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#291779 - 02/08/19 07:24 PM Updated Every Day Carry (EDC)
TeacherRO Offline
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Registered: 03/11/05
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What has changed about your EDC?
What items have you dropped or added?

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#291782 - 02/09/19 01:34 PM Re: Updated Every Day Carry (EDC) [Re: TeacherRO]
pforeman Offline
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Registered: 04/23/08
Posts: 129
Loc: Iowa
This question made me really think and reflect on my EDC and how it has varied over the years and evolved. Go back a decade and I did not have any sort of FAK on my person (stuff in the car but not on my person) yet today I do. I also added a tourniquet to the FAK just three years ago. The knife I have carried has also changed several times and now I have a 'serious' knife every day that was added five years ago and also a little three blade stockman's knife at the same time for the every day things which replaced a Al Mar folder.

Phones - from bag to flip to smart have also 'evolved' with my EDC as communication was always a big thing for me - currently it's a smart phone that is a few generations old but still current with the manufacturer and is always updated.

In the dresser drawer is my original 6P flashlight (the first model made) surefire light that I carried for many years and it has been replaced just this last year with an upgraded current LED version and I have augmented it with a Fenix EO5 on my key chain to replace the old mini-mag. I think back to about 30 years ago and the only think that I have from then to now which is EDC is my watch and a p-38 on my keyring - got the watch back then and it's still going strong.

Way back in the 'young and dumb' years I used to EDC (when I was a cop) a S&W Model 29 - for the uninformed, please see Dirty Harry. Remember, young and dumb?? So, yeah - that got dropped.

I am also going over everything this weekend and thinking about what, why and such with all my current EDC as this question is making me really think about it again and I may make some changes. Thanks for asking!

Paul -

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#291783 - 02/09/19 03:14 PM Re: Updated Every Day Carry (EDC) [Re: TeacherRO]
Russ Online   content
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Registered: 06/02/06
Posts: 5099
Loc: SOCAL
My EDC is fluid. I always have a locking folder, an 1xAA or 1xAAA LED flashlight and other items in my pockets. Itís mostly about function/purpose and not about specific models or steels. Although I like the latest super-steels, I still EDC an early Benchmade 940 (154CM) at times and then switch to a BM940 in S30V or a Spyderco in VG-10. Thereís a lot of good gear in the marketplace and I am not usually loyal to any one brand.

If anything, Iím regressing with regard to tech in that Iíve gone back to a flip-phone (4G LTE), while technically a ďsmartphoneĒ, really itís not; there are no apps available and texting is a PITA. All I need a phone for is voice comms, in which the flip-phone excels. I have a number of GPS receivers so I donít need a phone for navigation. I usually know where Iím going before I start walking or driving so the GPS is there to calculate ETAís (in my car) or track actual speed (real time and trip averaged), time and mileage when Iím walking (Trip Odometer). The Garmin Foretrex 601 is working well for those walks and battery life is outstanding.

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#291784 - 02/09/19 04:05 PM Re: Updated Every Day Carry (EDC) [Re: TeacherRO]
chaosmagnet Offline
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Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 12/03/09
Posts: 3117
Loc: USA
My on-body EDC hasnít changed much in the last ten years:

  • Wallet ó Iím carrying a much less bulky wallet ó my version of the ďessentialsĒ for wallet carry is much more than many I see with just a driverís license and a single credit card, but itís still less than it used to be.
  • Keys ó unchanged except for the keyring multitool (and adding a key to a friendís house, who asked me to keep it)
  • Keyring multi ó Moved from a LM Squirt PS4 to a LM Style PS, I fly so much more often that I donít bother switching back to the Squirt
  • Knife (When Not Flying) ó Currently RSK Mk1 G2, which has so far proven to be the best all-round EDC knife Iíve ever owned. I tend to go back to my orange-handled Mk1 for outdoor activities, as I know from experience that a black handled knife is much harder to find if dropped.
  • Car keys (WNF) ó Unchanged. I almost never drive to the airport, so I leave this at home when I fly.
  • Pistol and reload (WNF) ó Iíve been carrying a 9mm Shield and wasnít thrilled with my holster until a recent upgrade. A friend was selling an almost-new P365 so I bought a holster from the same manufacturer and have been carrying that for a week. I donít shoot the P365 as well (I have at least 7K more rounds through a Shield than I do through the P365 so itís not surprising) but it carries more rounds and is definitely more comfortable on the belt, so the experiment continues.
  • Larger multi (WNF) ó I tend to rotate between LM MUT (on the range only), LM Wave, and LM Signal (when outdoors but not on the range). More recently the SOG PowerLitre has made it into the rotation and I like it. I also have a small Cordura pouch for the LM bit kit and bit extender, which will usually go in a pocket when I carry a larger multi.
  • Flashlight ó I keep coming back to the Nitecore MT10C for pocket carry. If Iím carrying a larger flashlight itís most often a Klarus XT2CR, which is in the sweetspot for me for all three of user interface, performance, and size. Every time Iíve tried the XT1C for pocket carry Iíve gone back to the Nitecore.
  • Phone ó iPhone 7. I was up for an upgrade but didnít see a reason to go with an iPhone 8 and I am still not feeling it for the iPhone 10. I think that when this phone gets replaced Iíll go with an 8.
  • Pen ó Tactile Turn Ti Slider, with the most common alternative an inexpensive orange-anodized aluminum pen for outdoor activities.
  • Trauma kit with Tourniquet (on the range) ó After extensive training (for someone who hasnít ever been a medical professional, at least), I built my own kit for this.


