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Opinel No.08 Serpent Wood Limited Edition

Opinel No.08 Serpent Wood Limited Edition

Opinel makes some of the most affordable and popular EDC knives on the market and has been for many years, but that doesn’t mean they can’t push the limit on occasion. With only 500 pieces available in the United States, Opinel’s latest offering infuses collectibility and premium materials into one of their most popular knives: the No.08 Serpent Wood Limited Edition.

The handle is the most striking feature of Opinel’s exciting take on the No.08. It’s made from Serpent Wood taken from the Marmaroxylon racemosum tree found deep within the French Guiana’s jungle, and each handle features a unique wood grain with light and dark tones reminiscent of snakeskin.

Because of Serpent Wood’s unique nature, no two handles are ever alike. The wooden block is shaped following Opine’s traditional process to create a lightweight, one-of-a-kind handle. The double-polished Sandvik 12C27M stainless steel blade provides features a sleek mirror finish that serves as a nice contrast to the woodsy tones of the handle.

It’s a great-looking knife, and its light 1.8oz weight means it’s easier to maneuver when you need to do some delicate cutting. Its 3.28" blade length provides plenty of utility, whether for those special projects or outdoor adventures. The thin blade profile has also lent itself to the No.08 and its peers to be excellent food prep knives.

Opinel has been crafting knives and tools in the heart of the French Alps for over 130 years, and they’ve been a staple for EDC for over a decade.  If you’ve been looking for a light, discreet knife to add to your EDC or toolbox, the Opinel No.08 Serpent Wood is a great choice. Check it out at the link below.

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Orbitkey Sanitiser Holder 2022

Orbitkey Sanitiser Holder 2022

Whether we like it or not, the humble hand sanitizer has become an everyday carry essential for millions worldwide. Thankfully, Orbitkey gives us a compelling reason to conveniently carry one with their all-new Orbitkey Sanitiser Holder, updated for 2022.

Orbitkey released the first version of their Sanitiser Holder in 2020 at the height of the pandemic as part of a quick response initiative to help people maintain good hygiene in fighting the virus. Initially available in three versions–Clip, Retractor, and Lanyard–Orbitkey distributed 500 Sanitiser Holders to essential workers across Australia, New Zealand, and the United States.

Two years on, Orbitkey’s new 2022 Sanitiser Holder sees updates in the form of a 50ml refillable and premium aluminum bottle, which comes with a pump dispenser suitable for liquid and gel-based sanitizers. Orbitkey kept things simple by retaining just the original, crowd-favorite Clip design this time. We’re not complaining: the Clip makes it easy to attach the lightweight bottle to any bag or belt loop, keeping it close and accessible whenever needed.

The Orbitkey Sanitiser Holder 2022 is available in three colors: Black, Silver, and Blush, making it an elegant, stylish, and efficient way to clean your hands frequently and conveniently while on the go. Check out the elegant redesign of this new everyday staple at the link below.

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Dango Pen Tray

Over the years Dango have been making a name for themselves with much more than just thoughtfully designed and overbuilt wallets. They’re on a mission to upgrade every aspect of your EDC, all featuring the same high-quality materials and manufacturing. Just recently, they’ve made their literal mark with a pair of machined pens, and with this latest release, they’re giving you the perfect place to store and display them.

The Dango Pen Tray employs a 6061 aerospace aluminum construction, giving it both a sturdy and lightweight build. Machined into its chassis you’ll find three slots of increasing width, meant to hold three of your pens vertically. They’re designed and explicitly measured to hold all three of Dango’s pens and markers–the Pioneer/Mini Pen, the Executive Pen, and the Permanent Marker–but offer plenty of room for your other favorite writing tools.

While it makes for a premium display for your pens, the Pen Tray also comes outfitted with a horizontal slot for extra versatility. This space is useful as a horizontal stand for your phone, to hold and display pocket notebooks, business cards, or even your very own Dango wallet. The made-in-the-USA tray measures 5.5”x 2.5"x1", making it the right size to hold most regular-length pens but not too big to overwhelm your desk space. To help it stay in its place, the Dango Pen Tray also comes with an anti-slip rubber footing.

So if you want a well-built, elegant piece to hold your stationery and go-to writing tools, the Dango Pen Tray might be the next best addition to your desk. You can pick one up in Satin Silver or Jet Black at the link below.

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Skullcandy Transparency Series

Skullcandy Transparency Series

Founded amidst the mountains of Park City, Utah, with the intention of manufacturing headphones specifically for snowboarders and skateboards, Skullcandy is no stranger to our connection to the outdoors and our impact on the environment. They’ve put tremendous effort into reducing their carbon footprint through the years, recently partnering with groups like EcoChain and TerraPass with the end goal of bringing their carbon footprint to net-zero.

