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2012-01-07 📌 Various lesser-seen (in the UK) every day carry items

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Throwing out a periodic search for 'Gerber Shard' I stumbled across SurvivalDEPOT a while ago, a UK-based online store that seems to exist to sell bits of EDC that I was after at one time or another but were usually in the hands of US sellers. I assume from the comment on the contact page that the address is residential that someone's set this up to supply the members of various forums. Good show! Had one thing in the order not be in the packet, but they were very good and quick about sorting it out.

Gerber's Shard is a cut down version of the Artifact, without the hair-trigger craft knife in the hilt, which it's best to think of as a bottle opener with edges for levering things and cutting tape on boxes. Despite being smaller but still nicely hefty in proportion, it's pretty cute and something to keep on the desk to fiddle with.

There was a bit of controversy about Gerber taking their influence from Peter Atwood designs, which change hands for large sums amongst collectors who take this EDC lark worryingly seriously... personally I think the idea of geometric alterations to bars of metal being intellectual property is a scary concept and that there's a big difference between making your own tools and paying someone else to make them; whether they're mass-produced or short run is just novelty and price.

The 'Pico Widgy Bar' is an example of mass-produced minimalism, smallest of a series of prybars produced by CountyComm for military users. About the size of a key, it's better than using the blades or screwdrivers on a small multi-tool to poke/score/lever things and the metal should stand up to some abuse when trying to get leverage.

Anyone preferring the Atwood designs might like to look at the Chinese-made Navy CUI Pry Tool, which is a blatant rip-off of a G3 Prybaby.

These key screwdrivers have a retro feel, and are a nice curio... but be warned that the Philips driver is quite thin and quite snub-nosed, which'll restrict the sizes of screws it can handle.

I was skeptical about the Sere "V" Cutter until trying it on a canvas strap, which it went through easily despite the edge not being sharp enough to cut paper. Worth keeping on the car keys just in case it's ever needed for a seatbelt.

The site's got a wide range of other tool porn, and I'm sure I'll be back there soon...

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