When he was working as a modemaker in the movie industry, Adam Savage built himself this wicked, wheeled aluminum toolbox that elevates to working height on an integral scissor-lift:
Since that’s not exactly practical to carry around, Savage has evolved the design into something more portable, taking elements from both the toolbox and NASA’s Temporary Stowage Bag to create the new EDC One. Produced by Mafia Bags, the company we last saw partnering with Yves Behar and Sustainable Surf on the Deep Blue Bag, the EDC One is made from upcycled sailcloth.
Savage-specific design details abound. The handles snap together courtesy of internal magnets, and will hold their upright shape due to their stiffness. The bag itself holds its shape and does not collapse due to spring steel inserts. As with NASA’s TSB, the white color makes it easy to see the tools inside. And also like the TSB, the bag’s clamshell mouth snaps open and shut like a clutch purse.
Here are the full stats:
Made in the US by Mafia Bags
– Constructed primarily from upcycled and salvaged sailcloth, every bag is unique.
– Durable and lightweight.
– Bag comes with a web strap, as shown in the photos.
– Each bag is identified with a hand written serial number indicating the model and production number.
– Bags come wrapped in tissue paper printed with a drawing of my original toolboxes.
– Pencil holder/pocket on the inside
– Magnets hold the handles together upright
– Wide spring steel supported clamshell mouth
– Para-aramid synthetic fiber reinforced base
– Hook and loop on the inside bottom to add functionality
– Hook and loop on the outside for patch and identification
– Machine washable
– Lifetime repair warranty on stitching and construction
Dimensions: 8″ x 15.5″ x 10″ / 205mm x 395mm x 255mm
Weight: 1.6lbs or 25.6 oz. / 750g or 0.75kg
I have, and have always had, a bag problem. I use them constantly: for carrying tools, notebooks, or computers. I use them for shop work, when I’m in production, and for travel. I’m hard on my stuff and I’ve spent my life on the hunt for the perfect bag. One that fits my desire for utility, simplicity, durability, and also looks. I have collected over a hundred bags and tool boxes and while I have some excellent pieces, I’ve never found the bag of my dreams. So I decided to make it myself.
This bag is similar in form to the aluminum doctor’s bags I built and used as a modelmaker in the film industry for 15 years. It is also inspired by Neil Armstrong’s Purse that he took to the moon and stored some Apollo hardware in. Made here in the US and constructed primarily from recycled sailcloth, every bag is unique. It’s also nearly indestructible. Durable and lightweight, it’s ideal for whatever your need. It can be a tool bag. A camera bag. An overnight bag. It’s a literal blank canvas.
I kept it simple, focusing on access to contents and durability. The color is chosen because I love NASA, but more importantly because all other tool bags are dark and that is wrong: I’ve spent too long not being able to find things at the bottom of my toolbags. This ends now.
While I like the thought of the bag’s interior being white for internal visibility, my first thought was of how dirty the exterior would get after just a few rides on the subway. Wired’s Michael Calore had a similar thought and asked Savage about it, reporting that “it seems impractical for something that’s bound to soak up dirt and grime and oil [but] Savage sells me on it. It will develop a patina, and patinas are cool.” I’m on the fence myself.
In any case, the $225 bag is not something you’ll be picking up for this gift-giving season; you’ll have to wait until next month, when the first units begin rolling out. Savage has set up his own company, Savage Industries, to distribute the bag. Watch his website to keep abreast.