Meet Your Maker – JRW Gear

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JRW Gear

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Tell us about where you’re from, what you do, how it all started and why you enjoy it.

I’m originally from South Florida but my EDC career didn’t begin until I moved to Charlotte, NC where I currently live. I make pocket art and tools including some limited run artistic pieces and some useful products that I do my best to keep stocked on my website.

A few years ago when I moved to Charlotte I was already a heavy collector of custom knives and tools so when I found out that Rick Wayne of Zerofeud lived and worked nearby I had to swing by his shop to check it out. He guided me through making a brass bead on a manual mill on my first visit and from then on I wanted to go there as much as possible. The more I went, the more I learned and I started helping him as well as spending all my free time at home learning CAD and designing things myself. Eventually Rick offered to help me make my designs and things just went absolutely crazy from there.

I enjoy every aspect of building my brand, working on new products and shop time with Rick. Asking me why I enjoy it is hard to answer because I feel like I’m living a dream! I’ve just always felt like a creative person and I finally feel like I have an outlet big enough for my ideas.

What are your aims and are there any items or products you’d love to make?

I have 2 main goals right now but my path changes often. Right now I’m aiming to grow my product line of EDC tools into a brand that everyone in the community recognizes and I’m also working towards making knives. I had the pleasure of learning knife making techniques from Jensen Bergman and I have some designs that I’m hoping I can pull off myself on my own equipment at home, hopefully JRW Knives will be a reality very soon.

What do you consider your greatest achievement in the work you do associated with EDC?

I believe my greatest achievement is undoubtedly the community that follows my work. The reason I became a collector in the first place was the community more than the gear so I strive to build and maintain the best group of people on the planet.

What is the best thing you have made and why?

I have a product named the Curator that’s obscure enough that most people outside the community never understand it, but those who get it seem to have huge appreciation for it. The Curator is a large coin made from two pieces press fitted together to look and feel like one solid piece. The top side is covered in recessed pyramids for a unique tactile feel and the bottom side features various logos or original artwork, hence the name Curator.

As for the pyramid side, I like to compare it more to a stress ball than a worry stone because instead of the soothing feeling you might get from rubbing a worry stone, the Curator pyramids and meant to be pressed and squeezed as an aggression relief, much more similar to the feeling you get from squeezing a stress ball. I also intended the mildly sharp pyramids carried in your pocket to be a symbolic reminder to stay tough through life’s most difficult times.

Then there’s the canvas side which I’ve been able to work with some extremely talented artists to collaborate with for extra special runs of Curators which I call the Artist Series. Those have easily been the most fun pieces I’ve done and definitely my most popular.

The Curato

What EDC gear is in your pockets right now?

My current EDC knife is a custom titanium Stout Leviathan with a Scoopyloops bead and my own Lanyard Curator bead, both in green turboglow. I also carry a titanium Fellhoelter TinyBolt, a titanium Olight Baton Pro and I rotate one various piece of pocket art. Then on my keys I have my own Tough Clip and Cheat Sheet as well as a Burnley Polly.

What’s the favourite piece of EDC gear that you own?

VERY hard question. If I must pick one I have to give it to my Road Warrior Cypop by Lucas Burnley. It’s been all over the world, it’s seen a lot and I may even credit it with turning me into the type of collector that led me to make my own stuff.

What EDC item would you love to own and why?

1 on my list right now is probably a Stout Blood & Thunder V3.

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And finally, just for fun, tell the readers a random fact about yourself that they won’t learn anywhere else

I’m very open with my community so I’ve probably already shared all the weird facts about me, but here’s a stupid one, I can’t snap my fingers!

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