This is part of a series that features items bought from the U.S. and shipped to the Philippines using the consolidation and freight forwarding service Shipping Cart. Learn more about Shipping Cart.
When one talks about everyday carry (commonly abbreviated to EDC) this usually refers to the items you bring with you on a daily basis. This could be your wallet, pens, cardholders, phone, tablet, etc. But for some people everyday carry includes knives, multitools, flashlights, carabiners – items that can be useful in certain situations such as self-defense or emergencies. I’ve always wanted to build my own Everyday Carry (EDC) Kit so I turned to buying online from U.S. stores which have a wide selection of brands at low prices. I’m taking advantage of Shipping Cart’s special handling that allows knives with blades under 7 inches to be shipped for USD 8.99 per lb.
I carry my keys in a key case which I’ve wanted to replace with a keychain for the longest time. I chose to get the Apolis Transit Issue Keychain (Apolis – USD 28.5 with a discount code). It features MIL-SPEC hardware and a keyring linked together using brown Latigo leather with four hand-stitched bar tacks. It’s a handsome keychain that easily attaches to a belt loop or bag strap.
I don’t need a multitool, Swiss or tactical knife on a daily basis so I decided to get a straightforward folding knife. I chose the Mercator K55K “Black Cat” Locking Knife (Amazon – USD 27.78). First produced in the knife-making town of Solingen, Germany in 1867, little has changed in the knife’s design despite being in production for over 140 years. It is thin compared to modern folding knives at 6mm making them highly discreet. The build quality is fantastic with no flex in the blade or handle. I can tell this knife will hold up well over time.
The knife’s name originates from the company’s founder, a Mr. Kaufmann. The word “mercator” is the Latin translation of “trader”, which in turn is the English meaning of “kauffman”. The model name, K55K, comprises the founder’s initials, the street number of the company’s original address, Hochstrasse 55. The second “K” is the initial of the German word for cat, katze, with the leaping cat logo engraved on one side of the handle. Made in Solingen, Germany by Otter-Messer.
When I was choosing a flashlight I wanted it to have a high level of illumination, different levels of brightness, waterproof and use AA batteries. I chose the ThruNite Archer 1A V2 Cool White 180 Lumens AA Flashlight (Amazon – USD 35.95). It uses a CREE XP-L V6 LED bulb which has a lifespan of over 20 years and is waterproof to IPX-8 standard. It has five modes of operation: firefly, low, medium, high and strobe. The body is aircraft grade aluminum with tactical knurling for a firm grip. It’s an easy to use flashlight that works in many situations.
I knew there would be situations where I would like to attach my knife and flashlight to my keychain so I picked up a two-pack of stainless steel Nite Ize S-Biner MicroLock (Amazon – USD 4.5). Unlike other carabiners, the S-Biner features a twist lever that locks to prevent accidental openings all the while making it easy to attach or remove.
All of the items I purchased were from Amazon except the keychain which came from Apolis. The flashlight was shipped separately most likely because they came from a different warehouse. The total cost to ship the keychain, knife, flashlight and S-Biners were Php 1,057.26 with the special handling rate applied to the knife. I’m glad Shipping Cart found a way to ship knives and other previously prohibited items at a reasonable rate.