There’s no two ways about it: carbon fiber is a miracle material. Originated from one of the most abundant elements on the planet, this non-metallic substance is insanely strong (up to four times stronger than steel), remarkably lightweight, and has been used for a tremendous number of impressive applications — ranging from high-speed F1 racing to the aerospace and spacefaring industries and so much more. And while most folks will probably never be able to afford a carbon fiber hypercar, there are other ways to get your hands on this absurdly cool substance. One of the most easily-approachable is by picking up some carbon fiber everyday carry gear. And while there’s no shortage of “standard” woven carbon fiber gear, we wanted to illustrate how stylistically versatile the substance is by showcasing some alternative styles — which include but are not limited to shredded, marbled, and even hybridized with other materials. If you want to kick your EDC up a notch with some unusual carbon fiber, go no further than this loadout.
Gerber Barbill Wallet
In stark contrast to hefty old-school bifold wallets, the Gerber Barbill is an ultra-minimalist front-pocket cash and card carrier that gives you everything you need and nothing you don’t. That includes a skeletonized stainless steel frame paired to an elastic band to secure your daily haul and, more importantly, an integrated bottle opener to help aid in your relaxation endeavors.
CRKT Techliner TPENBOND Pen
For those who are unaware, Mike Bond designs some of the coolest, toughest everyday carry gear around. One of his designs was just released by none other than trusted EDC gear and knifemaking brand CRKT. Called the Techliner, this impressive everyday carry pen is built from sturdy aircraft-grade aluminum, has a textured contrasting grip reminiscent of hand grenades, comes with a Fisher Space Pen pressurized ink cartridge, and boasts a magnetic cap that can attach to the tip or tail of the pen to keep things tidy.
CIVIVI Elementum Knife
CIVIVI has quickly established itself as one of the most reliable and consistent knifemaking brands in the industry right now, everyday carry or otherwise. And their Elementum knife you see here, with its marbled carbon fiber handle, is a perfect example as to why. With an approachable price point, exceptional materials (like D2 tool steel for the black-finished blade), and a simple-yet-unique silhouette, this blacked-out liner lock flipper is just begging to be put into your EDC loadout rotation.
Luminox Limited Edition Master Carbon SEAL Watch
As far as soldiers go, there are few quite as revered as the US Navy SEALs. And while these waterborne spec-ops masters are out on missions, they need gear that can stand up to some of the most punishing conditions around, which is why they turn to the likes of Luminox for timepieces. This limited edition diver was made specifically to honor the SEALs and comes with a Carbonox case, a reliable Ronda Swiss quartz movement, an anti-reflective sapphire crystal, and a durable synthetic strap.