Nov 27, 2017

Okay, Let's Talk: What Do You Carry Every Day?

Yesterday afternoon, I was putting a load of laundry together, and I took out all of the various bits and items from all my pockets before placing my clothing in the basket. By the time I'd doubled checked everything for errant tubes of lip balm and bonus dollar bills, I had a pile sitting on my dresser that, when I looked down, simply ignited this thought in me: 

Yep, there's all my stuff.     

I don't require a lot of daily use items. I'm not a tactical guy, really, and I work from home, so it's not essential to always having everything I could possibly need on me at all times. But, when you think about, the stuff we keep in our pockets are probably the things we touch and use more than any other item in our lives. No, they're not as iconic as my favorite electric guitar, or more indispensable than my camera, or as fun to maintain as my road bike or to use as a sharp chisel, but these are the things I interact with more than anything else I own, except maybe my pillow. 

So, I laid them out on my workbench and I snapped a quick pic to share what's made the cut, with the hope that you'll do the same. What do you keep on you as part of your everyday carry?

Clockwise from top left:

1. Wallet: Danner tri-fold (not currently listed on their website). I love this thing. Well-made, the right side, with just enough features. You can read the story of when I bought it here. My only dislike is the ID pocket is a bit too shallow, and my driver's license is never completely secured in there. 

2. Headphones: Panasonic RPTCM125K ear buds. I've spoken before about my love for these things. I don't think you can do any better for less than $15. I have three pair in various places in my life, and will buy more when I need to.

3. Watch: Timex Weekender. This is as simple as watches get. Right now, the only watch I own is $20 Weekender I bought six years ago. I've thought about something fancier, but with all the stuff I do with my hands, something pricey doesn't really make sense for me. I keep saying I'm going to buy additional straps for this, but I still have just the one. Maybe saying I'll do it in this post means I actually will. Maybe. 

4. Pocket Notebook: Scout Books. I quite like these, and like my wallet, they're made right here in Portland. They fit in both front and back pants pockets, and aren't too big for the inside pocket of a jacket. I use my phone for notes that I want to reference, but I like paper for ideas and communicating with others on the spot. 

5. Pocket knife: Kershaw CryoAlso from an Oregon-based company, this is the perfect everyday knife for me.  It has everything I need, and nothing I don't. I can open and close it with one hand, and I love its satisfying locking mechanism. Its clip is solid, and it's the right size for fiddling with when I need something to do with my hands. I've honed the blade twice in the three years of owning it, and the steel seems to hold an edge excellently. Highly recommended. 


6. Pen:  Uchida Le Pen. If I could replace every pen in my house with a Le Pen, I would. They're simply the right tool for every single job. They write on almost anything as well as a Sharpie, yet can make thin sketchy lines when asked. I mainly stick with black and red, but I like keeping a multipack around for color coded projects. Love 'em.

7. Pencil: Pentel Graphgear PG525 .5mm. A pencil that's fine enough for woodworking, but strong enough that it can actually draw on wood and not snap. I've had this single version of this for seven years; it's made it through three moves on both sides of the country. That I haven't lost it yet confirms how much I want it in my life. I paid like $8.00 for it years ago at an art supply store.  Now that I see I can buy them for $3.33 I'm sorta tempted to get a dozen of them, but I'm pretty attached to the idea that I haven't lost this one yet, and I don't want to usurp it. Maybe when it finally gets misplaced, I'll buy in bulk. Until then, this is my guy. 

8. Phone: iPhone 6.  I don't really care about phone specs and latest models. I buy one, and I use it until I inevitably smash the screen (once), or planned obsolescence takes over and it stops functioning (twice). My phone is basically just a $x00 podcast machine and Instagram checker with email, so I'll never get one without a dedicated headphone jack. Adapters are just more things to break or lose. Having a camera on me at all times is cool. Once or twice a month, it takes or makes actual phone calls. Or not. 

9. Keys: Currently on my key ring: house key, bike lock key, car key, car key fob, scooter key, Night Ize Doohickey. If I could have fewer, I would. 

10. Wedding Ring: I bought mine on Amazon. It's titanium, super hard, looks better once it got all scratched up, and cost $11.00. When I'm not wearing it I keep it around my watch band so I don't lose it. I should remember to wear it more often.

