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Trending Gear: December 2022

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Trending Gear: December 2022

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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 December you were interested in a super-capable keychain light, a crazy versatile EDC pen, and a knife that defines the cross of functionality and affordability. Let's take a look at all the gear you were most interested in…


The Most Popular Gear from December 2022


Zero

10. Zero Tolerance 0350 Knife

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Zero Tolerance
Model
0350
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$$$
From its blade to its handle the 0350 represents a no-compromises take on a hard-use tactical folding knife, and its design is derived out of the tactical blades at the heart of Zero Tolerance’s line since it began. The 3.125" blade features S30V stainless steel and a modified drop-point blade shape that comes with a slight recurve in the hollow ground edge that amplifies this knife’s slicing power. The flipper tab makes for an easy one-handed deployment especially with the ZT SpeedSafe spring-assisted opening built into the handle. And the aggressive G-10 handle scales help ensure you won’t drop this knife even in the wettest conditions.
Gerber

9. Gerber Suspension-NXT Multi-tool

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Gerber
Model
30-001364N
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$
When you make multi-tools for tradespeople and military personnel alike, they're going to get the job done. But for the rest of us, that might be a bit overkill for everyday tasks and projects. That's why Gerber created the Suspension-NXT—a more compact, EDC-friendly butterfly-style multi-tool based on the original trade-oriented Suspension. And while the new Suspension-NXT weighs less and takes up less space in the pocket, it's packed with more features than ever and still fits your budget. Functionality-wise it retains its externally accessible locking tools for ease of access and safety during hard use. The NXT actually ups the total tool count to 15 from the original's 13, thanks to the addition of a new set of tools catering to EDC, including a wire stripper, medium flathead screwdriver, awl, file, and ruler. The NXT's main needlenose pliers are spring-loaded for comfortable, controlled performance even during longer tasks too.
Olight

8. Olight Warrior Mini 2 Flashlight

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Olight
Model
Warrior Mini 2
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$$
The Warrior Mini 2 leads the way for Olight's handheld flashlights in the 18650 form factor, able to push out up to 1,750 lumens for up to 220 meters in a pocketable 4.65" form factor. It comes with plenty of modern conveniences that give it an edge for an EDC light, including magnetic charging, multiple ways to carry with a lanyard loop and two-way clip, and a convenient two-switch system to navigate its 5 modes.
Benchmade

7. Benchmade 940 Osborne Knife

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Benchmade
Model
940
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$$$$
The Benchmade 940 Osborne is a 20-year-old design that continues to be a favorite in the EDC community. The svelte design features a sculpted 6061-T6 aluminum handle that fits a variety of hand sizes. It also lends itself to ambidextrous use with its dual-sided thumbstuds, reversible pocket clip, and smooth-operating AXIS Lock. As for the blade, it features the now-iconic reverse tanto shape that’s flat ground from premium CPM-S30V steel. This makes for a durable and useful cutter, slicer, and piercer that will serve you well for years to come.
RovyVon

6. RovyVon Aurora A8 Keychain Flashlight

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RovyVon
Model
A8 4th Generation
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Just released
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$
RovyVon's Aurora series has long been a champion of the keychain flashlight game, and the A8 comes with all the best features of the brand and its peers. Like its Aurora peers, the A8 comes in a similar combination of a durable polycarbonate body paired with a stainless steel bezel. The body is transparent to allow visibility of its key feature: side auxiliary LEDs in combinations of 365nm UV/red/white, white/UV/white, and amber/red/blue, depending on the additional utility you need in your day to day. Its main emitter, however, is your choice of either an SST-20 6500K LED with a max output of 650 lumens or a fan favorite Nichia 219C 5000K that can do 420 lumens at 90+ CRI. Whichever you choose, this new 4th generation A8 comes with a new metal side switch to navigate its modes, USB-C charging, and a new magnetic clip and tail.
Spyderco

5. Spyderco Para 3 Lightweight Knife

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Spyderco
Model
C223PBK
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$$
At just 2.4 oz thanks to its ultra-light FRN handle, the Spyderco Para 3 Lightweight truly lives up to its name as it steadily climbs our trending charts. And with a premium BD1N stainless steel blade featuring a full-flat grind and Spyderco’s trademark leaf-shaped design, it’s ready to take on any EDC task you bring to the table. The compression lock at the spine is built sturdier than their regular liner and lockback mechanisms as well, making this agile knife ready to take on heavy duty use when it’s required. And don’t just take our word for it: the Para 3 Lightweight won "Most Innovative American Design" at Blade Show 2019, and it features in many EDCer’s pocket dumps as a result.
BigIDesign

4. BigIDesign Ti Pocket Pro Pen

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BigIDesign
Model
Ti Pocket Pro
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$$

The Ti Pocket Pro is BigIDesign's most compact pen yet, measuring in at just over 4” with a Parker-style refill and a little over a half inch longer with a standard rollerball. It stands out from the pack thanks to its small size and ability to accept over 80 of the most popular pen refills out there. The key is in its tip mechanism: it's almost like the adjustable clutch on the end of a drill. As you tighten the grip, the clutch clamps down onto your refill of choice. The best part? It gets a just-right fit for a secure, wiggle-free writing experience. On the pen there’s also a beefy, ridged grip section, a sturdy pocket clip, and of course, solid grade 5 titanium construction.
Chris

3. Chris Reeve Knives Inkosi

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Chris Reeve Knives
Model
Inkosi
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Just released
Price
$$$$
For knife enthusiasts, Chris Reeve needs no introduction. His most iconic design, the Sebenza, has earned the title of “grail” knife for many EDCers for its innovative Reeve Integral Lock (commonly known as a frame lock on knives from other brands that eventually adopted this mechanism) and premium steel from Crucible on its blade. The Inkosi is an evolution of the Sebenza designed with EDC in mind. It retains a similar slim, minimalist design as the Sebenza but with more prominent choils for better ergonomics in hand. It boasts the signature Reeve Integral Lock in its titanium handles to secure its CPM S35VN steel blade.
Leatherman

2. Leatherman Micra Multi-tool

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Leatherman
Model
‎64010101K
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$
First introduced in 1996, the Leatherman Micra finds its way trending back up the charts. Despite its age the Micra still holds up today as an invaluable keychain tool thanks to its useful complement of tools, scissors-based butterfly design, and sturdy construction all in a compact package. Most other butterfly-style multi-tools sized for your keychain feature a set of pliers as their main tool, but not everyone can get much use out of pliers at that size. Scissors, however, come in handy for all sorts of daily cutting tasks in a more discreet way than pulling out your dedicated EDC blade. With that said, the Micra still comes equipped with a small penknife, a nail file and cleaning tool, screwdrivers, a bottle opener, a ruler, and even a set of tweezers.
Spyderco

1. Spyderco Tenacious Knife

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Spyderco
Model
C122GBBKP
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$
At the core of this capable cutting and slicing tool is a 3.39" flat-ground blade, which comes with the iconic leafblade shape and trademark Round Hole opener. It’s ground from 8Cr13MoV, an ubiquitous knife steel that sharpens easily and allows the Tenacious to hit its price point. This mid-sized knife features 4.5" G-10 handles, providing ample real estate for a firm grip, as well as a textured surface that provides security and control during use. To keep things secure when deployed, the Tenacious uses a stainless steel liner lock which is easy to access thanks to some jimping and a generous cutout on the show-side scales. The 4-way pocket clip gives you multiple carry options, while a lanyard hole lets you attach some cordage for style and better handling. This combination of functionality and affordability keeps the Tenacious trending on our gear charts.

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