One of the things to remember when putting together an EDC kit is the kind of style message you want to convey. Everyday items are not just about function, they’re part of an overall look. We’ve found that brass, with its muted glimmer and heavy-duty feel, is one of the most interesting and esoteric choices when it comes to everyday carry equipment. Unlike titanium, which seems custom-built for EDC, brass is heavier and softer, making it less utilitarian but more noticeable, with a style uniquely its own.
If you decide that you want to add in some brass pieces to your pocket, briefcase, glove box, or belt loops, you need to choose wisely. The wrong brass piece could dent itself or cause damage to other items due to its heft. It’s going to alter your balance and since the metal isn’t as hard as some, you have to choose pieces that will be useful and not just ding and bend when you need them most. So that you know where to begin, or which items fit the bill, we found 20 brass EDC essentials.
Best Wishes Key
Contempt Carry: When we find ourselves a little fed up with the world, nothing cheers us up quite like a key that perfectly expresses our feelings. Sassy brass and colorful, it’s the preferred way to get through a lock.
Fisher Brass Bullet Space Pen
Zero G: Pen your memoirs at any angle with Fisher’s Brass Bullet. Attractive brass casing and the capacity to write in the vacuum of space, this is an adventurous pen that begs to be taken far past ordinary boundaries. Assembled in the US and bearing an unconditional lifetime guarantee, there’s no downside.
Zippo Armor Brass Lighter
Fire Bearer: Survivalists say that during a disaster scenario, you should have at least 3 ways to make a fire. Even if you’re not a smoker, you’ll want this on hand for staying warm, or pop it in your bug out bag for EDC after the government has collapsed.
Keychain Duct Tape
Ties that Bind: Duct tape holds the world together, but you often have to buy a huge roll, which is not good for EDC. This keychain miniaturizes the sticky stuff to a pocket spool with stunning brass accents.
Mint Condition Money Clip
Cash Carry: Ditch your bulky wallet in style by getting this cash and credit card holder that adds a little extra flair to your life each time you whip it out to make it rain.
Taylor Stitch Keyhook
Casting Call: Organize your keys for quicker draw and simpler transportation. The Keyhook is cast from raw, pure brass that will patina as it ages, looking ever more distinguished as time goes on and it suffers through life with you.
Solid Brass Key Ring
Entry-Point: If you aren’t sure if you’re ready to take the brass plunge, give this a test. It’s not flashy, functions like any high-quality screwing keyring, and can even be had with a black oxide finish if you want the feel of brass without the shine.
Mark and Graham Brass Comb
Fashion Accessory: You don’t always have the opportunity to go get your hair did whenever a lock drops out of place. Having this heavy haircare item will keep you secure and quaffed between barber (aka salon) visits.
Cause And Effect Thin Brass Bar Cuff
Wraparound: Hammered brass that is hand-made domestically, the Bar Cuff is the conversation-starting accessory that shows a bit of the old, a bit of the new; and blends a working class mentality with white collar fashion sense.
Colonel Littleton No. 1 Original Brass Knife
Cutting Time: Truly tiny at 2-and-a-quarter inches, The Original is a stand-up pocket knife for daily tasks. It’s slim and small, able to disappear into pockets with ease, and has a .440 A stainless blade that can last as long as the brass without missing a slice.
Machine Era Wallet
Cash Plus: Wallets are getting more minimalistic, which often means that they don’t have enough space for everything. Using a ridged brass body with cloth strap, this Machine Era offering can expand as needed or stay slim and out of your way.
Key Ring Compass
Arrive Alive: Waterproof and pocket-sized, this isn’t big enough to be a true replacement for a standard compass, but it’s better than nothing if you’re caught out of doors with naught but this and your hatchet.
Prometheus Lambda Top
Dreideling: Ideal should you need to find out whether or not you’re being “Incepted,” you can set this to spinning for over 10 minutes. We just aren’t sure why you would.
Sony MDR-EX650 B
Ear Worm: A stunning statement. These brass in-ear headphones from Sony manage to make having metal in your ear comfortable, create a quality acoustic chamber, and shape them for a comfortable fit. Even the OFC Litz cord is lovingly crafted.
Grovemade Brass Key Ring
Well Rounded: Never again be forced to choose a keychain that either goes on your belt loops or into your pocket. Capable of doing both equally well, the nigh-indestructible Brass Key Ring is simple and suave.
Tanner Goods Memori Pen
Lifetime Carry: The intent of the Memori was to devise an object that is more than mundane, it’s everyday art. Machined to age with care and distinction, the Memori can accept any number of common ink cartridges so that it will never run dry and can last as long as you do.
Prometheus Beta-QRv2 Keychain Flashlight
Illuminati: The Beta-QRv2 comes in several different styles, but for our money, the brass is the best. With one of the best lumen-to-size ratios of any flashlight out there, this proves that good things do come in small packages.
Karas Kustoms The Bolt Pen
Tactile Twister: Capable of using any common Parker ballpoint refill cartridge, The Bolt is a clicker pen that stays put. The bolt-action slide prevents accidental deployment to keep the ink drier while the hand-cast brass made in the USA proves quality work can still be found at home.
EDC Brass LED Keychain Flashlight
Lamped Up: A simple twirl is all it takes to get up to 235 lumens worth of light, all in a knurled body that fits on your keys for simple access.
Revisit iPhone 6 & 6s Case
Attention Getter: Any color of iPhone 6 – from the rose gold to the flat black – looks stunning when given brass bumpers that protect your pocket companion without hiding its beauty under a bushel.