Everyday Carry

Trending: Luminox A.3901 Original Navy SEAL Watch

Trending: Luminox A.3901 Original Navy SEAL Watch

The Luminox 3901 is the watch that put the brand on the map since its introduction in 1994. Due to its association with the legendary special forces and exceptional build quality and details, it's stood the test of time and continues to be a popular choice for both servicemen/women and everyday watch enthusiasts alike. The beefy 43mm CARBONOX case comes with a Swiss-made quartz movement with a date window at the 3 o'clock position and a field watch dial design. A double-security gasket on the crown helps ensure internal integrity, giving the Navy SEAL up to 200 meters of water resistance.

But the watch's killer feature becomes more apparent as the lights go out: specially developed Night Vision Tubes (borosilicate glass capsules) give the dial illumination--25 years' worth of continuous, self-powering light--on critical parts like the hands, hour markers, and bezel, making sure that crucial timekeeping information is always available at a glance. Check out the Luminox Navy SEAL at the link below.

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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.

The Drop: Kershaw Livewire OTF Knife

The Drop: Kershaw Livewire OTF Knife

The Livewire is Kershaw's first double-action OTF automatic knife for everyday carry, bringing to bear their experience with assisted folders. If you're unfamiliar with this blade mechanism, the thumb slide on the side of the handle deploys and closes the Livewire's 3.36" spear-point blade out of and into the aluminum handle. Almost like a light switch, you can open and close the blade repeatedly. The double-action automatic opening makes it easy to bring the super-premium CPM 20CV stainless steel blade into play. It also lets you play and fidget with the knife when you need to occupy time between meetings and appointments.

We're excited to see Kershaw enter this category of EDC knives, and we're likely to see more automatic OTFs from them in the future. Being an automatic knife, the Kershaw Livewire may not be a legal option for you to EDC, so it's essential to check your local laws first. But if you're lucky enough to carry this knife, you can get one of the freshest and fastest out-the-front automatic knives for your everyday carry by checking it out at the link below.

What we like: Quick automatic OTF double-action mechanism lets you deploy the blade quickly in cramped spaces. The Kershaw Livewire is also specifically built in the USA by Kershaw.

What we don't like: The Kershaw Livewire is pricey, and this style of knife tends to be more restricted than other options. The spear-point blade shape on the Livewire could be better for slicing tasks, but it lacks an edged belly.

Final verdict: if you're looking for a unique American-made EDC knife with fast deployment, this is a new and exciting top-shelf option for you to consider.

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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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Trending: Kershaw Dividend Knife

Trending: Kershaw Dividend Knife

Like most Kershaw knives, the Dividend comes with a SpeedSafe-assisted flipper opening which secures with a steel liner lock. Its blade folds into lightweight anodized aluminum handles with a slight curve for a more comfortable full-handed grip. The Dividend's payoff comes from its blade. Its length is exactly 3 inches, giving it a balance of utility and compliance with many local laws.

Its modified drop point geometry gives it a long belly with a narrower angle, granting extra precision and slicing performance. A 4-way clip and lanyard hole round out its carry options, making the Dividend a versatile EDC blade in any orientation. The USA-made Dividend shows off Kershaw's knowledge and mastery over their own products, giving you a robust blade designed tip to clip for EDC. Pick one up in two colors at the link below.

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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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The Drop: Kershaw 4950TR Balanza Butterfly Trainer Knife

The Drop: Kershaw 4950TR Balanza Butterfly Trainer Knife

With their Lucha blazing a trail in the butterfly knife community for both live blades and trainers, Kershaw keeps the momentum going with a new trainer for 2023, dubbed the Balanza. This predecessor is designed to be lighter both in weight and on the wallet while carrying over a lot of elements from the Lucha, including stainless steel construction and ball-bearing pivots out of the box.

The Balanza's lighter 4.60-ounce weight is thanks to its heavily skeletonized trainer blade and handles and smaller overall profile with a 4.25" blade and 5.25" handles; to compare, many popular balisongs are in the region of ~5.7" handles. But the smaller size also comes with a much smaller price tag: the Balanza hits the market at an extremely affordable and competitive $45. We also won't be surprised if it eventually becomes a platform for a wide variety of aftermarket parts and mods, extending its appeal further, much like the Lucha.

What we like: Budget butterfly knife trainers (especially ones that aren't plastic or 3D-printed) can still fetch a pretty penny, so it's nice to see a solid and affordable follow-up to the crazy-popular Lucha.

What we don't like: Stainless steel construction and 4.60 ounces mean the Balanza is still on the heavier side; no doubt this will be fixed in time by mods. It may also be smaller than the common larger trainers you're used to.

Final verdict: 45 bucks is an easy purchase and an even easier recommendation for a metal balisong to get you started in the flipping hobby.

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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

KeyUnity KF00 Keychain Flashlight

KeyUnity KF00 Keychain Flashlight

"This teensy keychain flashlight has a streamlined titanium body and connects to your keychain with a small length of aircraft cable. Its 15-lumen LED light source is sufficient for bedtime reading, lighting up door locks, or rifling through your bag in the dark. It’s also available with..." (via The Awesomer)

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Trending: Trayvax Link EDC Lanyard

Trending: Trayvax Link EDC Lanyard

If you've been looking for a reliable way to attach gear to your bag, pouch, or even yourself, the Trayvax Link provides you with the strength and convenience you need. The Link features an extremely simple, yet efficient design. It starts with a custom carabiner in one end, followed by a nylon tether that ends in a keyring.

