When I see great makersĀ turning their ideas into physical products, it’s inspiring. Today’s example is Adam Savage and his EDC 2. He teamed with a designer for an every day carry bag. Though the bags are for sale on their website, he also made plans for the bags available for other makers to take their shot. The Tested crew put together a One Day Build video which turned out to be essential in the construction process.


I got my hands on an old boat sail and we had our bag material secured. Turns out sails are quite large, who knew. My mother helped me to think through the sewing procedures (I’d never taken on a sewing project) and several other design decisions. We tried to use as many of the unique features on the sail as possible which ended up making the sewing much harder. The sections that were doubled up for strength, had to be hand cranked to sew them as the machine stopped constantly. As many pieces as possible were used from sail including d-rings and vinyl strapping. Our original plan was to make four bags, by the time we were finished there was enough sail left for 14 more.


End product is something I am very proud of and though I’m not sure of it’s purpose in my life right now, certainly glad I took on the process. Was a chance to tackle a project with my mother who is a maker in her own right, gain some new experiences, and recycle one entire sail plus 150m of climbing rope that had been retired by a local gym. The only thing that I’ve heard from those seeing the bags is praise. Much of the praise is due to Adam and his fellow designer, I simply followed his directions. Thank you Adam and thank you Tested for pushing my to learn a new skill and test new materials.

Preparing Adam Savage's EDC2 plans.
Unrolling the entire sail.
Sewing the bag together.
Paracord whipping
Aluminum rods
Climbing rope handles

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Comments (1)

Christopher C Moore

Very nice. I just got the drawings. I plan to make the bag (with a few modifications) of 200×200 copper mesh laminated between two layers of Dyneema. The mods include a brass zipper with a full fly and a modified strap that will convert from overs shoulder carry to backpack carry. The goal is to produce an EDC-2 that is a fully functioning faraday bag. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

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