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What is the oldest item in your current EDC?

Discussion in 'General EDC Discussion' started by el_murdoque, Sep 30, 2019.

  1. el_murdoque

    el_murdoque Loaded Pockets

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    The title says it. When you look at your current pocket dump, what is the oldest piece of gear in there?

    Mine is weird. Albeit the fact that I do carry things that are well crafted and meant to last an entire lifetime,
    I also tend to swap out stuff and in my current carry, quite a few things are close to new.
    My oldest piece of gear is, of all things, the one thing that was never meant to last a lifetime. It's my smartphone, a OnePlus 3 which has been with me for more than three years now.
    [​IMG]

    (since it's the host of the only camera I own, I took a random pic from the internet.)
    Mine looks like new, though. I've always carried it in a case and had the screen protected. No scratches except a few around the USB port.
     
  2. Tesla

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    My Thorfire 007 stainless AAA--long since discontinued, alas. Like most of us, I'm always searching for the Holy Grail, but nothing has come along that's better for my use. This item probably gets more use than my knife or pen, yet has stood the test of time. I flirted with a Lumintop Ti AAA, but the tail switch is too "twitchy" and turned on accidentally a time or two, running down the battery, so it's a drawer queen now. I still have my original Maratac stainless AAA, but it's strictly a backup.
     
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  3. aicolainen

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    I'm quite new to this, still, so nothing has really had a chance to get old.
    My wallet broke down some months ago, so it's almost new as well. That's the only item that really had a potential to be old, as I've carried some kind of wallet continuously since childhood.
    Watch, knife and pry bar is in the range weeks to months.
    The pen is actually not that new, but I don't think it predates phone and flashlight. I think the flashlight predates the phone by about 3-4 months and it's a Maratac AAA copper from April 2017.
     
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  4. smokingfish

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    Small sebenza rosewood.
    Got it many years ago and started my interest in nice tools/gadgets.
     
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  5. Moshe ben David

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    Well, there're the usual keys, eyeglasses, and such. But really the OLDEST item is a leather coin pouch. When squeezed, it opens like the petals of a flower. Got the idea from my Father, who carried one most of his life (at least as I recall); he originally bought it in Paris in WWII - his was truly hand made! Mine is just the most recent of several I've had (this one is probably going on 20 years now!); but none were made of anywhere near the same thickness or durability of leather as Dad's was!

    What do ya know? Amazon has them: [​IMG]

    Try not to be shocked.... ;)

    L'chaim!

    Moshe ben David
     
  6. EZDog

    EZDog EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    Me by a long stretch!
     
  7. HeadOffice

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    The thick leather ones are still made! I have mine from 1994 and it's softened up beautifully. Handmade and only $19. You can find them at this link.
     
  8. neo71665

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    My p38 given to me by my grandpa when I was a teen. He got it when he was in the army out of a c ration. He brought a big handful home when he got out. Exact age I have no clue but he got out right before the Korean conflict, pre 1950. I've carried it with me since some time in the 90s on my keys.
     
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  9. HarryD

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    My dog tag on my key chain since 1979 when I got out of the Army.
     
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  10. Moshe ben David

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    Thanks. Those look .... different? Not as flat. The older style tends towards flat, depending of course on how many coins...

    L'chaim!

    Moshe ben David
     
  11. WillAdams

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    The key to a small Yale padlock my father kept after courier duty when he was in the Air Force --- at the end of this duty, when turning in his gear, the lock and key weren't enumerated on his paperwork, so he kept them. He retired in '76, was office staff and a recruiter before then (I still have one of the AF promotional keychain multitool screwdrivers he was handing out), so it probably dates back to when he was in Vietnam --- he did a tour in '69 or '70 --- or before.
     
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  12. Moshe ben David

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    I probably should be the last person to request, seeing as I don't do pics myself, but can you post a pic of the. promotional keychain item?

    L'chaim!

    Moshe ben David
     
  13. WillAdams

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    Sure!

    [​IMG]

    The text on the tool part says

    Bassett
    U.S.A.
    70

    and the flip side has

    PATENT
    206852
     
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  14. WillAdams

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    I also remembered, I have my Father's keyring (decorative stamped thing --- may be able to make it out in my avatar) --- not sure how old it is, I remember he had it when I was a kid, but I think the lock and key predate it.
     
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    Thanks @WillAdams! Without the pic I'd never have guess what it looked like. Reminds me exactly of the Sears pocket screwdrivers, except of course the disc labelled for the Air Force!

    [​IMG]

    I found this pic on line for Ace Hardware! Turns out they sell this item for $0.99; the same price I paid at my now defunct local Sears over 5 years ago.

    L'chaim!

    Moshe ben David






     
  16. thegrouch314

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    Today it's my DofE SAK, with the safety blade ground down to an actually functional point. I've had it about 8 years.

    Usualy it's a Vic Escort that was a promotional item for a pharmaceutical company in the 90s. I think it was an antidepressant but the lettering has all worn off. I'm fairly sure it's older than me. It hangs out on my keys but I didn't take my house keys out with me today, just my car key.
     
  17. addylo

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    Does this count? I often EDC this coin as a good luck charm. It's a Macedonian coin from the reign of Kassander (c. 319-297 B.C.), one of Alexander the Great's generals and a successor after he died. That puts it about 2,300 years old.

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  18. el_murdoque

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    I think you just won.
     
  19. addylo

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    Actually, I just realized that any of us who EDC mammoth scales have that beat by about 10,000 years.

    I can't count this coin since I don't typically carry it. It's a silver trihemiobol from Selge, Pisidia (modern day Turkey) from around 3rd century B.C. You can see the face of the Gorgon on the obverse.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Leatherman Wave 2005.