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COOPERATOR

All members of the EDC Cooperative have the right to call themselves cooperators. However, the Founders will occasionally award a member Patched in Cooperator status (aka #thepatchthatmoneycantbuy).

These individuals are members who have shown cooperation and commitment to the group that is above and beyond. Not only do they have a passion for all things EDC, but they have the spirit and the attitude that goes with it.

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Aeropress, inverted method recipe…

I am forever posting pictures on our social media platforms with the Aeropress and usually a swissarmy knife, giving it the catchy hashtag #sakandcoffee which we of course invented… don’t get me started on ‘inventing’ and ‘owning’ hashtags again, lets move on swiftly…

Anyway, I have owned an aeropress since 2009, before I really got into coffee, over the years i used it more and more, from when I only used it whilst camping to bouts of using it two or three times a day at home and taking it to work with me, then in December of 2019, I managed to get hold of the Aeropress Go which is now my work and travel unit and the OG version stays at home.

I like to mess about with coffee, I’m forever getting told off for the amount of messing I do, gadgets and grounds allover the kitchen very regularly. Recently, I had an issue with a coffee making machine and it is broken and with zero customer service from them, I have binned it and for the. Moment I’m left to using various drippers and the Aeropress, and so, my love for tinkering has been rekindled.

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Wraps…

We all love food here at the edccooperative and wraps are a cooperator favourite. But why buy them when you can make them. They’re such an easy way of eating and junior cooperators will enjoy them too.

There are many different kinds, made with a variery of flours, even ground up rice and lentils, but this is my simple (much like the admin team).

Firstly, as recommended by Pastry Chef Hyndman set all items out ready before even starting.

Put the flour into a large bowl and add the yeast to one side of the bowl then add the salt and sugar to the other (coins an added extra. Disclaimer it may or not add flavour to the wrap).

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Welsh Rarebit recipe…

Welsh rarebit is also known as Welsh rabbit because it originated in the 1500s as a popular dish among Welsh working class families, many of whom couldn’t afford to eat meat like rabbit. Instead, they’d cook Welsh rarebit – it was a Welsh man’s version of ‘rabbit’. 

The first ever recorded mention of the dish was in 1725, in John Byron’s Literary Remains: ‘I did not eat of cold beef, but of Welsh rabbit and stewed cheese.’ Many people believe Welsh rarebit should still be referred to as Welsh rabbit to this day.

Over time, however, Welsh rabbit gradually became known as Welsh rarebit. It’s not clear exactly why this was, but it’s thought the change came about at the end of the 18th century, when the dish had become more mainstream. Some believe the name was changed in an attempt to move away from patronising connotations associated with the nature of the dish as a poor man’s supper.

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Maker Monday : Rogan USA

Hello everyone, I’m the owner/designer of ROGAN. I started making these tools about 15 years ago as a hobby. Being a big primitive camper, I wanted to save my knife edge for fine cuts and use my tool for digging, splitting wood, prying and hammering in tent stakes. My brother is a US Marine and when he was sent to the Middle East, I sent him with one of my tools. His fellow Marines saw it and wanted one of their own. I started making them and shipping them over as part of a care package. I got plenty of positive feedback.

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Tourniquets…

Lets have a chat about something that gets overlooked all to often in people’s edc line ups…. thankfully, it is a topic that comes up regularly in our Facebook group… this is medical kits, I wish to focus a little on tourniquets first though.

I carry tourniquets everywhere…. EVERYWHERE!!! Even when not at work, there are a couple of reasons for this, the first being because the world seems to be getting worse with all the terrorist attacks and active shooter incidents happening all over the world, and, of course, accidents do happen.
Those that say you should carry one if you’re carrying a firearm, well, yes, you should, but, also, in my opinion, anyone else should carry one. Then there’s the school of thought that you shouldn’t carry one if you don’t know how to use one… now this I do not agree with. If you’re caught up in a situation and someone is in need and a third person, or even the injured party knows how to use a tourniquet and you just happen to have one… let them crack on and do so… or… look at getting yourself some sort of further medical training and get acquainted with a tourniquet, it could save a life one day, even your own.

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Maker Monday : Anchor and Forge…

Hey all, I wanted to introduce myself here and thank the EDCCooperative founders for inviting me to post for Maker Monday.

Anyway, I’m Zack, and I’ve been building Ardor & Forge for about the past 3 years. I’m actually preparing to launch the brand tomorrow when we open preorders for our first watch.

I have a degree in industrial design from Auburn University, one of the best ID schools in the US. I went there pursuing my dream of landing a job designing watches and/or outdoor gear.

Instead, for about 10 years after I graduated, while the economy sputtered, I chased jobs up and down the east coast. Although I couldn’t see it, God had a plan.Through the layoffs and frustration, I gained a diverse set of experiences and skills.

Though short-lived, I was given opportunities to work with brands like Ridgid, Ryobi, Hunter Fan, Kenroy Lighting, Miracle Recreation, Little Tikes, Hershey’s, GNC, Rite Aid, Sheetz, Urban Outfitters, Penn State, and Gilson Snow to name a few.

Having first-hand experiences designing products, branding, graphics, marketing materials, exhibits, and web elements for these companies all set me up with a great foundation to chase my dreams on my own, and make Ardor & Forge a reality.

