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#218 Lets see your EDC bags!

Posted by Ryan Schertzer on 03 December 2014 - 03:38 PM



Mine is a bit more basic and focuses just on the essentials of what I actually carry. As a bonus, I made the leather case myself. I make custom leather goods for a variety of uses, so if you're interested, let me know.

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#1598 EDC storage unit

Posted by Dom on 23 January 2015 - 03:16 PM

My DIY storage unit. My carpentry & woodworking skills are pretty crude, but if you squint from a few feet away it looks pretty good. It's usable and functional. Needs a bit more sanding and will need oiling to bring out the finish. 









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#6408 Why knives are so popular in USA EDC?

Posted by Duff72 on 08 March 2015 - 05:51 PM

.............because it is quieter to open a box with my knife than with my pistol .
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#3 Welcome!

Posted by Bernard Capulong on 11 November 2014 - 01:48 PM

Hi there,


I'm Bernard, co-founder and eic of Everyday Carry. I just wanted to thank you for joining us, and welcome to the brand new forum! When I first got into EDC, I had to register and browse through many different forums that specialized in flashlights, multitools, bags, pens, knives, and so on. There were so many intelligent enthusiasts with valuable information out there for someone to learn about the world of everyday carry items, but unfortunately, that information was fragmented across all these communities. My hope is that with this new forum in place, you'll have one central community to discuss, showcase, review, and share your enthusiasm for the items we proudly carry.


So please, don't be shy! If you have a question you want answered, a product recommended, some insights you'd love to share, start a topic and let's get the conversation going.


Best regards and carry on,


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#1379 How-to: Leather key bar

Posted by Glen on 20 January 2015 - 03:26 PM

Let me preface this post: the idea for this project came from the beautiful OrbitKey.  I wanted to try the format before buying, and quite liked my own creation.  If you want something professional looking with actual engineering behind it, head on over to their website!  If, on the other hand, you like making stuff or you'd like to try the format before committing to purchasing an OrbitKey or similar, then I hope this is of interest to you.



This is a simple make - it involves cutting out some leather, making holes in it, threading everything onto a bolt, then trimming the excess metal.
I've tried a few combinations of nuts & bolts and made some mistakes, so I'll try to give that info without rambling on and making it look difficult.

Cost: <£5
Time: 15/20 mins
Difficulty: Low
Materials you need:
Something sturdy, but flexible and not too thick; I used a ladies belt from a charity/thrift shop.

1x M5 bolt
M5 (5mm thread) is a good width for the hole in my keys, if your hole is narrower, just move down widths.  Regarding bolt length: start long and trim down; I ordered too short then had to buy longer bolts, I use a 25mm bolt to hold 4 keys with little excess (results may vary).  Choose your head type on looks & profile; I chose a stainless steel torx security bolt because it looks cool; hex/allen heads also look the business and even slotted heads look good. (I used this)

2x M5x20mm Washer
Sometimes called penny washers or repair washers.  The width of the washer dictates the width of the strap, 20mm outside diameter was best for me (probably you too).  Use the flattest/thinnest washers you can find. (I used this)
1x M5 Nyloc Lock Nut
You really need a lock nut rather than a regular nut (to stop the nut loosening and falling off).  They're a little taller, which is annoying.  I tried using a domed lock nut to hide the cut end of the bar, but found it too obtrusive. (I used this)
Before you cut anything, you need to know how many keys you'll use (one of the limitations of this DIY method).


Tools you need:

  • Knife or sturdy scissors for cutting the leather
  • Hacksaw or Dremel etc for trimming the metal bolt
  • Leather punch (or drill if you're stuck) for making holes in the leather