The newly-released Transparency Series is the first evidence of this initiative. Its name is deliberate: it’s designed to create visibility around environmental impact while progressing Skullcandy’s commitment to carbon reduction, and also introduce a striking new visual design for its headphones. And at the end of the day, provide you with excellent sound without breaking the bank or putting a dent in the environment.

Hesh Evo Wireless Headphones

The Transparency Series Hesh Evo Wireless Headphones feature a limited-edition “Transparency Blue” colorway and all the other good stuff we’ve come to love from Skullcandy’s headphone offerings: up to 36 hours of battery life, rapid charging, call, track, and volume controls, and built-in Tile Finding Technology, all over a Bluetooth 5.0 connection. It comes with a folding design for ease of carrying, charges conveniently with USB-C, and can even run off a wired AUX input for your existing devices.

But what sets the Transparency Series Hesh Evo Wireless Headphones apart from the rest is that it contains a carbon emissions equivalent of 12.14 kg neutralized via carbon offset credits, resulting in a net-zero carbon footprint. And of course, it comes in 100% recycled packaging to maximize its waste reduction.

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Jib True 2 Wireless Earbuds

The Jib True 2 joins the Hesh Evo as the wireless earbud option in the Transparency Series. Skullcandy brought the Jib True 2’s battery life up to 33 hours without increasing its size, meaning more listening time without the added e-waste. Its IPX4 water resistance means it’s ready for your most strenuous workouts or even a surprise downpour. Like the Hesh Evos, the Transparency Series Jib True 2 Wireless Earbuds also boast a net-zero carbon footprint, containing a carbon emissions equivalent of 5.70 kg neutralized via carbon offset credits.

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Every manufactured product impacts the environment, from the materials used to how they’re shipped and packaged. While it’s currently impossible to eliminate this impact, Skullcandy’s initiative to reduce its carbon footprint and its dedication to 100% transparency about its environmental impact is a step in the right direction. A portion of the Transparency Series’ proceeds funds the critical climate advocacy of Protect Our Winters. A strong commitment to change, sleek new limited-edition headphones–that sounds pretty good to us. Check out the Skullcandy Transparency Series at the links below.

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Top Picks from Pelican to Start the Summer

The coming of summer brings a big change in weather for many parts of the world. Whether you’re seeking better climes or a way to deal with the heat, Pelican has you covered. From wallets to cases to drinkware, you can find a way to upgrade your everyday carry and storage options. This guide will introduce you to some of the solutions Pelican has in store for you this summer season.

G5 RF Wallet

Many wallets tout their durability, but few can match what this wallet can do. The Pelican Personal Utility G5 RF Field Wallet features bombproof construction thanks to its lightweight aluminum shell held together with a snap latch for security. On one side of the wallet is an elastomeric strap that can hold essential cards, and on the other, a mesh compartment handles cash and other small essentials. And with its o-ring sealed interior, this wallet ensures that its contents remain dry, making it the perfect wallet for summer adventures.

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1020 Micro Case

The 1020 Micro Case brings a Pelican hard case's legendary security and durability into one of their most pocketable sizes yet, at 5.3×3.6×1.7". It has enough space to fit your delicate gear or electronics while being protected in a watertight, crushproof, and dustproof shell. With IP67-rated water resistance and a rubber liner, this Micro case stands up to a meter of water for 30 minutes. It even includes an automatic pressure equalization valve to balance the internal pressure while keeping water out. It's the best option for keeping your expensive items safe from water when you might get soaked.

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14QT Personal Cooler

The Personal Cooler brings Pelican's entire experience with protective equipment to bear with commercial-grade, 1.5"-thick polyurethane walls and a gasketed lid to ensure your favorite beverages and perishables stay frosty. Its 14QT capacity can hold a few ice blocks to maintain temperatures. At the same time, an inner tray offers more organization and a rigid rack to store more items like extra items you picked up on a quick grocery run. There's even a built-in bottle opener with a magnet for a complete and convenient package for your favorite bottle-capped brews. Get the summer party started and keep it going with Pelican's 3-year warranty.

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1535TRVL Air Travel Case

If you’ve had one too many luggage bags broken while traveling, it’s time to upgrade to the 1535 TRVL Carry-On Case. It’s carry-on compliant, giving you go-anywhere convenience, and rolls for carrying comfort through train and airport terminals. But unlike standard luggage, the 1535 has an extremely durable, watertight, crushproof, and dustproof external shell that’s the signature of Pelican’s hard-use cases. It’s far more sturdy than the hard-sided luggage on most store shelves. The 1535TRVL also comes with TSA locks integrated into the press and pull latches, built-in lid organizer and can be customized with any of Pelican’s signature interior solutions like Trekpak™ dividers, padded dividers or Pick N Pluck™ foam (sold separately).

