Everyday Carry

Trending Gear: September 2022

Authored by:
Mikey Bautista
Reviewed by:
Bernard Capulong
Founder and Editor-in-Chief
14+ Years Reviewing EDC Products
Trending Gear: September 2022

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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 September you were interested in a classic EDC knife, a pen that covers a lot of EDC bases, and a supercharged keychain flashlight. Let's take a look at all the gear you were most interested in…


The Most Popular Gear from September 2022


G-SHOCK

10. G-SHOCK GW-M5610-1ER

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G-SHOCK
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GW-M5610-1ER
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It’s been 30+ years since the original G-SHOCK DW-5000C was released back in 1983. While many things have changed since then, a lot has remained the same—don’t fix what isn’t broken, after all. And that’s exactly the case with the G-SHOCK GW-M5610-1ER. While it has been modernized to meet today’s standards, it preserves the DNA of the original, since only watches modeled after it can use the 5600 designations. The modern 5610 starts off with a shock-resistant case made out of resin, to protect against impact and vibration. Like its predecessor, this is a squared case, measuring 46.7 x 43.2mm.
Benchmade

9. Benchmade 556BK-S30V Mini Griptilian

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Benchmade
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556BK-S30V
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$$
Before the ultra-popular Bugout, there was the Benchmade Griptilian, an all-around knife that features a CPM-S30VN steel blade with excellent corrosion resistance and edge retention, as well as its little (and popular) brother, the 556BK-S30V. The 2.91" blade is an excellent size for EDC and gives you more than enough edge to get the job done, and with its classic drop point blade you’ll be able to cut, slice, and pierce to your heart’s content. The textured nylon handles give a comfortable touch and help maximize your grip, giving the knife its namesake, and brings the weight of the Griptillian down to 2.56 oz. As for deployment and lock-up, Benchmade’s iconic AXIS lock gives the knife ambidextrous performance and security while offering you convenient one-handed deployment. For carry options, you have access to a lanyard hole and a reversible, tip-up clip.
Knipex

8. Knipex Cobra XS Pliers

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Knipex
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‎8700100
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The Knipex Cobra XS is one of the most popular compact everyday carry tools and one look at its small size and innovative design makes it easy to see why. This precision-crafted German tool measures 3.9“ in length, but has a quick-adjust box joint mechanism that lets you grip up to a 1“ wide item all the way down to a flat sheet of paper when in its minimum position. Because it’s designed to fit in the fifth pocket of your jeans, you can always have this tool on you as a backup, and it’s great to have underneath a sink as you’re trying to get at nuts and fasteners in awkward spaces without a lot of clearance where larger traditional tongue-and-groove pliers and wrenches would fail.
RovyVon

7. RovyVon Aurora A1x Nichia 219C

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RovyVon
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Aurora A1
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$
RovyVon’s Aurora series of lights have become a staple in the EDC community when it comes to keychain flashlights, and it’s easy to see why. They’re super small, bright for their size, and versatile for both main and backup EDC. Case in point: the Aurora A1x, an upgraded version of the original A1, which comes available with a Nichia 219C emitter. This means that in exchange for a slightly lower output, you get massive gains when it comes to color accuracy. The A1x takes full advantage of a new side-switch for its operation. This single button comes in a smaller size to prevent accidental activation and pulls double duty as a low-voltage indicator.
Olight

6. Olight OPen Pro

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Olight
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OPen Pro
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The OPen Pro is the latest in Olight's line of machined pens, distilling all the key features of the prior OPen models into a sleeker form factor while still bringing more to the table. Like in previous models, the OPen can operate as a whole light and pen combo or as independent halves--the bottom utilizing a bolt-action operation for writing duty, while the top half is in charge of illumination. The aluminum alloy construction lends itself to super-tough everyday use, with knurling on the main barrel to help with grip. The 120-lumen light on the Pro takes a new position on the tip of its clip, while a Class 1 ≤0.39mW green laser sits up top. Recharging is also easy for this top half via USB-C. The OPen Pro helps cover a number of EDC bases in one sleek package, and takes the 6th spot for September.

