Your company or trading name
Tell us about where you’re from, what you do, how it all started and why you enjoy it.
I was born in Croydon, grew up in Yorkshire and lived in South Africa from 1987 until returning to the UK in 2006. I spent the greater part of my work life managing full facility health clubs in South Africa and then later in UK. My South African life had been full of outdoorsy and adventurous opportunities such as off-roading, camping, dirt biking, shooting and such so EDC had always been in the periphery.
A little while before creating Hawkrigger I looked all over for a belt that would be the right for me. It seemed like the marketplace had only two options; flimsy casual belts or smart dress belts. Then I happened upon the Marine Corps style rigger belts and found them to be in a class of their own; great looking, robust and functional. The only problem was that they were little too full-on for everyday wear and too wide to fit through my jean loops. I figured that if I felt this way others might feel that way too.
And so Hawkrigger was born, bridging the gap between tactical, outdoor, EDC to casual, with belts that offer clean design and old school quality, comfort and utility. To create these belts I would ultimately have to reinvent the belt buckle combining design features drawn from climbing harnesses, tactical gear and street fashion. The result is custom hardware that will seem familiar but is in fact unique.
What are your aims and are there any items or products you’d love to make?
Hawkrigger is about problem solving and innovating unique products. I’ve had a great time making my current products and I’m sure my mind will keep ticking towards new ideas.
What do you consider your greatest achievement in the work you do associated with EDC?
Creating products from ideas. When you take an idea and create something tangible it’s like making something from nothing and that’s a good feeling.
What is the best thing you have made and why?
Probably my Grapple belt, it’s popular for its simplicity, functionality and great value for money. But on a personal level it’s the ‘captive keeper’ on my O-Rig watch strap. Sometimes the little things feel the most important. I was faced with the challenge of creating a keeper for a cinch down watch strap that by necessity was positioned but not sewn in. After hours, days and months of hard thinking the idea came in one eureka moment and the solution ended up being super simple. For me good design should make you face palm yourself because it seems simple after the fact.
What EDC gear is in your pockets right now?
Nothing in my pockets as I sit here. That said I’ve got a Vox F3 folder to my right that truth be told mostly sharpens pencils and opens boxes. As a rule, to my wife’s dismay, I refuse to use scissors for anything a knife will cut. To be fair to her, I accidentally stuck myself in the wrist a while back, had to duck tape myself and flee to the ER …but I digress. Two things that I can’t do without on my person are my belt and my watch. I’m wearing a Calypso O-Rig Belt and my wrist is sporting a Doxa Searambler on a O-Rig Jump strap.
What’s the favourite piece of EDC gear that you own?
What EDC item would you love to own and why?
Well we all know the quest for the EDC Holy Grail is a journey not a destination, there’s always the next thing. So I’m thinking an EZC folder from Ray Laconico at montereybayknives.com. Such beautifully designed knives that ooze quality and functionality.
A random fact about yourself that readers won’t learn anywhere else
One time I was held up at gunpoint and the worst part was that they got away with my Nandos takeaway.
If you are on social media or have a website please include the links here so people can find out more about you
Instagram : @hawkriggergear
Website : hawkrigger.com