I always liked knives as a kid, and after collecting cheap little knife like objects and those little utility tools I bought my first "nice knives." Those knives were a Smith and Wesson M&P Assisted Tanto, and a Buck Bantam in camo. Those held me over for a while but I always wanted something nicer. I looked for so long for my first "good" knife but then I found it. An Ontario Rat 1. It was perfect when I bought it. Fast, smooth, and easily pocketable. I carried it for a while but always wanted something better. I then got a Cold Steel Hold Out II, a little Gerber Shard, and a Leatherman Wave. These became my go-to tools to carry around. But then, one fateful day, I discovered Facebook knife and EDC groups. I then got a taste for some finer tools. I bought a Paramilitary 2, a Zero Tolerance 0562, and a small flashlight. I felt pretty good with my tools at this point. I had always thought spending more than 200 dollars on a knife was ludicrous. I used them all and didn't think I'd need any more knives.
Boy was I wrong.
I then bought a Hinderer XM 18 3.5 Spanto, and I fell madly in love with mid-techs. The Hinderer serves me well to this day, surviving a fall from the back of a UTV and a fair amount of hard use. I bought a few more tools when I realized mine weren't doing the job, a prybar from Minh Do, a Thrunite flashlight, a Leatherman Squirt, and a Fisher Space pen. I just recently got a GEC slipjoint and a Todd Begg Steelcraft Kwaiken, and I love them. I am planning on buying a Sebenza 21 and a Strider SnG to round off all the knives I have wanted for the longest time. Then I think I'll try t0 get into customs. I am now a little bit obsessed with carrying gear, and recently started getting into fidgets and hand spinners to stop me from tapping so much. I still blame the Rat 1 for my mild addiction, though, and I wouldn't want it any other way.
Product Review for Your Favorite Knife
(Todd Begg Steelcraft Kwaiken) This knife is phenomenal in every way. The knife's fit and finish can only be described as absolutely flawless. This thing really checks all the boxes for a good tactical/EDC knife. The knife is big, as in over 9 inches open big. The 4-inch blade disappears in the handle in true Kwaiken style. If you imagine a Samurai warrior carrying a folder, this is the one he would carry. As far as using the blade the handle is super comfortable, as well as providing ample grip for use in a more high-stress situation. I cannot speak to edge retention as I haven't use the knife for very long, but the S35VN blade should hold up very well to normal use.
The lockup is solid, early, and very reassuring in the open position, no blade play at all. The dark black stonewash on the handle and blade is very handsome and will hide carry and use marks well. The pocket clip of the knife is not super deep-carry but it is not very noticeable and rides deep enough for my liking. The ceramic ball on the pocket clip makes taking the knife in and out of the pocket effortless. The flipping action is snappy and the blade deploys with authority. The blade rides on IKBS ceramic ball bearings and it is the smoothest knife I own. An interesting note is that the knife can be "waved" out of the pocket via the non-flipping guard on the blade (I wouldn't recommend doing this all the time). This knife features a lot of detail and machining work, clear on the handle and pocket clip.
The Steelcraft series of knives is made by Reate Knives out of China and it is in conjunction with Todd Begg, a world renowned custom knife maker. Reate is putting out a quality product at an affordable price, and this knife really captures that. This knife is my favorite because it is not only well built, it's just plain fun. I would recommend this knife to anyone. I look forward to using this knife more and more as time goes on.
Product Review for an Awesome Bottle Opener
(Gerber Shard) This little guy is an excellent little bottle opener. While I don't drink I do enjoy a pineapple Fanta from time to time, as well as some other bottled beverages. This thing pops tabs so well and it has a prybar and screwdriver on it. This was my EDC prybar for a bit, but it proved too small for any substantial tasks, so it has since been replaced and now resides in my house as a little utility tool. I like the looks of this thing, the function, and the easy pocketability. All in all a good little EDC tool.
Product Review for your Most Used Prybar
(Minh Do M-Bar) All I can say is what a good tool. At around 3/16th inches thick, this thing is thick enough for hard tasks, but thin enough for pocket carry in most pants. This thing has the ability to pry, pop bottle caps, twist out screws, and be a garden tool. Yeah, I used this thing in the garden to dig and weed with over the summer. This thing got beaten on, and all it did was ask for more. I also had to pry a small pallet apart, and this thing was a champ. I have no doubt it could handle tougher tasks than what I used it for, but for my needs this thing is great. I mostly have it as a "just in case" tool. I never know if I'll need to break glass or pry a door open in an emergency. This thing will no doubt never let me down, and it hasn't yet!
Is there another piece of gear you never leave the house without?
I'd say my iPhone 6. But to go a little bit of a different route, my Thrunite Ti3. Every time someone sees me carrying a flashlight they have something to say. But every time someone is saying "does someone have a light?" I do indeed have one. There is no substitute for a real flashlight in the dark, especially a phone light, as they have limited brightness and run down your phone battery. This tool will never stop being useful to anyone. Be it a dark night walking by yourself or you dropping your keys in your car, a good light is an essential tool for any EDC. I definitely have the light every day no matter where I go, be it church, the store, or even an airport.
What else do you want the world to know?
That carrying things and preparedness is important. Tools have built our civilization and make our lives easier. There is more to EDC than a knife, and that is a common misconception. A multitool, flashlight, and prybar can be and often are useful in everyday life. Make sure you are always prepared for any situation you think you may come across. Also, it is important to try and break the stigma surrounding carrying some of the tools we all carry every day because most guys who carry are good guys and responsible citizens. Stay safe and stay prepared!
I attached a picture of the Kwaiken and a picture of my current EDC. Thank you!
EDC Features Todd Begg Steelcraft Kwaiken, GEC #47 Viper in a Bentley Sheaths and Leather pocket slip, G-Shock watch, Thrunite Ti3, Minh Do M-Bar, Leatherman Squirt Ps4, Fisher Space Pen, and a small fidget. Not pictured is my phone and wallet