Five Titanium EDC items that make a great set

Titanium EDC gear we love

I’m going to start this post off with a question: why do we love Titanium EDC items so much? Every person will have their own answer to that, but I think it comes down to one common denominator. Titanium is very strong and very light. In fact, Ti has the highest strength-to-density ratio of any metallic element. When you carry items around with you everyday, it makes perfect sense to choose an ultra strong, super light material. Carbon fiber was once the popular material for this very reason, but titanium offers it’s own unique characteristics which suits many EDC items better.

That’s the practical answer, but there’s more than just science at play for the love of Ti. It’s a unique material in how it looks and how it feels too. It often has quite a dull metallic finish, it offers a wonderful understated appearance. But treat with heat, titanium offers a rainbow of brilliant colours, from blue to purple and green. Titanium also has that unique feel in the hand too, which defines its character. Very light to hold, with a cool, yet smooth feel to it.

Image plays a strong factor in why titanium his held to such high esteem too. Mention Ti to Joe Average and no doubt images of Aerospace travel, race cars and fighter jets will be running through their mind. Pull an EDC item out of your pocket and mention its Ti and I bet more often than not you’ll get a raised eyebrow and nod of approval. It still has that hi-performance x-factor over most materials.

The practicality, physical attributes and bragging rights of Titanium is why we all have come to love Titanium so much. This is the reason why I’ve dedicated a post to Ti  for this review. I have selected a range of Titanium EDC items that would make a great addition to any everyday carry set.

 

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Titanium EDC Flashlight

The Olight S MINI Baton

Let’s start with Olight, who have an solid record of making excellent flashlights in tiny packages. Priding themselves for offering ‘quality illumination products to everyone’ they deliver on this promise here. The S Mini Baton may only measure 8.3 x 6 x 1.2 inches and weigh 1.9oz/54g, but it packs a mighty punch. For such a small size you will be surprised at its power, the S Mini has an output of 550 lumens! Power is provided by LegionArms CR123A Battery and provides a runtime of up to 30 days.

Design

A beautifully crafted body of titanium, it has squared knurling for grip, which looks great too. A deep mounted pocket clip is present for excellent concealment. Included in the package is a handy Skyben holster too. It is also available in a range of finishes including, bead blasted, polished and Rainbow PVD. If you’re looking for a super compact, high powered flashlight, check out the Olight S Mini Baton.

Features

  • Highly scratch-resistant and corrosion-resistant through the PVD processing, keeping the flashlight shiny all the time
  • Gradual brightness change to protect eyes
  • Uses a cree XM-L2 LED paired with a high light transmission rate TIR Optic lens.
  • 2 color temperatures: cool white on the copper versions and neutral white for the titanium versions.
  • 4 standard modes: 12 lumens, 60 lumens, 550 lumens; plus a strobe mode at 10Hz
  • Lens: PMMA TIR lens
  • Material: Titanium alloy (body), stainless steel (side-switch and bezel clamping ring, pocket clip)
  • Light Source: Cree XM-L2 Neutral White
  • Beam Distance: 110M
  • Light Intensity: 3000 cd
  • Waterproof: IPX8 2M
  • Drop Resistance: 1.5M
  • Includes 1 x LegionArms CR123A Battery
  • 1 x Skyben Holster
  • Olight 5 Year Warranty

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Titanium EDC Watch

Victorinox 241261 Classic Chronograph

Victorinox are a legendary name in pocketknives, but also make some beautiful watches too. The Classic Chronograph is a fine example of that. The overall design of this watch is excellent and lives up to all you’d expect from a Swiss Made watch. This model features chronograph and tachymeter functions, which are powered by a Swiss quartz movement.

Design

The titanium bracelet and case has a super strong, yet light, as expected. At 45mm it’s a good size and has a good presence on the wrist without being over the top. There is some really nice Victorinox branding here too. The shield logo is engraved into the crown and clasp to give a nice touch of understated coolness.

The face is also beautifully designed, everything is so well proportioned. You can glance at this and read it clearly, something that many chronos can struggle to deliver. The hands have superb luminosity and the red tachymeter hand provides great contrast against the black.

If you’re looking to add a classy titanium EDC watch to your set, the Victorinox is worth looking at. Smart enough to be worn as a dress watch as well as an EDC, it offers great versatility.

Features

  • Dial window material: Anti reflective sapphire
  • Display Type: Analog
  • Clasp: Deployment clasp with push-button
  • Case material: Titanium
  • Overall diameter: 45 millimeters
  • Case Thickness: 14.45 millimeters
  • Band Material: Titanium
  • Length: Men’s Standard
  • Band width: 22 millimeters
  • Color: Silver
  • Dial color: Black
  • Bezel material: Titanium
  • Bezel function: tachymeter
  • Calendar: Date
  • Special features: Chronograph
  • Movement: Quartz
  • Water resistant depth: 330 Feet

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Titanium EDC Pen

Fisher Bullet Pen – Black Titanium

Often the best designs are the simplest. For a design that was conceived in 1948, the Bullet Space Pen is still hard to beat for originality. A simple and compact design that combines high performance to makes for a wonderful product.

Design

With a patented ink cartridge, designed by Paul Fisher for NASA in the 1960’s, enables it to perform in pretty much any environment. It can write in temperatures from -30 to +250 degrees Fahrenheit, under water, in zero gravity, at any angle – even upside down!

