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Trending Gear: July 2020

Mikey Bautista
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Trending Gear: July 2020

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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 July you were keen on classy pens, compact knives, and life-saving tech. Let's take a look at all the gear you were most interested in…

10. BigIDesign Bit Bar

10. BigIDesign Bit Bar

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BigIDesign
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Bit Bar
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$$
If a screwdriver happens to be your most-used everyday carry tool, consider adding BigIDesign's Bit Bar to your pockets. It's a dedicated micro driver set with a full-sized handle and eight different essential bits that will let you get your work done no matter where you go. And because the bits are designed to accept the standard 1/4” hex size, you can customize the tool to work with even the most exotic and proprietary screws you find. It's available in both grade 5 titanium and lightweight fiberglass-reinforced nylon, and its design is TSA-compliant, unlike most multi-tools out there.
9. CRKT Squid

9. CRKT Squid

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CRKT
Model
4008075
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$
The CRKT Squid comes in at #9 as one of the brand’s bestselling small pocket folders. CRKT’s secret to the Squid is getting its key features—size, weight, and price—"just right." The short 2.16" blade has a useful and wide drop-point shape with enough belly to make it both a capable piercer and slicer. At 3.48" closed and weighing 3.5 ounces, the knife is small and light enough to take everywhere, whether in your pocket or pack. While it may be small in the hand, grooves on the blade spine and a finger cutout in the all-steel handle help you with grip and control during use. The low-profile pocket clip leaves a small corner of the knife visible in the pocket, while the steel backspacer features a lanyard hole that you can use to attach a lanyard or cordage. The CRKT Squid is a tiny, tough and affordable pocket folder offering great value and functionality.
8. Kaweco Brass Sport

8. Kaweco Brass Sport

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Kaweco
Model
10000917
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$$
The Kaweco Brass Sport is the heavy duty, beefed-up, antimicrobial big brother of the the German-made pocket fountain pen family. The solid brass chassis is finished raw to develop a unique patina over time, giving you a distinct vintage aesthetic as you use it over the years. At 42 grams, it’s heavier than some of the plastic variants, but this gives it a solid and hefty feel that keeps the nib pressed on paper as you write while giving it a bombproof and durable quality. The cap unscrews to post at the back of the pen, making this pocket-friendly writer comfortable to use for extended note writing. A plastic insert in the cap keeps ink from drying out too quickly, and the lighter material helps keep the pen feeling balanced in hand despite its brass construction. As a fountain pen, it lays down smooth fine lines on paper, and comes out of the tin with two ink cartridges. Smooth performance and a sturdy chassis keep the Kaweco Brass Sport a relevant EDC pen choice.
7. Gerber Dime

7. Gerber Dime

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Gerber
Model
30-000469
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$

With plenty of pocketable features at an affordable price, the Gerber Dime has cemented itself as one of the best and most popular budget multi-tools you can EDC. It’s also light and compact enough to hang off your keychain at 2.2 ounces and 2.75" long when closed. It follows the familiar format of fold-out pliers, with the other tools packed into the butterfly-opening handles. Inside, you’ll find a plain-edged blade and a package opener on one side, while scissors, a flathead driver, and a small crosshead driver with an integrated file on the other. All of these deploy without having to open the handles of the pliers, which also features wire cutting edges within its jaws. At the end of one handle you’ll find a useful bottle opener as well as access to a removable pair of tweezers. On the other is a small keyring that allows you to hang the Dime with the rest of your keys. The stainless steel construction keeps this compact and feature-filled multi-tool robust enough to hang with you every day.
6. SOG Snarl Neck Knife

6. SOG Snarl Neck Knife

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SOG
Model
JB01K-CP
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$

The SOG Snarl is a neck knife that’s a good option for a backup blade in your kit, but it’s also functional and ergonomic knife on its own. Designed by custom knifemaker Jason Brous and based on his Silent Soldier design, this blade features great hand feel as well as his signature aesthetics. It’s made from corrosion-resistant 9Cr18MoV stainless steel, and features a wharncliffe-style blade that’s chisel ground for easy maintenance. The 2.3" edge dominates most of this 4.3" long knife, but you’re not left with too little to hold on to, as two large finger holes plus jimping on the spine give you a solid and comfortable grip during use. There are extra holes and cutouts on the blade, lightening it and keeping it a svelte and neck-pleasing 1.9 ounces. The SOG Snarl also comes ready for deployment with its own molded Kydex sheath and neck chain, giving you immediate access to a useful blade right out of the box.
5. TwoSun Titanium Prybar

