How to Build an Urban EDC Kit

An Every Day Carry (EDC) kit is a select group of items that a person carries when interacting with the public, hiking, hunting, or an event with lots of people, such as a concert or sporting event. 

If you ask each member of our team what they carry, you will get a different answer from each person, regardless of their background and service connection. This is because an EDC kit is extremely personal, and there is no one-size-fits-all. 

How to Build an EDC Kit

This blog will give you an idea of the things that you should consider for your own EDC, regardless of the scenario. 

EDC Knives

Most people I know carry at least 1 knife in their EDC kit, and many carry 2 separate knives. Why would someone bother with 2 knives? It all depends on what you’re lifestyle is like and your preferred tools. For example, carrying 2 knives will allow you to use 1 knife as your go-to for all things non-combat-related, such as opening Amazon boxes, cutting rope, opening bags, and even cutting food at a campsite.

However, you should always have a knife strictly for self-defense because you want to make sure that knife is always sharp and never dull enough to compromise your fighting capability. There are so many knives to choose from, but I always recommend a fixed blade for fighting and a folding blade for every day in stress-free environments. However, one of my favorite EDC knives is a folding blade with a glass breaker on the bottom of the grip. 

Spyderco Delica 4

The Spyderco Delica 4 might quite possibly be the perfect EDC folder in its class. Now that I’ve had a few years of use with it, I can confidently say that my statement holds true. The biggest advantage I see out of the gate is the price point. The MSRP direct from Spyderco is $142.00, but you can find them on Amazon for around $85. At that price point, you’re getting one hell of a folding knife made with quality materials.

spyderco delica 4

Not only is this a great lightweight folder to carry on you everywhere you go on your urban adventures, but it really does a stand-up job as a wilderness EDC folder too. I’ve used the Delica 4 countless times in the woods for carving, prepping kindling for a fire, and striking my Ferro rod to produce sparks for the fire.

I also carried this knife clipped to the waistband of my board shorts, while at the beach for a week. The knife was submerged in saltwater for the better part of the week. After I returned home, I disassembled the knife, wiped it down, and gave it a light coating of oil. Absolutely no issues whatsoever.

The Spyderco Delica 4 is now a constant companion when running during the spring and summer. Like I did at the beach, I just clip it to the waistband of my running shorts and head out for a run. Through rain and sweat, the knife has never failed me. Take care of your gear and it will take care of you.

Spyderco Delica 4 Lightweight Knife

$99.40
at Amazon
Prices accurate at time of writing

Ka-Bar Dozier

The Ka-Bar Dozier is a trusted EDC knife among the Marine Corps MWTC (Mountain Warfare Training Center) Instructor staff. Here is what one of them had to say about the Ka-Bar Dozier.

ka-bar dozier folding knife

The Dozier design Kabar, it is my daily carry and has been since 2006. I met Dozier at SHOT, as well as the president of Kabar. I have more knives than any human should own… mostly because companies send me different models to include in my kits. I have several Benchmade knives, including an automatic and I have almost every folder from SOG, because Gunny Lee Ermey is a friend of mine and they wanted to be in the kit we provide to Navy SpecWar. I still carry the Dozier.

I like it because it is lightweight, thin and sharp as a razor, right out of the box. A friend of mine who was an elk hunting guide called me from Colorado and said that he had completely dressed and quartered an elk with a Dozier and didn’t sharpen it one time. He said no one had ever seen that done before.

As a survival blade, I prefer a drop point that is one hand opening and a lanyard hole is a must. As you know, most gear packed in a survival kit never gets used and when it does, it is for short periods. I have yet to find a superior replacement for the Dozier, so I’ll continue to use it, while knives that cost 10 times as much sit in the drawer.

Ka-Bar is one of those companies I never really had a lot of experience with other than the Marine Corps Ka-Bar fixed blade knife. Ka-Bar now has a full line of folding knives available, so I decided to give them a shot. The model I decided on after doing my homework was the Dozier Design folder.

This is not what I would consider a hard-use folder by any means due to its lack of stainless steel lines, but that doesn’t take away from the overall durability of this budget folder.

