Why do you EDC?

Hooked on Fenix

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I carry one because it’s a tool used daily. I carry the second one because I like to be prepared.
The second is in case the first fails or gets lost (so you’re prepared).

You forgot: the third one is because someone else is unprepared and will always ask you for one (or try to take it from you).
 

Badbeams3

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Many uses for me, but most often looking at labels when shopping...or menus when my wife drags me out to eat in dim restaurants.
 

Jean-Luc Descarte

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Because I like torches. And because I've faced some nasty blackouts that only weren't worse for me because I had a torch handy, such as the 2009 Itaipu failure.

But mostly because I like torches.

I don't carry a flashlight because I'm afraid of being alone in the dark.

I carry a flashlight because I'm afraid of not being alone in the dark.
That too... :au:
 

Megalamuffin

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The second is in case the first fails or gets lost (so you’re prepared).

You forgot: the third one is because someone else is unprepared and will always ask you for one (or try to take it from you).

The third one is because I have so many lights I like to use that I can’t settle on just carrying two. That’s where we start getting into the somewhat less sane side of things.
 

bykfixer

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No one carry a whistle? It's better than screaming on top of your lungs.
I carry one on my safety vest at work because it's a heck of a lot louder than I am. One night at work I saw a worker was about to be hit by a car. I yelled and yelled to no avail. Luckily a guy next to me was a loud person. I tapped him, showed him what was happening as I turned away not wanting to see the guy be killed. He hollered out and at the last second dude jumped out of the way.
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The worker was standing where the car collided with the truck.

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Right is the worker who was very happy to be alive.
To his left was the guy he bowled over as he dove out of the way.

Next night I began to carry a plastic whistle.
 

knucklegary

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I carry one on my safety vest at work because it's a heck of a lot louder than I am. One night at work I saw a worker was about to be hit by a car. I yelled and yelled to no avail. Luckily a guy next to me was a loud person. I tapped him, showed him what was happening as I turned away not wanting to see the guy be killed. He hollered out and at the last second dude jumped out of the way.
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The worker was standing where the car collided with the truck.

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Right is the worker who was very happy to be alive.
To his left was the guy he bowled over as he dove out of the way.

Next night I began to carry a plastic whistle.
When I commuted to work on a motorcycle, had one of these mounted on my handlebars.
Gets drivers attention when needed.
 

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Poppy

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A year or two ago, my daughter and I swapped cars for the day. My EDC is attached to my keychain. While shopping in Walmart, a power outage occurred! A flashaholic's dream scenario. Unfortunately for me, I didn't have MY keychain, but rather my daughter's.

What really amazed me, is that I would not have been the hero of the day. Within seconds the store was being lit up by people with their cell phones. After that, I moved my cell phone light app to the front screen of my phone.
 

bykfixer

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Besides a whistle, how about carrying one of those ballpark air horns? They're small enough to fit in a vest pocket.
The whistle is attached to a badge/mic holder (molle?) via neck lanyard. An airhorn would be impractical to carry as often small pockets are already filled with tools.
 
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