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After all your years of edc gear research & experimentation?

Discussion in 'General EDC Discussion' started by dmattaponi, Oct 15, 2020.

  1. dmattaponi

    dmattaponi Loaded Pockets

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    Yes, a pocket knife is my earliest memory of edc. I got my first real pocket knife with a tackle box when I was 5. Before that I played with toy knives. After that a pocket knife was in my pocket throughout my childhood and into adulthood. Never carried a lighter. In recent years I've carried strike anywhere matches in a Marbles match safe, but I've gotten out of the habit more recently. I do see their usefulness though. I just don't use them often enough to want them taking up pocket space most days.
     
  2. twin63

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    Flashlight for me. I use a light more often than any other piece of gear.
     
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  3. kikaida

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    What I've learned is that it would be ridiculous of me to carry an expensive knife because all it's ever used for is opening up boxes. I might as well just carry a box cutter.
     
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  4. dmattaponi

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    Those expensive knives that seem all the range on the forums have never even tempted me. I’ll take my lowly SAK over one of them any day of the week.


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    I have a picture that shows me wittling on a stick the date put me at 5 . My parents grew up in the Appalachian mountains during the depression . I was taught to build a fire early, I can remember being 11 or 12 camping being given a single strike any where match and going to make the fire. If you came back for a second match you got a lecture on being able to get a fire going with one match could save your life. It possible did . The original fire starters I carried was strike any where matches moving to a bic many years ago and a few years ago I switched to clipper lighter
     
  6. dmattaponi

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    Sounds like good memories and a good upbringing. Our modern day society would benefit greatly from having more parents like yours


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  7. MatBlack

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    A Victorinox SAK of some kind is easily the most useful EDC I have. I like the 111mm best for daily carry but the 91mm alox are also very handy. I love flashlights but months can go by in between usage. I carry a couple in my go bag but seldom need them.
     
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    Gerber Prybrid might be an option for you. No clip but they’re cheap and look like they would be pretty handy.
     
  9. Reidar Chr. L. Guttormsen

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    Leatherman style CS hanging from a belt loop so that it is always at the ready. I found that I have a lot more use for real scissors than pliers

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  10. jackknife

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    I've known a few people that do just that. They use the ever lovin dog poo out of it, then just change blades when dull. I wonder if they aren't the smart ones????
     
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  11. earthman

    earthman EDC Junkie!!!

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    Surly the answer will differ to the environment/where you live etc. If you live in certain places in the world where the sun doesn't set, maybe a flashlight wouldn't be important/used much anyhow?

    Depends what you are into too, for example, if you are good with your hands at fixing things like I am then I'd say a full sized MT like my Swisstool cause it's sure got me out of some jams. Obviously I'd need a form of light to see what I'm doing at some times of the day too though.
     
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    I think it would be a tie, between my small SAK and my Fenix E01. I'd go with the SAK.

    I grew up watching my dad deal with an amazing array of stuff with a small pocket knife, a Sear's 4-way keychain and a P-38 in his wallet. Its amazing how much stuff can be jury rigged ir you can just get into it with a screw driver. For many years I carried a Case peanut and Sear's keychain screw driver and my old army P-38 and got by just fine. The peanut was replaced with a small SAK of some sort, either the classic, waiter, or small tinker. The tinker was eventually trimmed out for my love of minimalism, and I got by for years with my little classic in a keyring leather sheath so it was not really attached to my keys.

    I think I use the classic every single day for something. Things I've actually fixed with the SD tip includes a Sear's Kenmore clothes drier, Minnicota electric trolling motor out at the far end of a ling a winding lake, a rented Honda motor scooter on vacation in Key West. On that same trip, while out in a rented boat fishing, the reel was gunned up, and the SD tip took off the side plate, and with a corner of bandana and some gas from the outboard, debunked the reel, and put the side plate back on. The scissors has snipped burrs from our dogs fur that were too deep and tangled to get out. The tweezers has got stickers our from down between the dogs paw pads. And that sharp little blade has cut a million miles of the jute twine my wife and I use in the garden, opened a few tons of mail, cut opened a ton of plastic packaging and sliced up some nice Jarlsburg cheese out someplace.

    Yeah, my SAK classic is my most used item. I wish I could go back in time to find the young me, and tell myself not to waste time on all those 'other' knives that came and went in my over obsessive knife nut days. The little classic does 99% of what I need in a urban/suburban lifestyle, and for when I'm out in the woods, my Buck 102 woodsman does the rest.
     
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  13. Bad Company

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    An EDC flashlight.
     
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    any durable clicky pen and a reusable water bottle ( Nalgene widemouth 32 oz and Zebra 701) . I have been been tough on both and used both daily for atleast the last 7 years since i got into the hobby.
     
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