Tell us how you got into EDC/Knives. When I was in history class in elementary school I saw a picture of a Roman Soldier's folding knife. I realized then that "real men" have carried knives everywhere since the dawn of time. I didn't want to be a sheep and wanted to be prepared. Sure at first people thought I was "the weird guy that always had a knife" but then I started to realized people relied on me because they knew I "always had a knife". In fact I remember a few times where due to security (airports etc) that I couldn't have one and when someone asked me for a blade and I didn't have it, they were almost more surprised than me!
Product Review for Your Favorite Knife: First of all this question is grossly unfair because really its like picking between your children. I would have to say my AdV Midtech Tac Butcher "The Witch King" (which has been slightly pimped by Tyler Holland) is my favorite. Its just the right amount of overbuilt heft with such clean engineering. I got mine brand new from Andre himself and it is definitely a point of pride for me. Outside of my "knife friends" the AdV definitely gets the most admiration from everyday folks when I pull it out to chop into something. It's design is so stark and unique it draws attention. I also love that being a Midtech I definitely use it. She is no safe queen. She has been banged, scratched, worn, and dropped. Then I had it bead blasted clean and started all over again! If it was one of Andre's full dress customs I might have a harder time being hard on it. As it is though the "Witch King" would have to be my favorite.
Product Review for an Awesome Bottle Opener: Who can't appreciate the Tactical Hardware Sawblade. Simple, clear, great design and engineering. Again its an attention getter. I don't mean to be pandering with it but I really do carry it the most.
Product Review for your Most Used Prybar: . I have to say an oft forgotten one by even the maker himself is the AdV Tac Tool. In Ti and blacked out it pairs perfectly with the aforementioned Tac Butcher. Again the design makes it stand out when drawn and makes it unique from the usual prybar design. It does make it a touch bulkier and awkward but darn it all if it hasn't saved many a knife tip and taken car of plenty of little wrench jobs. It definitely tops out my most used Pry.
Is there another piece of gear you never leave the house without? (i.e., flashlight, hank, pen, etc)
Two parter here. For sure my custom hand-tooled Chewbacca Wallet by Pascal Veltman and my Brass Render K by Karas Kustoms. Pascal did a great job modifiing his usual wallet design to accommodate my request for a pen loop. We even went back and forth via live chat. The thick leather and rich color are enough to make the wallet special but to also have the galaxy's best co-pilot engraved in there makes the best! As for the Render K its just elegant simplicity with a noticeable weight. It takes a classic rollerball cartridge using the Parker inserts and then the moment someone asks to borrow a pen and they feeling the significance of the Render K's weight in Brass it always raises eyebrows. If you can't tell yet I love making an impression withi my gear.
What else do you want the world to know? What is your favorite gear combo for EDC? Who is your favorite custom maker, your favorite brand, favorite Facebook gear group or other forum etc.
One thing I love about all my gear is the custom lanyards I've made for each. I like weaving them and putting unique beads on each. Most of my beads are by Santi Se who I think doesn' t just make beads but mini sculptures. I also have some work by Russian makers ssilver and Rog War. For my bead fix I am in the Bead Life group on Facebook which provides a great way to get rid of money. HA. I also like the EDC Top game. Those amazing lathe workers over on Pocket Top Talk have such skill and artistry its stunning. I've got a few tops but its not nearly as heavy a hobby.