31
May
Rhodia Notebooks — I’m not really a huge pen and paper nerd that tries all sorts of combinations to find the optimal one, but I’ve been making it a point to write more things down lately and having bought this little notebook more than a year ago I want to give it a recommendation.
Rhodia is a French company that makes a series of interesting notebooks in various sizes, but I’m partial to their 7.5 cm x 12 cm notebook (commonly found as the 3” x  4.75” size). 
It’s rather simple: a slightly tougher laminated card stock cover with 12 sheets of paper stapled down the center and folded in half to make 48 pages. Each page is graph-ruled with rounded corners. 
I like how small the notebook is. The stapled binding and thin nature allows it to sit unnoticeable in your jacket pocket. Unlike many Moleskine notebooks that are thicker, you don’t feel the weight of this notebook. And unlike spiral-bound notebooks, it won’t catch on the fabric lining of your pockets. 
I’ve been such a fan of using this notebook that I’ve gone ahead and bought 10 of them from Pen Boutique for just under $25 shipped. 
Having a tiny notebook won’t make you more organized or a better writer, but I’ve just found it handy to have in so many situations that it’s found a regular place in my EDC. I put all sorts of random stuff in there from phone numbers, directions, drink recipes and blog post ideas. 
The largest problem I’ve had in writing stuff down was that I didn’t always carry something with me to write things down. You get too large of a notebook and it becomes a burden to keep it around with you. This is so light and slim that it can fit anywhere and removes that friction. For around $2 a pop, I’m a fan. 
ADDING: Per jhilla:

"SUPPORT CHITOWN, go field notes!


I have nothing against Field Notes, but their notebooks are too large at 3.5” x 5.5”. Also, they are slightly more expensive at $3.33 per notebook. 

Rhodia Notebooks — I’m not really a huge pen and paper nerd that tries all sorts of combinations to find the optimal one, but I’ve been making it a point to write more things down lately and having bought this little notebook more than a year ago I want to give it a recommendation.

Rhodia is a French company that makes a series of interesting notebooks in various sizes, but I’m partial to their 7.5 cm x 12 cm notebook (commonly found as the 3” x  4.75” size). 

It’s rather simple: a slightly tougher laminated card stock cover with 12 sheets of paper stapled down the center and folded in half to make 48 pages. Each page is graph-ruled with rounded corners. 

I like how small the notebook is. The stapled binding and thin nature allows it to sit unnoticeable in your jacket pocket. Unlike many Moleskine notebooks that are thicker, you don’t feel the weight of this notebook. And unlike spiral-bound notebooks, it won’t catch on the fabric lining of your pockets. 

I’ve been such a fan of using this notebook that I’ve gone ahead and bought 10 of them from Pen Boutique for just under $25 shipped. 

Having a tiny notebook won’t make you more organized or a better writer, but I’ve just found it handy to have in so many situations that it’s found a regular place in my EDC. I put all sorts of random stuff in there from phone numbers, directions, drink recipes and blog post ideas. 

The largest problem I’ve had in writing stuff down was that I didn’t always carry something with me to write things down. You get too large of a notebook and it becomes a burden to keep it around with you. This is so light and slim that it can fit anywhere and removes that friction. For around $2 a pop, I’m a fan. 

ADDING: Per jhilla:

"SUPPORT CHITOWN, go field notes!

I have nothing against Field Notes, but their notebooks are too large at 3.5” x 5.5”. Also, they are slightly more expensive at $3.33 per notebook. 

30
May
My EDC — What I carry with me on a daily basis:
Ray-Ban sunglasses (prescription)
Inhaler (breathe in, breathe out)
Burt’s Bees lip balm 
Clove of garlic (to fight vampires)
iPhone 5 (with Incase transparent case)
Zebra G-301 gel pen
Rhodia 7.5 x 12 cm notebook
Daines & Hathaway card wallet
Seiko manual watch (deadstock navy nylon band)

My EDC — What I carry with me on a daily basis:

  • Ray-Ban sunglasses (prescription)
  • Inhaler (breathe in, breathe out)
  • Burt’s Bees lip balm 
  • Clove of garlic (to fight vampires)
  • iPhone 5 (with Incase transparent case)
  • Zebra G-301 gel pen
  • Rhodia 7.5 x 12 cm notebook
  • Daines & Hathaway card wallet
  • Seiko manual watch (deadstock navy nylon band)
13
Dec
CountyComm stainless steel embassy pen — I’m not usually into military-tactical stuff, but I’ve yet to see a more badass looking pen than this. Lots of other colors and metal options available (copper, titanium, aluminum; black, red, green), but the original looks the best to me. 

