Everyday Carry: Ox Bel Ha

May 5, 2021

Category: Everyday Carry

Spelunking, AKA the act of cave exploration, can be incredibly dangerous — even if the cave system you’re exploring is well-documented and -mapped. Add water into the equation (meaning you’ll need an air tank with a limited supply of oxygen) and you’ve compounded the risk even more. Still, there’s something alluring about the idea of heading into the depths, where most other humans fear to tread. It’s this very act that has inspired this week’s everyday carry loadout, done up in an appropriate all-black color scheme. In fact, we’ve taken the name of this cave diving-influenced collection of pocket gear directly from the underwater cave system of the same name in Quintana Roo, Mexico. For those interested, Ox Bel Ha is actually the longest documented underwater cave system. And it’s so expansive, in fact, that it ranks as the 4th largest known/explored cave system in the world — wet or dry. Whether you’re a genuine cave diver with a taste for solid pocketable EDC gear or you just like all-black-everything (as we do), this EDC pocket dump is for you.

The James Brand Wayland Slipjoint Knife

Modeled after one of the most American folding knife shapes, the Barlow, The James Brand put a modern spin onto an iconic cutting tool with their Wayland slipjoint knife. Retaining its instantly recognizable silhouette, the knife now boasts a high-end CPM-S35VN steel sheepsfoot blade mated to a G10 handle. This is a heritage cutting tool upgraded for the modern day.

Purchase: $189

Bottega Veneta Intrecciato-Embossed Leather Cardholder

Embossed with Bottega Veneta’s signature “intrecciato” weave, this Italian cardholder wallet puts a tactile spin on the front pocket wallet that’s as pleasing to look at as it is to feel between your fingers. It also has enough card slots, in conjunction with a large central cash pocket, for all your cards and bills. It doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it does put a bit of spice on it.

Purchase: $250

Mr. Leight Cooper S Sunglasses

While it might not be immediately apparent, the Cooper S Sunglasses you see here were designed specifically for NYC living — which explains, to a degree, their handsome metropolitan styling. Of course, looks aren’t everything — which is perhaps why Mr. Leight has these shades meticulously handcrafted with great care in Japan. It doesn’t hurt that the lenses are framed by titanium accents, either.

Purchase: $650

Omega Seamaster Diver 300m Watch

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: everything looks better in black. Such is the case with this version of Omega’s exceptional Seamaster Diver 300m watch with its ceramic case, automatic movement, integrated rubber strap, and 1000-foot water-resistance rating. Whether you’re a bonafide diver or you just like well-done horology, this watch will serve to impress.

Purchase: $8,650

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