Novelist Carry

Brad Thor

I write about spies + the SpecOps community. Most of what they do is under the cover of darkness, and the color black plays heavily in their gear selection. I suppose, over time, that has seeped into my consciousness.

Black is sleek, timeless, and always stylish:

Field Notes - Pitch Black + Fisher Bullet Space Pen: I never know when a good idea is going to come my way and I always want to be prepared. There's nothing worse than getting a flash of something fantastic, only to lose it because you didn't bother to write it down. By carrying a small notebook + a pen that works no matter what the angle/weather conditions, I have no excuse not to commit everything to paper.

Knife - Otanashi noh Ken - Designed by James Williams for CRKT. Simply put, one of the most badass folding knives on the planet. Tons of SpecOps members carry James Williams' blades. Based on centuries-old Samurai designs, nothing on the market beats it. I carry it because men whose lives depend on their tools, also carry it.

Magpul iPhone 6 cover - I love the Magpul brand and I own tons of their gear for my rifles. Theirs is a wicked smart company, always on the cutting edge. If everything else I have is battle-ready, why shouldn't my phone be?

Gerber "Shard" keychain tool - Gerber makes some excellent products. I incorporated the "Shard" into my EDC so that I would stop abusing my knives. I open lots and lots of cardboard boxes, which dulls blades pretty fast. If my knife comes out in an emergency situation, I want it to be super sharp. The "Shard" does the day-to-day work I need done and is the packhorse to my Otanashi noh Ken thoroughbred.

Leatherman Style PS multitool. Multitools are great to have around. My problem was that whenever I needed mine, it was sitting in my bug out bag in my SUV. It was just too big to carry, and I'd be damned if I would wear something on my belt. Then Leatherman came out with this version and I knew I'd be carrying it everyday. Super small, super light, and super strong - no matter what the job, I'm always carrying the right tool.

Also in my bug out bag, is an awesome headlamp. Unless you're in a fighting scenario, they are absolutely the way to go. Unfortunately, I have yet to find a headlamp setup compact enough to EDC. That's why I carry a compact flashlight and love my Streamlight 88030 Protac Tactical Flashlight 1L. In addition to being small and lightweight, I love its battery shelf life and the fact that you can remove the pocket clip. I can also drop it in water for a half hour without fear, it offers easily indexed high and low intensity options, plus it includes a strobe feature - which every EDC'er should demand of any flashlight they carry.

Finally - I saved the BEST for last. My favorite EDC item is my Kobold Phantom Chronograph. How badass is this watch? Google "James Gandolfini Watch" and see what pops up. This is the watch my Navy SEAL protagonist, Scot Harvath wears and it is the watch I wear. From top-to-bottom this watch projects "Don't Fuck With Me" confidence. It is the Rolex for men who are the real deal. Kobold (of Pittsburgh, PA) has designed timepieces for not only special edition Land Rover vehicles, but has also sent their watches on some of the most harrowing global expeditions ever attempted by humankind. I love it because elite operators who do some of the world’s deadliest and most precision-demanding work, wear a Kobold. As far as I am concerned, that's the ultimate endorsement.

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