Do people really EDC this stuff

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    https://www.knifecenter.com/item/RB...ished-brass-stars-and-bars-carl-bottle-opener

    My apologies if there is an existing thread about this, my search came up empty. I found myself looking for some EDC deals and joined an online group whose theme was budget EDC items. I guess I was expecting the type of items you would see here. Knives, fire making items, etc. What I found instead were huge pieces of brass, strange coins, itty bitty "prybars" and phone chargers. Most of the items I honestly have no idea what their purpose is. Am I just old fashioned? If I need to open a bottle I will use the spine of my knife. I mean some of these big pieces of brass are being resold for 400 dollars. At least I know what a phone charger is for but I certainly don't consider it EDC.
     
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    No
    Not my style
    Thx I’ll pass
     
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    I wouldn't own that, let alone carry it around!

    Every thing I carry for EDC is practical and gets used almost every day. Although I'm probably one of a very few here that EDCs a credit card reader! (Hey, it was free, and it comes in handy for those "I don't have enough cash" situations when I'm selling something.)
     
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    i guess that they do. I have a gerber shard on my key chain and that thing is well worth the $5 or $6. I use the screw driver, the bottle opener, and the pry bar part. When I found a deal on a 3 pack I bought it and passed 2 of them along to friends.
     
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    So what exactly is the purpose of these things and why on earth are they $200.00? timthumb.jpeg.jpg
     
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    They're 200 bucks because people buy them at that price.


    It's a self-defense aid that carries a slight bit of "honestly officer I had no idea that brass knuckles were sold one finger at a time. Up until just a few moments ago I had only ever opened beer with it."
     
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    Now if they would make it out of hardened high carbon steel , so you could use it as a firesteel. I'd buy one maybe $ 10 to $20 not no $200.
     
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    No clue. Why buy that?
     
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    Do people really EDC this stuff
    not the sane ones...........
     
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    I carried one of these for a long time. Didn't care for the skull design but it was really handy. It was less than $5 so I couldn't imagine paying that much for something that was even uglier and less useful .

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    A new trend? Fashion EDC? Glam EDC?
     
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    From what I can tell this is very accurate. And there is a crazy secondary market for this stuff. We're talking prices people pay for some of the better knife makers found here in BCUSA.
     
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    You're really just scratching the surface here. There's a whole subculture around this stuff that's been evolving for years through non-traditional channels.
     
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    Whatever you do. Dont look up those stupid fidget spinners.
     
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    hello,
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    To each his own.

    We all spend money on goofy things that we like. Is spending $400 on a cap lifter if you drink a LOT of beer any more goofy than spending $400 on a knife if you occasionally carve notches into sticks for primitive traps that will never trap anything? Is it any goofier than spending a couple thousand dollars on golf clubs to have to spend more money to chase a ball down a long field? Is it any goofier than investing tens of thousands of dollars into restoring cars that only get driven 2-3 times/year?

    If that's what floats your boat, have at it!

    Personally, I think some of the precision fidget spinners and especially the precision tops are cool as heck. I have no need to carry one and I certainly wouldn't spend that much money on one, but I still think they're pretty cool.

    I could certainly see embedding that pointy rat tail into my thigh about 1,000 times per day if I carried it in my pocket.
     
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    I agree with you as far as your point goes. Do what you like. My question is not so much about the cost of these things. My question is more about the usefulness of them as EDC items. If you want to spend thousands on doodads and geegaws, have at it. But what are the real practical applications of these things. The EDC items most of us carry seem to be geared toward getting us out of some unforeseen jam. But I don't know how a pocketful of brass coins, bottle openers, or some of these weird copper beads I've seen are going to do that.
     
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    My victorinox SAK is my EDC. I use it multiple times a day. Most often used tool I own. I can even open bottles with it.
     
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    It appears to me that bottles have screw caps on them that just twist off. I know my memory slips at times but I truly cannot remember the last time I needed a cap lifter. I pick up the bottle, twist the cap off, all in one movement.

    I see no use for the cap lifter. On a knife, replace that blade with a sharpened tungsten carbide ferro rod striker/tender scraper blade. Then you would really have something that would be useful.

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    My fidget spinner is a pocket knife. $20.
     
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    You need to drink more bottled beer! :D
     
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    Never underestimate the value of a brass bead. If you fish in the goldfish tanks at the pet store, you are going to need something to finish them off once you land them.
     
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    True, however, some of us drink good beer and that doesn't come with a twist off cap like the fizzy alcohol water most drink. LOL
     
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    what's a twist off cap?
     
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    Same as a chicken.
     
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    In the fine print for most "edc" items sold-"There's a sucker born every minute"
     
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    Imported beers require cap lifters.
     
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    I guess that's it then. I acquiesce. I just buy American.

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    I love my stainless top.
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    I carry the stainless top, Fisher Space Pen, Small BIC lighter, streamlight microstream, spare AAA battery, and a 6" MicroUSB charging cable, large safety pin, 10' of microcord, and a Spyderco Dragonfly II, a FoxLiteGear triangle pouch. It lays flat in my pocket.

