Everyday Carry

Trending Gear: March 2019

Authored by:
Mikey Bautista
Reviewed by:
Bernard Capulong
Founder and Editor-in-Chief
14+ Years Reviewing EDC Products
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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For more trending gear round-ups, check out our past guides from the archives.

Mikey Bautista

Director of Everyday Carry Operations

About the Author
Mikey Bautista is an everyday carry (EDC) expert who has been working with the EverydayCarry.com team for nearly a decade, starting out with interest in EDC as a hobby and ending up as a writer for the site in 2014. Through the years he’s led the site in editorial content and writing about products across every category, from knives to bags to flashlights and everything in between, as well as discovering, bringing exposure, and building bridges with many brands in the industry. Today he is Director of Everyday Carry Operations for the site, leading the editorial team and managing day-to-day operations.

He has lived through many personal and professional lives, spending nearly a decade in the workforce management industry, a minor career in gaming, and has lent a hand with entrepreneurial efforts back home in the Philippines. He has also been an active participant and helped build a number of significant social communities online, both for EDC and his other hobbies.

Mikey has been at the cusp of gaming, technology, and the internet since the ‘90s and continues to lend his experience, expertise, and authority to all his pursuits. When not online, in a game, watching movies, or speedrunning his next hobby, you’ll find him in the gym, taking care of his pug, and talking at length about EDC with anyone willing to listen.

Bernard Capulong

Founder and Editor-in-Chief

About the Reviewer
Bernard Capulong is an everyday carry (EDC) gear expert, entrepreneur, all-around nerd, and the founder and editor-in-chief of EverydayCarry.com—the largest online community for EDC gear enthusiasts. Since founding Everyday Carry in 2009, he’s built over a decade of experience in the industry, reviewing and highlighting brands and products, including pocket knives, flashlights, wallets, watches, bags, pens, and much more.

Bernard is known for bringing everyday carry out of obscurity and into the mainstream, having been published or featured in various publications such as GQ, TIME Magazine, The New York Times, VICE, HYPEBEAST, and many others. He has also played a part in curating, designing, and developing digital and physical products, resulting in successful crowdfunding projects or limited edition collaboration products with established softgoods brands. He stays on the pulse of the EDC industry by attending trade shows, participating in online interest communities, and actively engaging with fellow gear enthusiasts on social media.

In addition to being the editor-in-chief and main social media personality for EverydayCarry.com, Bernard is an avid gearhead and collector in general. His personal collections span technical bags, fountain pens, digital cameras, retro gaming hardware, personal hi-fi audio gear, and mechanical wristwatches, to name a few. Bernard Capulong is a prominent figure and trusted authority in the everyday carry industry with a career dedicated to helping people discover this hobby and stay prepared with quality gear.

Discussion (3 total)

Zero ·
Sadly, the Klarus S1 is not produced by Klarus. Additionally it's a bad copy of a crowd-funded campaign. The original was designed by 3Coil, who partnered with Titaner to do the tooling. Titaner stole the design and produced it to take to market themselves, rushing the design in the process before it was tweaked.
Yeah you're a bit late dude...
They always post the "Trending Gear" for any month, after the given month. That way they can take account of the trends during the full course of that month, from start to finish.