Multi Tools

The multitool embodies many core principles of EDC — utility, versatility, portability. For quick fixes, tinkering, and other handy work, having a toolbox’s worth of functionality in a single pocketable tool is invaluable. Common multitool functions include pliers, screwdrivers, bottle openers, scissors, and other cutting tools. Multitools can complement the functions of  other essentials when weight and pocket space are a premium, so naturally they round out the second trinity of EDC.

Multi-tools come in many shapes and sizes. The two most recognizable form factors are the “Swiss Knife” style and the butterfly or clamshell style. The Swiss Knife style has tools that pivot out of a pocket knife handle, where the blade is the central function of the tool. The butterfly or clamshell style of multi-tools fold open into two handles with pliers being the usual central tool. The rest of the tool implements are tucked away into the handles of this style of multi-tool. Lastly, there are one-piece tools, which are pieces of metal designed with functional cutouts like wrench slots, or screwdrivers built into the shape of the tool itself.

Everyday Carry is all about making a setup that fits your needs. Just as no two people are exactly alike, their respective EDCs will vary significantly. Acquire and carry what you need according to your lifestyle, location, profession, daily routine, style, budget, and so on.

In general, your carry should be reliable and functional, but most importantly, personal. You might be a minimalist at heart, or you’d have peace of mind knowing all your bases are covered. If your EDC becomes an extension of you, you should be completely comfortable with it! A great EDC shows the foresight to include what you personally need for your day to day, and the restraint to leave behind what you don’t.


10 Unique Multi-tool Designs That Break the Mold

When you picture a multitool in your mind, what does it look like? Chances are it's something along the lines of the traditional “butterfly” or Swiss knife design. Since multi-tools in general are usually designed to pack in as many functions as possible, they tend to get too bulky, heavy, and complex for a lot of EDCs. Luckily, there's been plenty of innovation in multi-tool designs recently. More and more modern tools break tradition and put their unique spin on specialized functionality, changing the way you can use or carry a multi-tool. In this guide, we're highlighting our favorite multi-tools with unique designs.

Victorinox Spartan PS

When you think of Swiss Army Knives, their red, blue, or silver multi-toools are what usually comes to mind. While they handily get the job done, they probably aren't your go-to if you're after a murdered-out, all-black-everything EDC. Thanks to a new process—Polispectral (PS) coloring—that gives a covert coating to a high-utility multi-tool, Victorinox brings their popular Spartan multi-tool back into the fray by keeping it distinctly low-profile.

Polispectral coating gives the Spartan PS's tools a unique, shimmering look that changes depending on how the light hits them. This creates a shifting color range from dark gray to anthracite, giving the Spartan an exotic look to match the rest of your stealthy gear. By itself, the Spartan's a capable tool with 13 functions within its medium-sized frame, including 2 blades, drivers, openers, and the usual pair of slots for a toothpick and tweezers. As a new addition, the Spartan PS comes with a branded lanyard that helps with retrieval during pocket carry, making it easier than ever to carry a Swiss Army Knife in your EDC.

Shining, shimmering, splendid—the Spartan is back in black to get the job done. Pick one up at the link below.

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Life Gear Light WRX Multitool

"A handy pocket-sized multitool which includes a 1.75″ utility blade, flat and phillips screwdrivers, bottle and can openers, and a microUSB-rechargeable LED flashlight. Each blade is made from durable stainless steel, and..." (via TheAwesomer)

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SOG Sync II Multi-tool

Building a good EDC is all about stuffing your pockets with the right set of tools for your daily grind to the unexpected. But that shouldn't mean your pockets need to be full to have an EDC that's full of utility. With the novel form factor on the new SOG Sync II multi-tool, you can wear it as a belt buckle or clipped to your bag for easy transport, leaving your pockets a little lighter.

The first thing you’ll notice about the SOG Sync II is its shape. At only 3.1” in length when closed, it doesn’t immediately look like other multitools. But unfolding it reveals a more familiar form factor perfect for one-handed use. You’ll get a pair of pliers, wirecutter, crimper, and ruler, and that’s before you take into account the tools that pull out from the handle. You’ll also get a small blade, scissors, and a flathead screwdriver to name a few.

Multitools have plenty of moving parts and needs to withstand all kinds of twisting and squeezing. That's why the Sync II comes in a durable stainless steel that should hold strong through all but the toughest jobs. A lifetime guarantee protects against any manufacturer defects as well so it’s ready to get to work the second you open the box.

The Sync II is one of those tools that adapts to your carry needs thanks to an attachment plate with a clip on the back. It’s perfect for clipping to a belt or bag strap, letting you carry it where most other multi-tools can't go. Meanwhile, a clever locking mechanism lets you retrieve the tool with the push of a button without ever removing the attachment plate from its location.

