One of our favorite things about everyday carry is that, as we use our gear, it sometimes ages and wears — adding a bit of unique character to it. But some pieces, especially those made of metal, have a tendency to change over time with a bit more beauty. Sure, clean and sparkling-new gear is great, but there’s just something inexplicably attractive about that which has oxidized, patinated, and tarnished. It’s with this in mind that we put together this week’s pocket dump — comprised of gear that’s got a bit of character and the potential to age even further and more beautifully through use.
Kershaw Boilermaker Folding Knife
With its ergonomic shape, manageable 3.3″ 8Cr13MoV steel blade, stainless steel handle, frame lock, and flipper deployment, this is already as handy as assisted-opening EDC knives get. But the bronzed PVD coating and cutaway handle add a bit of extra styling, elevating this pocketable cutting tool to new heights.
Rick Hinderer Knives Investigator Tactical Pen
Rick Hinderer is a name you should know; after all, he’s designed some of the best knives in the world. Turns out he also has an aptitude for making writing utensils, as well. His Investigator tactical pen is crafted from stainless steel, comes with interchangeable parts for more self-defense applications, features a gorgeous aged finish, and uses the legendary Fisher Space Pen pressurized ink cartridges.
Silver Piston Buffalo Nickel Zippo Lighter
The Zippo lighter is already the industry standard, but Silver Piston has managed to make it even more desirable and beautiful by applying a unique oxidized finished to its brass exterior and a genuine carved buffalo nickel. Of course, it’s still made right here in the USA.
Panerai Submersible Bronzo Dive Watch
An absolutely stunning true dive watch — with an effective, survivable depth of 1,000 feet — this automatic watch was actually made to pay homage to the old-timey bronze dive suits of old. It also has a stylized dive timer bezel, a shielded screw-down crown, and a beautiful and comfortable leather strap.