5. TwoSun Titanium Prybar

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TwoSun
Model
TST003
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$
Despite being a slim piece of metal able to fit and--for the most part--offer leverage when it comes to certain tasks, your knife is better off not being a full-time pry bar. Sure, it worked that one time, but a chipped knife is a reprofiling headache not worth repeating. Instead, we're looking at a tool more apt for the job, the TwoSun Titanium Prybar, last month's middle of the trending list. It's exactly what it describes, a TC4 titanium, 5.5" long, 0.3" thick pry tool with a slotted edge, letting you work both nails and narrow spaces alike. The edge also comes scored with a vertical pattern, offering a texture that gives its pry face more purchase and traction. The tool also makes the most of its body by adding functions where it can, like a bottle-opening slot towards the edge and 3 hex sizes punched into the body. As for EDC, the tool comes with a clip for pocket carry and a finger slot on its tail end to help with both grip and retrieval from your pockets.
4. Benchmade Propper 319

4. Benchmade Propper 319

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Benchmade
Model
319
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$$$
At #4 for July is Benchmade's first take on a classic slip joint folder. It's a non-locking folding knife with a ton of character, crafted by one of the best blade makers in the USA. Instead of the cheap carbon steel you commonly see on slip joints, the Proper uses a corrosion-resistant, American-made CPM-S30V steel on its 2.86” blade. Its sheepsfoot blade shape is ideal for a variety of cutting and slicing tasks, thanks to the large belly and distinct point. In keeping with the traditional slip joint design, the Proper comes with scales made of either red contoured G10 or a dark brown canvas micarta that both give a unique tactile feel and extra grip. It opens and closes with a nail nick and the slip joint mechanism keeps it firmly in place. There’s no pocket clip, but there is a lanyard hole so you can easily grab it from your pocket.
3. CW&T Pen Type-B

3. CW&T Pen Type-B

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CW&T
Model
Type-B
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$$$$
The CW&T Pen Type-B sports a simple, logo-less, and minimalist design that belies the high level of thought and execution behind its conception. Its cap is held in place by an N52 Neodymium magnet that covers most of the length of its 4.9" body, preventing unwanted removal and loss. Precision machining with tight tolerances turn the pen into an air piston as it smoothly glides in or out of its cap: as you replace the cap into the closed or open position, micro-perforations machined into the pen body control the air flowing out, prevent you from slamming the cap onto the pen tip and preventing trapped air pressure from popping the main body of the pen out. The cigar-shaped cap also features a machined flat surface on one side that prevents the pen from rolling off your desk. The CW&T Pen Type-B measures 5.4" capped and 5.7" posted, and takes the smooth writing Pilot Hi-Tec-C gel ink refill. You have four choices for the cap and body combination: the machined Brass cap pairs with a stainless steel body, while the Titanium Matte, Titanium Polished, and Black Cerakote-treated titanium caps are matched with titanium bodies for a premium and lightweight build.
2. KNIPEX Cobra Pliers

2. KNIPEX Cobra Pliers

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KNIPEX
Model
8701125
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$

The KNIPEX Cobra Pliers are water pump-style pliers (also known as tongue-and-groove type) from a German-based company long known for their focus on quality and on a single product group. A century of dedication and craftsmanship results in a functional design that is also comfortable to use, thanks to ergonomically-shaped rubber-sheathed handles. The Cobra Pliers also feature a curved jaw grip that’s slimmer than usual, making it easy to slip into where it’s needed as well as keeping the overall weight of the package down. On the side, there’s a small spring-loaded button that lets you change the width of the lockable jaw opening, making this a smooth-operating, one-handed tool that’s simple to use. If your EDC tasks require more from your pliers than the usual ones integrated into multi-tools, a dedicated pair like the KNIPEX Cobra Pliers is called for. There are bigger versions, but this standard 5-inch model may be best for daily carry and EDC tasks.
1. BaoFeng UV-5R Two-Way Radio

1. BaoFeng UV-5R Two-Way Radio

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BaoFeng
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UV-5R
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$

The worst thing that can happen in a car is getting in trouble somewhere and not being able to call for help. Cell phone service isn’t available everywhere, and even in a big city the lines can get jammed when everyone is trying to call in an emergency. With the right licenses, you can transmit messages on ham frequencies with a radio like the BaoFeng UV-5R, last month's most popular gear, letting you get the help you need to yourself or for others. It's a 4-watt, two-way radio in the frequency range of 136-174 MHz and 400-480 MHz for a wide range of transmission, and features a dual-band and dual-frequency display with 128 channels at your disposal. It even comes with an FM radio and LED flashlight for the most dire emergencies.

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

To keep up with past trending gear, be sure to check out our round-up archives.

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