If this sounds like the tool for you, you can pick up the SOG Sync II by clicking the link below.

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Leatherman Skeletool KB

When you think of a multi-tool, there's a good chance you picture a Leatherman. They're known for their quality and performance, but not necessarily for being lightweight. That started to change with the original Skeletool, which cut down on bulk and put a bigger emphasis on the tool's blade. As the newest offering in the Skeletool line, the Leatherman Skeletool KB gets even more barebones. It's a minimalist, lightweight folder that's the perfect size for everyday carry.

The “skeletonized” design of the Skeletool line of tools made them a go-to lightweight option for mid-sized and keychain multi-tools. The new Skeletool KB strips away many bulkier functions so it has a 'naked' feel to it. You can see the side of the blade, save for the edge, exposed through the handle when folded. It's a striking minimalist look, but it's not just for show. By cutting out all that non-essential material in the handle and blade, the Skeletool KB manages to weigh in at an incredible 1.5 ounces in total. That's so light that you'll barely notice it in your pocket until you need it. And with its deep carry pocket clip (which doubles as a bottle opener), it's not too conspicuous.

Of course, you can tackle your everyday cutting and slicing tasks easily with its 2.65" drop point blade. It's made out of reliable and easy to sharpen 420HC steel that'll you can feel confident in using daily. And with its featherweight design, it'll also work well for light duty tasks out on the trail.

The Leatherman Skeletool KB is a knife you won't want to leave behind. Make it a part of your own minimalist everyday carry at the link below.

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Ti2 Para-Biner V2

Just how much functionality can you squeeze out of a carabiner? That's a question Hawaii's master metalworkers at Ti2 strive to answer with every product. With their latest release—the Para-Biner V2—they push the boundaries of utility and collectibility yet again. Not only is this updated Para-Biner an EDC toolkit by itself, but with its many exotic iterations it can also be the centerpiece of any everyday carry.

The Para-Biner's name comes from its two main functions: paracord and carabiner. You all know how useful paracord is for EDC, so having some handy (maybe from a paracord bracelet or lanyard) adds to the Para-Biner's functionality in the right situations. With its series of pulleys, holes, and cinches, it allows you to create a pulley system by itself or in sets to reduce friction and effort when hauling extra heavy loads.

It's not a one-trick pulley pony, though. The Para-Biner by itself (or themselves, as it comes in two models) is a competent one-piece multi-tool, with a series of wrenches in either imperial or metric in its body and a beefy pry edge at its tip. With its size and generous jimping, prying, driving, scraping, or simply plowing through packages is a comfortable task. No need to worry about being careful with the Para-Biner, either. They're performance-built from your choice of titanium, zirconium, bronze, or copper—some of the hardest-working (and best-looking) materials available.

Whether creating complex suspension systems or wanting to add one of the most functional and robust carabiners to your EDC, the Para-Biner V2 delivers right out the gate. Ti2 have already smashed their Kickstarter funding goal, so hit the link below to pick out the best Para-Biner for your carry.

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SOG Baton Q2

It used to be that carrying a multi-tool meant putting up with bulky pockets to cover your bases. Even then, your options were either overly tactical looking or chock full of tools you'd rarely use. But what about the minimalists and urban EDCers who want a tool that looks as good as it performs? For that, the tool experts at SOG teamed up with design powerhouse IDEO to produce their new award-winning Baton series of everyday carry tools. The Baton Q2 packs in only the most essential functions in a stylish, modern form factor not much bigger than a marker.

Upon first glance, you'll notice the Baton Q2 takes on a sleeker, lower profile design that blends in better with the rest of your urban carry compared to your standard tactical multi-tool. Its two-tone anodized aluminum body weighs just 3 ounces and measures in at 6.3” long, giving it a shape and feel much like an ink marker. Combined with its screw-on pocket clip, the Baton Q2 can pack away easily in your pocket, a pen slot in your bag, or strapped into a larger pouch organizer.

The Baton Q2 conceals four essential tools from end to end. At the bottom of the Q2 lies a twisty LED flashlight with a groove-textured head for easy activation. It packs a respectable 75 lumens as its single mode, providing enough brightness for general purpose use. At 75 lumens, it's not a battery-draining, blinding burst of brightness, but it can compete with the ambient light in your urban environment.

On the other end you'll find a handy combination medium flathead screwdriver and bottle opener. Given the Baton Q2's longer form factor, you'll get plenty of leverage for cracking open a cold one with the boys and a familiar grip when turning screws.

