Everyday Carry: Top Shelf

A lot of people in the everyday carry community shy away from high-end gear and we think that’s a tremendous mistake. For starters, this decision usually hinges on the thought that you can find something good for cheaper. In some (usually rare) cases, that can be true. In others, it is so far from the truth that it’s laughable. The fact is this: especially in the EDC world, a piece of gear’s price is inherently ties to the craftsmanship that went into it and the overall quality of the materials used in its construction. You’re not just paying for a logo; you’re investing in gear that will last potentially for generations with proper care, through tough use, and will look good all the while. And it was with keeping that in mind that we put together this week’s pocket dump: a collection of gear whose price tag is more than matched by its overall quality.

Bellroy Note Sleeve Wallet

This slimmed down version of a classic wallet is made from high quality full grain vegetable tanned leather; can hold up to eleven cards, some cash, coins, and/or business cards; and features an organizational system that favors frequency-of-use organization. Bellroy never disappoints.

Purchase: $89.95

Tactile Turn Damascus Slider Pen

This gorgeous EDC pen is built from rare and highly sought after Damascus steel – a material well-known for its striking beauty and overall durability and strength – and features a smooth bolt-action clicker, weighs just two ounces, and is compatible with all Parker style refills.

Purchase: $299

Tsovet JPT-CC38 Watch

Housing a reliable Japanese quartz Miyota movement within, this handsome wristwatch is an exercise in functional minimalism – designed to showcase its traditional chronograph features via a clean format that’s pleasing to the eye. It’s housed inside of a 316L stainless steel case and comes with a comfortable and stylish classic leather band.

Purchase: $350

Reate Knives Wave

Don’t let the striking appearance of this pocket knife fool you; it is still an incredibly tough functional piece of gear. The 3.375″ blade is made from elite Bohler M390 steel, the handle is crafted from anodized 6AL4V titanium, and it is equipped with the brand’s smooth ball-bearing deployment system.

Purchase: $375

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