The 20 Best Carbon Fiber Essentials for Everyday Carry

Photo: Dango M1 R-Spec Wallet

Any way you look at it, carbon fiber is a pretty magnificent construction material. It’s non-metallic — meaning it won’t set off any alarms when you go through a detector with it — but it can still be made up to five times stronger than steel. Furthermore, it’s also remarkably versatile. For instance, when utilized in aerospace or automotive applications, it can be made twice as rigid as steel. However, it can also be woven into a playable fabric that flaps and folds like cloth.

The combination of its durability, versatility, and (of course) its undeniably iconic appearance all make carbon fiber one of the most desirable materials used in everyday carry gear. And while it can be quite rare and, therefore, a bit more expensive than more commonplace materials, there are still bits of EDC gear made from carbon fiber for all budgets, styles, and purposes. In fact, we’ve gathered together 20 of the best pieces of carbon fiber everyday carry gear for the following guide.

Bastion Carbon Fiber Money Clip

Inject a bit of carbon fiber into even your most formal of EDC loadouts with the Bastion Carbon Fiber Money Clip. It’s subtle enough that it isn’t gaudy, but still boasts the material’s signature woven appearance and its legendary strength and durability. Best of all, it’s tight enough to secure even a single bill but flexible enough to handle an entire wad of cash.

Purchase: $25

Safedome AirPods Pro Carbon Fiber Case Cover

Your Apple AirPods Pro case is a necessity for keeping your earbuds charged up and ready, but you can keep the whole package all the more protected and stylish by getting this carbon fiber case cover for them. Its ultralight, tough as nails, adds virtually no extra weight, and will still allow for wireless charging.

Purchase: $35

Bastion Carbon Fiber Comb

While not everyone is going to want to add a comb to their everyday carry loadout, those that need to look their best at all times — be that for meetings, dates, or otherwise — might want to at least consider one. And, as it turns out, the folks at Bastion also make one in carbon fiber. That means its all-black, super-strong, ultralight, and it even comes with a keychain/lanyard hole.

Purchase: $35

Key-Bar Carbon Fiber Key Organizer

There’s no doubt that Key-Bar makes some of the best key organizers around. And while you can’t really go wrong with any of their offerings, this one is special for its all-carbon-fiber construction. Along with its iconic carbon weave appearance and colorway, it can also fit up to 15 keys (with extender screws), was made in the USA, and comes with a removable titanium pocket clip.

Purchase: $45

Deejo 37G Carbon Fiber Composite Knife

One of the most spectacular minimalist folding knives ever made, Deejo’s skeletonized and aptly-named 37g (which is also its weight) still manages to have an impressive array of material options. One of those is, thankfully, carbon fiber. While the bit of CF on the handle is admittedly small, there’s enough there to give this knife and its matching black blade a touch of sinister styling and, therefore, heightened desirability compared to its more pedestrian siblings. And it still even has a pocket clip and liner lock.

Purchase: $45

Boker Plus K.I.D. Cal 0.50 Tactical Pen

When it comes to EDC gear, carbon fiber is surprisingly underutilized in the construction of writing utensils. However, there are a few highlights — like the Boker Plus K.I.D. Cal 0.50 Tactical Pen you see here. It’s a bit bigger than traditional pens, making it better for use by people with larger hands or while wearing tactical gloves, but it also boasts a clever bolt-action deployment, compatibility with Fisher Space Pen cartridges, and comes with a lifetime warranty.

Purchase: $57

Nitecore NB10000 Power Bank

Nitecore didn’t have to make the world’s most compact and lightest 10,000mAh portable battery pack, but they did. And they used carbon fiber to construct its exterior shell — earning it a well-deserved spot on this list. Not only is it capacious enough to charge up your smartphone up to three full times, but it also boasts overcurrent, overcharge, and over-discharge protection.

Purchase: $60

Spyderco Panchenko Dog Tag Knife

Serge Panchenko is one of the most respected knife designers alive today — and with good reason. And the Dog Tag is one of his most popular designs. So popular, in fact, that the folks at Spyderco reached out to do a collaboration with him on this carbon fiber edition. It’s small enough to fit on your keychain, it can be worn on a chain around your neck, and (along with carbon fiber) it features a G-10 handle and CPM-S30V steel blade. If you’re looking for a small EDC knife and you’re fond of CF, go no further.

Purchase: $61

Leatherman Skeletool CX Multi-Tool

Originally designed for emergency use and to be included in the kit of first responders, Leatherman’s Skeletool has transcended its initial purpose and become one of the brand’s most popular offerings. That also means that it has seen some more premium editions, like this carbon fiber offering. Along with the CF handle scale, it boasts a 154CM steel knife blade, a multitude of other built-in stainless steel tools, an integrated carabiner clip for easier carrying, and it’s one-hand operable for even more convenience. Best of all, it comes with Leatherman’s 25-year guarantee.

