Especially if you’re traversing unfamiliar territory, it can be hard to decide what to keep in your everyday carry loadout. But that doesn’t mean you have to go into a given situation completely vulnerable. No matter what you might face, you can always be equipped solidly to deal with it while staying light on your feet and mobile, so long as you cater your gear toward being as useful as possible with as little excess bulk as necessary. It isn’t always easy to pare your carry down to just the necessities, but if you hang onto the essentials — like the pieces found in this week’s pocket dump — you’ll have a decent edge regardless of the troubles, trials, or tribulations with which you may be tasked. Remember, everyday carry is about being prepared — even if you don’t know for what you may encounter.
Trayvax Summit Wallet
Built from a combination of melonite-finished stainless steel mated to sturdy nylon webbing, this USA-made minimalist wallet can fit up to five cards and a wad of bills, features RFID-blocking technology, and comes with a lifetime warranty.
Leatherman Wave Multi-Tool
One of the greatest multi-tools ever made, this take on Leatherman’s stainless steel Wave boasts an all-black finish, a whopping 17 locking built-in tools (that range from knife blades to screwdrivers, pliers, and much more), can be operated with one hand and comes with a 25-year guarantee.
Benchmade 551 BKSN Griptilian Knife
Inarguably one of the most important and impeccably-designed folding knives, the Warren Osborne-designed Benchmade Griptilian features a 154CM drop-point plain edge blade, the brand’s signature AXIS locking mechanism, a lightweight and durable nylon handle, is made in the USA, and comes with a lifetime warranty.
Hamilton Khaki Field Watch
This mechanical timepiece, the Hamilton Khaki Field Watch, borrows its styling from the same kinds of devices worn by soldiers on the battlefield. But it also benefits from modern construction, a stainless steel case, and a comfortable yet durable canvas strap.
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