Excited to show off another favorite Everday Carry All-Star, EverydayGary. I started following EverydayGary from the #everydaycarry tag on Instagram. His well crafted photos and stellar gear are always impressive. I’ve enjoyed following him and hope you check out his feed as well. I really enjoy his minimal photographs and interesting single knife shots. His use of natural backdrops is also refreshing against the machined gear. EverydayGary has some unique knives that you don’t see too often that I’ll highlight in the photos below.

What state do you live in?

Michigan

Koch Tools fixed blade and Z Wood Knives prybar
Koch Tools fixed blade and Z Wood Knives prybar

What is your profession?

Adult Probation

Custom Benchmade Crooked River, Peter Atwood pry, Veleno utility knife, Tactile Turn pen, Uzin Hanks
Custom Benchmade Crooked River, Peter Atwood pry, Veleno utility knife, Tactile Turn pen, Uzin Hanks

How did you first get started with the everyday carry hobby?

I actually discovered EDC through a topic section of a motorcycle forum. I didn’t know what ‘EDC’ was or that there was a whole community focused on knives and everyday tools. The tools that I was instantly drawn to were the work of Peter Atwood. His pocket tools were works of art that had immediately-recognizable purpose and utility. Around the early part 0f 2015 I began looking for a way to improve my daily carry items. I purchased a cheap Boker, a few pocket prybars and the flame was ignited.

a few prybars...
a few prybars…

What do you value in items you look to add to your EDC rotation?

I try to keep a pragmatic view on the rotation. If it seems impractical or limited in function I wouldn’t buy or carry it. I look for smart design, functionality, and prefer American made.

Spyderco Dragonfly
Spyderco Dragonfly

What is your favorite EDC item you can’t live without?

If the collection had to go, I would keep a pocket pry tool from Peter Atwood.

Atwood pry, Medina fixed blade
Atwood pry, Medina fixed blade

Do you have a favorite EDC product designer/maker?

  • Peter Atwood for his pocket tools. 
  • Justin Koch of Koch Tools for his continual release of new products with clever integration of his design language.
  • Nick Swan for his custom folders
  • Ryan Schwartz for his beefy fixed blades
  • Sal and Eric Glesser of spyderco knives also deserve massive recognition for their contribution to our hobby.
Koch Tools EDC array
Koch Tools EDC array

Who do you enjoy following or inspires you in the EDC community?

I enjoy following the makers who demonstrate continual improvement and passion. I could name hundreds but to keep it short I’ll list a few. of my absolute faves: Ryan Schwartz Knives, Justin Koch of Koch Tools, Medina Custom Knives, Nick Swan Knives, Richard Rogers Knives, Peter Atwood, Tactile Turn, Brian Brown Knives, Brian Efros knives, Bobby Davis of Vital Carry, No one get mad if I forgot to mention you.

Ryan Schwartz fixed blade
Ryan Schwartz fixed blade

Do you have any advice for others looking to improve their EDC rotation?

Start small. Keep a budget. Use social media to your advantage and ask questions. Look up reviews on a knife. There will be products that do and don’t work for you. Luckily you’ll probably be able to sell or trade up your gear after a while. Have fun!

Chris Reeve Sebenza, Nick Swan Pulltab
Chris Reeve Sebenza, Nick Swan Pulltab

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