It’s been said that the Golden Age of exploration has come and gone. That there are no more dark corners of the Earth left undiscovered and the type of men that once led expeditions to those dark corners are of a dying or already-dead breed. We think that’s a cynical, short-sighted outlook, however. Yes, the secrets of the world are perhaps not as secret as they once were, but that means that it’s easier for anyone — of any creed, caste, community, or otherwise — to find inspiration and trek to these once-hidden places. The world is more interconnected than ever, which means you can be your own mythical adventurer. Follow those whispers beckoning you forward, even if they come in the form of digital images, and go out into the world to see them for yourself. Embrace the entirely-modern interconnectedness of all people, places, and things; fill your pockets with this week’s everyday carry loadout; and become the explorer you’re meant to be.
Arktype RMK Paracord Quick-Release Keychain
Combining elements from both the tactical and urban EDC worlds, Arktype’s RMK Paracord Quick-Release Keychain is a handy alternative to traditional keyrings that’s a good deal more convenient and versatile. It features a 550 paracord weave, military-grade rifle carabiner clip, and an easy-to-use neodymium magnetic quick release for fast access to your keys and keychain accessories anywhere, anytime. It certainly doesn’t hurt that it was made in the USA, either.
Dango D01 Dapper Bifold Wallet
A bit more elegant than the brand’s tactical offerings, the Dango D01 Dapper Bifold is a bit more like a traditional wallet but with some noteworthy upgrades. That includes its aerospace-grade aluminum frame, built-in bottle opener, mil-spec bolts, RFID-blocking tech, and more. Plus, it can hold up to 12 cards and a wad of cash, it’s TSA-compliant, and it was made in the USA.
Timex x Todd Snyder Military Field Watch
Lately, Todd Snyder seems to be bringing a lot of old designs out of retirement — which we’re here for. This 1970s-inspired Timex Military Field Watch is one such design that offers both reliable modern timekeeping and some retro styling. It’s powered by a quartz movement, has a sturdy brass case, and comes with a smart and durable fabric strap. It’s a simple, stylish, and inexpensive addition to any EDC loadout.
Benchmade 496 Vector Knife
Benchmade’s 496 Vector folding knife marks the brand’s first-ever with a compound grind blade. Of course, even without that novelty, it’s a formidable cutting tool. It’s marked by a CPM-20CV blade, G-10 handle, assisted flipper deployment, and (of course) the Oregon outfit’s signature AXIS locking mechanism. This made-in-the-USA knife is top-notch by any standards.