Upgrade your everyday arsenal with these clever takes on stuff you'll always need.
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Your Pocket Arsenal
Keys, pen, money clip—it's easy to take life's essentials for granted.
But in a world that demands speed and versatility everywhere you go, it's a man's everyday essentials that will get him farthest and serve him best.
Add some subtle style to your routine with these smart upgrades.
A Compact Key Ring
When your ever-expanding key ring starts to jangle like a janitor’s, it’s time to get the KeySmart. The minimalist key holder helps you evaluate which keys you actually use, then keeps them organized in a compact—and silent—package that’s smaller than a pack of gum. Make it more than just a key chain by adding useful tools like a USB drive (up to 64GB) and a bottle opener.
This smart front-pocket Ridge Wallet and card carrier is made with tough, lightweight carbon fiber that keeps your personal info safe by blocking RFID wireless theft. A replaceable elastic strap holds cash and allows the carrier to expand or contract according to the size of your carry, from one to 12 cards. That is, it holds exactly what you need every day, and nothing more.
These classic Smith Tioga sunglasses are still every bit as radical as they were when Gen-Xers first wore them back in ’93. And even though they’re still made from the same cellulose propionate—why fix what isn’t broken?— they’ve been updated with modern synthetic lenses. Smith, which also leads the way in ski goggles, is known for crystal-clear optics.
Unlike a tablet or a phone, an old-school notebook helps you focus, pushing you to compose more thoughtfully. Plus, the technology never fails. These beautiful, U.S.-made Word Notebooks are pocket-size but still big enough to hold your most expansive ideas. There’s also a handy organizational system for jotting notes and to-do lists.
On days when your workout jams up against your work day, which jams up against date night, this sleek Lenmar Maven power case packs enough juice to keep you connected. With 3,000mAh, it doubles your iPhone battery life, letting you play music longer and louder.
This is a pen for life—no moving parts, cheap plastic inserts to wear out, or plastic. The Machine Era solid brass pen is precision-machined from shiny brass that takes on an attractive patina with use, and has the kind of heft appropriate for weighty words. At only 4.6 inches, it slides easily into a pocket. Best of all, the ink refills are ubiquitous, smooth-as-silk Pilot G2 cartridges.
Before the Swiss Army started adding personal grooming gizmos to their iconic pocket tools, men simply carried knives. Back then, a blade was all you needed—it was your wire stripper, can opener, and, in a pinch, bottle opener. This classic folder knife from Gerber, designed and built in Portland, OR, feels just right in your hand and holds a razor-sharp edge.