I guess I've been interested in EDC for over 30 years since my late teens - though back then I referred to it as JIC - just in case. For me it's both the practical as well as the aesthetic, things have to look good as well as function. I found this forum as I would see an item that appealed and invariably a search would bring me to this site where members were offering images or discussions on merit. My biggest frustration is seeing items I would like and not be able to buy them as they are old limited editions or restricted distribution To that end I have just bought my first Atwood piece, so maybe my luck has changed! On a personal note I work in corporate communications for a market leading global technology business based in London.