Whether you’re looking to slim down your pockets or just want a backup tool for your keychain, a one-piece multi-tool could be the perfect compromise between functionality and convenience. In this guide, we'll help you keep your bases covered with the best one-piece multi-tools you can get.
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.
When you're regularly commuting on your bike, the last thing you want is heavy pockets. You won't do yourself any favors by carrying bulky tools sticking out from your pockets and snagging on the people or vehicles you pass by. But you want to stay prepared, especially for bike-related emergencies. Cha-O-Ha's Cyclist Card fits over 40 functions onto a slim but incredibly strong profile, letting your slip a toolbox's worth of bike tools into your wallet.
From a tire pry to support for dozens of wrenches to drivers and even a bottle opener, the Cyclist Card has your needs covered. And thanks to its use of extra-strong S35VN stainless steel (instead of a lighter, but softer metal like titanium), it won't break during hard use despite its thin profile. You can also pick up a complementary Auxiliary Tool that lets you store and work with 1/4” bits. It attaches to the Cyclist Card for better grip and leverage, extending both its length and functionality.
No worries if you forget you're carrying the Cyclist Card in your wallet, either. Since it doesn't come with any edges and is under 4” long, it's fit for travel so you'll always have a multi-tool in your EDC.
Leave the bulky tools at home when you go on your next ride. There's plenty of time to back both the Cyclist Card and Auxiliary Tool at the Kickstarter link below.
This past week, EDC brands you know and love came together to show off their latest and greatest gear at the industry's biggest annual trade show—SHOT Show 2017.
The show is massive, with literally tons of new products on display within the tactical, hunting, and outdoor industries.
We scoped out some of the biggest names in the EDC scene to check out what they're bringing to the table this year.
In this quick post-show recap, we're giving you a sneak peek at some of our favorite new knives, lights, and other EDC gear we saw that should definitely be on your radar.
If you're looking to get more done with fewer things in your pockets, a solid multi-tool is your best bet. “One-piece” tools are especially good at consolidating your carry because they give you plenty of functionality despite their small size and simplicity. The Boker Plus Toucan boasts that kind of performance but edges out the rest with an integrated neck knife in a conveniently pocket-sized design.
The Toucan wasn't designed to simply look like one—in the hand, it's ergonomically shaped for a proper grip when using its 1” long, 440C stainless steel blade edge. The two curves towards the bottom allow a two-finger grip, while jimping along the top of the “beak” give added control.
Behind the “head,” you'll find the rest of its functions as a multi-tool. That includes a bottle opener, flathead screwdriver, nail puller and pry bar. They're all usable even in the Toucan's included Kydex sheath, which protects the edge and makes the tool easy to carry on your EDC keychain or on a lanyard like a traditional neck knife.
Whether you need something opened, cut, or driven, this bird's got you covered. Pick up the Boker Plus Toucan at the Amazon link below.
Ounce for ounce, nothing comes close to packing the most utility into your everyday carry as multi-tools do. But for tough tasks, using their smaller tools doesn't always feel as effortless as getting the job done with their full-sized counterparts. That's why Gerber put ergonomics at the forefront of their new Center-Drive multi-tool. Its primary tools were designed for full-sized performance where it counts—real world use—in a portable, EDC-ready package.
The Center-Drive's namesake feature is the large, curved arm on its bit driver. At 3.25” long, this locking arm positions the bit on the center axis of the tool and gives you more room to work with, which makes using it feel more like a dedicated screwdriver. And because you don't need to fully open the tool to center the driver, you can get a more controlled grip on the tool in its wider, closed position. With traditional multi-tool designs, they can feel lopsided and difficult to turn or even uncomfortable to grip when partially unfolded. The Center Drive also uses standard bits, letting you easily swap in or replace ones you might already have in your EDC.