Last but not least, you can fold the Baton Q2 in half to reveal its 2.5” 5Cr15MoV straight edge blade. When fully deployed, the folded handle gives you a fuller grip for precise control of the knife. And unlike some other multi-tools, you can deploy the knife with one hand right out of the pocket.

With its pocket-friendly form factor, thoughtful set of tools, and sleek urban styling, the Baton Q2 makes for a solid addition to any modern minimalist's kit. Grab one from SOG's website via the link below.

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Leatherman Juice CS3

When you're traveling, bringing your EDC along for the ride is never easy. You can just about forget about anything with a sharp edge on it thanks to airport security and local laws that are only getting stricter. Luckily, Leatherman's new Juice CS3 is not only plane-friendly, but it's also packed with functionality for everything from lunch in the breakroom to a campground cookout. It features four useful tools and the build quality you'd expect from the Leatherman brand.

Instead of sporting the plier-based clamshell design of the rest of the Juice tools, the CS3 cuts it down to half the size, with just one aluminum handle. It’s both lightweight and compact, weighing only 1.5oz and measuring in at 3.45” closed. Inside, you’ll find four fold-out tools made from 420HC high-carbon stainless steel. There’s a pair of spring loaded scissors, a combination can and bottle opener, and a corkscrew. It's a handy set of tools for opening food packaging or getting drinks flowing when you're out and about.

Whether you’re looking for a travel-friendly tool, or just want something lightweight in your pocket, the Juice CS3 makes an ideal option for your EDC. Pick one up in Cinnabar Orange, Columbia Blue, or Moss Green at the link below.

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Keyport MOCA Keychain Multi-tool

For one-piece multi-tools, maximizing space is the name of the game. Keyport know a thing or two about that, as you might've seen from their flagship key organizers that combine your keys and essential tools into a sleek package. Their latest key carry upgrade, the MOCA Multi-tool, seamlessly adds 10 handy functions to a Keyport Pivot system or any keyring you're carrying.

Since it's designed to slide into Keyport's Pivot system, the MOCA is near-invisible in your pocket at 2.7” long and weighing only half an ounce. But within that tiny stainless steel frame it manages to fit in a bottle opener, a flathead screwdriver doubling as a scoring tool, a cord cutter/box opener, 3 wrench sizes, and a 2” ruler on its long side. Its Pivot slot also functions as a key ring hole, letting you attach the MOCA to a split ring or most standard keychains for ease of everyday carry. And since it has no exposed edges or sharp points, it's TSA-friendly as well, making it an easy addition to any traveler's EDC.

The Keyport MOCA has no problems bearing the brunt of your everyday tasks whether you EDC it in a Pivot or not. Pick one up from Amazon at the link below.

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10 Best EDC Card Tools for Your Wallet

One of the best ways to cover multiple bases in your EDC is to carry a multi-tool. The obvious upside is having every function you might need in one convenient package — if you can justify the pocket space. You could carry a keychain-friendly tool, but that might not be the best route to take, especially if you use a key organizer. There's one last place to carry a tool that even minimalists can appreciate: your wallet. The best EDC card tools can come in handy in a pinch as backups. Some might even do the job as your main tool. In this guide, we'll go over 10 tools that'll quickly become the most rewarding card in your wallet.

Victorinox Pioneer Olive Alox 2017 Limited Edition

If there's one piece of kit that can work its way into any EDC, it'd be a Swiss Army Knife. You probably already own one for its handy set of tools in an all-in-one package. With all the different models, sizes, colors, and tool configurations of Swiss Army Knives, they've become a popular collectible in the carry community. This year's limited edition release is equipped to tick all the right boxes as a new crowd favorite: a pocket-friendly 93mm size, durable and slim Alox scales, and best of all, a classic olive drab green color to accent any carry style.

The new olive digs come to one of the most well-rounded models of the Swiss Army Knife in the Pioneer. It's sized just right for all-around use in the hand and in the pocket at 3.5” long and half an inch thick. The Pioneer offers an excellent tool set for general EDC utility: a large main blade, a reamer/punch for poking, a combination can opener/small screwdriver, and a combination large screwdriver/bottle opener/wire stripper. Lastly, a keyring attachment gives you the option of tossing it on your keys or outfitting it with a paracord lanyard for better retrieval, grip, and emergency utility.

If you find the Pioneer too big for your EDC needs, you can also opt for the smaller Cadet or keychain-sized Classic Swiss Army Knives in the limited edition olive green Alox finishes as part of this year's release. Check out the Pioneer at the link below.

