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Everyday Carry: Brushed

When it comes to everyday carry gear, there’s a lot of focus put on the materials out of which something is made. And that’s an important thing to keep in mind when you’re looking to load up your pockets with new stuff, as it can determine strength, weight, and the look of your gear. The latter, however, is not solely dependent upon the material, but also the finish of the given material. For instance, you might have two pocket knives that are both made out of titanium, but if one is finished raw and the other has a black DLC coating, they’re going to look vastly different from one another. As such, we think it’s important to pay attention both to the materials used in a given construction, as well as the subtle finishing touches. And that’s what this week’s pocket dump exemplifies: a complimentary loadout of gear – some steel, some chrome, and some titanium – with each piece featuring a slick brushed finish.

Zippo 1935 Replica Original Lighter

As you might garner from the name, this fire starter is designed just like an original Zippo from 1935. But, under the cap, it’s all modern – with a windproof design, brushed chrome finish, and all metal construction. It’s also guaranteed by Zippo for a lifetime of use.

Purchase: $30

Leatherman Squirt PS4 Keychain Multi-Tool

This tiny keychain multi-tool packs 9 tools into its construction, even though it’s only 2.25 inches in length and weighs just 2 ounces. Those tools include needlenose pliers, regular pliers, a knife blade, scissors, multiple screwdrivers, a bottle opener, and more.

Purchase: $33

Case Executive Pocket Knife

Both slickly designed and perfect for urban everyday carry, the Executive pocket knife from Case features a sturdy and reliable lock back, a brushed stainless steel construction, and a classic pocket knife nail nick on the blade for easy deployment.

Purchase: $45

MecArmy Illuminex-1 Titanium Flashlight

The smallest microUSB-rechargeable flashlight on the market, this 130-lumen keychain torch has a runtime of up to 6 hours, is waterproof to 2 meters, is impact-resistant to 1.5 meters, and can quick-charge in just an hour.

Purchase: $50

Techne Instruments 245 Merlin Watch

A unique take on the classic field watch, the 245 Merlin houses a reliable Japanese Miyota 1L45 quartz movement inside a brushed stainless steel case and comes with a durable nylon band. It also features luminous markings on the indices and hands, as well as on the second sub-dial.

Purchase: $145