Everyday Carry

Trending Gear: January 2023

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Everyday Carry
Reviewed by:
Bernard Capulong
Founder and Editor-in-Chief
14+ Years Reviewing EDC Products
Trending Gear: January 2023

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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 January you were interested in classy knives, magnetic multi-tools, and a sleek key organizer. Let's take a look at all the gear you were most interested in…


The Most Popular Gear from January 2023


Benchmade

10. Benchmade 319-1 Proper Slipjoint Knife

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Benchmade
Model
319-1
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$$$
The 319 Proper 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.
Kershaw

9. Kershaw Dividend Knife

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Kershaw
Model
1812OLCB
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$$
Like most Kershaw knives, the Dividend comes with a SpeedSafe-assisted flipper opening which secures with a steel liner lock. Its blade folds into lightweight anodized aluminum handles with a slight curve for a more comfortable full-handed grip. The Dividend's payoff comes from its blade. Its length is exactly 3 inches, giving it a balance of utility and compliance with many local laws.
Timex

8. Timex T49961 Expedition Scout 40 Watch

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Timex
Model
T49961
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$
The Timex T49961 Expedition Scout 40 is a quartz offering in the familiar combination of a 40mm-wide case combined with an easy-to-find and replace 20mm strap. This medium-sized version (there’s a larger 43mm variant) brings a healthy amount of wrist presence, without being too bulky, casual, or sporty-looking to bring to a work or business setting. The brass case comes in different finishes, and is rated water resistant to 50m, letting you take it for quick jaunts in the shower or pool. Mineral crystal glass covers the dial, which features different color and markings variations of the traditional 24-hour field watch aesthetic.
Olight

7. Olight i3T EOS AAA Flashlight

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‎Olight
Model
i3T EOS
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$
The smaller AAA platform for flashlights has usually traded down lumens for convenience and portability, but thanks to the continuous progression of technology, compact lights like the Olight i3T EOS now provide the function and output of its much larger brethren. This crowd-favorite EDC light is able to reach its 180 lumens maximum output from its Philips LUXEON TX emitter and hold it for 20 minutes, all on easy-to-replace alkaline batteries.
Seiko

6. Seiko SARB017 "Alpinist" Automatic Watch

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Seiko
Model
SARB017
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$$$$
The SARB017, also known as the "Alpinist," is a casual weekender option that fits right at home in the office as well as a weekend getaway. The 40 mm case offers plenty of space to display its striking green dial and gold-toned hands and numerals, surrounded by a rotating inner compass ring that comes in handy while on the trail. A date window takes its spot on the 3 o'clock position, while its complete dial design and complications sit under a sapphire crystal.
Leatherman

5. Leatherman FREE P2 Multi-tool

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Leatherman
Model
‎832636
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$$
Upon first glance, the new FREE P2 looks almost unrecognizable as a Leatherman tool with its shiny, new, futuristic design. It measures 4.25” long, 1.25” wide and about 0.6” thick, weighing in at 7.6 ounces. Compared to say, a Wave, it's a bit longer but overall proportionally balanced and significantly lighter. Despite the lighter weight, the FREE P2 boasts 19 tools total—even more than the beloved Wave—all well-curated to handle most everyday tasks.
Spyderco

4. Spyderco Tenacious Knife

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Spyderco
Model
C122GBBKP
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$
The Spyderco Tenacious continues to be a strong budget offering from the iconic brand for a practical EDC knife. It punches above its weight by offering a lot of the same features and functionality as its more expensive brethren in the Spyderco stable. 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.

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Leatherman

3. Leatherman Micra Multi-tool

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Leatherman
Model
‎64010101K
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$
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.
True

2. True Utility FIXR Keychain Multi-tool

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True Utility
Model
‎TRU-200B
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$
The FIXR offers 20 easily identifiable tools—including a carabiner clip, ruler, small cutting blade, pry bar, box opener, and more—in a robust package considering that it's about 3 inches long and weighs a hair over an ounce. Many pocket tools tend to be credit card-shaped or overly short, sacrificing usability for size. Instead, the FIXR’s modest length provides a better grip and more torque when using its tools. The FIXR also has three screwdrivers mounted on a rotating titanium-coated disc. You can use it to position the screwdrivers for easy access and use when you need them, or tuck them out of the way when you don’t.
Orbitkey

1. Orbitkey Key Organizer

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Brand
Orbitkey
Model
13578469605419
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$
Carrying your small everyday essentials in an organized way while avoiding pocket jangle and minimizing discomfort are some of the problems that EDCers look to solve on their way to perfecting their daily carry. Fortunately, there are products like the Orbitkey key organizer that allow you to keep your keys—and some optional accessories—handy, compact, silent, and pocket-friendly. This simple yet elegant solution involves the use of a tough and weather-resistant polymer TPU strap to sandwich up to seven of your keys, held by a screw-down mechanism.

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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