1 - Cut the leather
The length of the leather part will vary depending on how long your keys are and how many of them you have.  Wrap the leather around the length of the keys and mark to get your length - you need enough room to be able to freely rotate the keys and the leather needs to protrude ~7mm above the hole in your keys to accommodate the entire washer.  The width of the leather is very slightly wider than your washers.  Use the washers as a template to mark the round ends of your rectangle, then cut it out.  If you want to be precise, I'm sure you can make a template out of paper first and adjust your measurements accordingly.
2 - Punch the holes
Use the washers as a template and mark where the holes in the ends of your leather need to be, then punch or drill them out.  Make the holes slightly wider than the thread of your bolt, it makes assembly easier.  The holes are covered by the washer, so if they're messy, it doesn't show.
3 - Assemble
Start with your bolt, feed a washer onto the bolt, then one end of the leather, then all your keys, then the other end of the leather, then the other washer and finish with the Nyloc nut.
4 - Trim the bolt
Tighten the nut & bolt so your keys can move freely, but don't flop around (holding the nut with pliers and tightening the bolt with another tool).  When you're happy with the tension, trim the protruding end of the M5 bolt.





That's it.
In my version, I've included a USB drive.  I mounted it by fixing it on a thin piece of metal, attaching it like a regular key, but twisting the metal support 90 degrees so it sits behind the keys rather than along side.  (it's such a hack job, but it worked)
If you want to add keys, just cut another bolt.  If you want a different colour, just cut another piece of leather.  You could easily go titanium to save weight and I considered making a version with brass fittings, (but struggled to find brass washers the correct size).  eBay has M5 anodised bolts in lots of colours and you could swap leather for rubber etc.
Road Test
I've used this thing for 6 months (as of this post), and there are good points and bad:

Things I like:

  • I made it myself
  • It's compact
  • It doesn't rattle
  • When I slide out a key, it stays out until I put it back in (I leave my back door key selected at night so I can unlock the door quickly in an emergency)

Things I don't like:

  • It can be fiddly to slide out keys, esp with the USB drive
  • It can be difficult to get a carabiner to attach nicely (I clip my car key to the loop end of the leather)
  • You're limited to what you can attach, e.g. pocket tools (but I reckon you could attach a pry bar / bottle opener etc)


Show me yours!
If anyone makes their own, something similar, or has an improvement or addition to the design; post a reply!

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#6352 Why knives are so popular in USA EDC?

Posted by coldwater on 08 March 2015 - 10:01 AM

Popularity comes from a history of being makers and builders. We do things, we build things, we fix things, and a knife is a handy extension of what a man can do with his hands. Not so much anymore, but when I was a boy, you had a pocket knife by the time you were 10 years old, and you used it every day carving and whittling, and making boats and sling shots. You went fishing and cleaned the catch, and it was your first step into being a young man. A knife was a right of passage. Back then, there were no restrictions on carrying a knife. In fact, I carried a pocket knife every day in school, and some of us used to sit outside at recess and whittle sticks. Doing that now will net you an arrest, a record, counseling, and probably result in being taken from your home and placed in foster care.  Now, nothing over 4" unless you're afield.

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#8001 post a picture from your job

Posted by Joe Moffatt on 22 March 2015 - 07:46 AM

Here's the HUD on a B 757



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#6623 post a picture from your job

Posted by Joe Moffatt on 10 March 2015 - 05:38 AM

How about a picture of your work environment, that is of course if it does'nt violate any OPSEC, Here's a couple of mine, I'm a senior aircraft maintenance tech for a certain frieght company.









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#3843 Lets see your EDC bags!

Posted by John B. on 18 February 2015 - 05:17 PM



I carry this Copper River Bag Co. leather briefcase. It has a 3-compartment insert on the inside to keep things separated. 

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#3608 What is your EDC Watch?

Posted by Noel Rivas on 15 February 2015 - 05:35 PM

I have two that I switch between.


Heuer Carrera 1964 re-issue



Sinn 856 UTC


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#9454 52 years

Posted by Joe Moffatt on 11 April 2015 - 06:08 AM

52 years ago today I came into this world kicking and screaming and covered in someone else's blood and I plan on going out the same way. :D

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#7061 SCOTTeVest hidden pocket clothing

Posted by Scott Jordan on 13 March 2015 - 10:06 AM

Hi everyone!


