As much as everyday carry should be about hauling a collection of utilitarian gear that can help you get through each day, it should also be about personalizing your loadout to your interests and the things that keep you sane. For some of us, that means catering to an artistic streak — be that for design, architecture, or simply mindless scribbling. Whether you’re a Davinci-level savant who needs to keep track of an abundance of ingenious ideas or you just want to keep yourself busy sketching doodles with your downtime, this collection of pocketable gear should serve you brilliantly.
Dixon Ticonderoga #2 Pencil Black
While there are plenty of folks that will happily never pick up a #2 pencil post-SATs, the legendary Dixon Ticonderoga writing utensil is still a reliable and simple way to write down all your ideas, to-do lists, doodles, and more. It certainly doesn’t hurt that they make them in black, either.
Best Made Brass Pencil Sharpener
If you’re going to carry a pencil in your EDC loadout, you should also have a way to keep it sharpened. And while you could use a folding knife, Best Made’s Brass Pencil Sharpener is undeniably a better, more refined way to manage that. That’s only proven further by its included leather sheath, which also helps keep pencil shavings out of your pockets.
American Bench Craft The Hemingway Journal
The last part of the equation is, probably obviously, something in which to write. And you could do far worse than this journal from American Bench Craft. Named after Ernest Hemingway, this pocketable book can hold a single standard-sized pocket notebook, is crafted from premium vegetable-tanned leather, is made in the USA, and comes with a lifetime guarantee.
Braun BN0211 Classic Slim Watch
It’s easy to let your mind wander while you’re sketching, but you’ll not have to worry about that with Braun’s BN0211 watch on your wrist. This Bauhaus timepiece comes with a reliable quartz movement kept safe inside a stainless steel case, an integrated mesh stainless steel strap, and a simple three-hand dial free of any unnecessary accouterments.