Everyday Carry: Fordite

Aug 28, 2019

Category: Everyday Carry

Sometimes referred to as the world’s rarest mineral, Fordite — also known as Detroit agate — isn’t really a mineral at all. In fact, it’s a manmade byproduct from the automotive industry and is only found in car factories where vehicles were once hand-painted. You see, in the process of painting a car, there is inevitably some runoff that pools, layers, and is baked (along with the cars themselves in order to dry the paint). Eventually, workers in the factories discovered this material while cleaning out the paint bays and began repurposing it. Today, it’s exceedingly rare and sought-after for its obscure beauty and singular appearance. In fact, no two pieces of the stuff are ever alike. Now it’s used in the creation of jewelry, tchotchkes, and even everyday carry gear. It’s the latter that has caught our eye and inspired this week’s EDC pocket dump.

Benchmade 560 Freek Folding Knife

One of the newer model families in Benchmade’s impressive catalog, the Freek is intended to be both beautiful and functional in equal measure. And, with its CPM-M4 steel and unique gray-black-and-red layered G10 handle scales, we’re confident the intentions were met perfectly. Of course, that’s also aided by a handsome silhouette, cerakote finish on the blade, and the brand’s signature AXIS locking mechanism.

Purchase: $192

Valentino Garavani Camouflage Wallet

Interestingly, the exterior of this alternative take on a classic bifold wallet is made from both premium leather, as well as fabric — both done up in a colorful camouflage. And while its unique beauty is enough to make it enticing, it’s helped by a whopping eight card slots and two separate bill compartments — proving that function and fashion can, in fact, go hand-in-hand.

Purchase: $395

BWD x Black Badger ‘Fordite’ TAG Heuer Carrera Watch

The Bamford Watch Department is so good at customization that they actually have an ongoing partnership with the folks at Bentley — yes, the luxury vehicle manufacturer. But even they needed a bit of help, this time from Black Badger, for this unique project. You see, the two companies collided to customize a series of one-of-a-kind automatic TAG Heuer Carrera watches with Fordite dials. Only six were made, however, and four of them are already sold.

Purchase: $6,740

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