CountyComm stainless steel embassy pen — I’m not usually into military-tactical stuff, but I’ve yet to see a more badass looking pen than this. Lots of other colors and metal options available (copper, titanium, aluminum; black, red, green), but the original looks the best to me. 

13
Dec
Braided keychain at Outlier — I’ve been carrying my keys on a twist-tie for the past few years, but now I’ve had to add a key fob to it for work (plus eventually some keys to the lock on our office doors). Time to upgrade to another solution. I think Outlier’s collaboration with ML Brown does a good job of finding a solution to a problem. 
I probably would go with something different if I were going to be wearing dress trousers in the future, however, my plan for next year is to wear denim daily for a year straight, so this works well, letting the keys loop into your back pocket and release quickly. 

Braided keychain at Outlier — I’ve been carrying my keys on a twist-tie for the past few years, but now I’ve had to add a key fob to it for work (plus eventually some keys to the lock on our office doors). Time to upgrade to another solution. I think Outlier’s collaboration with ML Brown does a good job of finding a solution to a problem. 

I probably would go with something different if I were going to be wearing dress trousers in the future, however, my plan for next year is to wear denim daily for a year straight, so this works well, letting the keys loop into your back pocket and release quickly. 

11
Nov

What is the third, smaller, inside pocket beneath the bigger pocket on the left side of my new sport coat for? It's in such an inconvenient place to get to (I have to reach my right arm all the way across my chest and stomach to get in there, and I still can't reach the bottom of it), I can't imagine what I'd want to put in there. Any ideas? Thanks!

- Asked by Anonymous

I use it to put my cellphone in (and now that I carry a BlackBerry and iPhone it’s really helpful).

I tend to utilize all my pockets in some fashion. Inside right is for my wallet and day planner. Outside right is for my flashlight, keys, pocket knife and lip balm. Outside left is either for a phone or inhaler.

It really all comes down to your EDC.

03
May

The ‘hipster PDA’ wallet

For the longest time, I used a card holder/money clip combination wallet. I probably used that wallet for almost a decade. Nothing’s wrong with it, however, I’ve started to not carry my wallet in my pants and instead carry it in the interior pocket of my jacket. The money clip feels a bit odd in there and sometimes is so small that I have to reach quite a distance into the depth of the pocket to fish it out.

So, I’ve been looking for a new wallet for a while. I wanted something that would stack my credit cards vertically instead of horizontally and wouldn’t get too thick like a traditional bifold.

I found this handmade wallet on Etsy, customized to allow the carrying of index cards, aka “the hipster PDA,” inside via a small folded metal clip.

It folds to just over a half an inch wide with the index cards, which isn’t too bad. I’m debating ditching the cards and maybe even cutting off the fold-over flap, but I’ll carry the wallet for the next month to see how it works out. I don’t typically carry a “hipster PDA” with me, but have once in a while found myself needing some scratch paper. So, maybe this isn’t a bad idea.

01
Apr
My EDC:
Day planner — I can’t do digital sync calendars. Pen/paper works better for me.
Burt’s Bees — Self explanatory.
Inhaler — Gotta breathe, this helps.
Zebra gel ink pen — Probably my most-used item.
4Sevens flashlight — Probably my least-used item.
Keys on a twist-tie — I don’t like keyrings or keychains. This fits better in the pocket.
Alox Rambler Swiss Army Knife — All my basic tools: knife, bottle opener, scissor and nail file along with screwdriver heads. Downside: no toothpick or tweezers.
Money clip-card wallet — Not a fan of bi-fold wallets, this is slimmer.
Watch — Tick tock.

