." (via The Awesomer)

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Sleek New Slicers from SOG for 2023

Founded in 1986, SOG is anything but a newcomer to the EDC scene. But in recent years, they’ve reinvented themselves with a fresh look, dedication to modern day materials and features, while keeping their original design process driven by feedback from elite law enforcement, military, and tactical users. The result is a slew of excellent EDC knives and tools to satisfy most EDCer’s needs, from materials to colors to functionality.

In this roundup we’re highlighting some of the brand’s newest and most interesting offerings: The Terminus (an EDC knife we’ve awarded best in show), the ultra-sleek Ultra XR folder, and the Flash series of assisted knives and multi-tools. If you’re looking for practical tools with tactical roots as an upgrade for yourself or a gift for the EDCer on your list, don’t miss these.

Terminus XR Damascus

This new release ushers in the ancient artform of forged Damascus steel to a modern classic in the popular Terminus XR knife. Unlike many other modern knives on the market, the Terminus XR Damascus uses true Damascus steel made the authentic way of folding layers of steel to create its iconic wavy pattern. 10Cr15CoMoV steel, which is equivalent to Japanese VG-10, is folded over to forge the blade, then cryogenically heat-treated for added performance. The result is a one-of-a-kind pattern on the blade resembling waves on the surface of the sea. When paired with its subdued G10 and Carbon Fiber handle, it achieves a classy look without compromising modern features and functionality like SOG's ambidextrous XR lock and rear flipper tab deployment. With a sticker price of under $100, this is a fairly affordable way to experience a one of a kind damascus steel blade in your EDC too.

Terminus XR Damascus

The Drop: CRKT Razel Fixed Blade

The Drop: CRKT Razel Fixed Blade

Cleaver-style knives are intended for rougher duty than the standard folding EDC blade. Their chunky blade shape makes them great for chopping tasks, after all. But as with any folding blade, the weakest point is the folding mechanism itself. That's not a problem with the new fixed-blade version of CRKT's Razel knife. The new Razel, made in collaboration with Jon Graham, features a rigid full-tang D2 tool steel construction that provides one-piece reliability when the going gets tough.

The original Razel GT folding knife featured a quick flipper-assisted opening mechanism. This new fixed-blade Razel is always ready to go, with no moving parts that need to lock into place before you can get to work. The 2.97" D2 blade has also been made beefier, with a squared-off chisel tip and a sturdy spine that lets you hammer this knife into rough material when needed. An ergonomic handle has been cut into the full tang, and the resin-fiber scales help ensure a firm grip on the knife during hard use.

Of course, being a fixed-blade knife means it will likely have to go on a hip or neck sheath instead of your pockets for everyday carry. But it weighs 0.1oz less than the original Razel knife, and the included Kydex sheath makes carrying this useful EDC tool easy.

What we like: Cleaver-style blades are all the rage in EDC, and it's nice to see them start to focus on genuinely heavy-duty use. Additionally, the red rivets in the resin fiber handle offer a beautiful contrast to the knife’s overall look.

What to watch out for: The fixed-blade Razel is longer than your standard folding EDC knife, and if you don't like carrying a knife in a sheath, it may not be for you.

Final verdict: If your EDC needs require a hard-use chisel or cleaver-style blade, the new Razel is a welcome option.

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Trending: Everyman Grafton Pen

Trending: Everyman Grafton Pen

With the Everyman Grafton Pen, the designers combined all the features they liked in their favorite pens to create a tough, versatile, and refined writing instrument for your EDC. This buy-for-life pen features a lightweight yet sturdy aluminum body that keeps the weight down to 1 ounce. This makes it good for long writing sessions, thanks to a well-balanced chassis and a grooved grip section. It also makes it easy and convenient to carry in your pocket all day, aided by a heavy-duty bolt-on metal clip.

In terms of writing performance, it comes with a smooth-writing 0.7mm black refill, but you can customize it to your preferences. You can run the write-anywhere Fisher Space Pen refill, Monteverde Ballpoint, and Parker Gel and Ballpoint cartridges in the Grafton. It can also take Bic Gel, Uniball Jetstream, and Pilot G-2 cartridges using the included refill sizing kit. At 5.7" long and 0.4" in diameter, the Everyman Grafton Pen sports a familiar form factor that belies the durability and adaptability built into its design. Check out the different finishes available at the link below.

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The Drop: Skullcandy x Doritos Audio Collection

The Drop: Skullcandy x Doritos Audio Collection

We've covered Skullcandy and their fairly-priced, value-packed audio offerings in the past (especially their true wireless models), and they're no stranger to off-beat but colorful and creative collaborations with brands like Budweiser and Pit Viper. They're back again with an unlikely, albeit appropriate, team-up if you're into gaming, esports, or a certain Korean MEKA pilot. With a long association as the snack of choice when you're losing sleep over your latest Steam Sale pickup, Doritos makes its spicy mark on two of Skullcandy's models, the Dime 2 true wireless earbuds, and the SLYR wired gaming headset.

