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Trending Gear: January 2020

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Trending Gear: January 2020

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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 January you were keen on unique pens, stealthy knives, and an ultra-tough timepiece. Let's take a look at all the gear you were most interested in…

10. MecArmy CMP Ti Compass

10. MecArmy CMP Ti Compass

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MecArmy
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In an age when we have GPS functionality in our phones, it’s hard to justify bringing a traditional magnetic compass. But not all places have signal, and you may not always have your smartphone on you, especially if your travels take you off-grid. Plus, if your compass is this handsome and handy, you’d find a way to take it with you everywhere. Light and compact at just 9 grams and 1.08 inches tall, the MecArmy CMP-2T Titanium EDC Compass makes for the perfect travel companion. Encased in an IPX5-rated, teardrop-shaped body, this tiny compass is small, yet tough enough to include in your daily carry or as part of your survival kit.

The D-shaped keyring at the top lets you easily attach it to your keychain, and you can also use it as a pendant with the included beaded necklace. Up front, the compass markers feature a luminous coating that glows in the dark for up to six hours after exposing it to a light source for one to three minutes. On the flip side, the caseback features MecArmy’s logo and branding engraved onto the CNC-machined titanium casing. Keeping this tiny compass on you, whether it’s on your neck, with your keys, or stowed away in your kit, will ensure you never lose your sense of direction during your adventures.
9. Tangram Brevis Fixed Blade Knife

9. Tangram Brevis Fixed Blade Knife

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Tangram
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TG1001
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Keeping it simple is part of a good survival philosophy, and this little scalpel of a knife lets you take a bit of that philosophy with you always. For a blade so simple and small, custom knife designer Dirk Pinkerton still managed to integrate a lot of useful features into the Tangram Brevis Fixed Blade Knife, last month's 9th most popular item.

The knife is made of Japanese Acuto 440 steel, designed for edge retention and corrosion resistance. It’s meant to be wrapped in paracord but can still be used bare, as aggressive jimping on the spine and an integrated finger choil make for a secure and comfortable grip. The 1.97-inch hollow-ground drop-point blade features enough edge and belly to do basic cutting tasks, whether you’re out in the wild or doing basic EDC chores. Despite being such a small and short blade, it still features a sharpener’s choil to help with blade maintenance.

The thin lightweight Kydex sheath provides good, positive retention, and its six rivets provide holes so you can use the Brevis as a neck knife, mount it on a clip, or attach it to other gear. It even has a drainage hole to help keep your knife dry should it—or you—take an unintentional plunge into water.
8. Knipex Cobra Pliers

8. Knipex Mini Pliers Wrench

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Knipex
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86 03 150
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Your eyes don't deceive you, this is a dedicated wrench and pliers set that's small enough to fit in a jeans pocket. At 5” long, the Knipex Mini Pliers Wrench have enough length to give you a solid grip but not too much to be too bulky for EDC. It's perfect for when you really need the right tool for the job and a standard multi-tool can't get it done. With multiple adjustment settings, you can use the Cobra Pliers to take on everyday mechanical tasks, and its angled design and coated handles give you the leverage you need to do the work safely and efficiently.
7. Victorinox Rambler

7. Victorinox Rambler

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Victorinox
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54031
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Last month's 7th most popular item is a compact multi-tool from one of the best in the business. Victorinox's 58 mm tools are some of the best options for keychain or backup EDC, with a robust variety of tools and models that let you dial in what you need most in your day. The Rambler comes with 10 functions, including a knife, scissors, combo bottle opener and Philips screwdriver, and Victorinox's ever-useful tweezers and toothpick slotted within the signature red scales. True to its name, the Rambler is the perfect addition to an outdoor ramble or weekend getaway EDC, while still compact and easy to carry enough to deal with everyday tasks.
6. Kaweco AL Sport Black Night Edition

6. Kaweco AL Sport Black Night Edition

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Kaweco
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K2022BNF
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Kaweco is known for their student pens and pocket pens, and their AL Sport is arguably their most popular model for everyday carry. While they periodically come out with special editions and colors, the limited Black Night Edition marks the first time they have gone with an all blacked-out aesthetic. The aluminum matte black body with unaccented markings, blacked out metal finial, and black steel nib lets it slip in perfectly into a stealthy carry.

Compact and robust, this German-made palm-sized fountain pen is just 4.1 inches closed, and has a octagonal-shaped screw-on cap for security and to prevent the pen rolling off tables or other surfaces. Posting the cap extends the full length to 5.2 inches, turning this mini pen into a comfortable jotter and notetaker. The aluminum body gives it some good weight in the hand and helps it survive daily wear and tear, and you can grab the optional pocket clip for a more secure carry. It comes with an ink catridge but you can also get Kaweco’s Mini Fountain Pen Converter so you can refill it with your own preferred brand and type of fountain pen ink. If you’re looking to carry a smooth-writing fountain pen that fits your all-black or tactical-themed EDC, check out last month's 6th most popular item.
5. Benchmade Bugout

5. Benchmade Bugout

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Benchmade
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535
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Halfway through January's most popular gear is one of the most popular ones to come out in recent years. Benchmade designed the Bugout from the ground up to be a lightweight, full-sized everyday carry beast of a knife. To get to just 1.85 ounces in weight, Benchmade turned to ultralight yet durable Grivory scales. The Bugout also sports a 3.24” long, premium CPM-S30V steel drop-point blade with a keen full flat ground edge. With a blade like that, you'll be ready to take on all challengers with it in hand. And whether you're on an outdoor trail or in an urban environment, you'll appreciate the solid lock-up Benchmade's included AXIS lock provides. The combination of features combined with Benchmade build quality add up to a knife well worth adding to your EDC. Check it out in its 4 versions.
4. Kershaw Induction

4. Kershaw Induction

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Kershaw
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1905
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Quick deployment and an innovative lock make the Kershaw Induction last month's 4th most popular item. A flipper tab placed well forward of the pivot makes the combination black oxide-coated and satin-finished blade fly out for easy and rapid deployment. A finger choil cut into the 8Cr13MoV drop point blade and the contours built into the aluminum handle make make the knife comfortable to use. Textured glass-filled nylon (GFN) inlays in the handle help to improve grip for more vigorous cutting tasks.

