Recently, in a Facebook group, a member posted a photo of their watch along with other EDC gear. A few members of the group got incredibly angry because the photo included non-watch items, specifically the pocket knife.
I've seen this scenario play out multiple times, and while I think they're overreaction, it did get me thinking. I realized a large number of watch collectors don't know what EDC is, what it's about, or what it has to do with watches. So, I thought the topic was worth discussing.
What is EDC?
EDC stands for Everyday Carry. It is a hobby, lifestyle, and community that focuses on the items we carry and use in our day-to-day life. EDC collectors love to explore different gear, test out combinations, try different carrying solutions, discussing pros and cons, share gear photos, and so on. A lot of EDC collectors are also avid DIY modders who love to customize and match their gear (like my brass themed EDC photo above). The most common EDC items are: pocket knives, multi-tools, wallets, pens, flashlights, handkerchiefs, key solutions, and yes, wrist watches.
The EDC hobby has exploded over the last several years, which is why you're seeing more of us posting in various online forums. The EDC community sees watches as another useful everyday tool. With that in mind, we often tend to lean more towards tool watches. When you see us post gear images, it's because for us, a large part of our enjoyment stems from how our watches relate to our other daily gear.
Now, let's touch on the pocket knife thing, since that's what I've seen the most negativity about. The most commonly collected and carried EDC item is, without a doubt, a folding knife. Yes, some people carry them for self-defense, but for most of us, a folding knife is primarily a tool—just like any Leatherman multi-tool, screwdriver, pair of pliers or wrench. Think about how many of your grandfathers carried a folding knife as something to cut an apple, trim a hangnail or to open a package. That's what it's really all about. Having the tools you need, when you need them.
What does this mean to the watch community? I would argue the popularity of EDC gear is great for the watch industry, which is seeing large influx of new watch enthusiasts due to the popularity of this related hobby! It's simple math, the more people buying watches, the more watch companies will prosper and the more they'll be willing to invest in new designs, models and innovations.
I'm a perfect example. I never wore a watch before getting into the EDC hobby, and now I have an overflowing watch box! So there you go.
Even knife-makers are getting on the watch game. I own the below watch, which was designed by the well-know knife designer Serge Panchenko.
Are you an EDC collector as well? Do you think we're a bunch of weirdos? Are you curious about the hobby, but don't know where to start? Let me know below.