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Everyday Carry: Slate

The concept of a ‘clean slate’ derives from the traditional use of chalkboards (or “slates”) in a classroom setting. By wiping the existing information off the boards, students were able to start over new. For many of us, our everyday carry is akin to those slates, in that they are the foundation upon which we make ready to tackle each and every 24-hour period as they come. As such, we are firm believers that you should load your pockets with a collection of gear that both represents you as a person, but also will give you the best chance of handling anything thrown at you in the course of your day. The following pocket dump is a prime example of one such collection of everyday carry gear.

Big Idea Design Ti Pocket Pro Pen

With many EDC pens, there are a few ink cartridges at most that are compatible. This one from Big Idea Design, however, works with more than 80 different cartridges and refills – thanks to its clever auto-adjusting design. It’s also built from titanium, is twist-operated, and fits snugly in just about any pocket.

Purchase: $75

MecArmy FL10 Titanium Carabiner Flashlight

Built from sturdy titanium, this device from MecArmy masterfully combines two of our favorite pieces of everyday carry gear: a carabiner keychain and a flashlight. USB rechargeable, the flashlight attachment has an output of up to 360 lumens and the rest of the body also doubles as a screwdriver, bottle opener, pry bar, and more.

Purchase: $130

BRNLY SlingPop Pocket Slingshot

Created from a single piece of machined 6061 anodized aluminum, this American-made slingshot (from master knife designer Lucas Burnley) also doubles as a bottle opener. Plus, if you’re looking to unleash your inner Dennis the Menace, it comes with fifty 5mm ball bearings for your firing pleasure. This is an excellent toy for grown-ups if we’ve ever seen one.

Purchase: $140

Reate Knives Hills Titanium Flipper

Balanced perfectly between no-nonsense functionality and sleek design, this flipper knife features a S35VN steel blade mated to a sturdy 6AL4V titanium handle (with a pocket clip to match). It also features a buttery-smooth ball-bearing manual deployment system and measures up at a whopping 8.3″ overall.

Purchase: $190