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Higo No Kami Knife reviewIt's not easy to find truly handmade knives anymore. Most knives are mass produced in factories and really nothing to write home about. The Higo No Kami Knife, on the other hand is a knife that has a rich and deep history that epotimizes the Japanese culture and traditions.

For $20, A Knife like this is just too good to pass up, and the blade alone is worth every penny.

 

blackwing slate notebook 9I still love writing with pen, pencil and paper. Many people call it "Analog" writing. No Batteries. No Charging. Blackout Proof. What's not to like? For me, I've carried many notebooks over the years, but the Blackwing Slate (dot grid style) is the best I've used. It even comes with the legendary Blackwing 602 pencil in a holder in the spine, so you don't even need to try and find one. Let's take a closer look at the Blackwing slate notebook.

trekker fisher space pen review

You might not think that one could do a review on something so basic as a pen. The fact that it has only one purpose makes it almost not worth a review, however, the Trekker Fisher Space Pen is worthy of such a review. This is the one pen that I've consistently carried everyday due to both it's reliability and smaller pocket size that makes it easy to carry. 

w8 sport cameraIt really was an impulse purchase. The W8 Action Camera was selling for about $40 on Amazon, and I just got it because it was cheap, and also, I wanted to pack a camera in my backpack that would come with me everywhere.

The train of thought was this:

The action camera is smaller and lighter than a regular point and shoot camera, so it's perfect for tossing in the backpack and taking everywhere. This one's cheap, so my wife won't complain. I really like the idea of using the Wi-Fi to connect the camera to my mobile phone... Good for placing the camera a few feet from me and taking selfies, right? LOL

condor ma16 front

About six months ago, I was searching for a cheap solution where I could carry my Everyday Carry essentials with me at all times, and that could easily be transferred to whatever backpack or messenger bag I happened to be using that day. If you remember, I started out using three Coghlan's Waterproof Pouches to carry just about everything I wanted to have with me, but the weight and space that it took up to do that became a burden and I started slimming down.

About two months ago, I had my EDC optimized to where it only filled the medium size Coghlan's bag, but I found that when you're in a boardroom attending a meeting that's boring you to tears, opening the Velcro enclosure on the Coghlan's bag is pretty darn intrusive, so I searched for a better way. I found the Condor MA16 Pocket Pouch to be the right price and the right pouch for my needs.

21 Watt Anker Solar PowerPort

Having power on the go is nice, but being able to charge up when no other means are available... That's essential!

I've wanted to have a good solar charger for a long time and had my eye on the Goal Zero Nomad 20 for a while, but at it's $199 price tag, it was just too expensive for my budget. I thought I was settling on the 21 watt Anker Powerport Solar Charger initially since it was only $60, but after three months of use, I have to say that it's been one of the handiest ways to keep charged up when I'm out.

gerber artifact open

The Gerber Artifact has been a wonderful keychain tool. While most of the time it does stay on my keychain, I've found quite a few uses for it. During the last 30 days, I've kept track of everything I've had to pull it off the keychain for in my Moleskine Cahier just for this post. The Artifact is attached to the carabiner with a Nite-Ize "S" clip that loops in to the Artifact's keychain loop. Since it weighs only 1.5oz, I haven't noticed a real difference since I put it on the keychain.

Sterno Folding Single Burner Stove 5

One new addition to the car this winter is a Sterno folding single burner stove. I picked it up for just under $10 on Amazon (also buying Sterno fuel too) and it's going to be placed in the car for camping and emergency use. I really wanted to get one of these for a long time because it's far more versatile than the Esbit Pocket stove and if your sterno runs out, it will work with wood as well. The sides and back are enclosed, protecting your fire from wind to some extent, but what's really cool is that the front flap can fold upwards to enclose your flame if there's just too much wind.

Sterno 7oz fuel cans run for about 2 hours and can boil an 18oz cup of water in just over 5 minutes. I purchased two 6 packs so I wouldn't have to think about buying more fuel again for a long time.

gsi outdoors glacier 18oz cup

Its kind of hard to do a review on something as simple as this GSI stainless steel cup, but I think that I have enough to go on to write a fairly decent review.

I've been using this stainless steel cup for about two weeks now, and it's really been put through the paces. So far, here's a list of everything that I can remember using it for:

  • Morning Coffee
  • Various juices & milk
  • Mixed drinks after work (This has a story with it)
  • Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Snack bowl (Goldfish, Cheese-Its, peanuts and so on)
  • Water boiler (for testing purposes)

Outdoor Products Backpack Cover 1a

Have you ever been caught in a downpour, and your main concern was all the stuff (including electronics) in your backpack getting wet? Yeah, that was me last month. I had to walk from our offices to a client's that was about a mile away. Normally, I look forward to walking over, but on this paticular day, I was caught in a downpour.

Determined not be be caught off guard again, I ordered the Outdoor Products Backpack Cover just for situations like this.

It's a single peice of lightweight waterproof nylon sheet that encloses the top, sides, bottom and front of the backpack to guard it against rain. The strap side that sits against your back is open, so it's not completely waterproof. In a fairly heavy rain last week, I tested it out and walked to and from lunch with the backpack covered. Since this was just a test, I didn't put anything in the pack that would fry out if it got wet, but I was more than ecstatic to find that everything stayed very dry.

