A Business Owner and His Crescent Wrench: Everyday Carry Pocket Dump of the Day

Nicholas DeRemer, a small business owner in the tiny town of Laceyville, Pennsylvania (pop. 361), sends his “Daily Work Carry.”

We run these as a light-hearted look at what other people carry on a daily basis.  With an eye, of course, towards what works for others and what doesn’t work so well.  And it’s all out there for public comment.  And our armed intelligentsia have plenty of comments (and criticism) about both those submitting and yours truly.

Obviously, Mr. DeRemer works in a “hands on” capacity in his retail business.  Why else would someone carry a Crescent wrench and a bit driver.  The Victorinox nail clippers though?

And what about the Gerber Straight Edge knife.  That’s a new one for me.

No reloads, but maybe he’s just that good.  That’s okay.  And for the TTAF moment (The Truth About Flashlights), I’ve got the ThruNite Ti3 and for a tiny, tiny AAA-powered light, it’s pretty bright.  It takes two hands to activate.  Unless you want to look like you’ve some sort of palsy and do it one-handed.  Not something I’d recommend while holding a gun.  But it’s a great backup light.  Or a light for the ladies to toss into a purse that won’t take up any real estate or weigh things down.


  1. avatar Arc says:

    Interesting carry, surprised their isn’t a sharpie or colored map pen, given the tools.

  2. avatar Timothy Toroian says:

    I once worked in the parking business in Philly. Managers who worked at asked what they could carry to defend themselves with since ccw were difficult to obtain at the time. I suggested a 10 or 12 inch crescent wrench because equipment often malfunctioned and a wrench was required to fix most of it./ And you could carry it in your hand.

    1. avatar Larry says:

      Crescent wrenches look a lot like a sap …..hint hint .

  3. avatar jwm says:

    At least you admit you have a problem. I’m not sure if there is a support group for flashlight addiction. Maybe you can start one.

  4. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

    jwm, come on. Lights are cool. Especially the high speed low drag kind. You can’t be an operator without one. Everyone knows I love a 1911, but you can get too small. No spare mag? Please. The tools? His business. That knife is a real mystery though.

    1. avatar jwm says:

      It kind of reminds me of one of those specialized Japanese wood working knives. Kinda, sorta.

    2. avatar Nickel Plated says:

      Guy probably wanted a “nice” boxcutter. Now, I’m not a knife guy but that blade design (sheepsfoot?) looks like it basically performs the same as a boxcutter blade. That’s probably all he needs and wanted something nicer than your typical Home Depot knife.

      I carry a Gerber Propel Auto at work even though all the cutting I do at work can be handled (a tiny bit better) by a simple boxcutter. I just like having nice things.

    3. avatar Jeff the Griz says:

      The knife is a Gerber Quadrant. I ordered the same one the day they released, beginning of July. My wife recently started working at a flower shop and needed a sharp edge. Historically she usually ends up poking herself with the pointy end, so the lack of a tip is helpful. This knife gets used daily and is 5 weeks old I think, edge is holding. It’s odd the beautiful bamboo wood is only on one side.

  5. avatar Ing says:

    A composition notebook, an average pen, and a beat-up leather trifold… I really like the way this guy rolls.

  6. avatar MouseGun says:

    Does anyone have any experience with the Kimber micro 1911s? Do they have the same spotty track record as their full sized counterparts?

    1. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

      Mouse, where does this reputation for unrebility for the full sized Kimbers come from. I have two that have 100% reliability. Shot nearly 1000 rounds through one in one day. No cleaning. Barely a lunch break. Not a hickup.

      1. avatar tdiinva says:

        I think it might come from the late and unlamented Kimber Solo.

      2. avatar MouseGun says:

        It does, admittedly, come from here say and Internet forums, but when you here enough complaints and stories about unreliable quality (to the point where it rivals Taurus), you get the impression that there might be truth to at least some of it.

    2. avatar ColeInOregon says:

      If it is a Clackamas, no. Yonkers, then yes. Plenty of documented QC issues with the Yonkers pistols. But I don’t really know as I wouldn’t buy one either way.

    3. avatar Michael in ak says:

      I had 2 kimbers…both full size 1911s. Accurate but wouldn’t run dirty ( and 100 rounds was dirty)…..

  7. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

    Well, to each his own. Anyone that knows me knows I’ll throw an unreliable firearm in a river before I’ll sell it to someone that is going to bet his life on it. My Kimbers, and those owned by friends, have been 100%. Have any you want to sell?

  8. avatar Specialist38 says:

    I like it.

    I make the assumption that if he carries it, he has run it and found it to be reliable.

    And I myself, am trying harder to carry a spare mag in addition to my backup pistol.

    I like those little composition notebooks as well. Picked some up for a quarter apiece at dollar general a few weeks ago.

  9. avatar " keep yur paws off my dead guy" possumt says:

    A shooting a few days back prompted my girlfiend to request I give her( I said loan) give her ,one of my go fast gunms. This made me quite pleased. As her interest is more ‘flower ohh look pretty’., , , , Working on a car one night,, in charged the neighbor hood bullies, I was under the hood, he took off, that wrench I was holding got real small real fast,. I got tossed around, they had a good laff and my friends a puss

    1. avatar jwm says:

      If you weren’t turning over their trash cans and minding your own bidness you have a good case of animal cruelty there, possum.

    2. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

      Possum! Where ya been? Worried about you.

  10. avatar Ranger Rick says:

    Looks like my Pop’s old every day carry in North St. Louis, add an Allen wrench and swap out a High Power.

  11. looks like the knife might sell in England because it might be ” anti-stab” . but to each his own. I would include a reload though. both the bit driver and the wrench could be handy self defense tools especially since, as mentioned you could be holding them in your hand at the time without anyone ( but someone savy) detecting a weapon in your hand at the time. one of my favorite weapons is the CAR CANE. remember that one? you don’t see it much any more but I got 2 and I can do some nice Anis combinations with them.

    1. avatar Hannibal says:

      not sure that being slashed is any better

      1. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

        It’s not. Rather be stabbed if I had to choose.

  12. avatar Nic Kirk says:

    I was surprised to see that I carry all of what he carries except the crescent wrench. My writing pad is a spiral, not a comp and my knife is a Kershaw, not a Gerber. I am a guuurrrllll and since I wear tac pants, I don’t carry a purse, something that can sooo easily be removed from the back of the chair where lots of other girls hang their purse. Purse gone; gun gone. I carry it on my person. One other thing that I carry is a tape measure and it surprises me how often I use it. Tactical Pen also.

  13. avatar DrewN says:

    I mean, I’m a handyman, so I carry a small Crescent habitually. Plus the small Knipex Cobras and the small Knipex “pliers/wrench”. And a bit driver. And a small Klein needlenose w/ strippers. Multi tools are pretty worthless I find, might as well just size up the pouch a little and cover 90% more tasks.

  14. avatar Ken says:

    Any first responder, who has had to administer oxygen or change out the oxygen bottle knows the value of a small crescent wrench. Most of us carry them. As for the pen and notebook, as my old Captain used to say the weakest lead is stronger than the strongest mind!

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