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The Best Bolt Action Pens for EDC in 2017

These days EDC pens are getting tougher and tougher, and it doesn't stop at fully machined metal bodies. Some of the more popular pen designs take inspiration from bolt action rifles as the next step in EDC performance. It's not a gimmick, either — while most pens click, twist, or uncap, bolt action pens really take things up a notch. Besides their unique mechanism, they're built tough, fun to fidget with, and much harder to accidentally leak in your pocket. That's because the deliberate action you have to take to extend the tip ensures that ink stays in the pen where it belongs, and not all over your clothes. In this guide, we're highlighting some of the best EDC-ready pens featuring that sweet, bolt-action goodness.

The Best CR123A Flashlights of 2017

When you take a look at some of the most popular lights in the EDC scene, you'll notice one thing in common: the battery. With its smaller (though stouter) profile, the CR123A battery allows the lights it fuels to be compact enough for a comfortable pocket carry. But in spite of its proportions, this battery comes with a fair amount of power—enough voltage for outputs to measure in hundreds of lumens and enough capacity for flashlight modes to last days and even weeks. Simply put, it's a great middle ground of size and performance. In this guide, we've put together 10 of the best single CR123A battery LED flashlights for your EDC below.

The Best Slim Portable Battery Packs

At some point you’ve probably had your phone die on you when you needed it most (it happens to the best of us). If you want to avoid the dreaded low battery warning, EDCing an external battery pack is a good idea. The problem is most batteries are designed for long trips to last you days at a time, with more juice than you'd ever need along with a ton of extra weight to carry. Luckily, there are some battery packs that check all the boxes for EDC. They're slim, lightweight, and give you just that extra boost in battery to make it to the next outlet. In this guide, we've rounded up some of the best slim batteries for EDC and travel alike.

The Best Lighters and Fire Starters for Everyday Carry

When putting together your EDC, you'll want a kit that covers all the bases. For most of you, that means something to cut with, a way to light things up, and a multitool for everything else. But to be truly prepared, especially in some emergency or survival situations, you can't forget about having access to a flame. Fire is one of those primitive tools that even your state-of-the-art smartphone can't replace. And you don't have to start a full-on fire out in the woods to find a lighter useful. It can come in handy during your day-to-day for things like melting paracord or firing up the grill. In this guide, we're highlighting a ten of our favorite tools for starting a fire.

An Intro to Tactical EDC Bags

If you're looking for a bag you can rely on day in and day out, it's hard to beat a tactical nylon bag. They're popular for EDC because their design and construction put them a step above your run of the mill bookbags. Unlike most casual bags, tactical packs are built to last through the most demanding missions, usually for military, law enforcement, or emergency applications. Luckily for you and your EDC, you can find tactical-style bags with the same focus on high performance and longterm durability in a wide variety of styles, from small day packs to large duffel bags. In this guide, we'll go over some key features and qualities to look for in a good tactical bag for everyday carry as well as some of our favorite bags, each with a specialized purpose.

25 Father's Day Gifts for His Everyday Carry

Father's Day is fast approaching this June 18th! No pressure or anything, but that's just a couple of weeks to find the perfect gift to get your dad. Don't worry—we've got you covered. This year our guide has 25 awesome gifts for every type of dad to help you get the perfect one for the man who has everything. Whether practical, memorable, or just plain fun, he deserves nothing but the best and most useful gear.

Father's Day 2017 Gift Ideas for…The Professional

For the successful dad who's always on his grind, takes pride in his work, and crushes it at the office day in and day out…

Boker Kwaiken CF: A slim, sleek knife that looks just as good as his best black suit. Boker's Kwaiken CF features an assisted opening mechanism for easy access and carbon fiber handles that give it a unique, dressed-up look. (Buy)Orbitkey 2.0 w/ Monogramming: Orbitkey's system is great for quietly carrying around both his house and office keys. You can add Dad's initials with their new monogramming service to make it a personalized gift. (Buy)Lamy 2000 Ballpoint Pen: This iconic pen's design dates back to the 1960's, yet it still looks as modern as ever. Dad will appreciate how the Lamy 2000 ballpoint feels as good in his hand as it looks on his desk. (Buy)The Gadget Enthusiast

