Everyday Carry: Black Sand

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Getting its color from basalt rock, black sand is the result of volcanic activity in locales such as Hawaii, where hot lava in the ocean hardens and shatters because of the rapid cooling from the water. Oftentimes, beaches can become black sand beaches overnight as these fragments collect on the shore. This EDC is inspired by the beautiful natural phenomenon, utilizing black colorways with textured surfaces.

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Tekto Gear F1 Alpha Knife

A go-to knife for military and first responders, Tekto’s F1 Alpha sports a ceramic ball bearing for quick deployment and a liner lock that’s easy to disengage even with gloves on. Made from high-end D2 steel, the 3” black blade is coated in titanium for extra durability and longevity. Likewise, the ergonomic, high-grip 4.5” handle is built from a combination of carbon fiber and G-10, providing a lightweight carry and unmatched strength. Other features include a glass breaker, an ambidextrous pocket clip, and a lanyard hole.

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HMM Ballpoint Pen

Housed in an aluminum alloy barrel with a remarkable black coat, HMM’s dodecagonal Ballpoint pen is lightweight at 0.78oz, won’t roll off the table, and is built for periods of extended free writing or notetaking. Adding an important if not superfluous flair for the user, the heavy-duty click spring provides a unique tactile experience when writing.

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Shinola Five Pocket Card Case

Since it launched in 2011 from the ashes of a defunct shoe polish company, Shinola has always had one foot firmly planted in American roots and another in modern-day utility and style. Its Five Pocket Card Case sports a traditional aesthetic, constructed of premium leather materials, while having a slimmer profile to fit today’s bare-minimum pocket proclivities. Enhanced with anti-RFID lining, the wallet has four faille-lined credit card sleeves and a cash pocket.

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Omega Seamaster Diver 300m “Black Black”

Surrounding the black wave dial with a black textured bezel with scalloped edges, this “Black Black” version of Omega’s iconic Seamaster Diver stays true to our black sand theme. Water resistant up to 300m thanks to the helium escape valve, the 43.5mm case is made of ceramic — as is the dial, crown, and bezel — and houses the brand’s striking Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8806 automatic movement that’s visible through the sapphire crystal caseback. The dial itself sports PVD indices and skeleton hands, which are given anthracite Super-LumiNova.