An Introduction to EDC Fidget Toys
You’re probably used to seeing a knife, flashlight, multitool, and wallet in any given pocket dump. Lately, you may have seen EDCs with a little gadget that sort of looks like a tool, but you can't quite figure out what it's for. Chances are, it isn't a tool at all. It's a toy. A fidget toy, to be precise. And while the concept isn't new, it's making a comeback thanks to a few recently released toys that are all the rage in the EDC scene right now. If you're feeling a bit confused by now, we don't blame you. In this piece, we'll shed some light on why so many EDCers are pocketing toys (yes, they can be useful!), some of the popular items to fidget with, and how they all work.
What's the point of EDC spinners and other fidget toys?
Do you ever flick open your knife over and over just because? How about spinning your phone around, or clicking your pen? If so, you know how fun and relaxing it can be to play with your gear.
It's probably not the best idea to be playing around with a knife in public, so you'd be happy to find a similar satisfaction in a discreet, dedicated fidget toy. The best part is, most EDC-worthy fidget toys are built with the quality, engineering, and materials you look for in the rest of your EDC.
With that in mind, it isn't so surprising to see so many EDCers carrying them around, since they're also useful for:
- Keeping your hands busy: Sometimes you just don't know what to do with your hands, especially when you're feeling anxious. Having a fidget toy to occupy your hands can also help prevent bad habits from forming, like biting your nails, or worse.
- Relaxation and mental breaks: Take a breather from information overload with the oddly satisfying and relaxing action of fidgeting.
- Focus and mindfulness: Spinners and other toys require a bit of coordination, which can help you refocus on a single object and action.
- Just for fun: Passing the time with something other than your phone is a nice change of pace. Dogs and babies love a good spinner, too.
Let's take a closer look at some of the most popular types of fidget toys and how you can use them:
The most popular fidget toy these days is the spinner. It’s a small fidget tool built around a bearing that simply spins. Grip the middle bearing (or button) and let it rip. Counterweights surrounding the center button keep the toy balanced to reach impressively long spin times. On the low end, there’s simple plastic ones, but custom makers have their own small batch tools made from titanium and other exotic metals.
The fidget cube was born from one of the most successful Kickstarter projects out there. This six-sided toy has different methods of fidgeting on each side. You’ll find buttons to click, wheels to spin, a joystick-like side, and a small click switch on one side. These little toys are small, pocketable, and have a ton of different features to keep your hands busy.