When you’re done working with the knife, you simply slide back the tabs of the Hawk Lock to release the blade. Unlike similar looking slide-actuated locks, this lock does not let the blade hang loose, thus preventing accidental closure and possible injury. It’s designed by the innovative team of father and son knifemakers Grant and Gavin Hawk, and the Kershaw Induction is a great and affordable way to experience and own a knife with their design. Finally, a stainless steel clip let’s it ride in your pocket in a left or right hand tip-up carry configuration. Great lines, fast flipping and an ingenious locking mechanism make the Induction a great candidate for your next EDC knife.
3. Spyderco BaliYo

3. Spyderco BaliYo

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When talking about a balisong, one immediately thinks of the popular butterfly knife that traces its roots as well as its modern incarnation to the town of Balisong, Batangas in the Philippines. But while its popular incarnation is best known as a blade designed for self-defense, other aspects of its features can be used for harmless fun, too. The whole action and motion of "flipping" a balisong is a skillful and fidget-friendly practice, and allows the flipper to show off flair and dexterity, similar to doing pen or lighter tricks. Of course, flipping an actual knife, as many people have learned, isn't the safest activity, which is why "trainers" like Spyderco's BaliYo allowed flipping to be more fun than a timer until the next accident. While first and foremost the BaliYo is a pen, its three-pronged construction with weighted handles allows you to simulate flipping to give you all the experience and practice without the worry of a sharp edge. With a nice nod to an EDC favorite, the BaliYo even takes the Fisher Space Pen ink cartridge as its refill, as well as a steel spring clip for ease of carry.
2. Harnds Assassin

2. Harnds Assassin

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Harnds
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CK9171BK-BT
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With an ultra-sleek profile, blacked out color scheme, and a quick action thanks to ball bearing flipper deployment, it's no surprise where the Harnds Assassin gets its name from. Last month's penultimate item is an inexpensive knife to add to your stealth-themed EDC, and comes with solid features that are well above its price point. From its 3.78" Sandvik 14C28N steel (58-60 HRC) blade which comes with a titanium finish to lightweight and grippy G10 handles, the Assassin offers a lot of value, and is sleek enough to slip into the suit of a suave spy. A modest clip allows you to carry the knife with ease, and a 5.03" closed length ensures a compact profile. Check out the Harnds Assassin in your choice of three blade and handle finishes.
1. LÜM-TEC Abyss 400M-3

1. LÜM-TEC Abyss 400M-3

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400M-3
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With a design that traces its roots to their extra-large, 48mm, diver-centric 600M series, last month's most popular item--LÜM-TEC’s Abyss 400M-3--is a more compact and wearable version of the brand’s take-anywhere watch. This particular colorway, featuring a black face with a brown vintage-stitched leather strap, is a limited edition of 100 numbered pieces. The watch features a bold design with prominent Arabic numerals and half-lumed cut-out hands contrasted on a matte black CNC-cut dial, protected by a sapphire crystal with a double anti-reflective coating. A large screw-lock crown and a 22mm-wide strap enhance wrist presence, while a subdued titanium carbide bead-blasted coating and a simple date window manage not to detract from the bold aesthetic.

Form follows function though, as the 316L marine-grade stainless steel case with an extra-large screw-lock crown allows you to take this watch down to depths of up to 400 meters. Inside the 42mm case beats a reliable Japanese Miyota 9015 caliber which features a hand-winding and hacking automatic movement. The use of MDV (“Maximum Darkness Visibility”) Technology—a multi-layer application of Super-LumiNova—on the hands and indices ensures legibility wherever you may take it.

What stood out to you most in this monthly round-up? Let us know in the comments below.

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That, sirs or madams; is a photo and link to the Knippex pliers wrench. The cobra has grooved jaws, the pliers wrench has smooth jaws.
My apologies. I've corrected the name of the tool everywhere I could on the site and will make sure to double-check in the future.
Like the name "Tangram." Looks like a nice Neck Knife. Wore one for a year. Never used it once. Still part of my hiking kit tho'.
You continually inspire me to look for better and less expensive alternatives.

For example:
20mm Button Compass Liquid Filled
$3.59
On Firesteel dot com
Any post with a Benchmade is a friend of mine. Add a compass and some Knipex. Solid. I have those Knipex in my truck I use them all the time for so many different things.
You don‘t read your Twitter replies, do you? The picture of the Knipex Cobra Pliers you present here (and have done so in at least two Tweets in January) are the Wrench Pliers ... -- as it has already been commented multiple times over there. Rely on your follower power, they're smarter than you may think.
My apologies. I've corrected the name of the tool everywhere I could on the site and will make sure to double-check in the future.