Ka-Bar Dozier Folding Hunter

$25.48
at Amazon
Prices accurate at time of writing

EDC Watches

Fancy so-called smartwatches have their place in the world. But nothing matches the rugged & elegant simplicity of a fine analog watch or even a simplistic digital watch. In our current culture of over-analysis and information overload, there’s something very special in a precision instrument that simply does one extremely important task: Telling Time.

Let your smartphone be the tech device that connects you to the world. But let your wrist be a place to show style, elegance, and a place to appreciate the importance & simplicity of the one thing that controls the world; TIME.

Casio G-Shock DW6900

Nothing fancy here. Just a simple watch that can take one hell of a beating.

I’ve worn the Casio DW-6900 watch for many, many years. I first bought the watch during my enlistment in the Marine Corps back in the mid-1990s at the PX on Camp Lejeune. The watch has been through more field exercises than I can remember and several deployments. The only thing I ever had to do was replace the battery.

casio g-shock dw6900

I have subjected the Casio G-SHOCK DW-6900 to numerous austere environments around the world. Everything from the Negev Desert in Israel to the jungles of Okinawa Japan and the mountains of South Korea (to name a few). Never once did it fail me.

The Casio DW-6900 holds up extremely well in maritime environments too. I’ve personally had mine in the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, numerous freshwater locations, and rainstorms. Never once was the watch compromised due to moisture or submersion.

I can confidently say this is the toughest watch I’ve ever owned. When I need a watch that will without a doubt perform in all conditions without worry, I reach for the Casio G-SHOCK DW-6900.

This watch is still available today for good reason. It has stood the test of time. No this is not a high-dollar fancy timepiece, but damn if this watch could talk, the stories that would be told would be priceless.

Casio G-Shock DW6900 Sport Watch

$52.50
at Amazon
Prices accurate at time of writing

Vincero Kairos

In the John Wick movies, you can see Wick wearing a swiss timepiece, Carl F. Bucherer Manero. It comes in a 38mm stainless steel case that is only 8.75mm thick and paired with a black Louisiana alligator leather strap. The version that Wick wore in the movie is with a white dial and silver-tone luminescent hands and markers.

The date window is shown at the 3 o’clock position. It comes with a scratch-resistant anti-reflective sapphire crystal together with a transparent sapphire case back. It’s also water-resistant to 30 meters and is powered by a CFB 1965 caliber automatic movement with a power reserve of 42 hours.

With a retail price for the watch around $2,600 depending on where you look, not everyone can afford that for a cool timepiece. With that said, there is a great alternative available for a fraction of the cost. The Vincero Kairos. Coming in at around $180 with the leather alligator strap.

vincero kairos watch

The Vincero Kairos has several similar features to the more expensive Carl F. Bucherer Manero timepiece.

  • They both feature a white dial with a silver-toned case
  • The watch face of the Kairos has some very subtle differences, but at first, glance are pretty close to the Carl F. Bucherer Manero.
  • The original Carl F. Bucherer comes with a black Louisiana alligator leather strap. For the Vincero Kairos I ordered, I opted for the black Italian alligator leather strap.
  • The caseback of the Vincero Kairos comes with an Italian marble inset and the inscription "Veni. Vidi. Vici." meaning "I came. I saw. I conquered." Very fitting for a watch that John Wick would wear.

Vincero has chosen to use the Japanese Miyota quartz movement for the Kairos, a solid choice that matches the philosophy of the watchmaker: high-quality at a reasonable price. A middle of ground movement that punches above its price point. They are both reliable and durable. Miyota quartz movements have proven to be as reliable as the Swiss ETA movements that cost around 3 times more.

The Vincero Kairos uses a mineral glass crystal treated with a sapphire coating. The sapphire coating adds to the ruggedness of this timepiece. It gives you peace of mind to strap on this watch and not worry about the times you may knock it against something.

The Vincero Kairos has a rated water resistance of 10 ATM which is equivalent to 100 meters. For a watch in this category that is a welcome feature if you’re more of an active person.