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    I carry things that I can use practically in everyday life. I have no use for silly and elaborate bottle openers (my SAK works just fine), knuckles, fidget spinners/tops, etc...

    People seem to carry them, though.
     
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    Do you keep that to determine if you're dreaming?
     
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    I don’t own anything that spendie but some of the stuff is designed to get around TSA rules and still leave you with some form of defense tool. A lot of folks carry tactical pen.
    The rat never. The bottle opener for 5 bucks and made from steel.
     
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    No, I just liked it. Some things in life serve very little purpose besides simple enjoyment, this is one of them. Occasionally I spin it just because. Its all stainless and was hand made. The diameter of a quarter.
     
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    That’s a good enough reason, I suppose. The choice doesn’t necessarily make sense to my practical brain, but I can’t fault your decision to carry something that brings you enjoyment.
     
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    If you read the rest of my other post you can see everything I pocket carry has a practical purpose, this is the only thing that doesn't.
     
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    I read it. Great choices on the fisher space pen and microstream. Love both of those.
     
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    I was paying homage to the role a top like that played in the movie Inception.
     
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    A totem.
    I have a small old wooden top at home thats bigger and easier to spin than this one. It was from a road trip I took in my teens, but I don't mess with it as much, its nostalgic.
     
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    When I lived in a much big city where I walked to and from downtown a few times a week (9 mile round trip) I would side walk treasure hunt not being one to stick my nose up at valuables found underfoot. Once I found a lighter from one of the boutique edc places called a "peanut" lighter. The darn thing was for a key chain and was really tiny. Doesn't work well for my purposes.....cost somebody a lot of money and in the end they lost it on the sidewalk.

    People will buy anything that makes them feel good, sometimes just to spend money other times for perceived value obtained in its acquisition. High end custom knives, bottle openers, edc tools. If it fits your lifestyle and benifits you better than something else could or has in the past than its worth it sometimes.

    Sometimes people just want to be flashy but the true test of edc kit is how much you miss something if its missing......I doubt that peanut lighter was replaced by whoever lost it.......They say kits are not perfect when you add the last thing, but when you take the last thing out.......
     
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    I am surprised nobody has mentioned On-Finger Knuckles...... they are also known as the tactical paperweight. :D
     
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    I also have a couple of hankies from Hanks by Hank that are nice, and considered EDC items. I don't carry them often because I work in construction. I do keep a bandanna in my bag though.

    I used to carry a Leatherman Brewzer on my keychain, a marlin spike when I did paracord all of the time, my Olight i3e EOS. In addition to my pocket knife, my Glock (or other) and magazine, a Microstream AAA, and a Recycled Firefighter card wallet.

    I had some other EDC gear but most of it is gone.
     
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    cell phone charger? cell phone charger? I don't even want to carry the cell phone, but the grand kids have a fit if i don't.
     
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    On my keychain, I carry a small pry bar multi tool that I got for like $3 from China, and it works fine as a bottle opener, pry bar (I just used it yesterday, because the lid on my Hudson Bay tobacco tin is damn tight), bottle opener, and sometime screwdriver, and tape cutter (opening boxes, splits packing tape).

    Actually, it is surprising just a small, flat piece of metal can be. Sometimes you just need to scrape tape or glue off of things, or something to help you work a knot out. Those little keychain pry bars are super useful in everyday life. I use it more than my Leatherman.

    I also have a small USB rechargeable LED light, and a small ferro rod. These two items don't really get used....the LED light a couple of times.

    And a Re-Q-Me tool on my keychain...glass breaker, seat belt cutter.

    I have taken this keychain on planes a couple of times...never had a problem.

    Would I spend $70 on a keychain pry tool? Hell no! I'm completely happy with my $3 China special. It's not going to save my life, it's just something you always have handy that has 1000 uses.
     
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    The tactical pen I understand. There are other things I've seen that just leave me confused.
     
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    I'm still trying to figure out if this thread is an actual attempt to understand this "stuff" or just a place where people can bash then high-five each other. Seems like there's posts in both camps.
     
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    The top is pretty cool and I get it. I used to carry a tiny Rubik's cube. Sometimes you need something to keep the hands and mind occupied.
     
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    My intent of starting this thread is to learn what people carry (aside from those things that have obvious uses) why they chose it, and how they use it. If I see something that makes sense to me I am certainly willing to try it out. That having been said, if I see something that I think is just dumb, I'll feel free to say so. As I said, I may just be old fashioned.
     
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    While you're at it, do you have any eccentricities you're willing to parade out here for us to publicly judge?

    I'm not one to spend $400 on a brass bottle opener but I've dabbled enough in this arena to speak intelligently on why people buy these sorts of things and what they use them for. Doing so would take some amount of investment of time and effort, though, and at this point it doesn't sound like it would serve enough purpose to be worth it.

    If you don't get it, you're probably not going to. Not everybody's the same and different strokes for different folks. Practicality can be subjective sometimes. And nobody wants to invite ridicule.

    Peace, have a nice day. :42:
     
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