The Gear Journal

The Dossier Picks Some Pockets

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So by studying the contents of a man’s pockets, what details can you learn about him? Can a man be defined by the gear he wears and carries? We “picked-the-pockets” of several New Yorkers (regardless of political party affiliation) and took a look at the details of their existence to answer the key question: what are the objects you simply cannot do without? We found the bangles, baubles, trinkets and final flourishes of their dress were unmistakable expressions of their craft, uniqueness, eccentricity, faith, sentimentality and humor…

Dig what they found.



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I can’t read Japanese, so your guess is as good as mine on the details of these little buggers… I will, however, say that these things are pretty damn cool to stare at…

Check it out.


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I found this hugely inspirational… Some stationary expert with a blog posts his EDC pack out. It features a ton of hand made niceties and a vintage slant. Gorgeous work and it all looks very usable.

For details on everything, see his Flickr page.

The BuryBunker

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The BuryBunker is a steel case designed to hold a pelican type case inside. The case is made from 10 gauge steel and powder-coated for long lasting durability. The lid is fastened with two 7/16 inch stainless steel fasteners and has a watertight silicon gasket which can withstand temperatures as low as -60 degrees F. Perfect for stowing away guns, cash, or even food for when the end of the word comes…


Milspec AEV J8

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Admittedly, I’m not a “new” car kind of guy. I drive a ’39 Ford everyday. However, something about these military prepped Jeeps just sings to my sensibilities. No fuss, no muss… just functionality. I dig that in all of my every day gear.

Get the details from Jalopnik.

Emergency Zippo

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Ever tried to start a fire with a couple of sticks? Me neither… That said, some folks need fire in the harshest of conditions and when they least expect it. When that time comes and if you are some freak survivalist, it would be pretty damned cush to have Zippo’s latest in your pocket. It features rayon-made, water-resistant waxed tinder sticks to get things going and a reliable flint-wheel lighter, all packed into a water-resistant, safety-orange metal case.

Weirdo Militia folks and campers can get theirs for $20.

Hidetoshi Bolt-Action Pen

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There are people in this world that spend thousands of dollars on pen collections. It’s an interesting and thoughtful underworld as textured as the time-piece market and even the traditional hot rod movement. I’m not at all one of these folks, but I admire them and their collections from afar.

Lately, a new pen design has been hitting the market with fearless abandon. Everyone seems to want one, but not many are available. And if you happen to find one, expect to pay well over $500… For a pen… Even so, I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a cooler writing utensil.

It’s the Japanese made Hidetoshi Bolt-Action Pen. Brilliant.

Nightvision Flashlight Camcorder

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Wanna take some video… on the sly… at night? Here’s the hot ticket. The Nightvision Flashlight Camcorder ($150) sports an eight LED array and hides a two-megapixel still/VGA video camera in its face. A five hour Lithium Ion battery runs the joint while your video is recorded on a microSD card tucked inside the chassis.

Check it out.