Any good soldier can give you an exact, down to the letter list of the best tools for any given circumstance. But the top-tier ones — the highly-trained secret agents and special operatives — know that, sometimes, the best tools aren’t available. Or rather, the best tools are the ones you have on you at the time. And that’s a part of the reason that choosing your everyday carry loadout carefully is such an important thing. We don’t know what we might have to face on any given day, but the right EDC gear can make all the difference when having to deal with it. Everyday carry is about situation management — being prepared for anything, even if you aren’t expecting it.
CRKT Williams Tactical Pen
Made from sturdy anodized aerospace-grade aluminum, this is one of the toughest everyday carry writing utensils out there. And a part of what makes it so great is that it isn’t just for writing; it also functions as a self-defense tool in a pinch.
Dango T01 Tactical Spec Ops Wallet
A unique take on Dango’s flagship offering, the T01 Tactical Spec Ops wallet swaps out the typical leather exterior in favor of a water-resistant DTEX material that’s both flexible and ultra-durable. Of course, it still features a frame made from aerospace-grade aluminum, a 12-card carry capacity, and the brand’s famous 14-function stainless steel multi-tool insert.
Benchmade 585 Mini Barrage Knife
You’d be hard-pressed to find a Benchmade knife that doesn’t stand up to the rigors of everyday life, even if your everyday life is hellish by others’ standards. But one of our favorites is the Mini Barrage. Featuring a 154CM steel mated to a Valox handle, this stout cutting tool is as tough as nails. And it’s made here in the USA.
Jack Mason D101 Diver Watch
The diver is one of the most timeless and beloved watch styles of all time, and Jack Mason’s take on it is certainly one of the most handsome contemporary examples — with its sturdy stainless steel case, reliable Japanese quartz movement, and nylon strap. It’s also water-resistant up to 300 meters and comes with a 10-year warranty.