Story by Joshua Swanagon, Photos by Jim Cooper (SharpByCoop Photography)
If you are a knife lover, like me, you undoubtedly carry a knife – or 5 – on a daily basis. Although I typically carry knives that fit more into the everyday all-around user category, there are times where something a little classier is in order.
EDC is a personal expression, and everyone has their own idea of what is worthy of carry. Personally, I tend to lean more on the hard-use and utilitarian side of things, because I use my knives for myriad tasks. But there are times when I really enjoy carrying a beautifully crafted knife that not only gets the job done but does it with some style.
As I am sure is the case with most of you as well, I am a knife lover and really enjoy scrolling through Instagram and the different knife groups on Facebook to look at the exquisite work. But when you get the pleasure of using a knife like that, it really gives you an appreciation for the finer things in life. I’m not suggesting that you use a custom piece of artwork – like the knives below – hard or beat it up. I’m just saying that when you carry and use something so well-crafted and meticulous it is a feast for the senses, like wiping your butt with silk.
There is nothing wrong with having safe queens, especially when they are intricately crafted like those shown below. I even have a knife on my desk that remains under glass – because it is very special and important to me. But you are definitely missing out if you never let yourself experience the joy of carrying and using something so impeccable.
What a person decides to carry can say a lot about them – some like elaborate and some like simple. From the barroom to the board room, your EDC is an extension of your personality and when you pull out a custom EDC like the following, people will take notice that you are a no nonsense induvial who appreciates the finer things in life.
Stay sharp and keep it real. K&G
Model: SicarioBlade Material: Norris Ladder DamascusBlade Length: 3.5 inchesOverall Length: 8 inchesClosed Length: 4.5 inches Handle Material: Marble Carbon Fiber Bolster/Guard Material: Etched BronzeWebsite: http://www.RangerMadeKnives.comFacebook: @RangerMadeKnivesInstagram: @RangerMadeKnives
Model: Silver KoiBlade Material: Damasteel ThorBlade Length: 9.5625 inchesOverall Length: 6.875 inchesHandle Material: Marble Carbon Fiber with custom engraving and Silver Koi inlay / Titanium Notes: Custom titanium hardware, ceramic ball bearing washers, ceramic detentWebsite: https://www.ZiebaKnives.comFacebook: @ZiebaKnivesInstagram: @Michael_Zieba
Name: Johnny StoutModel: The “Zenith”Blade Material: Turkish Twist DamascusBlade Length: 3 inchesOverall Length: 6.875 inchesClosed Length: 3.875 inchesHandle Material: Fluted Mammoth Bolster/Guard Material: 416 SSWebsite: https://www.StoutKnives.comFacebook: @JohnnyStoutKnivesInstagram: @StoutHandmadeKnives
Model: Folder/Front FlipperBlade Material: RWL-34Blade Length: 3.543 inchesOverall Length: 8.661 inchesClosed Length: 5.118 inchesHandle Material: TitaniumBolster/Guard Material: TitaniumFacebook: @KingsfordKnivesInstagram: @KingsfordKnives
Model: FolderBlade Material: CPM 154Blade Length: 2.875 inchesOverall Length: 6.875 inchesClosed Length: 3.75 inchesHandle Material: TitaniumNotes: Engraver/Scrimshander: Carlos DeLaoWebsite: https://www.PenaKnives.comFacebook: @PenaCustomKnivesInstagram: @PenaKnives
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Joshua Swanagon has studied survival in both urban and wilderness environments in Colorado and Michigan for most of his life, while also adding experience in harsher terrains abroad. He utilizes his experience and years of diverse martial arts and combatives training and real world application as a self-defense/combatives instructor, published freelance writer and Field Editor for various magazines in the fields of knives, survival, self-defense and tactical subject matters. Joshua also brings with him his years of experience as Editor of, and Subject Matter Expert for Knives Illustrated Magazine.
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