The thing that I keep coming back to is how to carry a trauma kit. I keep one in my bag (whichever bag it may be), and two in my car (one in the emergency kit in the trunk, and one within arms reach in the cabin for the next time I roll up on a collision). Many of my friends use ankle kits, which I donít think would work for me. It isnít ideal, but I may have to get to my bag or my car if I need to treat a traumatic injury.

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#291786 - 02/09/19 05:11 PM Re: Updated Every Day Carry (EDC) [Re: TeacherRO]
Montanero Offline
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Registered: 10/14/08
Posts: 1482
Loc: North Carolina
As with Russ, mine changes depending on what I am doing, where I am going, how I am getting there, and other environmental considerations. I will always have a light, a cutting capability and usually a lighter. I have recently had difficulties with a flashlight that I have carried on airplanes for years, but now is not permitted, as it says "tactical" (well really just Tac). I tried to get information from the TSA inspector on makes it "tactical", so I can find one with the capabilities I desire, but will be allowed. All I got back was "it says tactical on it". So I am very flexible with my EDC. Think more in capabilities needed, and your priorities in your situation. If you think you will need it, carry it.

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#291787 - 02/09/19 06:23 PM Re: Updated Every Day Carry (EDC) [Re: Montanero]
chaosmagnet Offline
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Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 12/03/09
Posts: 3117
Loc: USA
My experience has been that aggressive crenellations or anything that looks like it could be a bludgeon are much more likely to be stopped. My MT10C has short, wide and smooth crenellations (if I may stretch the term that far). Itís been called out once at a courthouse, but never an airport. The 2xCR123A cell flashlight in my bag with a flush head has never been even peeked at. Iíve been through TSA hundreds of times with them.

That particular courthouse contains a customer I visit regularly, and is in a very sleepy area known for nothing happening. Iím not sure why they have security so much tighter than any other of the 100+ secure buildings Iíve entered in the course of my job, but I donít let it bug me.

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#291788 - 02/09/19 07:16 PM Re: Updated Every Day Carry (EDC) [Re: TeacherRO]
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Registered: 03/13/05
Posts: 2071
Loc: Colorado
I don't carry much "for survival" anymore. I've found I just don't need it. That being said, I'm sure I've just guaranteed that I will need it tomorrow! I do carry more "entertainment" stuff now though.

Flashlight has shrunk and shrunk over the years. Now it's down to a 1xAAA. A SureFire Titan Plus 300 lumen model. My son gave it to me for Christmas a year back. I must admit, this little thing with an Eneloop in it is amazingly bright and super well made.

Knife is a Spyderco Native with CPM S35VN steel (whatever that is, I'm not a steel snob, but this stuff works good enough for everyday use for me). While not expensive, this thing is both big enough and small enough to handle everything I need.

9mm compact pistol, KelTec PF-9.

Small carry-pouch containing Kindle PaperWhite eReader, Kindle Fire HD8 tablet, and super small MP3 player.

Wallet. Flip phone. Sometimes a small stash of emergency meds (Tylenol, etc.)

Sunglasses (carried in the car).

That's about it for the routine stuff these days.

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#291789 - 02/09/19 08:07 PM Re: Updated Every Day Carry (EDC) [Re: haertig]
Russ Online   content
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Registered: 06/02/06
Posts: 5099
Loc: SOCAL
EDC for survival? ó not really, that kit is much bigger with much more capability than I need for daily use.
EDC for daily use? ó Yep, nothing is wrapped up or stored in a kit, itís all user gear.

My 1xAA/AAA lights arenít tactical, just lights that are easy to carry and push enough lumens to see well when I need illumination. The knives would never make it past TSA, I wouldnít carry them to the airport let alone try to get through a checkpoint ó at least not in the last 18 years. Before that one of my locking folders called my backpack home.

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#291790 - 02/10/19 06:46 AM Re: Updated Every Day Carry (EDC) [Re: Russ]
haertig Online   content
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Originally Posted By: Russ
EDC for survival? ó not really, that kit is much bigger with much more capability than I need for daily use.

I did used to carry EDC for survival. My Altoids tin kit that was put together for hiking. I had a larger kit in my hiking pack, but the backup Altoids tin kit was always in my hiking pants pocket - in case I set my pack down to rest and then fell off a cliff or something. I always made sure to keep my pants on when resting, you know, proper trail etiquette and all.

But after a while, I said to myself: do I really need firestarting, whistle, signal mirror, etc. when motoring around the city? So I abandoned the Altoids tin kit in my pocket for around town.

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#291791 - 02/10/19 05:22 PM Re: Updated Every Day Carry (EDC) [Re: haertig]
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My key ring, with keys (!), small multitool, knife, AAA light, and small pry bar, is basic EDC and is handy even when I sleep. Around town, I have my wallet (cards, cash and ID), larger multitool, cell phone, and bandanna.

When in the woods, I always have a backpack with a decent FAK, canteen, and a"core bag," with the basic ten essentials (signalling, fire making, and shelter capabilities) along with whatever special gear the trip might require, like technical climbing items.

In the survival or near survival situations I have experienced,I have needed fire (for warmth and cooking), water (dehydration), and shelter (natural or improvised). While I had some sort of knie handy on those occasions, I don't recall the blade as being as critical as matches or spare, dry clothing.
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