Trending Gear: March 2019

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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.

This past March top-ranking gear includes knives of all kinds, titanium goodies, and more…

10. Cogent Industries The One Titanium Pen

With only three machined pieces, the Cogent Industries The One titanium pen may appear simple on the surface, but the thought put into it by its creator, Magnus Macdonald, is anything but. Designed to be his ideal pen, each of The One’s 3 pieces are machined from grade 5 titanium and designed to fit together with no visible threads, no click mechanisms, and no screws, all while still functioning perfectly as an everyday writing instrument (compatible with Mont Blanc refills, no less). The result is a sleek, minimalist pen that performs well and looks even better, and even carries comfortably thanks to its deliberately designed and measured pocket clip. It’s a strong entry for this month’s 10th spot, but we’re just getting started.


9. Mcusta Higonokami

The higo no kami is a traditional friction folding knife from Japan. It’s designed so that the pressure you exert while holding the handle when the blade is open is enough to keep it in place for most light work, which means a sleeker profile since there’s no need for a locking mechanism. While the popular higo no kami design consists of very thin handles and a tanto-style blade, Mcusta’s offering takes on more modern design cues with a 3.25” drop point VG-10 blade, a more contoured tang, and thicker handles by way of laminated hardwood inlays. Traditional meets modern in last month’s 9th most popular item.

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8. Rite in the Rain Environmental Field Book

Rite in the Rain is best known for their all-weather notebooks and extra-durable paper, but sometimes, even the toughest could use a bit more protection. Enter their Environmental Field Book, which comes with with a hard cover to level up the notebook’s durability even further. Each part of the Field Book from cover to paper and even the glue is designed to hold up in even the poorest conditions, making this the ultimate writing companion when the going gets rough.

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7. Troika Toucan

Last month’s 7th most popular item, the Troika Toucan, is about as minimalist as you can get for an EDC pocket knife. Within its 1.12 ounce ultra lightweight frame resides a 2.25” 420 stainless steel sheepsfoot blade, versatile for both work and food prep tasks. It deploys and folds in to extremely minimalist handles, but not so sparse that it can’t fit a framelock mechanism for when the Toucan is in use and a ball detent to stop it from opening when stowed. Its size makes it easy to slip into any pocket or compartment, and carrying and retrieval is easy thanks to a nylon strap and bead wrapped around the Toucan’s pivot.

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6. Ridge Wallet

The Ridge Wallet’s unique EDC-friendly design sets it apart from the rest of the pack, making it no surprise as last month’s 6th entry. It uses a combination of elastic bands and aluminum or carbon fiber plates to hold up to 12 payment and identification cards in a compact profile. The panels also provide an added RFID-blocking benefit, helping keep your personal information safe from fraudsters skimming for data. The wallet’s designed to give you a few options when it comes to carrying paper currency and other daily essentials, too. You can choose between an elastic cash strap or a traditional money clip made from spring steel. However you configure the wallet, its durability is above and beyond the call of duty, backed by a lifetime warranty to ensure enduring performance.


5. Canku C14 CF

When you think “tough working knife,” a slim, 0.6” profile probably isn’t what comes to mind. But within that compact frame Canku have manged to fit a serious amount of knife. The C14 CF’s D2 reverse tanto blade is robust enough for pretty much anything that needs cutting or poking, with plenty of metal for long or tough cuts thanks to a 4.7” blade. Despite the narrow width, the titanium handles come with a carbon fiber inlay for grip and aesthetics on the front, while a framelock and pocket clip take care of business on the back. When work needs to get done but EDC space is limited, check out last month’s 5th most popular knife.

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4. Thyrm PyroVault

The Thyrm PyroVault locks things down in an extremely durable, heat-resistant polymer enclosure sized to accommodate most butane and fluid windproof lighter inserts. It features aggressive grip surfaces and a spring-loaded latch for easy one handed use. Most importantly, its O-ring seal keeps elements out and minimizes fuel evaporation, making it a much more worthy companion for your outdoor excursions and less likely to run out of fuel when you’re out in the field. The spring latch combined with the enhanced water resistance gives it an edge over the more common peanut lighter alternatives, which can be cumbersome to unscrew and operate (especially when your hands are wet). The PyroVault the ultimate upgrade for your favorite EDC lighter.

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3. Gerber Dime

One of Gerber’s all-time most popular multi-tools continues to be one of their most useful, and it’s easy to see why EDCers have enjoyed its performance over the years. 10 tools that include pliers, scissors, cutters, and drivers fold into a compact 2.75” stainless steel package that sits comfortably on your keychain or in your pocket. And weighing only 2.2 ounces with an included split ring, the Dime is effortless to carry or clip to the rest of your gear. Available in 5 colors to match any loadout with a price tag that belies its utility, Gerber’s mini multi-tool is the perfect addition (or backup) to any EDC.

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2. Kershaw Launch 4

Automatic knives offer a quick way to get to the cutting, but they’re not always allowed in all locales. Kershaw designed the Launch 4 specifically for use in California, which allows for automatic knives under 2”. But don’t let the Launch 4’s 1.9” blade fool you. It comes in high-performance CPM154 steel, offering a robust combination of corrosion and wear resistance while maintaining respectable toughness and edge retention. Per its namesake, the Launch 4’s blade deploys and retracts at the push of a button, resting within its anodized aluminum handles when not in use. With its unique features and striking look in a compact size, the made-in-the-USA Launch 4 was last month’s 2nd most popular item.

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1. Klarus S1 Ti-Scal Nano Scalpel

There’s a reason for the term “surgical sharp,” and it’s embodied into the design and functionality of the Klarus S1 nano scalpel, last month’s most popular item. It’s set up to accept standard #11 surgical scalpel blades, which are extremely sharp and thin, with an angled straight sub-2” edge and a sharp point that makes delicate piercing tasks a breeze. These standard blades are easy to find and relatively cheap, since they are made to be disposed after every operation. Unlike a regular scalpel with a fixed blade design, the S1 features an ultra minimalist grade 5 titanium handle that folds up for easy carry and storage. It’s 4” overall when open, and only 2.3” when closed. Opening the blade is a two-handed manual affair, and while it lacks a locking mechanism, there’s actually a small tab in the pivot that helps keep the blade open with a slight amount of pressure.

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