Wednesday 7 December 2011

This is the EDC

Recently I bought a Maxpedition EDC Pocket Organiser online to organise my EDC (Every Day Carry). I spent a lot of time recently, reading about EDC and watching videos on Youtube on the subject before getting the organiser, pictured above. Regular readers will notice a couple of familiar items in the picture. From left to right, they are:

  • Pilot M90
  • Spare Pilot ink cartridges
  • Pilot Capless
  • Laser pointer (since replaced as EDC by a black Lamy Safari)
  • Uni Kuru Toga pencil
  • Black Sharpie permanent marker
  • County Comm 4-inch prybar
  • Cheap ballpoint pen (although I despise ballpoint pens they can be useful sometimes)
  • Nitecore D11 LED flashlight
  • Small scissors
  • Cheap disposable lighter
  • Victorinox Sportsman folding knife
  • Carton 10x power jeweller's loupe.
  • Not pictured, but in there: a red Inova micro LED flashlight and a wad of 3x5 index cards.

Since the picture was taken, I have changed things around somewhat. I don't usually carry the laser pointer (which I use for astronomy) or the loupe, and instead carry a Snow Peak titanium spork and a couple more pens - a Pilot 78G filled with Private Reserve Plum ink and a Pilot V5 rollerball pen. Do you think I like Pilot pens much?

The EDC Pocket lives most of the time in my briefcase, or on my desk at work. There's only the one pencil, which I have not used so it may be rotated out. Pencils tend to live in a separate pencil case along with my eraser and sharpener. I usually move things around dependent on what I find most useful: hence the preponderance of fountain pens. If I worked somewhere other than an office, I'm sure the tools would be different.

One other thing I have done is to have an embroidered name-badge made which is stuck by Velcro to the hook-and-loop field on the front.

Anyone interested may like to check out a few videos on Youtube: here, here and here.


  1. Very nice. I bought a Derwent Sketching kit (sketching tools being my prime need) but at 230*150*50, I never use it outdoors as it is too thick and bulky. I have reverted to a simple Derwent pocket wrap with a few wooden pencils + a Rotring 500 MP and a A6 sketchbook. The simpler and thinner my set up is the more I am inclined to carry it outside and sketch.

  2. I had never heard about EDCs until I read this post-thank you! It really appeals to me as I am a pen and moleskine fanatic and need these on me at all times, or I feel lost!

  3. Nice to see your carry. Works well for an office worker or a writer. :) You have all the basic tools you need from knife, fire, light to pens. Excellent.