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Cheap Gear That Gets It Done

Discussion in 'General EDC Discussion' started by Highbinder, Sep 15, 2014.

  1. coprtoppe
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    Inova AAA light
    gets as much or more pocket time than Prometheus, 4Sevens, or Olight
     
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    Exactly. There's a whole class of items that have awesome utility, yet happen to be low dollar.

    Let's see if I can add to the list we've got going. All prices are from Amazon, though some of these would be cheaper elsewhere.

    • Mini Sharpie ($5.29 for 4)
    • 3x5 Spiral notebook ($4.29 for 4)
    • Altoids Tin - as a hide-in-plain-sight container ($3.04 for 2)
    • Derma-Safe razors ($10.65 for 5)
    • Dental Floss (500yrds for $12.65)
    • Kubotan ($5.50)
    • Gorilla Tape to Go ($2.97)
    • keychain pill holder ($4.99 for 5)
    • Seatbelt Cutters ($7.99 for 2)
    • Binder clips ($9.29 for 60) (and I suppose paperclips, hair bands and rubber bands)
    • Safety pins ($4.08 for 90)
    • Photon X-Light ($8.85)
    (I've tried to pick (a) a variety of types of items, and (b) items I can personally vouch for as useful)
     
  3. VT-aroo

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    Cold steel Canadian belt knife - or Finn bear. Good steel and workable sheath for 20.00
    Coughlin's match safe. Mine is fourty years old and going strong for a dollar.

    Taking notes on the other stuff.
     
  4. IThinkTooMuch

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    Zebra ($5-$10) and Skilcraft (<$1) ballpoint pens
    Uniball rollerball micro pen (<$1)
    3x5 memo pad ($1)
    Timex watches (<$60)
    Fenix E01 ($15), Photon Pro ($15), or any incan flashlight with a NiteIze led module ($10).
    LM squirt ps4 ($25) or V-nox Classic SD ($10) and Tinker ($22) pocket knives
    Mini-bic flint/butane lighters (<$1)
     
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    Gerber Bear Grylls Scout knife. People bash Gerber for their low quality, especially the Bear Grylls line, but mine has stood up to two years of hard use and abuse and still works fine. I'll also have to mention a roll of duct tape.
     
  6. Kryptonian

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    I have some Gerber stuff, not the best quality stuff, but not junk either. It fills the purpose I bought it for. It was inexpensive and at the local Wally word. Gerber also has a lifetime warranty, if it breaks send it back and they will replace it.
     
  7. MTFatboy
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    Maglite Solitaire and 2-cell AAA LED lights: reliable, simple, bright enough, long battery life, about $12 for the Solitaire or $16 for the 2AAA.
    +1 Mora and Opinel
     
  8. Sriracha

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    I just bought an Opinel 6 carbone. Great cheap knife, I will buy more. I have always had a Mora knife, I got a SAK Silvertech Climber for $15 at wally world, as much as I dislike that place... I once bought a folding trenching tool (US Army surplus) from the commissary at boy scout camp for $5. When my Dad found out, he went back and bought 5 more. Duct tape wallet, paracord keychain, cheap polarized fishing sunglasses, any SRM product... I'll be back, I have tons...
     
  9. figuy

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    SAK classic $11
    Dajo Ascent $12
    Coast G10 $3.50
    Nite Ize Doohickey $5
    Fresnel lense $1
    Cardstick 3 pk $4.50
     
  10. CatsTide

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    ^^^winner!
     
  11. Moco

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    this fake maxpedition held until the middle of last year when i decided to throw it away because of a large hole it formed at the bottom of the main compartment from over stuffing. went to Mexico, hoboed in the flamingo wash with it and supplemented my bug out bag with it. only cost me 60 USD in early 2010. served me well. now i use a jansport and MSM adapt depending on the role

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    also the CK 70 from S&W was my EDC for a good 3 years its since been replaced with tenacious and the flashlight too has been replaced with a 2 AAA mini LED

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  12. Grizzly McB

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    I was about to say the same thing. That knife is a tank and will take a beating! Beat $20 ever.
     
  13. Cheeser
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    I like the spyderco knives I've got which aren't really cheap. But I love my opinel and mora which together cost maybe $40. Most of my hiking gear is army surplus type stuff or cheap new stuff. And it does exactly what it's meant to :)
     
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    Lamy Safari's totally get my vote. Also I have a couple of Enlan/Sanrenmu knives that can't be beaten for the money since I beat on them all the time.


    Sent from Catherine's iPhone using Tapatalk.
     
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    Agreed! Ordered a bright yellow Safari pencil just yesterday. :)
     
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    Mini bic lighter
    Bic roller ball pen
    Post-it notepad
    RAT I
    Gerber Dime
    Fenix E 01
    Gerber Shard
    Leatherman Wingman

    What's not to love?
     
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    I paid $30 for one of these some years back at a PX (or maybe Ranger Joe's). Granted, mine may have a better zipper, but this is certainly a deal!
     
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    I ran over to Harbor Freight at lunch and bought a couple of these yesterday! Seems to be very well-built. Probably going to use them for FAK's in my cars. Thanks for the suggestion!
     
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    Something I haven't seen mentioned yet - CREE 250 lumen flashlights - you can get a 3-pack of them for $20 at Costco. I'm not really a flashlight guy, so they may be junk, comparatively; BUT they've been working great for me so far! They run on 3xAAA batteries, and have a low, high, and strobe setting. They even come with the first round of batteries included. I have them stashed all over the place!
     
  20. F-Bobby

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    If they are the ones that have the batteries held in place by the little plastic cage inside. I've seen them fail right out of the box multiple times so I don't trust them. I'd go for Energizer or Innova lights if you're lookin for stuff in walmart/costco.