Both come with an exclusive coat of paint in the form of UV-reactive glow graphics for this collaboration, giving you an extra pop of brightness on top of the already striking limited edition colorway. The Dime 2 comes in a compact case about the size of a car key fob, while packing 12 hours of battery life, Tile integration, and auto-connect via Bluetooth 5.2. The SLYR is a comfortable pair of over-the-ear headphones with a detachable boom mic and multi-platform connectivity by way of a 3.5mm connection.

What we like: A limited-edition collab that's actually affordable and attainable without having to resort to botting limited drops.

What we don't like: Would have liked to see more use of Skullcandy's heavy hitters like the Crusher Evo and the PLYR headset.

Final verdict: Like Skullcandy? Like Doritos? Like good audio solutions both wired and wireless at a great price? Then what are you waiting for?

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Tactile Turn Deep Space Seasonal Pen

Tactile Turn Deep Space Seasonal Pen

With the introduction of their new Deep Space pen, Tactile Turn has created a stellar offering that takes its design cues from the stars above. The Deep Space is based on Tactile Turn's titanium Side Click (and Slim Side Click) retractible everyday carry pens. What makes the Deep Space different is a decorative exterior that looks as brilliant as the night sky on a clear day.

That beautiful design is made possible with the use of Cerakote. If you're unfamiliar, it's a thin coating of ceramic applied to metal objects to improve wear resistance. You usually find Cerakote coatings on military and police equipment. But it's also used to add color to items in a much more durable way than traditional paint. And because it's a thin coating, that splash of color only adds a little additional weight and thickness to the pen. Tactile Turn has leveraged both the material and the craft, turning each Deep Space pen into a genuine and one-of-a-kind work of art. But unlike most works of art, the Deep Space is a helpful EDC writing implement at its core.

The Side Click action of the Deep Space is also deeply satisfying to use. The top button makes the pen ready to write, and a quick tap on the side click mechanism causes the pen tip to retract back into the titanium body. It's an addictive experience that you'll find yourself fidgeting with from time to time. The Deep Space comes with broad pen refill compatibility, no matter the length or version of the Side Click you pick. This lets you select the color and writing consistency you prefer from your everyday carry writing tool. Once you're done writing, slip it into your pocket using the newly-designed deep carry clip, decorated with a satellite engraving that continues the pen’s theme.

With each Seasonal Release, our friends at Tactile Turn outdo themselves. Their commitment to their craft is genuinely showcased with their new Deep Space pen. Each pen is US made at their Dallas, Texas machine shop, and Tactile Turn stands by the craftsmanship of their writing implements with a lifetime warranty. The Deep Space is available right now, but as with all of their Seasonal Release pens, you have a limited (but lengthy) time to secure one of these beautiful titanium EDC pens for yourself. Click the link below and get lost in your choice of Deep Space today.

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Trending: Casio CA53W-1 Calculator Watch

Trending: Casio CA53W-1 Calculator Watch

Just because something is old-school doesn’t mean that it’s obsolete. Case in point: the Casio CA53W-1. Like you might have noticed at first glance, the CA53W-1 features an on-board calculator, perfect for doing quick math at a restaurant, at the office or at home. The calculator is able to display up to 8 digits and is capable of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

However, the utility of the CA53W-1 doesn’t stop at figuring out how much you should tip. It also comes with a lot of time-related features that you’d expect from a Casio watch: a 1/100 second stopwatch, measuring elapsed time, split time, an auto calendar that goes up to 2079, a daily alarm and dual time. All of this practicality is housed inside a 42mm case that weighs in at 29 grams and has a battery life of approximately 5 years. You can pick one up at the link below.

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The Drop: Orbitkey Seasonal Colors

The Drop: Orbitkey Seasonal Colors

Orbitkey has unveiled seven new designs for their award-winning key organizer collection, giving us even more options to keep those keys from rattling around in our pockets. If you aren’t familiar, the Orbitkey offers an elegant solution to our jangled mess of keys with its sleek and silent design. A single post holds 2-7 keys stacked together, held in place by a signature locking mechanism built into the halves of the pivot. Once you place your keys in, you can simply swivel them out or tuck them back into place smoothly. Its compact shape makes it easy to carry around or find a safe spot in your bag, making it an essential part of any EDC pack.

The new colors come in two groups: four for leather and three for Active styles. Leather now comes in Sea Foam, Island Green, Cocoa Rose, and Cotton Candy. The leather inside each is made from a high-quality grain certified by the Leather Working Group (LWG) to ensure longevity. Each color pairs with contrasting black edge detailing with matching black hardware for a contemporary look.

For those who love always being on the go, the limited edition seasonal Active variants are designed to withstand the elements. They’re made from a highly durable yet surprisingly soft rubber-like TPU polymer. Each color—whether Mist, Graphite, or Tangerine—naturally maintains its look and feel no matter what adventure you come across. These colors are paired with PVD black hardware for a more tactical and contrasting look.

What we like: We’ve always been huge fans of Orbitkey’s key organizers, and now there are more options to match our pack and pocket themes.

What to watch out for: For larger keys or key fobs, you’ll need a keyring such as Orbitkey’s own Ring v2, which is sold separately.

Final verdict: A sleek and efficient way to keep all your keys in one place and ready for use, now with more color options than ever to match your EDC.

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