For the tech-savvy dad whose vice is his devices…

Kindle Oasis: If your dad is an avid reader, he'll be able to enjoy thousands of books at his fingertips with a new e-reader like the Kindle Oasis. It has a glare-free screen and a new ergonomic design perfect for long reads. (Buy)The Jetsetter

For the dad who loves to travel and only packs the best of the best…

Aer Travel Pack: Nothing's better for the jetsetter than a bag that maximizes the carry on bag limit while being ultra-easy to use. The numerous pockets and compartments make loading and unloading gear from the Aer Travel Pack a breeze. (Buy)Anker PowerCore Fusion 5000mAh Power Bank: Give your dad a reliable source of power for when he's stuck in transit. This particular power bank comes with a wall plug built in, so your dad can charge up with less baggage. (Buy)The Outdoorsman

For the adventurous dad who'd rather be outside, taking in nature more than anything…

Garmin Fenix 5 Sapphire: Give him the upper hand in all his favorite outdoors sports with this rugged, feature-packed smartwatch. It boasts advanced fitness tracking as well as outdoors sensors like GPS, a barometric altimeter, and more. (Buy)CountyComm Brass Compass Capsule: If dad likes to do things the old fashioned way, he'll appreciate this two-in-one button compass and watertight match container on his next camping trip. (Buy)The DIYer

For the dad who loves to work with his hands, is able to fix anything, and is always tinkering with a new project…

Rite in the Rain Metric Field Notebooks: Writing down important notes and measurements are part and parcel of any project, so any old notebook won't do in dad's workshop. These Rite in the Rain Metric Field Notebooks aren't just rugged and waterproof, but come with the metric field patterns to help track every task. (Buy)

Hopefully you've found something you know your dad will love from this guide. Or, for all you dads who are notoriously difficult to shop for, feel free share this article with your loved ones.

Still looking? Check our archives for even more gift ideas:

The 2016 Father's Day Gift GuideThe 2015 Father's Day Gift GuideBrowse All Buying Guides

Trending Gear: May 2017

Every day, readers like you proudly share photos of their everyday carry on the site.

Not only is looking through their pockets this way super interesting, but it's also a great way to find really cool gear you never even knew existed (yet somehow, suddenly need…).

When you hover over an item you like and click on it in these photos, you're also letting other EDCers know you find that gear interesting. Each click gets recorded to create a data-driven ranking of the most popular gear, which you can find in our Gear section of the site found in the top menu bar.

Gear with the most views and clicks climbs its way to the top of this feed and lets the EDC community know what's trending right this second.

Last month, you were interested in a variety of watches, knives, wallets, and quite a few fidget spinners. Let's check them all out.

The Best EDC Gear from May 2017

10. Casio G-SHOCK G100BB-1A

First on the list for last month's most popular gear is a watch from a line that should be familiar to all EDCers. This G-SHOCK from Casio's Black Out series features a monochrome analog face, case, and resin band paired with a negative LCD digital readout to complete the murdered-out look. The legendary G-SHOCK water and impact resistance is present, of course, along with EL backlighting, analog and 12/24-hour digital time, a stopwatch, and a daily alarm.

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9. The Enforcer Minimalist Wallet

This popular wallet from last month takes the rugged features of tactical packs and compacts them into a minimalist wallet. Made from mil-spec nylon and elastic webbing, the Enforcer holds 12-15 cards and folded cash in its slots or with its rear elastic band. A hook-and-loop- patch secures the wallet's inner contents, and a 2” x 3” loop section on the back lets you customize it with a morale or flag patch. It even comes with a pen slot so you can EDC a bullet pen or similar writing tool. The Enforcer is tough, has a low footprint, and comes in 6 colors to match any carry.


8. Victorinox Day Packer

While Victorinox's larger tools are more robust and brimming with tools, there's something to be said about their more minimalist offerings, like the Day Packer that comes in at #8 on last month's most popular gear. The Day Packer is a single-function Swiss Army Knife featuring a 2.75” clip-point blade and 4” lightweight nylon handle. The blade length and shape gives it utility while letting it play nice with local knife laws, and the large handle gives it better grip even with large hands. It's a simple, lightweight package that comes in a variety of colors for an easy addition and match to any EDC.

