Everyday Carry: Five Alarm

While perhaps best known as an extremely spicy variety of chili, “Five Alarm” is actually a reference to one of the standard levels of severity and number of responding units for fire emergencies in a municipal area. For reference, a 5-alarm fire in New York City requires the response of 21 engine companies, 11 ladder companies, 9 battalion chiefs, and several other squads and officials. With that in mind, this week’s pocket dump was put together with inspiration from the brave men and women around the world who risk their lives to combat those fires. Because even heroes need a good set of everyday carry gear.

Opinel No. 8 Trekking Knife

The brand’s classic folding knife, made from birchwood and 12C27 Sanvik blade steel, in a more outdoorsman-friendly package – thanks to the inclusion of a lanyard hole and strand of leather lace, which can be tied to a hiking pack or pocketed just as easily.

Purchase: $18

Matador Mini Pocket Blanket

This incredibly small keychain-attachable bag actually folds out into a 2-person blanket constructed from the brand’s proprietary Hyperlyte nylon that has weighted corners; is water, dust, dirt, and puncture, resistant; and folds back up just as easily.

Purchase: $20

Keysmart Compact Key Holder

For anybody that likes to keep their keys well-organized and less cumbersome than your average keyring, the Keysmart compact key holder excels. It can fit up to 8 keys, is built from sturdy aircraft-grade aluminum, and even comes with a detachable key fob loop.

Purchase: $20

Recycled Firefighter Bifold Wallet

Actually built from decommissioned polyester fire hose, this incredibly durable wallet is sewn together with T-90 nylon thread (with a break-strength of 15 pounds), can fit all your usual cards, and even has a secondary band for easy-access to your spending cash.

Purchase: $39

Timex Weekender Watch

Don’t let the low cost of this watch fool you; it’s still one of the best watches of all time. Featuring a NATO strap, a reliable quartz movement, and a water-resistant (to 100 feet) stainless steel case, this watch is a handsome addition to any everyday carry.

Purchase: $33

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