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Everyday Carry: Blue Steel

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As much as we appreciate highlighting the use of high-end metallurgy by leaving the bare alloy on display, we’re also quite fond of adding a dash of color to our everyday carry. With blue being the most popular favorite color on the planet by a substantial margin — representing the hue of choice for more than 50% of guys and being more popular than every other color combined — there’s no shortage of everyday carry items that have been decorated in blue. What’s more, even if you’re searching for a specific shade of blue or a particular finish, there’s a very decent chance that you’ll have no problem piecing together a matching EDC load out — as evidenced by this hand-selected hue-specific spread we’ve dubbed appropriately Blue Steel. 

HELL BENT 3 Wallet
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HELL-BENT Holsters 3.0 Wallet

Made in America, the HELL-BENT Holsters 3.0 Wallet is a minimalistic card carrier that boasts RFID protection and an adjustable retention system that’s capable of securely holding between 5-8 cards (in the medium size, or 9-12 cards in the wallet’s large size). Compatible with HELL-BENT’s titanium money clips, the 3.0 Wallet is precision-machined from a solid block of billet aluminum before being fortified via a blue-anodized finish. Like all wallets — and clips — from HELLBENT, this third-generation item is sold with an included complimentary skid plate that makes it markedly easier to add or remove cash from the wallet’s optional money clip. 

ROKA Phantom Ultra Lightweight Titanium Sunglasses
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ROKA Phantom Ultra Lightweight Titanium Sunglasses

The ROKA Phantom Ultra Sunglasses are a top-shelf pair of aviator-style shades that feature a lightweight yet rugged titanium frame housing a set of equally premium teardrop-shaped C3 optic lenses with a special protective coating. Made in Austin, Texas, the Phantom Ultra glasses also come outfitted with ROKA’s patented GEKO fit and retention system as well as nose and temple pads made from a proprietary hydrophilic elastomer that affords multi-directional traction. On top of being resistant to smudges and fingerprints, these sunglasses are also sweat and chemical-resistant. Offered in half a dozen different lens and frame color combo options, these high-end sunglasses come backed by a 1,000-day warranty. 

Benchmade Narrows 748
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Benchmade Narrows 748 Knife

Part of the Oregon City outfit’s recent 2023 drop, the Benchmade Narrows 748 is an ultra-top-shelf everyday carry knife that clocks in at just 2.41oz and is 33% thinner than the brand’s already svelte Bugout knife — with the 748 measuring in at just 0.28” thick. The knife starts with a handle that’s milled from 6AI-4V titanium before being fitted with a blue anodized pivot collar and back-spacers and a new version of Benchmade’s AXIS lock that jettisons the existing mechanism’s steel liners and Omega springs and in favor of a completely novel lock stud and torsion spring assembly. Made in America, the knife’s machined titanium handle has been paired with a 3.44” satin-finished drop point blade that’s made from ultra-premium Böhler M390 super steel and deployed via a set of blue anodized titanium thumb studs. 

Panerai Luminor Marina Carbotech
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Panerai Luminor Marina Carbotech Watch

Constructed around a 44mm case made from Carbotech — the Italian brand’s own proprietary carbon fiber-based composite — the Panerai Luminor Marina Carbotech is a top-shelf timepiece that sports one of the firm’s signature protected crowns. Boasting a sleek layered construction, the case encompasses a blue sun-brushed dial with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers, a small seconds hand just east of 9 o’clock, and a date window positioned at 3. Powering the watch is a 200-component Calibre P.9010 automatic movement that’s equipped with 31 jewels, an Incabloc anti-shock device, and an impressive 72-hour power reserve. Water-resistant down to 300 meters, this Italian-made watch also features a gray suede strap and a DLC-coated brushed titanium case-back.