I seem to be pretty much settled on my setups, so here's my very own thread. This also gives me the opportunity to ramble on at length without pi$$ing anyone off I chose the silly title to this thread a bit to describe my philosophy regarding gear: While I love looking at (and appreciate) all the amazing collections, customs and expensive titanium marvels and whatnot on EDCF, I have made a conscious decision not to go there myself. What I look for is good value and what I would call inexpensive items. This does not mean cheap, as "cheap" in my mind equals disposable poor quality junk. Instead I feel my stuff is mostly durable, aesthetically pleasing and functional while not including the added cost of premium equivalents. I want my stuff to last, preferrably be repairable and if not, still be easily replaced in case it's lost or otherwise destroyed. The last part is really why I have not any cravings towards customs or collectibles. And everything I own gets used, there are no shelf queens. So, being "financially challenged" basically means that I've set limits for myself and do my best to meet them and still be happy with what I've got. Well, on to the stuff. First of all, there's a few items that I always have with me regardless of the situation: My phone is provided by my employer, and would certainly not have been my first choice. I hope to have this upgraded soon. The e-cig is a €50 Aspire starter pack, which may not be very fancy but it has helped me to kick a 20+ year nasty habit overnight, where other means have failed. I suspect this will become a subject for constant upgrading and fiddling. The leather cover houses a Field Notes notebook and gets carried in either my jacket pocket or work bag. I write down pretty much everything nowadays and in here goes everything I may want to remember later. Permanent notes which will later be needed for reference get transferred to a dedicated notebook and dates etc to my weekly planner. The cover is made by Offgrid Journals @Etsy. I also have a small notepad or at least a few loose pages in my pocket for grocery lists and other quick notes that won't need to be saved for later. My keychain is down to minimal, with just a Led Lenser K1L and a couple of keys. * Next there's my Maxpedition EDC organized that lives in whichever bag or backpack I use at the moment: It contains - my daily use pens: a mechanical pencil (Faber-Castell Grip 1345 0.5mm), a ballpoint pen (Zebra F-701) and a gel pen (Pilot G2 07) - Led Lenser K2 for a backup light - Victorinox Spirit X, enough said - an assortment of cables that I need: adapters, e-cig charger, headphones etc. - a Moleskine Volant notebook in the left-hand pocket * My on-person EDC depends a lot of what I'm wearing during the day. On casual days (ie. jeans and a flannel shirt) this is what I usually have on: - Casio G-Shock DW-5600 - Camel Active California wallet - Fenix E05 - Fisher Space Pen - Victorinox Pioneer This is my preferred setup outside of work, around town etc. The pocket knife needs to be carried using discretion, since any bladed objects are banned around here. If there's risk I just substitute it with a keychain tool (Vic Rambler or LM Style CS), since nobody really cares about those. * My work sometimes requires me to dress up from "casual sharp" to suit. I want as little print as possible when wearing chinos or dress pants, so this is my setup for those occasions: - Timex Weekender - Tanner Goods Journeyman wallet - Victorinox Cadet 2012 Limited Edition (in its leather pouch) - Parker Jotter SS in Chelsea Orange * I live in a rural setting, so at home I need more light (it gets very, very dark around here). We also have some animals (sheep, hens, dogs, whatnot) so there's always a need to fix something. I prefer to use dedicated tools when possible, but these are always on person or close at hand: - Leatherman Skeletool CX - Spyderco Delica - Fenix LD12 - Fenix HL50 * So, that's my EDC stuff. There's a lot more lying around in drawers and boxes, in the car and at work, but these are the ones in actual daily use. Thanks for watching.