The only issue some people have is the lack of a pocket clip. Fortunately you can buy clips to attach to the Bullet Pen, so all is not lost.

The pen closed measures 3.8” but opens into a full-sized writing instrument. It also looks stunning in Black Titanium Nitride (400BTN). It’s compact size and 1oz weight make it a very portable pen option for easy concealment. If you’re looking for a light titanium EDC pen, take a look at the Fisher space pen.

Features

  • Compact size: 3.8 x 0.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Lightweight: 1oz
  • Tungsten Carbide Ball tip
  • Black Titanium Nitride finish
  • Specialised cartridge system
  • Writes at any angle, even in Zero Gravity.
  • Writes in extreme temperatures from -30F to 250F
  • Unconditional lifetime guarantee
  • Titanium EDC Multi-tool
  • Leatherman Charge TTi

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Titanium EDC Multi-tool

Leatherman Charge TTi

Listen to what your customers want, simple isn’t it? Companies can often be found making products they ‘think’ their customers want. But Leatherman went back to basics by asking their customers what they wanted in the Charge TTi. So they then combined all of the most requested features into one excellent tool.

Design

The Charge TTi’s premium titanium handle scales look great and sculpted for comfort. Featured is an S30V stainless steel clip-point knife which comes in handy when you don’t have a dedicated EDC knife present.

One trick feature the TTi has is that tools that are accessible while the tool is folded or closed, mimicking the functionality of a pocket knife. It also offers all locking features! Which means that every tool and knife on the body of the handle, will lock into place. Another fine addition is that every feature on the Charge can be opened and used with one hand.

It’s a great looking piece of gear with textured Ti handles contrasting the polished finish of the tools. If you’re looking for a full-sized multi-tool and want to add some titanium EDC gear to your collection this is an exceptional piece of kit.

Features

  • Needlenose pliers
  • Regular pliers
  • Hard-wire cutters
  • Wire cutters
  • Crimper
  • Wire stripper
  • S30V knife
  • 420HC knife
  • Saw
  • Spring-action scissors
  • Cutting hook
  • Ruler
  • Can opener
  • Bottle opener
  • Wood/metal file
  • Diamond-coated file
  • Large bit driver
  • Small bit driver
  • Medium screwdriver.
  • Locking Features: All locking features mean that every tool and knife on the body of the handle, with the exception of the plier head, will lock into place.
  • Leather carry pouch
  • 25 year guarantee

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Titanium EDC Knife

Spyderco Techno Titanium

This Spyderco was Designed by Polish knifemaker Marcin Slysz, the Techno is a compact and premium EDC knife. You may recognise Slysz name from the Spyderco C186TIP SLYSZ Bowie he designed or one of the many custom knives he’s famed for.  The Techno is a production version of Slysz’s custom knife, The Mouse. I’m a fan of Spyderco knives for EDC and the Techno is yet another example of great design combined with superb material choices.

Design

I really like the design of this knife, the shape and finish make it a unique pocketknife for everyday carry. The stonewash titanium scales look excellent and the shape of them feels good in the hand. A pick out feature is the slight bevelling around the edges of the scales, it’s a unique look and adds to the comfort it offers. The rear spacers are a brilliant shade of blue which contrasts really well agains the stonewashed Ti.

Safety is provided by a Chris Reeve Integral Lock (R.I.L) as made famous on the legendary Sebenza. A stonewash wire clip is mounted for tip-up carry and can be attached either side.

The Blade

At 2.55” this is a compact but very useable size. The thing that strikes me most when opening the Techno is the sheer thickness of the blade! at 4.5mm this is 50% bigger than most of the ‘regular’ Spyderco folders. It makes for a stout and powerful cutting edge. This is also helped by the steel of choice: CTS-XHP . Produced by Carpenter, this is at the premium end of knife steels we see in production knives. CTS-XHP is more or less a form of D2 steel with better corrosion resistance and slightly better edge retention.

The grind on the blade is flat and pretty acute, which is needed for something this thick. An oversized thumb hole takes care of easy blade deployment. Some jimping is present on the spine, allowing you to choke up on the blade.

Dimensions:

Overall length: 5.98” (152 mm), blade length: 2.55” (65 mm), closed length: 3.43” (87 mm), weight: 3.6 oz (102 g)

I really like the Spyderco Techno, it isn’t a cheap knife, but it offers outstanding performance. The unique design, material choices and blade performance are compatible to something a lot more expensive. Compared to a Zero Tolerance or Chris Reeve Ti folder, it offers great value. If you’re looking to ad a titanium EDC knife to your collection, the Techno is well worth a look.

Concluding our titanium EDC items

I guess the only criticism I can fire at titanium EDC items is that they’re at the premium end of the market. This means a full titanium set may be out of reach to buy in one go, but half the fun is building it over time. The positive of this is that at this price point, most times are quality designs and well built. This should give many years of service and enjoyment, even holding on to some value should you want to sell and upgrade later.

So there we have it, 5 highly recommended pieces of titanium EDC gear. A classy chronograph watch, an ultra compact flashlight, all the multi-tool you could ever need, a high-performance pen and a beast of an EDC knife. All wonderfully designed and made with ultra-light, super-strong titanium.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this and appreciate the selections. The hardest part for me was deciding on which EDC knife to choose. Both ZT and CR have excellent knives in this category, but at $300 maybe they deserve their own post. Let me know what you think? Any items you’d include in this list? Then feel free to comment below.