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Dayventure Tumbler Series

The Pelican Dayventure Tumblers offer superior cold and heat retention in their sleek and sweat-proof shells. A unique leak-proof and locking insulated lid made from Tritan copolyester keeps liquids safely inside while retaining their temperature. At the same time, 18/8 pro-grade, double-walled, and vacuum-sealed stainless steel construction helps seal the deal. The Dayventurer Tumblers are also designed to fit 99% of all car cup holders. That means you can enjoy your cup of coffee as you go out on a day trip or an extended road trip to parts unknown while having a solid bottle that can withstand any adventure you find yourself in. You can pick between a plethora of colors to suit your style and three sizes to choose from in 10oz, 16oz, and 22oz.

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Our 5 Favorite Father's Day Gifts from Gerber

If you’re struggling to find the best gift for your dad this Father’s Day, our friends at Gerber have you covered. For decades, Gerber has made quality everyday carry tools, and their newest and most innovative EDC tools have your dad and his needs in mind this year.

Gerber Dual-Force

The butterfly opening Dual-Force takes its inspiration and aesthetic from the Center-Drive that came before it, while introducing a new plier design not yet seen in modern multi-tools. This is where it gets its name—the pliers operate with a 2-position slip-lock design and larger teeth for better leverage, giving it twice the jaw strength and grip force and even better control. Pair this with a layered jaw construction, and the Dual-Force is a serious contender for an actual dedicated pair of pliers. Your dad might have his trusty pair of dedicated pliers somewhere in his garage, but now he can make it a part of his EDC.

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Gerber DoubleDown

For the dad who loves the great outdoors, the Gerber DoubleDown is a great gift. One look at the foldable machete clues you on its design heritage as a butterfly knife. The mechanism allows Gerber to make a sizeable outdoors knife take up less space than a traditional folding knife had it employed a more standard full-tang design. Safety is at the heart of the knife’s design, with a unique quad lock system that requires all four locks to be engaged for its twin handles to move. There’s even a built-in safety detent that stops the blade as you close it, giving you time to get your fingers out of the way of the edge as it moves. The DoubleDown can transition between being a knife, a machete, and a hatchet all in one tool, eliminating the need to pack all three when your dad heads out on the trail.

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Gerber Custom Fastball

The Gerber Custom Fastball offers made-in-the-USA EDC quality for a premium addition to dad’s collection. It's a particularly great option for Father’s Day because you can customize it to make it uniquely dad’s own. The Fastball features a 3” S30V blade with a flipper opening for easy one-handed operation. Putting the knife to use is an effortless experience thanks to its smooth one-handed flipper deployment made easy with B.O.S.S. Tech ball bearings in the pivot and a precision detent that lets you "lightswitch" the blade open and closed at a whim. If you opt for a custom knife, you can choose between 14 different handle colors or even swap to carbon fiber or copper handles if the aluminum handles don't suit dad's preference. And there's an extensive library of engravable illustrations to choose from for that finishing touch.

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Gerber Lockdown Pry

If you’ve ever seen your dad try to use a knife blade as a pry tool, this is his gift. The Lockdown Pry sports a 3.87" length while closed and a 2.5" plain-edge main blade that locks into place with a secure frame lock. It features fix additional tools, including a chisel, file, scissors, and even a dedicated exchangeable #11 craft utility blade that lets you do precise cutting tasks without dulling the main blade for frequent use. As its name suggests, the Lockdown Pry features a pry bar built right into the multi-tool handle, giving dad convenient access to its primary functionality while letting him carry the compact package with ease.

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Gerber Custom Savvy

Gerber’s new Savvy knife is as sleek as its name, with a slim profile packed with premium features. It’s designed as an ambidextrous, one-handed pocketknife with an extra-smooth deployment and part of Gerber’s made in the USA line built with care in small batches, making it a special gift for dad. The Savvy’s larger 3.5” blade comes in a premium 20CV blade steel, best known for its exceptional edge retention and corrosion resistance, in a wharncliffe blade shape that allows precise cuts. A pivot lock with anti-rotation washers provides secure blade support and a frictionless deployment through a thumb stud. Its handles come in aluminum or carbon fiber scales, or you can go full custom materials, colors, and laser marks for dad using Gerber’s Custom shop. Last but not least, a textured pocket clip and lanyard hole let dad carry this classic knife with modern features according to his preference.

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Ridge Summit Knife

Ridge Summit Knife

A knife is one of those pieces of EDC gear that can have meaning beyond being a tool. Picking the knife you use daily can be a strangely personal experience. Like a quality watch or even a wallet, a good knife can become a symbol of the person using it. With that in mind, the Summit Knife by The Ridge is an excellent option for EDC as it is both a functional tool and a symbol of doing more with less. When it came out in 2018, it was only available in a lightweight 3k Carbon Fiber Weave material. Starting today, it’s now available in new color options and materials to better match your story (and Ridge’s product lineup).

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