Everyday Carry: Southwest

Jul 24, 2019

Category: Everyday Carry

We are exceptionally fond of international travel for so many reasons. But we worry, sometimes, that a taste for jet setting sometimes overshadows the culture and landscapes in our own backyard. The U.S.A. is a magnificent country with an exceptional number of interesting biomes that you don’t even need a passport to visit. One such place is the American Southwest. You might recognize the reddish soil, rocky outcroppings, and resilient flora and fauna from any number of western films. But the ASW is a good deal more than just gunslinging and whiskey-drinking. It’s a beautiful if unforgiving landscape from which a large number of Native American tribes originated — groups whose cultures are as rich as they are enthralling, including the likes of the Hopi, Navajo, and Apache (to name a small few). It’s our hope that this everyday carry pocket dump inspires you to explore the history and culture of these people and encourages you to visit the land they call home.

Pendleton Harding Trifold Wallet

You’re probably familiar with Pendleton because of their signature tartan prints and/or flannel woolen fabrics. But the Scottish-inspired styling is hardly the only stellar thing they have to offer. Take, for instance, the Harding Trifold Wallet. Inspired by the American Southwest and made from USA-sourced fabric, this wallet holds 4+ cards and a wad of cash, has a handy I.D. window, and even comes with its own change pocket.

Purchase: $60

Silver Piston Hobo Nickel Zippo Lighter

The hobo nickel is an oft-forgotten piece of Americana that’s both seeped in our collective history and a unique example of clever craftsmanship. And now you can own an absolutely beautiful bronzed Zippo lighter with a hand-carved hobo nickel welded right to it. Made entirely in the USA, this fire starter is a functional masterpiece.

Purchase: $175

Santa Fe Stoneworks Vein Turquoise Kershaw Leek

Kershaw’s Leek, designed by Ken Onion, was already a superb everyday carry knife. But the folks at Santa Fe Stoneworks have elevated it into the realm of carryable art, courtesy of drop-dead gorgeous vein turquoise scales sourced from the Nacozari Mine in Sonora, Mexico. If you want a reliable cutting tool that’s as handy as it is beautiful, go no further.

Purchase: $180+

Unimatic U2-C Field Watch

Made in Italy, this handsome field watch is limited to just 400 examples — lending a bit of exclusivity to an already stellar timepiece. It’s also water-resistant to 300 meters, has SuperLuminova markings for low-light visibility, and comes with a proprietary Cordura nylon strap that’s both comfortable and serves to tie the styling together beautifully.

Purchase: $450

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