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Gear Geeks Live Episode 94: Where there is a Will…

Today’s guest is the great Will Hodges, the man behind some of the coolest EDC pens on the planet.  He is about to release the Gen 2 Movers and Shakers on Kickstarter and he came by to chat about obsessing over pen design.


Will: Grimsmo Rask, JBB Sorry/Not Sorry Bead, and a Gen 2 Mover

Tony: Hinderer Half Track, Klarus Mi1C, Gen 2 Shaker

Frank Howarth

North Bennet St. School


Gear Geeks Live Episode 93: A Visit from the MSM

Don’t hate me for chatting with the MSM.  As it turns out, they are pretty knowledgeable and fair in this case.  Actually, Doug Mahoney, while working for the New York Times-owned Wirecutter, is actually as non-MSM as it comes–working as a freelancer and carpenter in rural New England.

Doug wrote this articleHere is my response.  Here is a link to Episode 92, where I talked to Dan about this article.


Doug: Flat Carpenter’s Pencil, Kizer Gemini, Foam Ear Plugs

Me: Gareth Bull Small Shamwari, Muyshondt Aeon Mk. 3

Tool Snob

Moving Snow

Gear Geeks Live Audio Adventure 1: Seeking the Ultimate Edge

This the first of what will hopefully be a series of podcasts where I go on a gear-related adventure.  First up, exploring the upper limit of sharp.

After two years of use by me (and eight decades of us my someone else), my straight razor needed a new edge.  Fortunately, Howard Schechter of The Perfect Edge, lives less than half hour away.  My son and I visited and Howard was kind enough to play along.

If you need something sharpened, Howard is the man.  He could put a shaving sharp edge on a tennis ball.

Episode 91: We Been Jammin’ Cheap Knives

Ben Schwartz, New Editor over on Knife News, joins me for a discussion of our favorite budget knives.

Boy did Ben and I ramble and I took horrible notes, so I apologize.

Ben can be found at:

Knife News

Goodman Darkness on Twitter (is controversial, so be warned)


He has some good book and video game recs: Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay and Bloodborne.


Ben: Benchmade 940 and Tactile Turn Slider

Me: Spyderco Chaparral, UltraTac K18, and Prometheus Writes Pen

After that I have nothing for ya’.


Gear Geeks Live Episode 90: EDC Get Rec’d

Nick and I took listener submissions for gear recommendations and thanks to Urban EDC Supply, one rec request was chosen as a winner and gets a $50 gift certificate for any of the lush pocket gems Urban EDC Supply sells. Here are the recommendations:

Nasty Trigger wanted a good food prep knife.

Nick: Endura or Opinel

Me: Perceval La Francais, Spyderco Chaparral, CSC Boy’s Knife

4rmless wanted an inoffensive knife

Nick: A traditional folder, a Swiss Army Knife

Me: Spyderco Roadie

Gadgetman 7 wanted a keychain light

Nick: Manker LAD

Me: UltraTac K18

Johnmatsubayashi wanted nice looking light other than the Beta QR

Nick: Whiff

Me: Lumitop Worm

Mike Rixman wanted a bag to carry a dog in that had MOLLE and could take a patch

Nick: Whiff

Me: Skookam Dog Citizen Canine

Mike Rixman also wanted a knife that would challenge your sensibilities

Nick: Razel or ZT452

Me: Ver Steeg Imp or EPK

Grayson wanted a knife that had lots of complex criteria involving hipsters, old people yadda yadda

