As a follow up to my post expressing astonishment that a little boy almost burned to death because in a relatively large group of people, nobody had a pocket knife: I give you my version of a minimum every day carry setup - or EDC.
I've already posted pics of my carry guns, so I won't repeat them here. Suffice to say that if it's legal for me to carry a gun someplace - then I'm packing in one form or another. If I can't legally carry on my person and my destination is someplace that I really want or need to go to, its a pretty safe bet that I have a gun locked up but accessible to me in my vehicle.
The pic above shows what I carry every day at a minimum. The details may change over time as to specifics, but I'll have the basics of what you see above - if not more.
In the pic is my cellphone, in a 5.11 tactical cell phone holster. Who the F- needs a "tactical cell phone holster"? Anyone who has occasion to work in tight spaces and doesn't want their phone to pop off a belt clip and land in a storm sewer - that's who.
I can't just carry a cell phone in my pocket. I work for a living, and it would last about a day before it got jacked up. I need the protection that a dedicated case gives it. I used to carry my phone in a case with a rigid belt clip/hook - but after almost losing the phone down a storm drain - TWICE - I knew I had to do something better. My current 5.11 model has molle compatible straps on the back and an adjustable quick release buckle that holds the phone in. This means the phone stays securely on my belt. It's easy on/off by way of the molle strap snaps on the back, without having to unfasten my belt.
Next is my Gerber Suspension multitool. Next time I order molle stuff from somewhere, I'm picking up some Quickclips or Maliceclips so I can take the case on/off without removing my belt like I can my cell phone. Its either that, or just get a molle pouch that it will fit in. Besides that, the Gerber Suspension is the PERFECT multitool for me. Large and rugged enough to be useful, and small enough to avoid bulkiness. The tools, other than the pliers/cutters, can all be accessed without having to unfold the unit, and they all LOCK securely in the open position. Leatherman makes some great tools too - but for my money you can't beat the value of Gerber's stuff.
The knife is a CRKT M16-10kz. It has a "Carson Flipper" which allows me to open it extremely fast with one hand- without skirting the legal edges of being an "illegal switchblade". It also has the AUTOLAWKS feature that is pretty cool once you get the hang of disengaging the liner lock one handed for closure. I like the tanto blade profile and it's a pretty rugged knife considering it's size. I'm not going to chop wood with it - but it's crazy sharp and in a pinch it will be better in a defensive situation than pointing my finger at a bad guy and saying "PEW! PEW!"
That brings us to my Keychain which has... keys.
I have my Truck key on an Sbiner for quick release if I have to give my vehicle key to someone (garage, valet, etc.). That way my house keys stay with me, and no one else. Also present is a pico pen, which is a really cool little ball point pen. Uses standard refills that you can get at office stores. I'm always making notes to myself and it drives me nuts to not have a pen handy when I need one.
The flashlight is a Streamlight Led light. It's much brighter than the cheapo drugstore keychain lights you see, and didn't cost that much more. I think I paid about $10 plus shipping from a seller on Amazon.
Tucked in with the keys is a Swisstech "Utilikey" . Looks pretty much like a regular key to the casual observer, but it opens up into a standard knife blade, serrated knife blade, philips screwdriver, small flat screwdriver, and tiny eyeglass screwdriver. Oh.. it also has a bottle opener.
What can I say.. I'm a gadget dork :)
Not shown in the picture is my wallet, and the handkerchief/bandana that I always have tucked in a back pocket.
Grandpas are expected to carry handkerchiefs, you know ;)