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#29392 Benchmade Gold Class 485-171 Valet

Posted by E.D.C.Specialties on 12 May 2017 - 03:01 PM

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Just had to share this here. This knife is so amazing I can't stop staring at it. The titanium handle is almost chameleon from blue to violet depending on the lighting. And look at that Damasteel blade! It is seriously one of the nicest knives I have ever personally held in my hand and you will definitely feel the same way if you ever get your hands on one. If this is your EDC knife you are a boss!

Here's some info on this awesome knife:

 

  • Designer: Benchmade
  • Mechanism: AXIS®
  • Action: Manual-opening
  • Blade Steel: Ladder pattern
  • Damasteel (58-60 HRC)
  • Blade Length: 2.96″ (7.52cm)
  • Blade Thickness: 0.100″ (2.54mm)
  • Overall Length: 6.69″ (16.99cm)
  • Handle Thickness: 0.47″ (11.94mm)
  • Handle Material: Blue-Violet Billet Titanium
  • Weight: 2.82oz. (79.95g)
  • BLADE EDGE: Plain
  • BLADE STYLE/SHAPE: Drop-point
  • MOLLE COMPATIBLE: No
  • USE: Every Day

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#218 Lets see your EDC bags!

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

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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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#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.

 

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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:
 
Leather
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)
 
Keys
Before you cut anything, you need to know how many keys you'll use (one of the limitations of this DIY method).
 

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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

 

Method:
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.




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That's it.
 
Customisation
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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#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,

Bernard


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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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#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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#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

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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

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Sinn 856 UTC

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#23629 Favorite TV Series

Posted by Robin Caudle on 06 March 2016 - 06:27 PM

I take it thats your short list. I actually watch most of mine on hulu and netflix from my laptop or my phone.


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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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#7778 Mercator K55K

Posted by Chris Szaroleta on 19 March 2015 - 06:23 PM

Perhaps it was a mistake starting a new thread for this, but I have several pics to post and I'm also a little proud of the grab itself and the work I did to get it shiny again!

 

I'm sure most of you are familiar with the Mercator K55K (often called the Black Cat Knife), which can be found brand spanking new on a number of sites that you've likely been to as a result of everydaycarry.com (Best Made Co, Cool Material, Amazon, etc).  It's a simple design in an extremely thin folder that's been around since 1867.  It is a lockback, which is pretty awesome for regular EDC use.  Despite the lockback being somewhat unique to the K55K, it often gets compared to the French Douk Douk, which happens to be a slipjoint.  

 

Anyway, a quick history lesson (sorta) and the onto the pics!  So rumor has it that these were issued to German soldiers in both WWI and WWII, but there's no actual proof of that.  There is, on the other hand, no denying that many German soldiers did indeed carry these knives.  It's said that American soldiers would find them either on German soldiers, or just laying around, and then bring them back to the US.  In the 50's and 60's, these knives that were brought back from the war and handed down became popular in South Bronx street gangs.  The knife has remained in production since its inception in the mid 1800's, but the original manufacturer liquidated and sold of the business in 1995 to Otter-Messer, the company who still makes the knife today that you can find on all those sites I mentioned earlier.  

 

I picked mine up at a local antiques store after eyeballing it for months.  It was rusted and gritty to open and close, but he had a fair price on it (as far as I know) and then he dropped it down another 36% after my incessant haggling.  The story he provided was that a local WWII veteran brought it in to sell off with other artifacts he acquired in the war.  He even sweetened the deal for me by telling me that the vet was from my hometown - pretty cool!  Since I have no way of proving the validity of his tale, and because I'm having an awful time dating this knife (I've been given some information for people to call, so I'll update this with any new info), I simply don't know its age.  I'd like to believe his story and will continue to until the knife's true authenticity becomes known.  So here it is, in both before and after shots.  I have yet to sharpen then blade, but that's next on the agenda.   :) 

 

BEFORE 

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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.

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more to come


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#5034 "Pen" Pals Pics

Posted by Chris Szaroleta on 28 February 2015 - 03:47 PM

I'm not certain that I've met Marc's requirement of a clever name for this thread, but I tried.  It's a play on words since pen pals send letters to one another, and EDCers love pens!  I dunno...

 

Anyway, when Marc messaged to say he wanted to send me a little something, I knew it would very cool.  What I didn't expect was to receive such awesome, well thought out gifts.  I am extremely thankful and I will make sure to pay it forward.  I hope this begins a safe, fun trend amongst those who participate in our community.  Once that ball gets rolling, this can be the thread used to post your pics and describe what you received. 

 

Here's what Marc sent:

 

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At the top, you're seeing a cigar.  I won't mention the brand name or country of origin, but it might be visible enough for you to see it on the cigar band pictured.  Let's just say, the band was sent separate from the actual cigar.   ;)  It puts off an amazing aroma!  I cannot wait to sit down with what's left of a 12 year old bottle of Glenfiddich I've been saving for the right occasion and enjoy this cigar.

 

Just below the cigar and to the left of the cigar band, you'll see a Marc made key organizer.  Marc used parts of the "Glen-Bar" method from the thread our good buddy Glen made in his DIY post.  It is seriously awesome.  It's one thing to buy someone something and send it their way, but it's another thing altogether to actually create something for them.  Absolutely floored.

 

Finally, Marc made his gifting relatable to an earlier thread.  On page 2 of this thread, Walrus and Glen mentioned keeping some Fisherman's Friend with them as part of their EDC...I said I'd never heard of it.  Marc remembered this info and sent a pack of these fantastic little lozenges.  I'm almost looking forward to getting a sore throat or a bit of congestion!      

 

 


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