My EDC:

  • Day planner — I can’t do digital sync calendars. Pen/paper works better for me.
  • Burt’s Bees — Self explanatory.
  • Inhaler — Gotta breathe, this helps.
  • Zebra gel ink pen — Probably my most-used item.
  • 4Sevens flashlight — Probably my least-used item.
  • Keys on a twist-tie — I don’t like keyrings or keychains. This fits better in the pocket.
  • Alox Rambler Swiss Army Knife — All my basic tools: knife, bottle opener, scissor and nail file along with screwdriver heads. Downside: no toothpick or tweezers.
  • Money clip-card wallet — Not a fan of bi-fold wallets, this is slimmer.
  • Watch — Tick tock.
01
Apr
youdontmeet:

The World’s Best Ever :: Am I The Only Person Who Doesn’t Carry a Knife Around With Me?
Okay, one more thing about these EDC things.
I’ve got a half dozen knives, ranging from family heirlooms to a beat up number that was abandoned in the woodworking shop.  I keep one in my car, one at the office, one at my desk at home, and the rest in my night stand. I don’t carry one every day, or even often, but will slip one in my pocket far more than my gentle life demands. So trust me when I say I am pro-knife.
Here’s the thing: who regularly carries two knives? And a multitool?  Despite what you see in these EDC pictures, “one knife good” does not imply “three knives better.”  You’ve got plenty of cool knives.  OK.  Good for you.  but pick one.  You don’t need more than one knife on you any more than you need more than one hat.

I think some EDCers carry multiples of knives, flashlights and other tools because of the “2 is 1, 1 is none” mantra. In otherwords, always carry a backup in case one breaks or fails on you, then you have a spare to use. Maybe it’s a bit paranoid, or maybe it makes sense. I don’t know.
FWIW, I don’t carry two knifes on my person, but I do have a spare in my briefcase. I might post a photo of my EDC pocket dump when I get home later today.

youdontmeet:

The World’s Best Ever :: Am I The Only Person Who Doesn’t Carry a Knife Around With Me?

Okay, one more thing about these EDC things.

I’ve got a half dozen knives, ranging from family heirlooms to a beat up number that was abandoned in the woodworking shop.  I keep one in my car, one at the office, one at my desk at home, and the rest in my night stand. I don’t carry one every day, or even often, but will slip one in my pocket far more than my gentle life demands. So trust me when I say I am pro-knife.

Here’s the thing: who regularly carries two knives? And a multitool?  Despite what you see in these EDC pictures, “one knife good” does not imply “three knives better.”  You’ve got plenty of cool knives.  OK.  Good for you.  but pick one.  You don’t need more than one knife on you any more than you need more than one hat.

I think some EDCers carry multiples of knives, flashlights and other tools because of the “2 is 1, 1 is none” mantra. In otherwords, always carry a backup in case one breaks or fails on you, then you have a spare to use. Maybe it’s a bit paranoid, or maybe it makes sense. I don’t know.

FWIW, I don’t carry two knifes on my person, but I do have a spare in my briefcase. I might post a photo of my EDC pocket dump when I get home later today.

20
Jan
kiyoshimartinez:

On the topic of things in my pocket, here’s what I carry with me everyday:
Shirt chest pocket: Day planner and Zebra G301 pen
Left pant front pocket: 4sevens Preon 1 flashlight, chapstick
Right pant front pocket: Keys, Swiss Army Knife and money-clip/cardholder
Interior jacket pocket: BlackBerry
Not pictured: Business cards — I put 4 in each of my suit/blazer/sportcoat interior jacket pockets so that I always have them on me and don’t have to remember to carry a business card holder.
Overall, this is a fairly lightweight setup. I know some people like to combine their keys, knife and flashlight all onto a keychain, but I’m not a fan of that because anytime you want to use one of those things all the rest are attached and you don’t have independently operating items. Plus, all that bulk just doesn’t sit well in a pocket together, especially dress slacks.
And on the topic of dress slacks, I really wish more of them included coin pockets, which used to be extremely common but now are rare finds as companies find ways to cut costs on their garments. At most, you’ll find slacks with an open-ended pocket, which doesn’t provide much security from things getting lost. The best ones have a single button-down flap. I’m not sure if it’s possible, but I’m thinking about asking my tailor if he could modify a pair of pants to include one.