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Western

5. Western Active Honey Badger

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Western Active
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Honey Badger
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The Western Active Honey Badger is a smooth-operating pocket knife that reflects the toughness and ferocity of its namesake animal. At 3.2 ounces and 4" closed, it offers a lot of performance in a value-packed, compact package. A flick of the flipper tab deploys the 3" 8Cr13MoV blade with a vigorous and audible snap thanks to smooth internal roller bearings, but you can also slow-roll it using the thumb hole cutout. The Honey Badger’s handle scales feature a distinct honeycomb pattern—a nod to the preferred food of its namesake—and it provides a secure multi-directional grip. The blade’s integrated and jimped finger choil further aids grip and handling, letting you choke up on the knife for extra precision and control. Retracting the blade is easy via the familiar liner locking mechanism, with the same smooth bearings letting it drop smoothly shut. When you’re done with it, tucking the knife away is convenient with its reversible deep-carry pocket clip. The Honey Badger is available in a variety of blade shapes, including a utilitarian wharncleaver, a clawback for emergency or tactical use, and choil-less straight edge upgraded to tough D2 steel.
Chums

4. Chums Surfshorts Wallet

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Chums
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Surfshorts
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$
In a sea of over-engineered, nigh-indestructible offerings, some selections shine through with uncomplicated and functional designs. This week’s trending Chums Surfshorts Wallet is one such option whose simplistic build would be a good fit for any active lifestyle. At 4.5”x3” this minimal wallet fits into small pockets, and ripstop nylon construction keeps it lightweight yet durable. Two zipper pockets accommodate a handful of cards and cash, one of which has a separate card window for IDs. Finally, the exterior features a key ring that can be tucked into its own pocket for easy access.
Victorinox

3. Victorinox Spartan

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Victorinox
Model
1.3603
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The Victorinox Spartan is a compact to medium-sized Swiss Army Knife designed for a wide range of everyday tasks. Inside its 3.6“ body, you’ll find 12 different functions. You get two different size blades, a can opener, two screwdrivers, a reamer, a key ring, a bottle opener and Victorinox’s iconic pair of tweezers and toothpick. There’s also room for a wire stripper whenever you need to do a quick repair, and a corkscrew ideal for a picnic or a celebration. This fan favorite weighs in at only 2.1 oz, providing you plenty of functionality without any of the bulk. Finally, you can find it in its classic red scales or 7 other different colors, so you can match it with your style and carry.
Gerber

2. Gerber Armbar Drive Multi-tool

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Gerber
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30-001587
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With the number of options out there, selecting the right multi-tool helps you complete a task-effective and pocket-efficient carry. The Gerber Armbar Drive tosses its hat into the ring with a compact form factor reminiscent of folding pocket knives, a usable fine edge, and an extendable bit driver. The aluminum handle holds a 2.5" blade that deploys via a thumbhole and is held in place by a sturdy framelock. The rest of the tools fold out in the same fashion: an awl, a pair of scissors, and a bit driver.
SureFire

1. SureFire Titan Plus

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‎SureFire
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Titan Plus
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$$
September's most popular item and still considered as one of the brightest AAA flashlights at 300 lumens, the classic SureFire Titan Plus continues to be a pocket favorite for the EDC community due to its compact form factor, simple twisty interface, and strong build quality. The nickel coated brass body gives it a hefty, premium feel, and the smooth machined threads let you know you’re handling a premium light. It comes with rechargeable NiMH battery, which powers the cool white Cree XP-G2 LED up to 300 lumens.

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 with an 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 the site's Director of Everyday Carry Operations, 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, or watching movies, you'll find him in the gym, speedrunning his next hobby, or 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, Outside, 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.

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