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Everyday Carry: Les de Asis

Over the weekend, the everyday carry and knife communities lost a legend, as Benchmade founder Les de Asis sadly passed away. To say that he was a visionary is perhaps not expressive enough of his impact, as his designs, passion, humility, friendship, and more helped shape both the world of EDC and knifemaking forever and for the better. While we will all be feeling this tremendous loss for quite some time, Mr. de Asis and his contributions will never be forgotten. In fact, his work and legacy will undeniably go down in the annals of history, even outside our seemingly small community. While it is impossible to capture who he was in a single loadout, we hope this pocket dump serves as a fitting, if small tribute to a great businessman and an even better human.

Benchmade Pro-Model Bottle Opener

Machined from solid stainless steel and featuring a cutout of the brand name and logo, Benchmade’s Pro-Model Bottle Opener is the perfect workshop accessory for those who like to crack open a cold one at the end of a long, hard day. And it even has ergonomic finger slots for more comfort and leverage than the average bottle opener.

Purchase: $15

Benchmade 50023 Ferro Rod

The perfect example of a piece of gear that’s better to have and not need than need and not have, the fire-starting 50023 Ferro Rod from Benchmade and Exotac is perfectly sized for keychain carry. Along with a ferro rod that even works when wet, it also comes with a pair of pieces of quickLIGHT waterproof tinder that fit right inside the blue-anodized water-resistant capsule.

Purchase: $45

Benchmade 535 Bugout Knife

Remarkably slim and lightweight — weighing in at just 1.85 ounces in total — Benchmade’s 535 Bugout folding knife is an absolutely exceptional everyday carry knife boasting a CPMS30V drop point blade, Grivory polymer handle, signature AXIS locking mechanism, and more. It was also made in the USA and comes with a lifetime guarantee.

Purchase: $119

Benchmade 1100 Titanium Series Pen

Precision-machined in the USA from solid titanium, this snap-on cap EDC pen comes equipped with a waterproof Fisher Space Pen pressurized ink cartridge, a kubaton-style tail end (perfect for self-defense and/or emergency use), a pocket clip, and an ergonomic and grippy silhouette.

Purchase: $285