The phrase “gilding the lily,” while fairly commonplace, has a somewhat elusive origin story. That is to say, the phrase itself is a reference to one of Shakespeare’s lesser-known works, King John, though more as a paraphrase, for the colloquialism was never actually spoken verbatim in the play. Regardless, what it represents is still very much intact: that it is pointless to further adorn things that are already beautiful and/or perfect. Of course, we don’t always agree with that when the adornment serves a larger purpose. For instance, this week’s pocket dump is comprised of some truly wonderful everyday carry gear that would be top-tier in any color. However, when they’re all matched in gold and carried together, the loadout acquires a beautiful cohesion you’d otherwise not find. It might not be necessary to carry all of this golden EDC gear, but that doesn’t mean we’re not chomping at the bit for the chance.
Nixon Re-Run Digital Watch
Inspired by the digital watches of the 1980s, the nostalgia-inducing Nixon Re-Run watch is a gorgeous piece of retro everyday carry that looks good enough for any occasion (which is helped by its numerous available colorways). It features a calendar, alarm, dual time function, and countdown timer — while, physically, it boasts a stylish 5-link integrated tapered stainless steel band, polyurethane pushers, and a locking clasp.
Machine Era Ti5 Titanium Slim Wallet
Everything you need in a minimalist wallet and nothing you don’t, the Machine Era Ti5 is constructed from ultra-durable PVD-coated titanium, holds up to seven cards, and boasts a sturdy elastic cash strap. It also has an integrated thumb hole/bottle opener, offers RFID blocking, is corrosion resistant, and was made in the United States.
Best Made Embassy Tactical Pen
Made in the USA with the original intention of being used by government employees and the military, Best Made’s Embassy Tactical Pen is both absurdly sturdy — with a solid brass construction with knurled grip and threaded screw-on cap — and strikingly beautiful. It also features a Fisher Space Pen refill, so it can write upside-down, underwater, or in zero gravity.
Grovemade Brass Minimalist Knife
Beautifully understated and radically uncluttered, Grovemade’s Brass Minimalist Knife was inspired by the beauty and simplicity of the Japanese higonokami knife. As such, it’s a non-locking friction folder comprised solely of necessary parts — including a gently curved 440C steel blade, a solid brass handle, and a pivot. They’re also made entirely in the USA.