Yang paling minimum yang sebaiknya dibawa
untuk EDC adalah Swiss Army Knife. You’d be surprised how much easier your life
would be with one on your person, every single day. Once you discover that, you
might add on a flashlight, a mini multitool (pictured), and a dedicated pocket
knife (easier and safer to use.)
Everyone has different needs on what to
carry; some carry a pen and notebook, saputangan, a flash disk, or a camera. I
don’t, because I tried for a while and never used them.
But start with a good Swiss Army Knife. I
recommend the Tinker, the Alox Cadet, or the Alox Pioneer.
Some guys carry a handkerchief as part of their EDC (Everyday Carry), and some don’t. I belong to the second category. But I always make a point to use a handkerchief as a pocket square when I’m wearing a suit. Why? Because it’s visual trick to look slimmer. An accent on high up my chest leads the eye up and away from my thicker midsection and gives illusion of height.
Besides, it comes in handy to staunch a
bullet wound, or as a tourniquet in case of a snake bite. And how else do you
comfort a woman in tears with such panache and style?
For more casual wear, I suggest a bandana
instead. You can wear it around your neck rakishly like a cowboy, or have it
casually hanging out of the back of your jeans pocket like Bruce Springsteen.
And if I ever own a Labrador Retriever one day, he’s gonna wear a blue one
around his neck.
I don’t like Fossil Watches. Begitu pula
dengan merk2 jam seperti Guess, Alexander Christie, dan sebagainya. Bahkan yang
keluaran “desainer” seperti Calvin Klein, Michael Kors sekalipun.
Bukan urusan desain atau apa2 sih… tapi
menurut saya, sebaiknya beli jam tangan yang mereknya memiliki
“provenance/heritage” atau sejarah. Apakah itu berarti pasti mahal?
Semua merek berikut ini harganya di kisaran
Seiko, pencipta quartz movement. Timex,
salah satu perusahaan jam tangan pertama di Amerika. Swatch, perusahaan yang
menyelamatkan industri jam tangan Swiss dari kebangkrutan di tahun 80an. Atau
Casio G-Shock, yang pertama membuat jam tangan yang tahan banting.
Why buy a Fossil when you can wear a piece
of history for the same amount of money? 🙂
One Sunday morning I was sitting at my table in thin jogging shorts, sharpening one of my knives. It was the Benchmade Barrage, one of my favorites.
Somehow the knife slipped out of my hand,
fell point down, and stabbed my chair… right between my legs. If it landed
even an inch towards me, it would’ve been a very bad experience indeed. And my
chair has the hole to prove it.
To use as a tool. Yes, a tool.. in no way do consider it a weapon. I wouldn’t know what to do with it in a fight. Personally, I have no idea how kamu2 orang get through your day without a pocket knife.
I use mine to open packages, letters,
cereal boxes. To scrape dried glue off my jeans, clean out dirt from my
mountainbike clips, cut loose threads from my shirts. To use as a makeshift
screwdriver, to cut zip ties, to clean fingernails. To pry open windows, to cut
up a big piece of pempek, and to clench between my teeth as I swing from tree
As a homage to a more civilized time when
men were… well, men. And back then, all men carried a pocket knife. It’s my
nod to a tradition that goes back hundreds of years in the history of manhood.
To go knifeless would have been like going pantless today. It was also a rite
of passage for boys to be entrusted a knife by their fathers. It’s a philosophy
of preparedness, of self-sufficiency, and… ah who am I kidding… of
Okay, another question I usually get is…
“Why do you need so many of them?”