Like I said, this has been 3 years in the making, I battled a lot of obstacles to get here, mostly with manufacturing (I detailed my entire startup story in my blog, The Ramble, on the Ardor & Forge website) but I am so proud of the final product we are going to be putting out, and so thankful to so many in the watch and EDC community for helping me spread the word.

I wanted to offer something that is not just another microbrand Submariner homage. I found inspiration in Rothrock State Forest, which covers nearly 100,000 acres of my home state of Pennsylvania. We spent over a month developing a “sand-cast” texture for these watches. It took a lot of determination and eventually a multi-step process involving lasers, rock tumblers and some other things, but the final result is unlike anything we’ve been able to find on a watch case (and that’s been backed up by the 100+ people that have handled our prototypes so far). I also took some risks with including real oak accents in the design, I know a lot of guys don’t like wood in their watches, but we think we got a nice balance of something unique without going overboard or getting “gimmicky.”

The feedback so far has been really great. There are a number of written reviews and also hands-on youtube reviews on the site as well if you are interested in checking those out.

The long term goal for Ardor & Forge is to be able to branch out into other EDC items, but I need to find some success with this first preorder to make any of it a reality. So if you can, please share, especially if you know anyone looking for a new watch!

Thank you all and have a great week!

My website:
https://ardorandforge.com/

On Instagram @ardorandforge

Blog post describing all of the inspiration behind this collection:
https://ardorandforge.com/2019/09/17/finding-inspiration-in-rothrock/

Promotional video for the Rothrock collection:
https://youtu.be/uMMOGExmSs8

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Victorinox – Swiss Army Knives

We all love the swissarmy knife at the EDCCooperative, so much so that a likeness of one appears on our logo… 

As we mentioned a couple of weeks back, we hit ten thousand followers on Instagram, it only felt right that we approach one of the biggest companies that contribute to a massive proportion of photos on Instagram relating to edc… Victorinox. 

They only went and replied and thought it would be a great idea for them to get in on the giveaway. We were absolutely blown away to say the least… so fast forwards a couple of weeks and it arrived… ready for one lucky person to win. 

As we all know hashtags come and go, like the #sakarmy one that we ‘invented’ many moons ago, this was adopted by the masses and was allegedly trademarked by an individual… so we let it lie and started using others like, #sakandsnacks #sakandcoffee and such, feel free to have a nosey at the hashtags and see what our followers have been using them for and to get some awesome images of Swiss Army knives. 

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TEN THOUSAND FOLLOWERS!!!


We did it!!!! We have reached that massive milestone of ten thousand followers on instagram!!! We just wanted to say thank you.,We are truly grateful for all the follows over all our social media platforms but also for the support in general over these years. We have said it before but the EDCCooperative would be nothing if it wasn’t for all those that take part i.e YOU GUYS!!! It has been amazing to see this community grow and for friendships to be borne out of it. We certainly do not take you or this accolade for granted.

I can remember the day that we set the instagram account up, it was on a bit of a whim, the ten of us had been discussing it for a while and put it off, there was lots of umming and ahhing, i went away and set the account up, went back to the others and said that the deed is done… from then on, it was a hard slog in all honesty. As you all know, it isn’t east to get on in the world of social media sometimes, but by some miracle, we started to grow, one hundred, two hundred, five hundred… ONE THOUSAND… each milestone regardless of how small it may have seemed was always celebrated and discussed between the ten of us, we just were blown away with the constant support we were receiving.

We are genuinely humbled by the support and love that we receive from all of you guys! Thank you for following us, commenting on our posts, liking the photos but most of all, being there for all the other members of the Coop. It is also worth saying thanks for buying the products we have brought to you. You may know that we do that as a hobby, we all have full time jobs, families and then the Coop, the Coop has become a massive part of our lives, from emailing suppliers and makers to spending a full weekend packaging up orders of the recently released Rockit Plan B blades, but we wouldn’t change it.

We have been around since 2016, we branched out on to instagram first and then Facebook followed, it has all been growing steadily over them years and it has been great to see it achieve so much that we never dreamt we would, you have all stuck by our sides!

Hitting that 10k, we are aware that we have some extremely loyal followers that have been with us since the very early days but with the beauty of social media, we have some people that are brand new to the Cooperative, it is great to see the engagement between all the members, as equals, helping each other where possible, exactly how the Coop was formed.

Thank you for sharing your love for us and the things we do.

All the items we have made possible have been received well and we thank you all for taking your beautiful photos of them, sharing it on social media and tagging us in them posts

The EDCCooperative was a community that started on instagram and will stay on instagram. Sincerely, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for the love, support and community spirit! Keep on doing what you are doing… The EDCCooperative.

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The summer holiday season is upon us…

Holiday, or vacation for those international readers is always a funny time for us EDC’ers, it poses a lot of conundrums for us, the main one being, what should I take… surely I can’t take everything, what is legal, what am I going to do whilst I’m there, how will i get there, will I need this…. all these questions come in to play when we are weighing up our potential edc, it is a literal minefield. It takes longer to choose what I want to take away for a couple of nights away than it does for my wife to choose an outfit to wear for a night out in three weeks time, let alone a proper holiday…