From special forces nighttime missions to a young, motorcycle-mounted Marlon Brando, the blacked-out theme conjures up feelings of confidence and rebellion. Nothing consistently exudes Fonzie-levels of coolness and aplomb quite like the color black. The dark hue’s ability to add a layer of enigma and intrigue to any outfit is unparalleled, and this, coupled with the stealth factor the color black affords, makes the murdered-out aesthetic a popular choice for everyday carry loadouts.
On top of that, black just so happens to pair exceeding well with almost any other color, making it a stellar choice when adding to your EDC arsenal. Bringing a heavy dose of convenience and versatility to everyday life, this collection of blacked-out, tactically-focused items is bolstered by the use of some seriously hardwearing materials and premium construction, ensuring reliability and functionality for years to come.
Word Notebooks Pocket Notebook
The rise of the digital age has seen traditional pen and paper products fall by the wayside, though in today’s technologically-obsessed world, there’s still room for good old-fashioned print products like the Word Notebooks Pocket Notebook. This blacked-out version of their notebook boasts 48-pages of lined paper, is made in America, and comes in packs of three.
Orbitkey 2.0 Rubber
An attractive and functional take on traditional key-rings, the Orbitkey 2.0 provides convenient storage and organization for up to 7 of your keys (of lengths up to 2.36”) without the usual incessant jingling or potential for getting poked in the leg. Made from dust-resistant TPU polymer, this rubber variant features an integrated locking mechanism and is sold with a bottle-opener accessory and a D-ring key-fob attachment.
Bellroy Dopp Kit
Made from sustainably-produced water-resistant fabric and dyed premium leather tanned under Leather Working Group protocols, the Bellroy Dopp kit puts a semi-tactical-spin on the traditional toiletries and grooming dopp kit. Measuring 9” in length and boasting nylon grab loops and a bevy of internal mesh pockets – including a toothbrush sleeve with a magnetized closure — this handy little offering simplifies travel and organization will simultaneously bringing some extra style to the table.
The James Brand The Mehlville Carabiner
Another fine product from the folks at The James Brand, the Mehlville Carabiner is a unique take on the classic key-holder. Boasting a dual-compartment key-capturing design secured by a spring-loaded gate and an integrated stainless steel bottle opener, this item is CNC-machined from 6063 aluminum with an anodized finish, and is a stellar addition to any and every daily loadout.
Tactile Turn Aluminum Click Pen
The Tactile Turn Click Pen is a fortified take on the traditional writing utensil. CNC-machined from aluminum billet in a black-anodized finish, this rugged EDC pen features an all-titanium clicker mechanism stainless steel pocket clip and a machined textured grip. Weighing less than 1oz and measuring 5.5” in length, this made-in-America pen accepts most ink refills, including the standard 0.38mm Pilot G2 cartridge.
Big Idea Design TPT Slide
Precision-Machined from aerospace-grade 5 6AL4V titanium (which is 25% thicker than the outgoing model and, therefore, sturdier), the TPT Slide packs more than ten handy tools including two screwdrivers, a 1/4” hex bit opening, bottle opener, 15 socket sizes, and a pry-bar/scraper into a single pocket-sized item. Weighing only 1oz, this nifty pocket tool includes a 420 stainless steel insert, removable pocket clip, a 550 paracord lanyard, and sheath.
Light M2R Warrior Flashlight
With up to 1,500 lumens on tap, a 208m beam distance, and a whopping battery life of up to 25-days, the Olight M2R is as potent as it is compact. At the heart of this IPX8 water-resistant EDC flashlight is a Cree XPH 35 HD LED emitter drawing from a rechargeable 18650 Lithium-Ion battery. Activated by either its side or tail-switch, the M2R is sold with a lanyard and carrying holster.
The James Brand The Carter Knife
Built to the same exacting standards as the rest of The James Brand’s wares, the Carter knife is a beautiful blend of form and functionality. It’s 2.8” drop-point VG-10 blade is mated to a G10 handle via 416 stainless steel hardware and is deployed using Phosphor bronze washers and an ambidextrous anodized thumb-stud. Securing the Carter is The James Brand’s new Ambi-Slider — an ergonomic ambidextrous locking system.
Code Of Bell X-Pak Sling Bag
Combining the best aspect of backpacks, messenger bags, duffel bags, and fanny-packs, the X-PAK (pronounced “Cross-Pack”) is a highly-versatile worn-over-the-shoulder carry-all that refuses to quit. Boasting a unique vertically-integrated roll-up top and a main compartment affording some 23L of storage, the X-PAK also features a collapsable water-bottle pocket and 13” laptop sleeve. Made from ridiculously rugged materials, the bag is comprised of 1680D Cordura and waterproof laminated Dimension Polyant VX Series X-Pac and sports a Fidlock magnetic buckle, Hypalon zipper pulls, and weatherproof YKK zippers that allow the bag to be fully-submerged in water without letting in a single drop.
This handsome watch from the Military Watch Company sees the Swiss outfit’s Submariner dive watch get the midnight treatment, with a blacked-out dial, bezel, non-reflective PVD-coated stainless steel case, crown, 20mm NATO nylon webbed strap, and dial — the latter of which is juxtaposed by a minimalistic display of white markers. Powered by a 24 jewel self-winding automatic movement, this diver’s timepiece offers more than 40-hours of reserve power.
Scoured: The Best Gear On Gallantry
Maybe blacked-out everything isn’t your style, but the military-inspired tactical-look still speaks to you. If that’s the case, be sure to check out our collection of olive drab offerings from last month’s roundup of the best gear on Gallantry.