Vincero Kairos Men’s Watch

$124.99
at Amazon
Prices accurate at time of writing

EDC Flashlight

The Streamlight ProTac 1L-1AA is damn near the perfect size to throw into your pocket for the day. A combination of the size and the serrated bezel make this a great EDC flashlight for personal protection.

streamlight protac 1l-1aa

For a few years, I’ve been carrying either the ProTac 2L or the ProTac 1AA as my everyday carry light. One of the advantages of the 1AA was the fact that it is powered by a common battery size found in almost any store, but it was obviously not as bright as the 2L which is powered by two CR123 batteries. Typically I would carry the 1AA as my daily light. If I was going out at night anywhere I would take the 2L just for the sheer fact that it has a much brighter output. Enter the Protac 1L-1AA.

The obvious advantage to the ProTac 1L-1AA is the fact that it can be powered by either a commonly found AA battery or a single CR123 battery depending on what you have available and what kind of output you are looking for. I generally run mine with a CR123 battery, but can always fall back to a AA if need be. When I travel I always put a fresh CR123 battery in prior to leaving, but can always replace it with a AA from a local store.

Magpul DAKA BiFold Wallet

The Magpul DAKA Bifold wallet has been part of my EDC for a while now. It’s strong and durable and hasn’t come apart at all since I started using it.

The Magpul DAKA Bifold Wallet was designed with a slim minimalist styling. It’ll easily hold your cash, IDs, and credit cards without adding significant bulk to your everyday carry.

DAKA Bifold Wallet

$24.95
at MAGPUL
Prices accurate at time of writing

Portable Battery Charger

Having a portable battery charger for your phone is incredibly important, and with the newest technology showcasing renewable energy, it’s a no-brainer. As everyone knows, the chances are that if you’re in the middle of nowhere, your phone battery will drain faster as it looks for service (I always turn my phone into airplane mode unless I need it).

The portable charger that I chose to highlight is a solar-powered charger that includes a flashlight and is meant to charge iPhones up to 6 times faster than battery-operated chargers. The coolest feature is that this charger can give juice to 3 different phones or other electronics simultaneously. Even though solar power isn’t the main energy source, it can run on solar in an emergency. This is why it’s important to put this charger on the outside of your gear with the attached carabiner to expose it to the sun as long as possible. Always plug this charger in before you set out on a hike, and it will be ready to go anywhere you need it to. 

Solar Power Bank 30000 mAh

$42.99
at Amazon
Prices accurate at time of writing

EDC Pistols

Carrying a pistol for me is a necessary evil that I wish I didn’t feel like I had to do, but such is life. Whether you’re hiking, hunting, or just out in public, a CCW is essential to the peace of mind that you’re going to have a way to defend yourself no matter what happens.

If you’ve read any of my blogs, you know that I carry a Walther PPS M2 as my EDC CCW with a Model 82 CarryLok holster. I love this pistol because it’s small enough to conceal in any type of clothing I wear and still accurate out to 50 yards with Federal HP rounds. I recommend carrying a pistol with a barrel no bigger than 5" for sure, but normally less than 4.5". A Glock 43 is a great CCW, as well as the Glock 19, 23, and 48. 

Glock 19 Gen 5

For the sake of not repeating myself, I’m not going to get into detail about the Glock 19. We’ve written exclusively about the Glock in many different blogs, including our Glock 19 | Definitive Review. With a 4" barrel and overall length of 7.28", this pistol can be concealed without printing in most clothing options (don’t wear a muscle shirt). The best part about the Glock 19 is the overall capacity is perfect, with 16 total rounds without reloading. Weighing only 1.88 lbs and featuring interchangeable backstraps for different hand sizes,  this Glock is tough to beat. 

Glock 19 Gen5

$536.75
at Kentucky Gun Club
Prices accurate at time of writing

Conclusion

There are so many different items that you can carry as an EDC, but this blog should give you some ideas and allow you to brainstorm before you go out and buy a bunch of things you don’t need. I realize my EDC kit is very light, and many people would consider it insufficient, but it works for me, and that’s what I want to get across.

Whatever works best for you is what you should carry. If carrying many items with you is more important than mobility, then shoot for the stars. I always recommend practicing with your kit and making adjustments as you learn more about yourself and the environment that you’re in. Good luck and stay safe! Thank you for your time.

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