The world has become a pretty difficult place to navigate recently. We’re never quite sure whether we’ll say something to offend someone, what conversation topics are off-limits, or what socio-political blunders will navigate their way into our lives. And truthfully, we’d rather just not worry about it at all. Fortunately, for us, there’s one part of our experience we can be absolutely sure of anytime and anywhere: our everyday carry. So long as we’ve got a capable complement of sturdy functional tools in our pocket – like the EDC gear in this week’s roundup – we can handle whatever nonsense the rest of the world can throw at us. And that control and certainty gives us a bit of comfort in a place that can be so very gray at times.
The Tin Mill Key Safe
Built from sturdy 304 stainless steel, this little keychain tool is an excellent contingency plan for any unforeseen circumstances. It weighs just 1.2 ounces, is tough enough to take a beating, and is waterproof – so it’ll keep your cash, medication, or whatever else you stash inside safe and dry.
StatGear Pocket Samurai Titanium Knife
There are occasions in which it isn’t practical to carry around a full-sized EDC pocket knife. For those moments, there’s the Pocket Samurai titanium knife. This 4.73″ (total) locking pocket folder is tiny and discreet enough to fit on your keychain without causing a stir, but still offers plenty of functionality thanks to its titanium handle and 440C blade.
MecArmy Illuminex-1 Flashlight
At just 1.61″ overall, this 8.9-gram micro-USB rechargeable flashlight is one of the most handy tool anyone can attach to their keychain. It offers a maximum runtime of 6 hours, an output of up to 130 lumens, is waterproof to 2 meters, operates by simple twist switch, and can quick-charge in just one hour. If you don’t have an EDC flashlight, you’re gonna want this one.
Big Idea Design 10-In-1 Titanium Pocket Tool
Shocking for its combination of small stature (3″ overall) and beefy functionality (10 different tools), the Big Idea Design 10-in-1 Titanium Pocket Tool is an excellent EDC multi-tool to have in a pinch. The exterior is made from grade 5 titanium; the insert is 420 stainless steel; and it boasts everything from a bottle opener, to dual screwdrivers, to 15 socket sizes, and more.
The Ridge Aluminum Wallet + Money Clip
The Ridge is easily one of our all-time favorite minimalist wallets. It can fit up to 12 cards in it without stretching out, offers RFID protection, weighs just 2 ounces, and is still as tough as they come. This one also comes with an attached money clip for any spending cash you might be carrying with you.
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