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Best Left of Field EDC Substitutes.

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#1 shmevro



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Posted 04 March 2016 - 03:11 PM

Still fairly new to the site/lifestyle/hobby but from what little I've seen there seems to be a fairly standard set of tools most EDC-ers have (knife, multitool, flashlight etc). So without focusing to much on unpopular brand choice, what fairly standard EDC item do you substitute out for a left of field piece of gear?

For example; Instead of a fancy torch/flashlight, I have a Lego character LED keyring. These may not be the brightest portable flash light around but as far a key ring lights go they're very solid and have remarkable battery life.

So I guess that begs the question, what weird item do you carry?

#2 coldwater


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Posted 04 March 2016 - 05:08 PM

I used to carry a dummy 5.56 I had recapped with a roud and made into a keychain. It was the last round I fired before getting out. I got tired of lugging around a bunch of "stuff" a while back, and went minimalist in a big way. I still carry it, but it's clipped off in my EDC truck bag with my other stuff. 

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Posted 04 March 2016 - 08:43 PM

challenge coin from my regimental CSM and CO

will post a picture when i get a chance


#4 Nathaniel P

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Posted 07 March 2016 - 12:58 AM

Instead of a nice G-Shock, Citizen, or Seiko, I carry a $5 dollar Walmart no-name watch. It has held up for around four years so far (submersion in ocean water, pool water, getting covered in primer/paint/silicone sealant, etc.) and it keeps ticking, no reason to replace it yet. Every other piece of my gear is though out, extensively researched, and top-notch, except for the watch, which is honestly just fine for me.

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#5 Mike Blum

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 02:24 PM

Instead of a tacticool pen, I carry a cut down cheapie from one of the hotels I've stayed in. I give away a cool stylus/ball point in my classes, but I don't carry one except in my computer bag. The current cheapie pen appears on my EDC items pics in my profile. I have had expensive compact pens in the past and they all 'went south' in one way or another. I have lost the current cheapie pen twice, but it turned up again both times... go figure.

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