I've been surfing these forums for quite a number of years, and other forums before that. I've accumulated drawers and shelves full of "stuff" that I thought useful for "edc". I still struggle to decide the "best" edc for me, but I can say this... Out of all the stuff I've tried through the years, I've found a few items useful above all of the others... 1) A Swiss Army Knife. I was hesitant to purchase one at first, viewing them as something of a toy. Once I bought one, I quickly found it to be far more useful than the other knives, and also stronger than I expected (and a better slicer too). It has become a constant companion. 2) A single cell LED Flashlight. I personally like a single AA, but other battery types are fine too. I started carrying a personal flashlight before I ever heard of edc. I've found it to be probably the most used item I carry both day and night. With the coming of LED, the lights just got better. 3) A Pen. It's just something that I need often for a variety of reasons, and its nice to have some sort of pocket pen with me at all times. I do carry a few other things with regularity, but they are "extras", that I don't use most days, and have often considered leaving at home when I load my pockets each day. These 3 serve 99.9% of my needs 99.9% of the time (and they do it well). Now if I could just convince myself I need not worry about the remaining .01, I think I'd save a lot of money and free up a bunch of drawer space. Feel free to share you thoughts about your "refined" edc.