Despite its name, Gerber didn't stop refining the Center-Drive at the bit driver. They've added practical design tweaks to the pliers and knife as well. You can slide out its set of spring-loaded pliers with just the push of your thumb for instant access. Its blade even measures in larger than many pocket-sized multi-tools at 3.25” long. A selection of sturdy tools, like a pry bar with an integrated nail puller, a bottle opener, awl, and file round out the set.
The Center-Drive is available with options for additional bits and a MOLLE-compatible sheath for easy carrying at the link below.
This is a sponsored post presented by Gerber.
Let's face it, some tasks are just too big for the average EDC multi-tool to handle. Scraping ice off your windshield, cutting branches down, or hammering spikes usually need something a little more heavy duty. In those situations, it’s good to have something in your arsenal that can step up to the occasion. The American-made Trucker’s Friend Survival Tool is a multipurpose hand tool that has your back when pocket tools just don’t cut it.
Don’t let the name fool you. Though it was designed with the needs of professional truck drivers in mind, the Trucker’s Friend is also great for outdoor activities like camping. For starters, the fiberglass handle and shock-absorbing grip makes chopping firewood less of a pain. And while hammering down tent stakes usually requires a mallet (or large rock), the Trucker’s Friend has you covered there too with a hammer built into the blade.
Camping benefits aside, you’ll want this tool by your side in emergency situations as well. The cast-alloy steel blade is perfect for prying, pulling, and cutting objects out of your way should you need to make a quick escape. At 2.3 pounds, it isn’t exactly the kind of tool you keep in your pockets, but it’s worth keeping around the house, in a bug out bag, or in your car EDC when you need it.
If you like to be prepared for any situation, whether it's in your ride, on the campsite, or even at home, the Trucker’s Friend is one tool that could come in handy. Make sure to pick one up for yourself or someone you know by clicking the link below (also available on Amazon).
This is a sponsored post presented by Innovation Factory.
"A titanium multitool that doubles as a set of eating utensils. It offers 10 functions including spork, knife, box cutter, plybar/flathead screwdriver, can opener, bottle opener, peeler and cord cutter, and..." (via TheAwesomer)
Even if you're new to the world of pocket knives, you'd probably recognize the iconic red handles of a Swiss Army Knife anywhere. As easy as they are to spot, those glossy handles aren't so easy to handle, especially during heavy-duty tasks. That's why the biggest names in Swiss Army knives, Victorinox and Wenger, joined forces to produce the Delemont collection of tools featuring contoured scales. The result? An “evolved” form of the original Swiss Army Knife with more grip than ever.
Ergonomic curves on the Victorinox EvoGrip 16 give your fingers a definitive place to grip onto, adding leverage where you need it and preventing slippage during use. For even more control, especially in wet conditions, the curves are fitted with texturized rubber inlays.
Of all the different Swiss Army Knife configurations to choose from, the EvoGrip 16's toolset is one of the best suited for EDC too. It hits the right balance of having the useful tools you'd need, without the bulk of tools you'd only occasionally use. Most notably, it features a sturdy 3D Philips screwdriver along with 9 other tools that carry out a total of 14 functions — perfect for tackling a variety of everyday tasks.
You can grab one of these Swiss-made tools (with a frim grip, too) for your everyday carry via the link below.
If you’re like us, finding the right gear to EDC for ourselves is hard enough. Trying to find a gift for another like-minded EDCer can be daunting, if not utterly exhausting. How do you pick something they’ll appreciate, actually use, and be proud to carry? Our Everyday Carry gift guide should help.
If there's one tried-and-true multi-tool to round out your everyday carry, it'd be the Leatherman Wave. Hundreds of EDCers carry one and swear by it. And since its debut, the Wave set the standard for full-sized multi-tools with its enduring, butterfly-style design. It packs a whole lot of tools into the Wave's heavy-duty frame, letting you carry a toolbox's worth of functions without weighing you down. Even better, the Wave lets you get to its important functions quickly and easily, making it one of the handiest tools to have within arm's reach.