So... that's what's in my pockets most days. What's in yours?




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Marcus on Nov 30, 2017:

Mitchell Leather Horween money clip wallet, keys with titanium (Dirt Rag) bottle opener, Kershaw Oso Sweet knife, OnePlus 3T smartphone, Burt's Bees lip balm, Nicorette mini lozenges, Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean, reading glasses in my chest pocket

Jesse on Nov 28, 2017:

Pretty simple EDC. Timberland bifold wallet, with $20 tucked into a smaller pocket, so that it doesn't get spent on the town. Blue Key smart with bottle opener attachment, and truck keys. Spyderco Caly 3 CF/ Spyderco Domino/ Kizer Gemini TI, depending on what my day looks like. The Caly 3 and Gemini are fairly small and fall into the gentleman folder category, so they get changed depending on mood. The Domino is my hard use, building, hiking, camping, doing manlier things than opening boxes and mail knife.

Jak G on Nov 28, 2017:

I have an All-Ett Slim Leather Original wallet for my cards and cash. Always have band-aids in the wallet. Keys are on a small carabiner, and 5 of them are in an aluminium Genie key holder. Attached to the carabiner I have a shopping trolley token I 3D printed in PLA, 64GB mini sized USB stick, Swiss-Tech Utili-Key multi tool and my car keys. Hanky. Sony Xperia Z3 used for notes, photos and sometimes calls. I wear two gold rings, one on each hand, and most days I have a 3rd ring - geared fidget ring. Hmm. More than I thought. No pens or pencils, I use the phone.

Tamla on Nov 28, 2017:

Wow! I thought Ladies were bad with things in their purse but what you have is similar to what I have. A Notebook that I got from Dollartree with a Pen, Cell Phone, Wallet with Bank Cards, & Credit Cards, not to mention my Bus Pass, yet I have My Powder Puff & Lipstick, Keys to Home & Car not to mention my Watch. Yet your Pen & Pencil is so cool. They always say that with the Right Pens & Pencils the creativity is endless. I heard that Jerry Seinfeld wrote every single Script using Bic Markers. Also, Charles Schultz The Creator Of Peanuts (RIP), always used Fountain Pens to do his Comics.

JD on Nov 28, 2017:

I am a construction superintendent and an Army reservist so my EDC can be extensive so I'll just limit it to the basics. Fossil tri fold wallet, a little big but I've got a lot of id's to carry, Gerber I was issued while active Army(black), inexpensive led flashlight from Amazon, I've found the cheap ones are better quality then they used to be and I'm not afraid to loose it as opposed to my $400. Surefire, both of those are in Tasmanian tiger cases, sharpie fine point, Parker stainless steel pen and pencil set, Husky folding knife, bought it on the cheap and it's a great knife, based on a Kershaw model, key wallet, you've probably seen your grandpa carry one, awesome for controlling lots of keys when you need them, $3.00 heavy duty carabiner from home Depot that holds my truck and house keys, Fox tactical brief case, aluminum brief case(aquired in Afghanistan, don't know the brand) ya bunch of stuff, I can't recommend the Tasmanian tiger stuff enough. Durable and functional.

Lance on Nov 27, 2017:

My EDC is pretty simple and pretty consistent. I carry a bandana (presently in the rotation is my Firefly bandana, because, Browncoats); a Gerber International pocketknife I bought i Japan in 1994 (I also rotate my pocketknives); Trove minimalist wallet; UofH class ring; Swiss Army Lancer watch (purchased new in 1997); And, on my keyring, I have a True Utility Telepen and Victorinox nail clippers attached to a .5 Nite Ize S-biner. I attached them by way of replacing the usual 1" split ring with 1/4" split rings to streamline.

Jackson on Mar 31, 2017:

The kershaw cryo is sooooo heavy! I want to like it so bad but it just weighs me down so much. If I had a mill I'd take to hogging some of the metal away until it was reasonable but until then I'll just stick with the baby swiss army knife on my keys

Fred on Mar 29, 2017:

Folding ruler, Wera Screwdriver with two changeable blades (0.6x3.5 and PH1), two Knipex wire cutting pliers (different sizes), pocket level, electrical cabinet key, Rital key, Oropax, tape, note book, various pencils.