Vipey, could you please share your EDC’s set-up, along with the pic maybe, thank you anyway.

This is my current (2014) on-person Everyday Carry. Of course I have a selection of knives, multitools, and watches I carry on rotation depending on occasion and… yes, what I am wearing for the day.

From left to right, top to bottom:

– Android phone. Hope to get at least another year out of it before I upgrade to a 5.7 incher like the LG V10.

– Hamilton Khaki watch: A birthday gift from @newsplatter, it’s my current daily wear.

– Bracelet: Woven leather with magnetic clasp. The only piece of man-jewellery I allow myself to wear.

– Lighter wrapped in duct tape: I don’t smoke (at least anymore), but it’s always good to have a fire source handy. And having duct tape handy has saved my day (and others) on numerous occasions.

– Wallet: slim wallet from Travelogue. I like it so much, I’ve bought it twice. Aside from my usual cash and cards, it also stores a few strips of Hansaplast and a sachet of Waisan.

– Gerber Dime Multitool: I carry this in rotation with either a Leatherman Squirt of Victorinox Cadet/Pioneer, and always linked by carabiner to my…

– Thrunite Ti3 flashlight: This tiny AAA flashlight packs a blinding punch for its size. Piring’s wife liked it so much, I bought her one.

– Kershaw Skyline folding knife: Flipper deployment, Sandvik 14C28N bead-blasted finish blade, G-10 handles. Carried in rotation with… oh nevermind, the list will be much too long.

How to sharpen your folded knife?

I use a Spyderco Sharpmaker. It consists of ceramic and diamond-coated rods that are set at 30 or 40 degree angles. I can sharpen a knife to a level of sharpness where I can cut spirals into a sheet of paper held with two fingers. I also know some guys who can sharpen a hunting knife to the point where it can split a strand of hair.

Om, untuk EDC, mana yang paling penting dimliki? (senter, pisau, dll). Atau lebih spesifiknya, mana yang paling sering kamu gunakan? Saya kepikiran untuk punya, tapi mungkin nggak sekaligus, dilengkapi satu per satu.

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.

Sejak kapan tertarik sama pisau Vipey? Dan masih ingat jenis pisau pertama yang dibeli? Grace Levina Lohy

Dari kecil sih sudah suka dengan pisau, tapi dulu lebih ke multitool seperti Swiss Army Knife. Mulai mendalami folding knives dengan lebih serius sejak 6 tahun yang lalu. My first “serious” folding knife was the CRKT Drifter. Framelock, anodized scales, and 8CR13MoV steel. It’s a budget knife, but it became my gateway to finer knives from brands such as Benchmade, Kershaw, Spyderco, and SOG.

how much is your budget threshold when planning to cook a meal? what are your staple ingredients? what are the stuff you avoid to buy? do you hone your knifing skill?


I generally skip any recipe that require imported charcuterie/cured meats such as andouille or italian sausage, imported cheeses like gruyere or blue cheese (parmesan or Kraft boleh lah), or wine (bisa diganti grape juice). I do a good salmon with Jack Daniel’s sauce, but rarely make it because of the cost. I occasionally buy beef, and when I do it’s always local. Pork and chicken is cheaper and easier to cook.

Staple Items:

My fridge and pantry always has wheat bread, eggs, carrots, onions, milk, frozen peas, cheese, mayo, seasonal fruit, flour, a variety of herbs and dry spices.

Stuff I avoid:

Anything out of my budget, as I described above. As much as I like imported canned goods, it’s also too expensive. I try avoiding buying anything that is heavily preserved, full of nitrites or salt (but Ma Ling is an occasional treat), or high in fat (oh bacon is still worth it).

Knife skills:

I have none. I’ve bookmarked some instructional videos on youtube but haven’t gotten around to learning them. But I’ve learned how to sharpen my kitchen knife on a steel rod, and yes.. I feel kinda badass whenever I do it.

Hi. Saya lihat jawaban kamu soal pisau. Are you conversant with kitchen knife as well? Tahu dan sudi berbagi hal tentang pengrajin pisau lokal di Indonesia? Thanks.

Hello! Saya lebih mengerti tentang folding knives dibanding kitchen knives. Kebetulan saya suka masak, dan menggunakan a Victorinox Fibrox 8 inch chef knife. Saya memilih pisau ini karena menurut Consumer Report, yang paling “worth it for the price” dan sesuai budget. And yes, chef knives can easily go into the millions of rupiahs. Yang pasti, handling-nya beda sih sama pisau2 Ace Hardware. What is it like to use those 500USD knives? No idea… and my cooking skills don’t justify it. Yet. 🙂

Soal perajin pisau di Indonesia, namanya Kardin di Hegarmanah di Bandung. Bisa di google. Saya sendiri belum pernah handle pisaunya, tapi pernah kirim pisau kesana untuk di asah ulang karena ujungnya patah.

Have you had any bad experiences with knives?

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.

Hi, I’m thinking to get myself a pocket knife. Since you seem like an expert on it, what kind of pocket knife would you recommend for a woman?

That’s awesome.. Once you carry one, you’ll wonder how you ever got through your days without one.

From my personal collection, I’d recommend the SOG Aegis Mini or the Spyderco Tenacious. These are my smaller knives, so it should fit your hand well.

If you prefer something less intimidating, check out the Ontario RAT with pink handles, Kershaw Ripple or Leek, or Opinels. You can order them from or

why knives, of all other things?

Why do I collect and carry pocket knives?

Primary Reason:

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 to tree.

Secondary Reason:

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 unapologetic manliness.

Okay, another question I usually get is… “Why do you need so many of them?”

Well, I can ask you the same about your shoes.