Halloween is finally here. And while most people tend to carve their pumpkins long before this day arrives, there are others who know that waiting until the last minute means that your pumpkin-based artwork will be at its crispest and most clean when all the trick-or-treaters come by. While you could definitely get suckered into buying an overpriced low-quality carving kit at your local grocer or costume shop, we posit that you can get the job done better with your everyday carry gear, so long as you have the right tools to manage it. With that in mind, we put together this week’s pocket dump with an EDC loadout of tools perfect for designing and carving the ultimate jack-o’-lantern. And, once you’re done, they’re great to just keep on hand every other day of the year, as well.
Field Notes Expedition Pocket Notebook
Built to survive the rigors of Antarctic travel, these pocket notebooks — which come in a pack of three — boast waterproof, tear-resistant, and extreme temperature-resistant pages between their “Antarctic Survey Orange” covers. They’re also made in the USA. Even if you’re not using them to sketch pumpkin carving designs, these are some of the best pocket notebooks ever.
Fisher Space Pen Bullet
Made with the same technology that NASA astronauts have been taking with them up in the space shuttle for decades, the Fisher Space Pen has the ability to write underwater, upside-down, and in zero gravity. And that makes it one of the best EDC pens of all time, whether or not you use it to sketch out your spooky jack-o’-lantern. It’s also made in the USA and comes with a lifetime guarantee.
Leatherman Wave+ Multi-Tool
Leatherman’s Wave was already perhaps the best multi-tool ever made, which was only further set in stone when they came out with the Wave+ — a new edition that includes replaceable durable wire cutters. This version boasts 18+ built-in lockable tools, an all-stainless steel construction, and comes with a 25-year guarantee. You can carve a pumpkin with it and then you’ll probably want to just keep it in your pocket ad infinitum.
Benchmade 551 BK-ORG Griptilian Knife
Benchmade makes some of the absolute best everyday carry folding knives of all time. And, while we’d be happy with their basic colorway options, we’re also stoked that they come in unusual and interesting ones, like this black-on-orange 551 Griptilian. Of course, it’s also still made in the USA, features a 154CM drop-point plain edge blade mated to a nylon handle, and comes with the brand’s signature AXIS locking mechanism.