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Everyday Carry: Fine

In the modern era, the term “fine” has an interesting connotation. More often than not, saying that something is “fine” is dismissive and practically an insult, implying that it is alright, forgettable, and/or satisfactory at best. Historically, however, the term is much more complimentary and desirable. For instance, fine china is considered to be amongst the best dinnerware in the world. Fine dining, similarly, represents the pinnacle experience in the culinary world. Why this definition hasn’t stuck quite as much as the more dismissive one, especially outside of the food world, is beyond us. But this week, we’ve chosen to turn that connotation on its head. The EDC loadout you see here isn’t just alright, forgettable, and/or satisfactory. It’s fine in the truer definition — the kind of collection of pocketable gear you could be proud to carry both for its stylistic and functional attributes.

Ensso XS Minimalist Fountain Pen

Combining the classic functionality of a fountain pen — the kind you might use to write calligraphy — with modern industrial design, this old-meets-new writing utensil is a brilliant loadout addition for anyone that knows the value and beauty found in the handwritten word. It also has a reliable push cap for secure transportation, making it ideal for everyday carry purposes.

Purchase: $59

Roark Taka’s Blade

With its reverse tanto 8cr13mov stainless steel blade and anodized aluminum handle (with an integrated liner lock), Roark’s Taka’s Blade is as intimidating as it is trustworthy and reliable. Great as a daily workman’s blade with a little extra style, you can’t go wrong by adding this formidable cutting tool to your rotation.

Purchase: $65

Hardgraft Capable Card Case

Proof positive that you can have a tongue-in-cheek approach to gear while still making it beautiful and functional, Hadgraft’s Capable Card Case features a cleverly-placed viewing window that allows all those dead presidents in your wallet to have a peek outside. Of course, it’s also made from fine top-grain leather, boasts enough room for as many as 20 cards and/or folded bills, and it’s still formatted in a manner that allows for front-pocket carry.

Purchase: $172

Braun Gents BN0278 Prestige Watch

Practically synonymous with the Bauhaus minimalist movement, at least in regards to watches, Braun is an institution. And the fact that they keep winning Red Dot Design awards is only further proof of that fact. If you want a minimalist timekeeper worthy of showing off, we’d like to suggest the BN0278 Prestige Watch you see here with its automatic movement, steel case, sapphire crystal, and top-notch styling.

Purchase: $600