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Minimalist Rejoice, Recycled Firefighter Wallet Worthy to Carry

In the everyday carry community, less is more. Based on the idea of being prepared, but not burdened down. I recently had the opportunity to receive a new wallet that I gladly have added to my carry collection. Recycled Firefighter wallets are, well just what they sound like. A minimalist wallet made out of recycled decommissioned firehose, yet they are so much more. I had been following them on Instagram for a while, and their products intrigued me. How would a firehose made into a wallet be useful? I wondered and had to find out for myself. I reached out to the creator of the Recycled Firefighter wallets Jake, and he sent me one to try out. When I received it, I could tell even by simply the packaging that they stood behind their brand. Inside the stamped brown envelope I found a camouflage Sergeant’s wallet crafted out of a firehose as well as a bright orange one. Okay, I know what your thinking, really a firehose? Exactly and simply put it is awesome. Gone were the days of a bulky wallet in my back pocket. No more lower back pain or a sore bum because of the unnecessary bulk. I no longer felt compelled to carry unnecessary credit cards (should not carry any but that is a whole other blog post series). That and there is only room for about four to six credit cards, or my case three cards and two id’s (#edc always carry two id’s). There is an elastic strap on […]

KeyBar EDC Key Organizer Review

Hear that jingle jangle in your pocket? Perhaps you startled the bird in the brush by the clang of your keys. As someone that carries a handful of keys, at least one knife and various other items, noise is an issue. KeyBar advertises that they will stop the noise and kill the clutter. A bit skeptical I ordered one to give it a shot, here are my thoughts on their EDC (everyday carry) product. When it arrived it came in a nice little tin stamped with their logo. Inside was a bunch of small screws, washers and the body of the bar. Box included: (1) KeyBar with removable titanium pocket clip (2) 1/2 in. screws (1 to 4 keys) (2) 3/4 in. screws (1 to 8 keys) (2) 7/8 in. screws (1 to 12 keys) (15) Washers (2) O-rings (allows you to adjust the tension to your liking) (1) Key fob link It took me a few attempts to assemble the parts along with most of my keys. The only key that I carried that did not fit was my truck key. That was okay as it was a bit of weight that would potentially damage my ignition. A couple of trials and errors, along with keys scattered on the ground. Finally I figured out the proper amount of torque to screw down the holder. I tightened it just enough where the keys would move but it would not come undone. To say I am impressed would be an understatement. My wife was the first to notice when we […]

Everyday Carry Hank Worth Carrying

A handkerchief also known as a “Hank” has renewed an old tradition of a man’s everyday carry option. I remember my grandfather would never be found without a hank in his pocket. A tradition passed down to my dad and at one point attempted to be passed down to me. I have numerous white hanker chiefs buried in my sock drawer. Usually, they only see the light of day on weddings or funerals where tears likely would be shed. Over the past few years, I started carrying bandannas instead of a hank for everyday use. That is until I was introduced to a real hank, now the bandannas will get lost in the drawer as well. Men, in general, are messy humans; we need hanks to manage our daily lives. Whether it be for a bloody, I mean a runny nose, or perhaps to wipe the wing sauce out of our beards or the grease off our hands. We usually need a way to clean ourselves on a regular basis and at times even the slobber of our best friend, our dogs. Recently I was introduced to handmade hanks that take everyday carry to a whole new level. Instead of a thin bandanna that gets dirty easily, these hanks are durable, double-sided and stylish. Even if the hank remains clean all day, it provides a perfect place for the end of the day pocket dump. I sometimes shy away because I don’t want to be too ‘showy-offy’ but the older I get I think, ‘You […]