This time around, I’d like to prove that a good EDC doesn’t have to completely break the bank. Here are some high quality items that I carry that are affordable yet extremely reliable.
Olight S10 Baton – $40
The S10 is a classic EDC light. It’s small, bright, and extremely sturdy. The magnet in the tail cap allows you to use it hands free in just about all applications. The clip is reversible so that you can carry it face down in your pocket, or flip it around and put it on the brim of your hat for a headlamp. It runs on one CR123 (or rechargeable CR123) and has a max brightness of 400 lumens. There are 4 brightness levels, as well as a hidden strobe feature.
CRKT Pilar – $25
Designed by Jesper Voxnaes, this compact frame lock folding knife may look small (just over 3.5” folded), but it feels pretty comfortable in the hand. The handle is made from stainless steel and the blade from 8Cr13MoV. Maybe not the best steel, but that’s what makes it so affordable. You may need to sharpen the blade more often, but it will be an easy sharpen. This is a great option for someone that wants a compact knife with a clean design and doesn’t want to drain their bank account.
Big Red Bi-Fold Wallet – $40
This is my absolute favorite minimalist wallet. Hand made by Big Red Beard Combs, this thing will last forever. It will hold about 4-6 cards, but I usually have about 2 cards, driver’s license, a little cash and some business cards in it. It will also fit Big Red’s number 9 or number 5 comb if you can spare the room. The leather quality is some of the best I’ve seen, and the stitching is on point (little sewing humor there).
So at just over $100, you get a small but powerful flashlight, a simple, well designed knife, and a wallet that you’ll probably be able to pass along to your grandchild someday. Not bad..