Everyday Carry: Stonewashed

Jul 20, 2022

Category: Everyday Carry

Achieved through a metal being tumbled in an abrasive material — or acid-etched — stonewashed finishes offer a used, worn-in appearance that’s able to hide nicks and scratches while also being less reflective than satin or brushed finishes. Essentially speeding up a blade or handle material’s aging process and bestowing it with a “pre-patina,” stonewashed finishes lend themselves particularly well to EDC gear, as they naturally conceal the regular wear and tear that comes with daily carrying and use. To celebrate this popular finish, we’ve hand-selected an array of our favorite stonewashed items for this week’s everyday carry spread.

HELL-BENT 3.0 Wallet

Machined from a solid block of aluminum billet, the HELL-BENT 3.0 Wallet is a minimalistic card holder with an adjustable retention system. RFID-protected, this billet wallet is produced in two sizes, a medium version and a large variant — the former of which has room to accommodate 5-8 cards while the latter can house between 9-12. In addition to being sold with an included skid plate, this minimalist wallet is also compatible with HELL-BENT’s titanium money clips and an optional chain wallet leash. HELL-BENT also makes the 3.0 Wallet in seven different anodized color options.

Purchase: $100+

MecArmy FL10 Ti Carabiner Flashlight

Weighing in at only 1.94oz, MecArmy’s FL10 is a thoroughly utilitarian EDC carabiner that boasts a suite of integrated tools. On top of a pry bar, box cutter, bottle opener, paracord attachment, and a flathead driver, the FL10 also features an IXP5-rated, 360-lumen flashlight with a CREE XP-G2 S4 LED emitter, a 210-foot throw, a 1,025cd beam intensity, five illumination modes, and a USB-rechargeable 100-mAh Lithium polymer battery that offers a six-hour max run time. The carabiner also sports a battery indicator light, a spring-loaded wire gate, and a top-shelf TC4 titanium construction with a scratch and corrosion-resistant stonewashed finish.

Purchase: $130

Seiko 5 Sports SRPG61

Part of a line that first debuted in 1963, the Seiko 5 Sports serves as a great entry point to the world of automatic watches. Available in loads of variants, this particular version of the 5 Sports is crafted around a 42mm stonewashed stainless steel case with an offset crown at 4 o’clock, a uni-directional rotating bezel, and silver Lumibrite hands and markers set under a Hardlex mineral crystal. Water-resistant down to 100 meters, the watch’s case has been paired with a 22mm grey nylon strap with matching a stonewashed buckle and keepers. Beating at 21,600 per hour, the watch is kept ticking via Seiko’s Caliber 4R36 automatic movement with 24 jewels and a 41-hour power reserve.

Purchase: $207

Magpul Rigger EDC Knife

The Magpul Rigger is a high-end everyday carry flipper knife that’s made in America by an elite tactical firearms accessories outfit. Rather than being made of the company’s usual high-tech polymer or composite, the knife boasts a 3.4” Wharncliffe blade composed of premium CPM S35VN steel and a lightweight yet hardwearing frame that’s been precision-machined from 7075 aluminum frame (and pocket clip) before being further fortified via a clear, MIL-A-8625 Type III hard anodizing. Alongside sporting a framelock, the Rigger also features Magpul’s innovative secondary locking feature (or SLF), making an already incredibly sturdy locking mechanism all the more bulletproof.

Purchase: $240

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