EDC Handkerchief: Necessity, or Novelty?
Those active in the Instagram EDC community have likely seen a variety of "pocket dump" style shots, with all that individual's gear laid out across a rather fancy looking handkerchief. This trend for the EDC handkerchief is one that I've seen arise over the past few years, and is one that I've waffled on quite a bit: is it for utility, or for novelty?
The first time I carried a handkerchief was in the summer of 2014, when I studied abroad in Japan. Little did I know, it's commonplace in Japan to carry a "handkerchief" (although theirs more closely resembled a washcloth/microfiber cloth) because public restrooms in Japan rarely offered paper towels, or an alternative way to dry your hands. Within my first few days there, tired of my hands being soaking wet on the train, I picked up a handkerchief for a few dollars at a 7-11 and kept it folded in my back pocket. Over the next month, I found great utility in that handkerchief, whether it be drying my hands, wiping sweat off my forehead, etc. When I returned to the States, I continued to carry that handkerchief in my back pocket for the next few weeks, inspired by how often I used it during my travels. However, I found little use for it stateside, and it now lives in a drawer.
That hasn't stopped me from acquiring some of these handkerchiefs that have captured the attention of the EDC community, namely those from Hanks by Hank and FoxHanx. While both of the hankerchiefs I have from those respective makers are beautiful and very well made, I can't see myself using them the way I did my $3 Pikachu handkerchief in Japan. They add a nice flair to any pocket dump photo that I take, but for the most part, they live in my back pocket if/when I decide to bring it along that day.
So I pose this question to you: What do you think of the EDC Hankerchiefs that have been popping up on Instagram? Are you a fan? Are they for utility, or a novelty? Let me know in the comments below.