What is EDC (EveryDay Carry) and why it should matter?

The first image that comes to mind when I think EDC, would be a pistol and a flashlight. I believe this is the averages person's first image that comes to mind when broaching this topic. However, there is so much to this topic that has absolutely nothing to do with firearms. In fact, firearms only make up a fraction of the majorities EDC use. So, what is EDC? To put it simply, it is items you carry that can and will enhance your day to day activities.

Know that we know the basic understanding of what EDC is, we can now go into what items comprise of most EDC carry. The great thing about EDC is that there is no right answer, and you can tailor it to your personality and style. When looking at social media, video sharing sites, or just general conceptions. You will find there are some basic general understanding of the essential carry items. This list would include but not limited to:

  1. Knife
  2. Flashlight
  3. Wallet

With that being said, there are many more items you could add to that list, firearm, two or more knives, handkerchiefs etc. Again, these are items you will carry every day to enhance your life. The biggest thing I will say regarding EDC. Is to make it your own, listen but, do not follow experts who say you have to carry this or that. As with anything you should take advice and be opened minded. But, this is the carry system that you will be using every day.

In my opinion, the most essential item in your EDC list would be your knife. Simply put, the knife is the most versatile instrument in your EDC gear. If you are new to EDC and/or carrying a knife, you will be amazed on how much you will use the knife. When selecting a knife, make sure the knife fits your hands and what you will be wearing. I would recommend getting at least a few different knives that can fit into different outfits and event types. I would recommend using a Spyderco Paramilitary 2 or 3 as your first EDC knife. These knives are a classic and well-proven knife within the industry and community. They are relatively inexpensive for a premium entry-level knife. They both fit well in most outfits, look great and probably have the best ergonomics of any knife I have used. The Paramilitary 2 is slightly larger than your Paramilitary 3. This knife is just a great all-around tool that you will not be disappointed with. As you grow into EDC, you will eventually want to build your collection. I would focus on getting at least three knives for the following situations: General everyday use, a more professional or gentleman’s knife and hard use of the grid type of knife. Granted, most knives can easily cross the categories such as the above stated Paramilitary. The problem most of us run into is that eventually, you will have five or more knives for every type; this really becomes a passion for most of us. As with everything in EDC, you need to plan and tailor your carry to your environment. If you want more specifics on a specific knife. There are unlimited resources and videos on the internet. When selecting your knife, make sure you follow your local laws. Just because your state allows it, doesn’t mean your city or municipality does.

The next item of discussion will be the all-important flashlight. A flashlight is pretty self-explanatory. However, with anything. You will want to ensure the following items:

  1. Size
  2. Brightness
  3. Function (self-defense etc.)
  4. Ease of carrying

Make sure when selecting your light that it will fit and be comfortable when carrying. A 5 D cell Maglite is excellent for visibility and defense but unless you are going to carry a utility belt. This will be very unpractical. On the other end, you don’t want to carry a key chain light and not be able to see anything or have any practical battery life. There is nothing wrong with a key chain light; however, considering using this as a backup light. Fortunately, in today’s market, there is a large number of options for you to choose from. You will be thankful when you are out on a dark night and realize you have a light with you. This gives a great piece a mind and an excellent tool for your EDC inventory.

Who would think wallets would be on the EDC list. Yes, wallets are part of your EDC “required” gear. Wallets fall into functionality, security, and style. As with everything discussed in this article, there are so many options for you to choose from. However, this can also be a negative. A lot of wallets are designed to look great and amazing but, actually don’t work, or you need an instruction manual to use them. What is the point of having a cool looking wallet that has a knife and missile launcher if you are unable to get your money or credit cards out? If possible, try and sample the wallet prior to use. I have fallen victim to a cool all in one wallet that costs 200 dollars, to realize I can’t even do anything with it. The other aspect you want to consider is security. I would highly recommend getting a wallet that has some RFID protection. It’s unfortunate that we even have to worry about this on top of pickpockets and thieves. But, in the 21st century comes 21stcentury criminals. Luckily. RFID security is very inexpensive. And finally, style! The style of your wallet makes a statement of you so, have a blast, and don’t be afraid to go outside the box!

In summary, EDC is a system that is designed to enhance your everyday life. Plan on your EDC carries for the environment that you will be in. If you’re going camping, you are not going to carry the same items as would going to a social event in the city. I feel your EDC items should fit your style and be an extension of you. Have fun and be careful. Next thing you know. You will have over a hundred knives, lights, and wallets. Trust me, I know!!!

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