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Ardor & Forge Rothrock Collection

As much as our gear is often industrial, mechanical, and produced from cold materials, it’s always nice when a product comes along that gets us back in touch with nature. Inspired by Rothrock State Forest in Central Pennsylvania, Ardor & Forge brings us a set of watches that reflect the natural spaces they were created in. The collection features four watches, designed with a common aesthetic, but each with its own distinct features. It’s a solid set of adventure-inspired watches, built to last and ready to join you off the beaten path.

Each Rothrock watch features a unique sand-cast texture on the case, something not yet seen in the watch world. The resulting look is rugged, with the case material able to hide those inevitable bumps, nicks, and scratches that happen during everyday wear. Inside the 42mm textured case, you’ll find a reliable NH35 Japanese automatic watch movement. Thanks to the screw down crown and case design, the watch is water resistant to 10ATM (100m/330ft.), more than enough for excursions both on and below the water. Ardor & Forge went the extra mile by adding real oak to the winding rotor, visible through the sapphire display caseback on the underside of the watch.

The Rothrock also has oak accents on the crown end and in the rehaut, running around the outside of the dial; a subtle detail made of natural material that reminds you of the outdoors whenever you need to check the time. On the dial, you’ll find a highly legible 12-hour scale, rendered in Super-LumiNova for visibility even in the darkest of conditions. The Rothrock is available in four colorways. The Seeger features a raw stainless steel case with deep blue dial, the Detweiler is housed in a vintage gold PVD case with olive green dial, the Thickhead has a black DLC case with black dial, and the Juniata features a raw stainless steel case with a fully lumed white dial, giving it a stunning effect in low light. Drilled lugs and double lug holes make it quick and easy to change up the strap too, adding to their versatility.

The Ardor & Forge Rothrock collection will be available for pre-order on November 19th, with some great options at launch. Prices start at $350 for early pre-orders, eventually reaching the final retail price of $550 when each price tier sells out, so you can save a decent chunk of change by getting in early.

A portion of sales go to support the Pennsylvania Parks & Forests Foundation, so you’re supporting conservation of the great outdoors by picking up a watch inspired by them. Learn even more about the Ardor & Forge Rothrock collection and pick one up for yourself at the link below.

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This is a sponsored post presented by Ardor & Forge.

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Trending: Breitling Colt Skyracer X74320E4

Trending: Breitling Colt Skyracer X74320E4

Timepiece Tuesday's trending gear is an eye-catching watch that takes inspiration from the skies. The Breitling Colt Skyracer comes in a bold 45 mm case that allows it to display its vast array of measurement scales on its bezel and dial. Despite its size, the Skyracer stays light thanks to a new lightweight and sturdy case technology called Breitlight. The watch's stealthy black colorway with red accents represents the plane flying the Breitling colors in the Red Bull Air Race, paired with large, legible, and lumed hands behind sapphire glass. The Skyracer comes with Breitling's 74 caliber with a quartz movement, which features a date window and screw-down crown to give it 100 meters of water resistance. Check out this high-flying, low-profile watch at the link below.

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Deejo Customized Knives

Many would consider an EDC blade to be an essential part of their carry, but not all knives are the same. Some of the best-made knives can still be too heavy to be convenient, which is what makes Deejo knives so special. The barebones, skeletonized design strips away every possible excess bulk, leaving you with a lightweight blade you can rely on, customized exactly to your liking to be a one-of-a-kind addition to your everyday kit.

Deejo offers a wide range of materials and aesthetics, but the 3.7” 420 stainless steel blade is the workhorse that gets things done. Its liner lock ensures that it’ll stay secure while in use and safely tucked away when you don’t need it. The curved frame makes it easy to pocket and helps keep it comfortable in the hand, all without sacrificing the ultra-minimalist look. The thin build and large pivot also make one-handed deployment a breeze, so if you're in the middle of a project and need a quick slice you won't have to fumble around for your blade. Then there are the plethora of customization options that let you inject some personality into your tool.

There are three different sizes, three finishes, and numerous handle materials that you can choose from. The largest size weighs just 37 grams, but you can go even lighter with 27 and 15 gram options as well. For the handle, you can go with natural wood, colored wood, or carbon fiber, to name a few. The stainless steel of the blade can also be grey or black titanium, and for a unique twist, you can “tattoo” a special design onto the blade at no extra cost. There are over 60 options to choose from ranging from roses to a Viking dragon and everything in between. You can take it a step further by also engraving your name or a short message onto the thin metal frame of the blade for an extra dose of customization.

Whether you’re looking to build yourself the ultimate minimalist knife or are looking to gift someone a blade as a sentimental heirloom, the Deejo is a worthy addition to any EDC. Its thin and unassuming build is a good choice whether you’re in a suit or a pair of blue jeans, and the option to customize it to your liking makes it mean that much more. Make sure to click the link below if you want to start building one for yourself.

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"Like other Casio PRO TREK watches, the PRT-B50 is packed with useful features for outdoor adventures, like a step counter, compass, altitude, barometric, and temperature sensors. Now it adds Bluetooth connectivity to sync trip data with the PRO TREK Connected mobile app for..." (via The Awesomer)

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Trending: Victorinox Cadet Alox

Trending: Victorinox Cadet Alox

Multi-tool Monday's feature should be familiar to most EDCers, especially with its enduring quality, utility, and collectibility. The Victorinox Cadet Alox--seen here in its limited edition Champagne gold colorway for 2019--continues to be an easy recommendation for anyone looking to build or add to their EDC. Only 84 mm long, impressively thin, with 9 useful functions, and hardy embossed aluminum scales with anodic oxidation as an extra protective layer: these all add up to a multi-tool that's not only easy to carry, but looks as good as it is functional. Since the Cadet’s release there have been a lot of slim blades, multi-function blades, and affordable blades, but rarely do they line up so well in a single product. And with aftermarket parts like clips, scales, and swapped tools adding even more utility, the Cadet also gives you the platform to build the perfect knife. Pick up the gold standard of EDC multi-tools at the link below.

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3 US-Made Essentials to Level Up Your EDC

In an emergency situation, access to two types of light are essential: a flashlight to see you through when the sun goes down, and fire for the most dire survival scenarios. But to truly be prepared for the situation at hand, you'll need quick access to both options, including a solid grip on your light, plenty of extra batteries nearby, and ensuring you have fire when you need it most. In the dark, the last thing you'll want is to drop your light or have to rummage through your pack for fresh batteries, and a dried up lighter is dead weight.

That's why Thyrm designed their products to give your emergency setup that extra edge when it matters most. Their CellVault battery cases make it much easier to carry spare batteries, SwitchBack flashlight rings grant fast, secure access to your EDC light, and their PyroVault ensures your favorite lighter always has fuel in the tank. All of their products are made in the USA from premium high-impact plastics with some thoughtful design that easily integrates and matches your EDC.

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