Scott Jordan from SCOTTeVEST here. Almost all of our products have our weight management system which is a special design and fabric used to evenly distribute the added weight from your devices. I wear my SeV products with my full size iPad, iPhone, wallet, keys, dog treats, chapstick, pens, snacks, gum, and sunglasses without looking lumpy or marshmallow-like. Of course, if you put your whole kitchen sink in there you’re going to look bulky, but we designed these products with the idea in mind that people carry a lot of stuff.  These products are full of pockets for your EDC items (Our QUEST Vest has a total of 42 pockets)!   We have an easy 30 day return or exchange policy so try one of our 50 products out and get yourselves some pockets!



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#5822 Show us your collection...!

Posted by Chris Szaroleta on 05 March 2015 - 02:36 PM

This is the fixed blade collection.  Let me know if you need specifics on any of these knives.   :)



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#5558 Show us your collection...!

Posted by Chris Lae on 03 March 2015 - 05:52 PM

Exactly like the title says, show us your collection! This can be anything from fixies, folders, hatchets, tomahawks, throwing knives, etc...


I'll start...!





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#13801 DoohiKey vs Brewzer vs Shard, which do you prefer?

Posted by Duff72 on 02 June 2015 - 07:00 PM

I like the brewzer but do not have one yet.
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#6400 Smoking a fatty

Posted by Joe Moffatt on 08 March 2015 - 04:47 PM

I rolled a fatty and smoked it, seriously do any of you guys smoke meat, I make my own sausage. here's the fatty.













more to come

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#9329 post a picture from your job

Posted by KCARF on 08 April 2015 - 03:42 PM

As suggested in my welcome thread here are some pics from my past careers and current. To expand a little bit on what I did in the past:


In addition to being a Firefighter/Paramedic, I was a Tactical Paramedic assigned to a local SWAT Team. As a second job I was a GS-13 Emergency Planning Analyst for the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Health and Human Services, in this position I had the opportunity to attend and provide training around the country and deploy to significant incidents. My speciality was in Hazardous Materials and Weapons of Mass Destruction and providing Mass Decontamination and Medical Care to patients involved in those incidents. Injuries sidelined me from those careers so I currently do Facility Emergency Management and teach HazMat, WMD, ICS, Medical Care, etc. That may better explain some of the pictures.


During a live fire evolution (trying to get students moving faster)



During a terrorism drill with the SWAT Team moving into the scene and building



The Astrodome after Hurricane Katrina (Federal Deployment)



Training with Hawaii National Guard (CERFP) 



Part of my team in Seattle for TOPOFF II



Type of training I do now - Wound Packing with a chuck of meat (that was shot with 5.56) with simulated blood and simulated hemostatic agent that actually clots when done correctly. 


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#6388 Why knives are so popular in USA EDC?

Posted by Griffen Kociela on 08 March 2015 - 01:40 PM

For many of us who have more than just a few knives, they are also a beautiful testament to the designer and knifemaker's creativity and craftsmanship. I love carrying a knife because they are extremely useful for day to day tasks that have already been mentioned, but they also bring me joy because of the craftsmanship and the beauty of a finely refined tool. We do not need knives with dyed bone inlays or extreme super steels in the blades or exotic anodizing jobs or springs that open the knife for you, but there is something about those things that makes the tool something I take pride in owning and using, and something that makes me smile every time I take it out of my pocket.

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#5896 Show us your collection...!

Posted by David Quevedo on 05 March 2015 - 07:22 PM

My EDC knife load-out has gotten bigger, while my EDC lights have decreased. Here is the latest:

From the top, then working counter-clockwise:

  1. Leatherman Rebar
  2. Victorinox Champion Plus
  3. Kershaw Leek
  4. SOG Spec Elite I
  5. Spyderco Manix2
  6. Kershaw Chive
  7. Victorinox Sentinel
  8. Spyderco Endura 4 (Blue)
  9. Buck 110 50th Anniversary Edition
  10. Cold Steel Gunsite II
  11. Not pictured - the newest addition, which is a Leatherman Wingman.  That's always on-person.

Most of these are carried in a bag. There's definitely some duplication; but I like duplication, so...

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#3480 tell me about your job

Posted by Joe Moffatt on 14 February 2015 - 06:46 AM

I'm a Senior Aircraft Maintenance Technician for a little company called FedEx, I keep the planes flying so that yawls new stuff shows up at your door. 

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