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Swiss+Tech Keychain Multitool

"This super-compact stainless steel tool hangs out on your keychain until you need it, and packs two phillips drivers, two flathead drivers, along with handy 1/8″ and..." (via TheAwesomer)

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The Best Mid-Sized Multi-tools for EDC in 2017

We all know how great full-sized multi-tools are. In your workshop, desk, or your car, they're a toolbox worth of utility minus the actual toolbox. But for everyday carry, they're not always the best. While you do save yourself the trouble of having to lug around said toolbox, full-sized multi-tools aren't exactly featherweights either. Carrying one as part of your EDC isn't an optimal use of pocket space and can end up weighing you down.

So we've rounded up a list of the best mid-sized multi-tools you can actually carry every day, because a cumbersome tool is an unused one, after all. They may not have all the functionality you would get from a full-sized tool, but in exchange you get a more compact profile that isn't a hassle to carry and still gets the job done when needed.

The Best Box Cutters and Utility Knives for EDC

Just because it seems like your EDC knife is versatile enough to use for every task doesn't always mean you should. Things like driving screws or prying in a pinch can seriously wreck your blade. But there's one task in particular you might be doing nearly every day: opening boxes.

For that, it doesn't matter how sharp your everyday carry knife is: it isn't the best tool for the job. All that cardboard and tape can dull your blade and gunk it up fast. Keep your EDC sharp for more crucial situations, and let a box cutter with replaceable blades do the dirty work.

You might think utility knives like this would be way too big to EDC, but there's actually a handful of convenient, pocket-friendly options worthy of a spot in your daily kit. To make things easy, we've put together this guide of our favorites for you to choose from.

Have You Carried the Leatherman Micra?

You probably best recognize Leatherman for their full-sized multi-tools. They pack a whole toolbox worth of functions into a a “butterfly” opening design that you can throw into a bag or desk drawer. Their larger size makes them useful for tasks where you need the grip and leverage, but for everyday carry it's all about the usefulness of a tool you can slip into your pocket. Before one-piece multi-tools grew popular, Leatherman took their iconic build quality and butterfly-opening design and shrunk it down to a keychain-friendly form factor. Thus one of the most popular compact multi-tools in their lineup was born: the Micra.

What Is It? Why Was It Popular?

You can sum up everything that makes the Micra good in one statement: 10 stainless steel tools that fold into a compact 2.5” bundle. Like the larger models in Leatherman's catalog the Micra folds most of its tools into its handles, which meet in the middle to a pair of spring-loaded scissors. These were paired with an excellent selection of tools for everyday tasks, including a 420HC knife, drivers, tweezers, and even notches for a ruler on the handles themselves.

The inclusion of a small split ring and the later addition of colors encouraged the use of the Micra for EDC, and with its rugged construction and Leatherman's lengthy warranty became a mainstay on keychains everywhere.

Should You Still Carry It Today?

While the Micra does boast an impressive pedigree and build quality, stainless steel isn't exactly lightest material to carry if you're trying to minimize your EDC. The choice is whether to pick and choose which tools you really need and opt for something much lighter (like the aforementioned one-piece multi-tools) or commit to a more robust multi-tool like the larger Leatherman products.

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The Micra is plenty light and undoubtedly useful, so if you simply prefer its complement of tools and are able to match its colorways to the rest of your aesthetic, then it's still quite a viable carry option. If it isn't what you're looking for (or looking to either trim down or bulk up your tool selection as mentioned above), then you definitely won't run out of options, even from within Leatherman's own catalog. We've listed a few of our favorites below.

Leatherman Style CS: A lighter keychain option with the same spring-loaded scissors.Gerber Dime: A newer, wildly popular pliers-based keychain tool with unique functions like a package cutter and exposed bottle opener.Victorinox Signature Lite: All the EDC essentials you need in one of the smallest, non-butterfly folding form factors you can fit on a keychain.Leatherman Wingman: The Micra's beefier big brother with pliers and a larger set of tools, for when you need something bigger than a keychain tool.

I'm sure quite a few of you probably bought a Leatherman Micra a while ago and still carry it today. Did you ever carry one? How’d it work out for you? Are you still using it today, and if not, what did you replace it with? Let us know with your comments.

AutoXscape Car Emergency Tool

"The AutoXscape Car Emergency Tool is one of those products you’ll buy, throw in your glovebox, and hopefully forget about. Until the day you need to use it, which, with any luck, will never come. The tool’s three functions include an IPX7 waterproof 135 lumen flashlight, a SK2 high-carbon steel seatbelt cutter (which is particularly useful when you’re hanging upside down in a flipped car with your full weight on the belt), and..." (via GearHungry)

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