Everyday Carry: 20 Carbon Fiber EDC Essentials

Carbon fiber is magic. It’s a string of carbon a tiny fraction of a millimeter in thickness that is woven into a black sheet which is one of the most durable materials ever created. Since it begins life as a fiber, it can be molded into almost any shape imaginable, and is quickly becoming one of the most adored materials in the 3D printing world. We love it because when you slap a little carbon fiber on your EDC gear it becomes a sexy black beast that looks good with everything, laughs off damage, and disappears into your pocket.

Ultra-light and extremely low-maintenance, carbon fiber is a favorite of military personnel, space explorers, and anyone else whose job is right on the razor’s edge. Nearly anything made correctly out of carbon fiber can live in your everyday carry kit, so the problems isn’t in locating something good. The problem is in finding the right mix of style and substance so you can get more than just another matte black piece for your pocket. With the 20 carbon fiber EDC essentials, you’re well on your way.

Vktech Real Carbon Fiber Money Clip

Vktech Real Carbon Fiber Money Clip

Test Drive: We suggest the VKTech clip for everyone thinking about going deep into carbon fiber carry. Despite the price, this clip can last for years without ever showing the punishment it receives.

Purchase: $8

Centri Designs Bottle Opener Keychain 2.0

Centri Designs Bottle Opener Keychain 2.0

Conversation Piece: Perhaps a few dollars more than we would usually spend for a bottle opener, there’s a smoothness to this keychain; a raffishness that will bring it out time and again for examination by curious onlookers.

Purchase: $19

Carboneer Keychain Clip

Carboneer Keychain Clip

Get Attached: You don’t need to change your whole EDC kit to rotate in a simple new gadget. Weighing scant ounces, with a slim frame that won’t consume pocket space, the Carboneer is just enough multi-tool for you to get a glorious taste of having carbon fiber on hand.

Purchase: $20

Ultralight EDC Comb

Ultralight EDC Comb

Friend of the Groom: Able to fit into a breast or hip pocket with ease, then appear to tame your luscious locks, the EDC comb is a requirement for anyone who has ever been plagued by stray hairs or substandard pomade.

Purchase: $35

NukoTools Fatboy

NukoTools Fatboy

Punch Drunk: Essentially a carbon fiber knuckle duster, there’s twill on the exterior of the FatBoy with unidirectional fibers comprising the inside. The dual fibers make for a more dense pack that makes the Fatboy hit like half a brick in a sock.

Purchase: $40

Boker Plus Tactical Pen K.I.D.

Boker Plus Tactical Pen K.I.D.

Fight or Write: Perhaps one of the only times that carbon fiber is used to its intended purpose, this is a tactical pen made for scrawling notes on the hood of a Humvee. It will handily withstand a life of action, and switches from being a writing implement to a weapon in a moment.

Purchase: $45

Monteverde Jewelria Carbon Fiber Pen

Monteverde Jewelria Carbon Fiber Pen

Learning Letters: At the midpoint between the expensive carbon fiber pens you would never take out of your house and the EDC pens you can use and lose exists the carbon fiber pen from Monteverde Jewelria. Twist action prevents parts from breaking and lets you decide how to use it.

Purchase: $50

Boker Plus Anti-Grav Knife

Boker Plus Anti-Grav Knife

Pure Pottery: A ceramic blade is actually what makes this knife special, as it can go to as fine and deadly an edge as you could want. Fluid release and a superb pivot mechanism show that with a good CF handle, anything is possible.

Purchase: $52

Leatherman Skeletool CX

Leatherman Skeletool CX

Just a Hint: Mostly stainless steel, any carbon-fiber purist is going to want to have the Skeletool on their belt. Made to be a lightweight multi-tool outfitted with a comfortable grip that’s intended for fast, mobile work, it’s a true laborer through and through.

Purchase: $67

Titanium:Carbon Fiber KeyBar

Titanium/Carbon Fiber KeyBar

Best of Both: Here’s two of the most useful EDC materials combined to form a sharp and unbreakable way to tote your keys. Titanium on one side, carbon fiber on the other; with multiple screw sizes for any number of keys, this is how a professional organizes.

Purchase: $70

Carbon Trim Solutions iPhone 6:6s Case

Carbon Trim Solutions iPhone 6/6s Case

Original: The first company to make a carbon fiber case for the iPhone 6 is also one of the first to perfect it. Smooth as fine Huzhou silk in a glossy or matte finish, the case itself works to help show off as much as protect your device; because if you buy Apple, you want people to know it.

Purchase: $79

Invicta 12562X Pro Diver

Invicta 12562X Pro Diver Watch

Water Wear: A simple stainless steel band surrounds the carbon fiber dial on this diving watch complete with unidirectional bezel for a safer diving experience. 660 feet worth of water resistance shore it up against wetness, and a mineral crystal protects the interior and shows minimal scratches over time.

Purchase: $80

Keyclip

KeyClip 6 Clear

Identity Guard: The 6 Clear is mostly 6061 aircraft aluminum meant to help you hold a few credit cards and some cash, or whatever combination of cards, cash, keys, and USB drives you want to put on it. In this case, the carbon fiber is to protect you from digital thieves, so it’s downplayed and left on the interior.

Purchase: $99

The Ridge Carbon Fiber

The Ridge Wallet Carbon Fiber

Cash In: Made for the man who still wants to keep everything in his wallet, this is a nod toward minimalism that works more like a standard bi-fold or tri-fold wallet, but with the added security of carbon fiber.

Purchase: $115

Spyderco Sage

Spyderco Sage

Premium Cuts: To the adherents, the Spyderco name says that this is a quality knife. If you want more proof, look at the CPF-S30V steel with the LinerLock system and the comfortable, ergonomic twill body complete with deep carry clip and broad flat-ground cutting surface.

Purchase: $139

Atlas C57 Flashlight

Atlas C57 Flashlight

Artisanal Illumination: Triple aesthetic options to choose from, the C57 is an impressive 1000 lumen spotlight in a pocketable carbon fiber body. A sapphire lens and aluminum frame add in resistance to damage without compromising weight or size.

Purchase: $160

Zero Tolerance 0770CF

Zero Tolerance 0770CF

Fighting Chance: ZT is a brand on a mission. Made with a military mindset, their entire lineup is fast flipper knives for hard work in terrible conditions. The 0770CF carries on this tradition in style, using a reversible clip, ELMAX steel, and our beloved carbon fiber scales on the ergonomic handle.

Purchase: $180

Casio G-SHOCK GW-S5600-1JF Solar

Casio G-SHOCK GW-S5600-1JF Solar

Back in Time: A style that has become 80’s retro, the G-Shock is a seriously tough watch meant to stand up to seismic shocks, literally. Solar power keeps it charged and easy world time settings permit jet-setters to make their meeting in Dubai without a hitch.

Purchase: $220

Benchmade 940-1 Osborne

Benchmade 940-1 Osborne

The Legend Continues: Benchmade is a power unto itself in the EDC world, but the Osborne is known to those who have never otherwise heard of the company. The powdered S90V steel is nothing short of elegant, the handle a slender work of art, and the Tanto blade makes for a serious self-defense knife.

Purchase: $268

Carbon Fiber Damascus Grain Ring

Carbon Fiber ‘Damascus’ Grain Ring

Rule Them All: Precious metals come with mining, which isn’t ideal for the environment, and getting the right size can be difficult if you don’t fall into standard categories. With this piece you get a striking black ring marked by a robust grain that draws notice faster than platinum. Fits any size finger.

Purchase: $345

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