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0005: Crafting The Ideal EDC With Noah Alkinburgh

March 4, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Noah Alkinburgh Wise Men Company Everyday Carry EDC

Welcome to 0005 in our new series, Crafting The Ideal EDC.  This week, we’re having a chat with Noah Alkinburgh, one half of the Wise Men Company.  If you’re not familiar with Wise Men Company, head over and have a look at their site, and follow them on Instagram @wise_men_company.  Tbey offer a number of great EDC products, including one of my favorite recent additions to my EDC, the Wise Guy Pocket Tool.

Tell me a little bit about yourself.

My name is Noah, and I’m an angry old man. I am one of the Co-Founders of Wise Men Company. Anything you like about Wise Men was my idea, everything you hate was my partner’s idea. I grew up in New York and currently reside in South Central PA. I studied to be a youth pastor and I aspire to be an arms dealer. I’ve been in web design, sales, landscacping, hospitality, and even done some masonry and contracting work (the kind with hammers and nails, not the cool door kicking BAMF in some ‘izikstany’ place.)

I enjoy black coffee, an occasional Scotch or Bourbon, and want to smoke a pipe someday. I have been married for 18 years, and it’s been the best 12 years of my life. I have 4 children, and do foster care (technically I am a “resource home” but who the heck knows what that is!) so there is often upwards of 6 -8 children ranging from 16 – newborn in my home at any given time depending on whether my kids have friends over and we have a placement.

What’s in your daily EDC that you carry on your person? 

There are a few things that are in my always carry EDC.

How long have you been carrying your EDC?

I have been carrying some variation of this EDC since I was in highschool. I have carried a pocket knife nearly daily since I was in grade school. I have been carrying the Swiss Army knife I have since 1997. I started carrying a firearm about 6 years ago. My everyday carry was a Glock 27 (converted to 9mm a year ago) and a few months ago I got a Glock 43. I have also carried my Glock 23 (also converted to 9mm a year ago). If I open carry it is my 23, (yes I will open carry.)

Why is your EDC and carrying these items important to you?

Some of it is things I need (wallet, keys, phone is debatable), the pocket knife has been with me for so long and is just so handy that I boggles my mind that everyone doesn’t carry one and it aggravates me that my kids can’t carry one at school. The firearm has become extremely important to me because I truly believe it is my Civic Duty, my obligation as a responsible citizen, to protect myself, those I love, and those around me. It is more than a right, it is a responsibility.

What one item do you always have on you no matter the environment?

A flashlight. Nobody ever says, “Hey you can’t have that here”

What’s your favorite item in your EDC?

The one I need at the moment

Does your EDC change, and if so, how often?

Items will change, and the amount I carry changes, but truthfully not a whole lot has changed for me. I try not to switch things up often, (my last wallet I carried for over 15 years)

How long did it take you to put together your current EDC?

This iteration was built over the last 8-12 months

What approach/philosophy did you take when assembling your EDC?

Will I use it? Will it work when I need it? Is this something I might need immediately if a situation went sideways.

What’s one item you’d like to carry more often?

Honestly, there isn’t really anything.

What’s one item you’d like to add to your EDC?

There isn’t anything that I think I “need to have” or really want right now. Maybe an upgrade to the sheath for my Candiru

What item(s) do you think is missing from most people’s EDC?

I am continually amazed at people who don’t carry a knife or a flashlight.

Do you have any stories about how your EDC came in useful for you outside of regular daily use/saved the day?

This one time I shot two dudes robbing the liquor store and then got free bourbon for life. Actually that never happened, but it would be kind of cool, except the killing part, but the free bourbon would be.  My swiss army knife has a reamer/punch tool and I used it to modify a “ring crimp” connector on some wiring in my car while I was in the parking lot of a parts store. I had to jerry rig some wiring in order to get the car to start and the ring connector was too small, so I reamed it out to fit the connection and was able to drive home. That reamer constantly gets me out of jams, I’ve used it to start pilot holes, add a hole on a belt, and poke out a pirates good eye. OK, that last one didn’t happen either.

Where can we find you on social media?

Wise Men Company is on IG at @wise_men_company, on Twitter at @wisemencompany and on Facebook at

If you really want to find my personal accounts you can find me on IG and Twitter as @nalkinburgh

My standard disclaimer: The views and opinions stated above represent 25% of the views of Wise Men Company. They represent that because I am half the company and I only agree with myself 50% of the time.


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