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7. Urban Organizer Mini

EDC caddies are an excellent way to consolidate your carry, and last month you all particularly liked the Urban Organizer Mini from Urban EDC Supply. This handcrafted, saddle-stitched, Dublin leather caddy made it easy to carry some of your favorite tools like a Space Pen and Swiss Army Knife, keeping them secure in your pocket instead of loose or dangling askew. You just need to grab the Urban Organizer Mini and you're set for the day with your cards and EDC essentials.


6. Flyaway Mini Maelstrom Spinner

We get it, fidget spinners are all the rage these days, but the 6th most popular item from last month isn't the plastic tri-armed affair you see everywhere. The Mini Maelstrom comes with the construction and materials befitting its premium price tag, including custom-machined brass and stainless steel and some chemical wizardry involving shrinking with liquid nitrogen. An r188zz abec 7 hybrid ceramic bearing is responsible for the Mini Maelstrom's flight, surrounded by wings that require no adhesive, screws, or welds to be held in place. If you're looking to step up your spinner game, look no further.


5. Seiko SKX173

You can't go wrong investing in a rugged dive watch, with Seiko leading the charge with dozens of models for every type of preference, use, and price. This popular watch from last month pairs a 200M water-resistant automatic movement with a polyurethane band for solid performance both in and out of the water. It's also got a unidirectional gear-edge bezel with luminous hands and indices for visibility underwater and a day/date window for easy everyday timekeeping. Finally, its synthetic band features a buckle closure for ease of adjustment and comfort during daily wear.

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4. Kershaw 1920 Select Fire Multi-tool

You probably recognize Kershaw best for their inexpensive, high-performance knives, but last month you all pushed up one of their lesser-known multi-tools to #4 on this list. The Select Fire combines a one-handed opening knife with a bit driver and holder in its handles, giving you efficient, multi-functional performance for your everyday carry. The 3.4” 8CR13MoV stainless steel blade comes in a versatile drop point and deploys with a thumbstud, while its glass-filled nylon handles store a liner lock, ruled bit driver, and swing-out bit holder with 4 included bits. It's a great knife to carry if you don't want to be burdened by functions you won't use in larger multi-tools.

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3. Katsu Damascus Higo

The third most popular item in May combines a popular Japanese knife style with modern conveniences and construction. The KATSU Damascus Higo's blade comes with the one-handed opening lever you may recognize from higo no kami friction folders, but secures instead with liner locks in its snakewood bolster and handles. Both blade and bolster come in an attractive Damascus pattern, with a leather pouch and cloth bag giving you options for EDC.

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2. Citizen BM8180-03E Eco-Drive

Citizen's Eco-Drive technology gives both performance and convenience in one package, with the BM8180-03E making use of a classic military design to house it in. It's water-resistant for up to 100M, making it versatile enough for both daily wear and casual swimming use. The BM8180-03E's quartz movement charges with natural or indoor light so you don't have to worry about losing power, while a clean face, day/date window, and luminous hands and markers add to its daily driver capabilities.

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1. Apsung Copper Spinner

And last month's most popular item—to the surprise of few—is a fidget spinner. Like the Flyaway Mini Maelstrom above, the Apsung Copper spinner isn't your common plastic toy, and instead comes in smooth, machined copper. Not only does it give the spinner a more premium appearance compared to its peers, but will also customize its patina to its owner when used over time. A removable, ceramic bearing makes the spinner easy to dismantle and maintain, with a box and 80g weight making it convenient to carry.

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If you're curious to see how these trends change over time, check out our monthly roundups from the archive for even more excellent gear.

See anything in this list that made you stop scrolling and think, "I need one…right now"? Leave a comment and let me know your favorite gear from this round-up.

10 Best EDC Card Tools for Your Wallet

One of the best ways to cover multiple bases in your EDC is to carry a multi-tool. The obvious upside is having every function you might need in one convenient package — if you can justify the pocket space. You could carry a keychain-friendly tool, but that might not be the best route to take, especially if you use a key organizer. There's one last place to carry a tool that even minimalists can appreciate: your wallet. The best EDC card tools can come in handy in a pinch as backups. Some might even do the job as your main tool. In this guide, we'll go over 10 tools that'll quickly become the most rewarding card in your wallet.

