This is the blog for all of you EDCers who, like myself, feel the need to rotate your gear to match a specific occasion.
Perhaps you think your 'a-tad-too-tactical' loadout doesn't always quite fit ‘Operation Dinner Out’ at your local fancy restaurant, and that you need to adjust the stuff you carry towards a more elegant gentlemanlike set of equipment? So, if you’ve got a nice kit to flaunt, hit submit and it will be posted shortly.
Here, at Occasional œ Essentials, we let the occasion determine the loadout we carry. So, feel free to submit a photo along with a description of what you carry. And, of course, to what occasion.
I receive a few classics in woodcraft and camping a few weeks ago, and while they provide some really good reading about living outdoors in general, there’s quite frankly nothing that even comes close to Yngve Ryd’s book “Eld” about making fire.
The author spent about ten years interviewing the Sami people of the north of Sweden (we’re talking way up north here) about making fire, different types of fire as well as the cultural and historical importance fire has in the Sami way of life.
I love the way one of the interviewees lectures the reader in the proper way to make a fire is to place the wood parallel contrary to stacking it in the untidy way most “tourists” do. This neat and tidy fire burns calmly and provides warmth and comfort instead of heat in your face and a cold draft on your back.
There’s also a whole chapter about making smokeless fire for those times you don’t want to give your position away… Stuff that might come in handy some day.
As a side note, these oldtimers continuously speak of “tourists”, throughout the book, in the sense of being a “clueless amateur” that is just so amusing.
I really hope they’d publish this book in English.
Have you ever considered to get a pouch from Skinth to carry those things together?
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Reblogged from pocketvomit
My philosophy is thin, light, and absolutely functional.
- Car key, house keys, Leatherman Monarch 200 flashlight, Victorinox Cadet on Black Diamond carabiner
- Jack Spade wallet with driver’s license, bank card, credit card, air miles card (and cash when necessary)
- Sony Xperia Ray smartphone
- Omega Seamaster 36mm
- Serengeti Verona photochromic/polarized sunglasses
Previous EDC that I’ve dropped:
- Spyderco Snap-It EMT rescue knife (too bulky and got my funny looks everywhere)
- Victorinox Classic Alox (too wimpy, no bottle opener)
- SanDisk Cruzer USB key (kept in my laptop bag now)
- Parker ballpoint pen (kept jabbing me when driving/sitting; now I keep tons of pens around the house, car, laptop bag, etc)
- Pouch with CPR mask (“hands-only” CPR is the way to go now)
Really like those sunglasses.
I just made myself this leather bracelet, as an alternative to all the paracord bracelets out there. I think it turned out pretty good. I have enough materials left to make a few more, in tan (as shown) or medium brown, both 4mm leather cord. If you want to purchase one, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I found this old workhorse (again) yesterday in a crate of my grandfather’s old tools. I had forgotten all about it. It looks to be in pretty good shape with just some pitting and no edge damage to speak of. I guess we’ll find out after a thorough cleaning and a good honing.
I never really liked the idea of coating the knife in the first place. Especially not with the semi glossy kind of paint they use. I really don’t see the point of coating it at all unless it’s a dull coating.
So I went right ahead and stripped it all off. What I used was a paint stripper of the kind you buy from your local hardware store. It was in a really user-friendly gel form. I dabbed it on and let it sit for a while. About half an hour later I just kind of rolled it off using my thumbs.
I wanted the ESEE logo to be black so before I scraped the paint off I gun blued that area.
Still some fine tuning left to do, but I think it looks alright for now.