Purchase: $80

The Ridge Carbon Fiber Wallet + Money Clip

When it was first released through a crowd-funding campaign, nobody could have known just how impactful The Ridge Wallet would be on the everyday carry world. Now, we can say confidently that they’ve helped revolutionize how many of us carry our cards and cash. They even make their wallets out of ultra-tough, ultralight carbon fiber — as can be seen here. And it still holds up to 12 cards, boasts RFID-blocking tech, and (in this case) has a spring-loaded money clip attached.

Purchase: $115

Dango M1 R-Spec Wallet

Inspired by the spirit and style of performance motorsports, Dango’s R-Spec wallet is perfect for anyone with gasoline in their blood. Of course, even if you’re not a speed demon, it’s still an impressive bit of EDC gear with its 10-card capacity, handcrafted-in-USA construction, RFID-blocking tech, and unique construction — the highlight of which might be that carbon fiber backplate.

Purchase: $129

Porsche Designs Carbon Card SH6 Holder

If a metal-framed wallet is a bit too rigid and/or cumbersome for your pockets, you’re not entirely out of luck. As it turns out, Porsche makes a cardholder wallet that actually features a fabric-style carbon fiber weave in its construction. It also comes with Nappa leather, six card slots, and built-in RFID-blocking built-right-in. As far as minimalist wallets are concerned, this one is pretty luxurious and well-constructed.

Purchase: $136

Olight Seeker 2 Pro Flashlight

A follow-up to the brand’s original Seeker Pro flashlight, this sequel is slimmer and lighter along with all the other exceptional features of its predecessor. That includes a rechargeable 4500mAh battery that can last for up to 12 days on a single charge, an output of up to 3,000 lumens, six different illumination modes, and more.

Purchase: $150

Lionsteel Nyala Titanium/Carbon Fiber Pen

If you want a carbon fiber EDC pen, but the Boker offering from earlier on this list is perhaps a bit too bulky, there’s a second option to be found in the Lionsteel Nyala. Perhaps obviously, the carbon fiber can be found around the body, but the rest of this handsome writing utensil is actually constructed from anodized titanium — which is another exceptional material. Better still, it’s compatible with Fisher Space Pen cartridges that allow it to write underwater, upside-down, or in zero gravity.

Purchase: $155

Benchmade 940 Osborne Knife

Benchmade’s 940 Osborne just celebrated a pretty big milestone: 20 years in production. And, interestingly, it’s still one of the best EDC knives of today. Not only does it have an iconic silhouette, but this one boasts a high-end CPM-S90V steel blade, carbon fiber handle, AXIS locking mechanism, and a lifetime guarantee. Best of all, it was made in the USA.

Purchase: $270

Casio G-SHOCK Master of G Gravitymaster GRB200-1A Watch

If you ever wondered how you could make G-SHOCK’s absolutely exceptional Gravitymaster watch better, the answer can be found here: incorporate carbon fiber into its construction. The result is an even more outstanding appearance to go along with this timepiece’s absolutely stunning array of features — ranging from the brand’s signature Quad Sensor system to Bluetooth phone app connectivity and control and so much more.

Purchase: $350

Oakley OO9174 Carbon Blade Sunglasses

For hiking, hunting, and other outdoor activities, a pair of performance sunglasses can help shield your eyes from the sun and any potential glare therein — which can, in turn, ensure you’re safer and more connected to your immediate environment, as you’ll be less distracted. And you can’t go wrong with these Oakley carbon fiber shades in that regard. The block out all UVA, UVB, UVC, and harmful blue light and are even equipped with the brand’s HDO (High Definition Optics) technology, ensuring everything through the lenses looks clear and crisp at all times.

Purchase: $406

Peak Design Travel Tripod

If you’re not a professional photographer or an obsessive amateur point-and-shoot fanatic, you’re probably not going to want to add a tripod to your EDC. If you are, however, and you have a penchant for carbon fiber, then you’ll find no better than Peak Design’s Travel Tripod you see here. Designed specifically to be compact and portable, this ‘pod is perfect for everything from your smartphone to your full-sized DSLR and won’t weigh you down much at all.

Purchase: $600

Tumi Dolton Flap Backpack

As mentioned, carbon fiber is most commonly used in its rigid form, but it can be made into a relatively pliable fabric — as is evidenced in Tumi’s Dolton Flap Backpack you see here. Yes, the large part of this backpack’s exterior is actually made from carbon fiber — meaning it is super tough, abrasion-resistant, and it looks spectacular. It also has plenty of room inside for all your daily EDC gear, including a 15″ laptop.

Purchase: $1,015

Panerai Luminor Marina Carbotech Watch

While most carbon fiber you may see comes in the form of a weave, that’s only one of the ways it can be manufactured. As you can see in the Panerai Luminor Marina Carbotech Watch here, it almost looks more like a matte-finished metal. Besides the unique case, this watch also has an automatic self-winding movement, a titanium caseback, luminous markings, and so much more.

Purchase: $12,200

The Complete Guide To Carbon Fiber

This miraculous material has probably been along for more time than you know. And its potential is practically infinite. Learn everything you need to know and more on our complete guide to carbon fiber.