Outdoor Products Day Pack

The Outdoor Products Packable Day Pack is perfect for those times when you don't need or want to carry your regular backpack, but still need something to put a few items in. Over the last 30 days during the work day, the Day Pack has been with me on nearly every lunch run. It's also went grocery shopping, to the Zoo, and on more than a few walks in the local parks. the Packable Day Pack has become an indespensible part of my EDC.

The Outdoor Products Packable Day Pack is a full size pack with shoulder straps that can carry a 15" laptop (I tested with a Macbook Air and Macbook Pro) and a couple notebooks in the main pouch, plus pens, phone and portable battery charger in the smaller top pouch. The exact dimensions are 5.5 x 15.5 x 13.5 inches, and weighs only 5oz. It balls up just a hair bigger than a tennis ball, and has a drawstring to close up the ball. The pocket on the top is sufficient to hold an iPhone 6+ or Samsung Note 4.

From The Blog

  • Winter Essentials You Should Have In Your Everyday Backpack

    winter preparedness EDC

    I'm not specifically talking about a backpack, but something that you might carry every day to work and when you're out and about. Since cold weather is coming on quickly, I thought I'd take a moment and tell you what I will be carrying this winter in my bag everyday.

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  • Pokemon Go Essential Everyday Carry

    Pokemon GoPokemon Go (Niantic) has hit the world by storm over the past month, and in almost every city there's a community of Pokemon Go Trainers out there trying to "Catch them all" and "be the best there ever was".

    Pokemon Go isn't just for kids though. There are Millenials, Gen-X'ers and even senior citizens playing the game. The streets are hopping with Trainers at all hours, and this one game has done something that no other game could ever accomplish: Bridge the gap between gaming and the real world.

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  • Make Free Calls To Regular Phones With Android Phones

    Free calls repurpose old android phone 1960Perhaps you've upgraded phones over the years and have an old android phone laying in a drawer or storage box.

    With all the open Wi-Fi hotspots that you can find now (places like McDonalds, Starbucks and Taco Bell probably even have it), You can repurpose that old Android phone to be useful again. Provided that it's at least Android 3, many popular calling apps work, but most have a limitation that they can only call other people who use the app for free. If you want to call landlines and other cellular phones, then you'll end up paying money to make the call. As of this article, Google Voice via Hangouts and Hangouts Dialer is the only service that allows you to make calls throughout the USA for free to any phone.

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  • I Now Carry An FPV Drone In My Everyday Carry

     

    landvo jjrc h8d fpv drone

    Drones have become all the rage these days. There's thousands upon thousands of those little quadcopters available, and I realized that I could actually carry one with me in the EDC for when we're out hiking, camping or just about any other time when I want to have a bit of fun. These First Person View (FPV) Drones are really cool and I love flying them. Being able to see the world from above has a ton of benefits. Read on to find out how.

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  • Food Service Essentials

    Tenderloin steakFood service is one of the hardest professions to be in.

    My name's Tom Wilde, and I am a chef and foodie, and honored to guest blog here on the Everyday Carry. While my general manager told me I cannot disclose which Chicago restaurant that I work at, It is one of the busier upscale places you can go.

    I work 12 hours a day on my feet. Running a kitchen is at time (well, most of the time) is grueling work and all you want to do at the end of the night is plop down with your favorite cold one and just pass out. 

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Latest Bag Dumps

  • End Of November Everyday Carry Update

    every day carry 11262016We're coming down to the end of November, and into the Holiday season. It's the time when we're all going places, visiting family and seeing old friends again. While this is more of a Personal Carry, It's changed over the past couple months. I have stopped wearing the cargo pants so much, and am back to wearing jeans. With the loss of the extra load carrying capacity, I had to make some tough choices about what I was going to carry every day.

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  • Everyday Carry Altoids Tin Mini Smalls

    altoid smalls edc contents packed

    The Altoids tin is one of the best, and least expensive ways to store and carry small objects.

    I have used these little tins for years to hold small things like computer screws, nuts and bolts, fishing hooks and sinkers, and a lot of other stuff, but just recently, I completed one of the things that I've always wanted to do:

    Create a small, functional everyday carry inside an Altoids Smalls container.

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  • Condor MA16 Pocket Pouch EDC Dump

    condor ma16 front

    I just finished my review of the Condor MA16 Pocket Pouch, and people asked me what I was putting inside the pouch. I created the EDC dump list here so you can see what I put into the pouch, and to give you ideas on what everyday carry essentials you might want to put into yours!

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  • Personal Carry: 20/M/Audio engineer student

     

    Pocket Carry

    Personal Carry: 20/M/Audio engineer student

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  • EDC Dump: 34/M/Does It Come In Black?

     

    everyday carry dump

    “Admittedly, this is one half-step above Mall Ninja antics, but carrying these does bring me joy.” - wheckuptothees via Reddit

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About The Everyday Carry

The Everyday Carry caters to Preppers and Individuals that have an interest in Everyday Carry. This is not a Survivalist or Disaster Preparedness website. If you are interested in what to carry everyday to make your (and your family's) life better, than this is the correct place to be. An Everyday Carry is simply the items that you carry everyday, and there is a general interest in what others carry in their backpacks, messenger bags, tactical pouches and on their person.

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