And while it is a simple design, it is by no means cheap or flimsy. The carabiner is made of steel, so it can securely hold onto your clothes bags or wherever you post it. The tether is made from climb-spec nylon, featuring double lanyard webbing and industrial-strength stitching. This means it's way more likely for your bag or belt loop to break than the tether. Finally, you'll find a keyring to attach your keychain essentials.

The cool thing about this keyring is that it comes attached to a quick-release swivel. This means you don't have to remove the entire Link from the carabiner to gain access to your gear. Instead, press its easy-access button, and you’re good to go, not to mention posting it back to the tether is just as easy. Pick one up at the link below.

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The Drop: Benchmade 748 Narrows Titanium Knife

The Drop: Benchmade 748 Narrows Titanium Knife

While our team is busy covering SHOT Show 2023, Benchmade decided to drop a caseful of new models for this year, with one shiny new slicer immediately grabbing our attention. The 748 Narrows is the brand's first titanium knife in a good long while, with a heritage spanning legendary butterfly knives like the 42 and the recent 85/87, as well as the highly desirable 781 Anthem with its bold integral lock handle. The Narrows makes a big statement in the thinnest way possible.

How thin, you ask? Well 33% thinner than even their light-carrying Bugout, affording the Narrows a super light weight of only 2.41 ounces. Within the skinny milled titanium handles lies the iconic AXIS lock, which in turn manages the knife's larger 3.44" M390 blade, a premium stainless steel best known for its corrosion resistance and edge retention. Anodized blue hardware gives the Narrows some eye-catching accents, including dual titanium thumbstuds, the pivot, standoffs, and also the reversible clip, which also makes this a truly ambidextrous knife for us lefties to drool over.

While the knife is remarkable in a lot of ways, the elephant in the room is its price, as this is one of the more expensive models to come out of Oregon in recent releases. Be prepared to pay a premium for this one, though given how popular titanium Benchmade knives have gotten over time as collector's items, the higher ask may be justified in the end.

What we like: A titanium Benchmade that's premium all over, carries super light, and is a treat for lefties.

What to watch out for: There are some pretty big numbers after the dollar sign when looking up its price.

Final verdict: It's a knife that ticks all the premium boxes, with the DNA of many of its highly popular brethren that came before it, and if you can swallow the cost, likely to be another collector's item in the future.

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My enjoyable EDC for early year of 2023
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Trending: Olight i3T EOS AAA Flashlight

Trending: Olight i3T EOS AAA Flashlight

The smaller AAA platform for flashlights has usually traded down lumens for convenience and portability, but thanks to the continuous progression of technology, compact lights like the Olight i3T EOS now provide the function and output of its much larger brethren. This crowd-favorite EDC light is able to reach its 180 lumens maximum output from its Philips LUXEON TX emitter and hold it for 20 minutes, all on easy-to-replace alkaline batteries.

A large rubberized tail switch lets you switch between its two modes: a 5-lumen Low for sweeping scans and when you don’t want to blind yourself or your companions, and the aforementioned 180-lumen High for when you need a burst of illumination. The forward-clicky switch also allows for momentary engagement of either mode, which easy for your thumb to do while holding the light in an overhand grip.

Helix-styled body knurling on its lightweight, IPX8-rated aluminum body offers a distinct style and an enhanced grip, while the lanyard-ready, two-way pocket clip gives you multiple carry options. At 3.5" long and 1.45 ounces, the Olight i3T EOS integrates easily with your EDC kit, clipped to your pocket or pack, or as part of your keychain setup. Check it out at the link below.

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The Drop: CRKT Provoke EDC Morphing Knife

The Drop: CRKT Provoke EDC Morphing Knife

When Joe Caswell first put out his unique Kinematic technology in the original Provoke karambit, there wasn't anything else on the market like it. Not only was it visually striking to see the system in action, but deploying the knife with a slight push of the thumb and a satisfying snap was always a treat. But while the Provoke and its variations made for excellent tactical and emergency options, the blade shape wasn't ideal for day-to-day tasks where the angled blade would be a hindrance more than a benefit.

Fast forward to 2023 and CRKT's new lineup, and the Provoke EDC was the first to catch our eye. It's everything we loved about the Provoke karambit, but now with a conventional and more versatile drop point blade. The blade comes in D2 at 2.56", making it an excellent everyday working blade, while its back half is all Kinematic action in striking blue aluminum. And we haven't forgotten the Provoke's low-profile, flush-mounted clip that makes it easy to clip into pockets, either.

What we like: It's the Kinematic action we love using but now with a more usable blade. Really, what's not to like?

What to watch out for: Like most OG Provokes, still a bit on the pricier side, so we're hoping for more affordable options in the future.

Final verdict: The sheer satisfaction of popping open a Provoke's blade with the push of a thumb never gets old, and we suspect it won't be for this one, either.

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