Here’s my EDC. I want to add a few comments in regards to how this all functions in relation to what I actually wear everyday.
Typically, I wear some sort of jacket to work each day as well as dress slacks — if not a suit. Also, since I work in an government office, I definitely am not going to be “murdered out” in terms of my knife or flashlight. In general, I don’t want to carry items that look like I’m going for the whole “tactical” or “ex-military” look.
So, I carry items that retain function, but also fit within my personal style and my job. I don’t have heavy cutting tasks and city regulations in Chicago won’t let you carry a knife with a blade over 2.5”. The Swiss Army Knife covers what I need to get done on a regular basis quite nicely.
The flashlight isn’t so much for use while at the office, which has lights that literally do not turn off 24 hours a day, but for when I have to be outside for something in my car at night.
Because I wear dress slacks, I hate to load up my pockets with heavy items. I worry about what it’ll do to the lightweight fabric (as opposed to heavy denim) over time. So, no excess keychains or keys. A combo moneyclip and card holder holds the bare minimum I need to always have with me (cash, transit card, ID, credit & debit cards).
You could argue that carrying the day planner is redundant if I have a smartphone with a calendar built in. But having carried a phone for years that could do calendar functions, I never used and subsequently forgot a lot of dates. This year I opted to write everything down in a day planner and carry it constantly. Since all my dress shirts have pockets, this works quite well.
As for carrying other things, I put them all in my briefcase, which I take everywhere with me, unless I’m going out in the evening or on weekends. The only thing I add to my EDC is my asthma inhaler when I am going out, which I put in my jacket pocket.

kiyoshimartinez:

On the topic of things in my pocket, here’s what I carry with me everyday:

  • Shirt chest pocket: Day planner and Zebra G301 pen
  • Left pant front pocket: 4sevens Preon 1 flashlight, chapstick
  • Right pant front pocket: Keys, Swiss Army Knife and money-clip/cardholder
  • Interior jacket pocket: BlackBerry

Not pictured: Business cards — I put 4 in each of my suit/blazer/sportcoat interior jacket pockets so that I always have them on me and don’t have to remember to carry a business card holder.

Overall, this is a fairly lightweight setup. I know some people like to combine their keys, knife and flashlight all onto a keychain, but I’m not a fan of that because anytime you want to use one of those things all the rest are attached and you don’t have independently operating items. Plus, all that bulk just doesn’t sit well in a pocket together, especially dress slacks.

And on the topic of dress slacks, I really wish more of them included coin pockets, which used to be extremely common but now are rare finds as companies find ways to cut costs on their garments. At most, you’ll find slacks with an open-ended pocket, which doesn’t provide much security from things getting lost. The best ones have a single button-down flap. I’m not sure if it’s possible, but I’m thinking about asking my tailor if he could modify a pair of pants to include one.

Here’s my EDC. I want to add a few comments in regards to how this all functions in relation to what I actually wear everyday.

Typically, I wear some sort of jacket to work each day as well as dress slacks — if not a suit. Also, since I work in an government office, I definitely am not going to be “murdered out” in terms of my knife or flashlight. In general, I don’t want to carry items that look like I’m going for the whole “tactical” or “ex-military” look.

So, I carry items that retain function, but also fit within my personal style and my job. I don’t have heavy cutting tasks and city regulations in Chicago won’t let you carry a knife with a blade over 2.5”. The Swiss Army Knife covers what I need to get done on a regular basis quite nicely.

The flashlight isn’t so much for use while at the office, which has lights that literally do not turn off 24 hours a day, but for when I have to be outside for something in my car at night.

Because I wear dress slacks, I hate to load up my pockets with heavy items. I worry about what it’ll do to the lightweight fabric (as opposed to heavy denim) over time. So, no excess keychains or keys. A combo moneyclip and card holder holds the bare minimum I need to always have with me (cash, transit card, ID, credit & debit cards).

You could argue that carrying the day planner is redundant if I have a smartphone with a calendar built in. But having carried a phone for years that could do calendar functions, I never used and subsequently forgot a lot of dates. This year I opted to write everything down in a day planner and carry it constantly. Since all my dress shirts have pockets, this works quite well.

As for carrying other things, I put them all in my briefcase, which I take everywhere with me, unless I’m going out in the evening or on weekends. The only thing I add to my EDC is my asthma inhaler when I am going out, which I put in my jacket pocket.

About The Silentist

A menswear blog on finding your personal style, written by Kiyoshi Martinez.

I work at Khaki's of Carmel and live in the Monterey Bay area. Formerly from Chicago.

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