The everyday carry space has come a long way since the days when EDC items were almost exclusively available in bare metal, blacked-out, or earth-tone finishes, with a slew of knives, wallets, carabiners, and other everyday carry essentials now being offered in a plethora of bright and vibrant patterns and color options. Even with this wealth of options in terms of hue, we nonetheless still often find ourselves gravitating towards products with largely blacked-out color schemes — a few of our favorite of which we’ve handpicked for this week’s everyday carry spread that we’ve appropriately dubbed Flat Black.
Gerber Fastball Knife
While durability and quality have always been hallmark traits of Gerber’s gear, the Portland-based blade purveyor has recently opted to wade into more top-shelf territory with the release of the Fastball Knife — an everyday carry-specific flipper that’s been engineered to deliver a lifetime of use. Made in America and backed by a generous lifetime warranty, the Fastball features an aluminum handle that boasts an anodized finish, a three-way-adjustable pocket clip, a precision detent, and a sturdy liner lock. Mated to the handle is a 3.0” Wharncliffe blade that’s smoothly guided via a ball bearing pivot and composed of premium CPM S30V blade steel. Additionally, on top of being offered in several other color choices as well as with the option of a cleaver-style blade, the Fastball can also be configured on Gerber’s online Custom Shop for only a small added fee.
Bellroy All–Conditions Card Pocket
Engineered from the ground up for off-grid adventure though still immensely conducive to EDC use, the Bellroy All–Conditions Card Pocket is a compact all-terrain wallet that takes a page from the outdoor pack playbook with a pre-molded water-resistant shell that’s been outfitted with a weatherproof YKK Aquaguard zipper track. On top of being incredibly durable and practically impervious to the elements, Bellroy’s ACCP also features space for up to ten cards, plus two internal stretch pockets and a raised pocket with a key loop — a vessel that’s big enough to accommodate all of your essential cards while still having room for a few paper bills, an SD card, and a key fob.
Ray-Ban Mega Clubmaster
In 1986, Ray-Ban released the Clubmaster — a sleek pair of sunglasses that blurred the line between wayfarer and aviator-style frames. After spending more than three and a half decades on the market, Ray-Ban has now recently opted to treat its Clubmaster shades to a major update in the form of the Mega Clubmaster. Produced in more than half a dozen different color options — including in a timeless black-on-black scheme — the Mega-spec Clubmaster glasses sport a noticeably beefier brow-line as well as markedly more robust temples, putting a thoroughly modern spin on these timeless Ray-Ban sunglasses. The glasses are also constructed around a Propionate frame housing a set of Classic G15-treated class 3B lenses.
Resco Instruments Black Frog Gen2
Constructed around a 42mm case with a rotating bezel, the Resco Instruments Black Frog Gen2 is a tactical-style dive watch that’s designed, assembled, and tested in America. With an ultra-hardwearing black PVD-coated 316L stainless steel housing, an AR-coated domed sapphire crystal, and a water resistance rating of 660’, Resco Instruments’ second-gen Black Frog watch is incredibly tough and can withstand just about anything you can throw at it. Also available with a cheaper quartz movement, the watch features a matte black dial with C3 SuperLuminova-coated hands, and a trusty Swiss-made Sellita SW200 automatic movement that’s equipped with a 38-hour power reserve.