Every Day Carry Joys — The Pen AND The Sword

So you’re online browsing Reddit the other day… and you stumble across r/EDC.

Since getting really into every day carry items, there are a couple items I’ve been gifted that have made their way into my daily carry for the foreseeable future.

The Machine Era Markup Solid Brass pen has been a pure joy to use. I don’t particularly like the refill it ships with, but I’ve always been a huge fan of Pilot G2 0.38 pens, and this brass pen only makes those refills write even more smoothly. The cap screws on, so you don’t have to worry about pen explosions in your pocket. Pairs nicely with Moleskine Cahier pocket notebooks on the go, and Rhodia Webnotebooks.

The Leatherman Free P4 multitool has already come in handy countless times. For a long time I only carried a knife, but turns out I have all sorts of daily uses for pliers, screwdrivers, scissors, package openers, and the like. The one-hand-operation of every tool, and the fact that they all lock in place is really what really makes this a valuable daily carry. Very glad I live somewhere where carrying a knife around is legal and not frowned upon… it would be hard to find a good multi-tool without a knife built in. (If you are in the market for a TSA-friendly travel multi-tool, you should check out the Leatherman Style PS.)

What’s your favorite EDC item?

Everyday Carries Are For The Sentimental Type

I got into Reddit’s Everyday Carry sub, r/EDC, a little while ago. It’s one of the things that encouraged me to start writing hand-written notes again, and also made me want to start carrying one of my favorite knives again (instead of a folding utility blade) on a daily basis.

There’s just something about the items you carry with you every day… Taking them along adds some sentimental value that you may be able to pass on to your kids. I’ve never been the sentimental type, but I’m finding myself more and more so as I step deeper into fatherhood (read: only almost two years).

That said, I thought I’d share a bit about what’s typically hitching a ride on my person every day.

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. — “Walden” by H.D. Thoreau

— “Digital Minimalism” by Cal Newport

I just like that quote. Don’t read into it too much; it’s not super relevant.

Alright. Here we go.

Watch: Skagen Theodor. This watch is nice and simple; the lack of a second hand says, “don’t sweat the small stuff.” It has a thin, lightweight profile, and goes with just about anything, save a black suit and tie (I have a similar Skagen that was gifted to me for such special occasions). Unfortunately this Theodor model was discontinued, so when the original strap busted on me, I had to replace it with the strap from an old Fossil watch I had lying around.

Wallet: TGT Nightcall 2.0. This wallet is a great solution for anyone trying to limit the number of items they’re carrying around every day. It’s made of heavy-duty elastic and leather, and comfortably holds 5-10 cards and some folded cash. It’s way more comfortable to sit on and carry than any leather bi-fold or tri-fold wallet I’ve ever owned.

Knife: Boker Plus Hyper. This knife ended my childhood “knife collecting” interest. I did my research to make sure that it had steel that would last a long time, was the right size and shape, and would fit comfortably in my side or back pocket (deep pocket clip). Like the watch, this little guy has also been discontinued, but there are a lot of very similar models from Boker and other quality companies (from what I’ve seen online).

Pen: Pilot G-2 0.38. These pens have been my go-to for the past six or seven years. You can buy them in bulk from Amazon at a rate that comes out at just over a buck a piece. I like the ultra-fine gel pens because they create really clean lines and use much less ink. This means that dry-time is a little shorter, and the pens are a little more versatile. I like doodling and sketching, so it’s nice to have something that checks the box for both of those use cases.

Notebook: Moleskine Cahier (Dotted). Fantastic for weekly planners, notes, to-do lists, and journaling. Fits in my pocket. I never leave home without it. (And did I mention the dot-grid!?) You can read more about how I use mine here!

Not Pictured: Smartphone (an unfortunate essential), Kindle (depending on the day), Yeti 10/20oz Rambler (coffee, water, whiskey… what can’t you use a Yeti for?).

What items go everywhere with you? Why? I’m curious to hear about it… Comments are open!