Everyday Carry: Oxblood

As you might imagine, the color oxblood is a dark crimson that resembles the viscous liquid that runs through all our veins. But did you know that it’s name is quite literally derived from the fact that the blood of oxen was used to dye fabric, leather, and paint dating back as far as the late 1600s? And while it is used heavily in the fashion industry even today (you might recognize it especially as a color used in Dr. Martens leather boots), its applications transcend just clothing trends. In our case, there are a nigh countless number of tanneries that imbue the color into their leathers – like the world-famous Horween tannery in Chicago. And that bodes well for everyday carry enthusiasts, as it means you can get your hands on some killer functional gear that features the deep red hue, as is the case with this week’s pocket dump.

Defy Key Chain

Made with a military-grade rifle sling clip and tanned leather from Horween – one of the oldest and most respected tanneries in the United States – this Defy Bags handmade keychain has both toughness and style in spades. And it will only get better with age.

Purchase: $29

Ezra Arthur Small Leather Notebook

For any adventurer with a creative streak, an EDC pocket notebook is an indispensable tool. And this USA-made one from Ezra Arthur is one of the best – with a Horween leather exterior, 128 blank pages of Tomoe River paper, and a bookmark-line/grid guide hybrid to help keep your notes straight.

Purchase: $32

Inventery Mechanical Pen

A notebook is no good without something with which to write in it – and few EDC pens are as superb as this dead-quiet clicker Mechanical Pen from Inventery. It also features a solid brass unibody construction, a weight of just 2.22 ounces, a 5-year warranty, and each one is individually serialized.

Purchase: $90

Quiet Carry The Strand Knife

It’s rare to find an EDC knife with a unique balance of functionality and stylishness, but Quiet Carry has managed it masterfully in their Strand pocket folder. It features a high-quality D2 steel blade mated to a rugged and sleek titanium frame lock handle with a tip up pocket clip for easy access and convenient carrying.

Purchase: $139

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