15 Slim Card Sleeve Wallets

Your wallet doesn't have to be the bulkiest thing in your EDC. But somehow, it's all too easy to let yours get out of control. Most of us only need an ID, a few cards, and maybe a bill or two to get through the day anyway. So if the only reason you're carrying that bulky wallet is to stuff it with Taco Bell receipts dating back to last March, it's time to switch things up. To keep things real slim, try a card sleeve wallet. They're easy to carry (front pocket or back), quickly accessible, and super light weight. Luckily, you've got plenty of options to choose from when it comes to a good EDC wallet. In this guide, we're highlighting 15 of our favorite card sleeve wallets out there.

10 Key-Shaped EDC Essentials

If there's one thing in your EDC you make sure to have when you step out the door, it's your keychain. That makes it a great place to include the EDC essentials that you'll need in a pinch. It's a convenient way to maximize your carry while keeping things as small and light as what's on your keychain. However, some keychain tools can be bulky and awkwardly shaped, which takes away from their utility overall. You can avoid this tradeoff by sticking to tools that are designed to fit right in with the rest of your keys instead. In this guide, we'll show you our favorite key-sized (and key-shaped) EDC tools and essentials.

The Best EDC Knives Under 3" in 2017

When it comes to your EDC knife, size matters. And bigger isn't always better. A knife that's too big can be unwieldy to use and carry, not to mention illegal depending on where you live. On the flip side, a knife that's too small might take more effort for even simple tasks. For a lot of you, the best EDC knife is just under 3" long. In this guide, we'll break down why you might want a smaller knife, what to look for in a compact EDC, and highlight 10 EDC knives around the 2.5” to 3” sweet spot that are a cut above the rest.

The Beginner's Guide to EDC Knife Blade Steels

Your EDC knife is only as good as the steel in its blade. A knife made of good steel will be sharp, stay sharp, and won't break on you. On the other hand, knives made of dubious steel are unreliable and downright unsafe. They tend to dull easily and end up chipping and breaking when you need them most. There's a lot of blade steels to pick from, and each has its own set of advantages to consider for your EDC. In this guide, we'll go over what to look out for in a steel before buying your next blade. To make things even easier, we'll give a few examples of our favorite knives made of each type of steel.

The Best AAA Flashlights of 2017

If the one thing stopping you from carrying a flashlight every day is the idea that they're just too bulky, think again. You've got keychain flashlights as handy backups and AA lights as powerful primary options, but even those have their drawbacks.

Then there's the AAA flashlight somewhere in between at the sweetspot of size and convenience. It's one of the most compact styles of flashlight to carry, so it'll fit right into your lightweight or minimalist EDC. And best of all, modern AAA lights are plenty powerful for their size, with some pushing past 100 lumens.

Whether you value barely-there portability or no-fuss simplicity in your light, an AAA flashlight is for you. In this guide, we've put together 10 of the best single AAA battery LED flashlights for your EDC below.

The Best Pilot Watches for Every Budget

If keeping time is an important part of your EDC, you’re gonna need a solid watch to do it. And of all the watch options out there, few rely on precision timing as much as pilots do. Fliegers, or pilot watches, are popular EDC options because of their legibility, durability, and accuracy. In this guide, we’ll explain where the flieger comes from, some standout features to look for, and 10 of our favorites for any budget.

The Best Magnetic Keychains for Everyday Carry

Magnets. How do they work? In the case of your everyday carry, they work best where you want a secure connection that's still conveniently quick to release. And there's arguably no better place for this than on your keychain! Throwing magnets into the mix makes removing your keys to unlock a door or use one of your keychain tools literally a snap. As with other EDC keychains, it all comes down to the hardware. In this guide, you'll find 6 attractive key carrying setups that make the best use of magnets.

8 Weatherproof Wallets for Everyday Carry

Water can be your best friend on a hot day. But it won't be so kind to your favorite EDC wallet, even if it's made with the best leather around. While build materials are important for any item in your EDC, you should also keep carry conditions in mind. For example, you don’t want your wallet bleeding dye into your pants or peeling apart after getting caught in a rainstorm. One way to make sure your cards and bills stay nice and dry is to pick up a quality weatherproof wallet.

In this guide we’ll go over a few options that won’t leave you peeling apart soggy bills.