Nick: Pakkawood Delica

Me: Shinola Benchmade Valet

Grayson also wanted on knife/light combo for all time

Nick: Slycz Bowie and Fenix UC35

Me: Small Shamwari and Aeon Mk. 3

EDC Dad wanted a modern folder for Dads

Nick: Urban Trapper, Mnandi, Valet

Me: DF2, Gerber Dime, AG Russell K12

Everdaygary wanted to know what our desert island knife would be

Nick: Spydie Chef

Me: PM2 in M390

Cedric and Ada wanted an Apple watch replacement

Nick: Citizen Perpetual

Me: Damasko DA36

Everydaygary wanted our two knife set ups

Nick: a Traditional and a Modern folder

Me: Whiff

Stonehurstknive wanted a bombproof light

We both agreed: HDS Rotary

GGL After Hours Episode 3: Vicarious Spyderco

Grayson Parker@g.r.parker (Instagram), @g_r_parker (Twitter),

Mike Rixman@mrixman (Instagram), @MikeRixman (Twitter)

Patrick LaFollette@dplafoll (Instagram), @dplafoll (Twitter), dplafoll (forums, mainly Spyderco)


Patrick’s carry: CRK small Inkosi Insingo black canvas micarta, Olight S1R,Nock Co. Fodderstack XL w/ Nock Co. DotDash Notebook, Lamy AL-Star, Bellroy Slim Sleeve wallet, iPhone 7, Tom Bihn Synapse25, NOT Seiko SNK809.

Mike’s carry: Giantmouse GM2, Muyshondt Aeon MK III, Esee Candiru with micarta scales with new Aramatus Carry Architect Sheath

Grayson’s carry: Protech Runt J4, Great Eastern Cutlery #13 “Clerk”, Peak LED Solutions Eiger with Prometheus clip, Tactile Turn Slider, Seiko SRP779 “Turtle”, AroundSquare Titan Begleri, Nock Co. DotDash Pocket Notebook, Crankyhankyco Hank, Bond HALO Carabiner, Bellroy Note Sleeve, Samsung Galaxy S6. Peak Design Everyday Messenger with Nikon D5500


If you have suggestions of EDC-related songs, or know anything about how to license music please drop us an email at We are, of course, welcome to general questions as well. When (and if) we start getting emails, we have some gear to give away [unsubtle bribe].


GGL After Dark Episode 2: Bring a Girl

Grayson Parker@g.r.parker (Instagram), @g_r_parker (Twitter),

Mike Rixman@mrixman (Instagram), @MikeRixman (Twitter)


Mike’s carry: Leatherman Skeletool, Giantmouse GM2, Muyshondt Aeon MK. III, Tactile Turn Slider

Grayson’s Carry: Spyderco Zulu, K’roo Sheepsfoot Slipjoint, Veleno Designs Quantum DD, Tactile Turn Slider, Seiko SRP779, AroundSquare Titan Begleri, Bond HALO Carabiner, Bellroy Note Sleeve



Mailbag questions: to win a future giveaway. “What should (or shouldn’t) Grayson carry to a giant [self-proclaimed] nerd convention?”

EDITOR’S NOTE: Grayson and Mike sent me one title for the episode, but then, as I listened, Mike hit Grayson with an all-time great zinger and that became the title.  Kudos to Mike.  Zinga!

Episode 89–Favorites, Not Best

This episode I had Peter from the YouTube channel Cedric&Ada on.  He was a great sport and we talked about steel, our favorite but not best gear, and Australia.  We also talked about dogs.  I am very mad about the fact that I need to have conversations about dogs with people.


Peter: Al Mar Falcon Ultralight, Surefire Titan, Karas Customs Render K, and Das Offene Meer Wallet.

Me: Spyderco Chaparral in Raffir Noble, Muyshondt Aeon Mk. 3, and Flowfold Vanguard

The musical equivalent of spectacles, testicles, wallet and watch: Wallet, Puffer, Smokes, Keys

We talked a lot about steel.  I am converting Peter’s data to a post.  Look for it in the future.

Michael Christy’s YouTube channel

Advanced Knife Pro’s YouTube channel

Favorite Not Best:

Knife: Peter: Falcon; Me: Spyderco Techno

Fixed Blade: Peter: Gerber Strongarm; Me: Schrade SCH36

Light: Peter: Titan A; Me: Leatherman Serac S3

Movie: Peter: Dredd (not Judge Dredd, just Dredd); Me: Aliens