There's no job you can't do with the Wave's 17 functions. Front and center are the Wave's signature pliers, which lets you use needle-nose, regular grooves, and even wire cutters in the same design. Within its “wings” are a pair of 420HC locking blades, both of which can be deployed one-handed and plain or serrated depending on your needs. These blades lie alongside a saw and double-sided file for extra cutting and finishing power.
At the end of the Wave's handles are the rest of its fold-out tools, which include a variety of drivers, openers, and even a pair of spring-action scissors to cover all your bases. Even with all this functionality and hardy construction, Leatherman stands by their flagship multitool with a 25-year warranty, making sure you're never without an effective everyday carry.
Carry the one tool you need to get the job done. Pick up Leatherman's iconic multitool as a gift or for yourself at the link below.
This is a sponsored post presented by Leatherman.
Traveling through airports never goes as smoothly as you'd hope to begin with, but getting your favorite multi-tool confiscated by security could be the unwelcome cherry on top. Still, multi-tools are some of the most versatile items you can carry, and going anywhere without one can leave you feeling woefully unequipped. Your best bet is to have a small TSA-friendly multi-tool for when you travel (even better, one you'd find useful even when you aren't). In this guide, we've rounded up 10 EDC tools designed to fly with you this travel season.
This year has been huge for small, one-piece multi-tools. Their simple designs (and lack of moving parts) make them both easier to carry and less likely to break. On the other hand, they simply can't match the functionality of more complex folding multi-tools. The STK, recently launched on Kickstarter, strikes a promising middle ground by sliding into action. It's more versatile than a single-piece tool, yet simpler than a butterfly-style multi-tool.
The STK has a solid 6AL4V titanium frame with a sliding S35VN blade and tool. Because it slides, the STK fulfills a myriad of functions without relying on a bulky and cumbersome butterfly design. When closed, the STK is only slightly larger than a credit card and it only weighs 2.9 ounces. Even when fully open, the tool measures a mere 4.5 inches in overall length.
Think of it as a minimalist EDC version of a utility knife, save for the fact that it can do a lot more than just cut. There's a pry tool, flathead screwdriver, and scraper on its tip. On the sides you’ll find a ¼” bit driver, a bottle opener, and a wire stripper. Even the hollowed-out section of the blade where the pivot meets the frame pulls double duty as a wrench for wingnuts and oxygen valves. Finally, the frame has a pocket clip on the reverse side that doubles as a money clip.
With how handy it is, you'll want to carry it around everywhere. However, the sharp blade can get you in trouble in places where having one isn't allowed, especially when traveling. For those times, you can bring the Rift. It's a one-piece solid titanium version of a fully-extended STK without a sharp edge, so you can EDC it anywhere. The Rift is smaller than the STK and way lighter. Its small size combined with its utility actually makes it a great candidate for keychain carry, even if you pick up the STK as well.
The Kickstarter project for both the STK and Rift multitools is now well over its goal and completely funded. You can reserve an STK or Rift or combination of the two at the link below.
When you've got good gear and you use it hard, all the scratches and scuffs that come with it are just the cost of doing business. Sometimes, the battle scars and patina make your gear look even better. But scratched up phone screens? Not so much. The Tactica Talon, on the other hand, is gentle on your tech but tough on EDC tasks thanks to its innovative, non-scratch composite materials. And with 17 tools packed into its unibody design, that's just scratching the surface.
Besides its materials, what sets the Talon apart is how it handles bits. You can actually store two bits inside the Talon's unibody frame via a soft elastomer latch that locks them in place. The Talon even offers two ways to drive bits depending on the task at hand: either by using the tip of the storage compartment for more control, or by turning the tool sideways and using the secondary socket if you need more torque.
The rest of its tools should handle most of your day-to-day tasks, with its wide-mouthed bottle opener, TSA-friendly box opener, rulers, and set of imperial and metric wrenches. For EDC, it's equally well-suited to ride on a keychain or deep in your pocket, given how its polymer construction is soft to the touch and 40% lighter than titanium.
The Talon is available as a reward on Kickstarter with an estimated delivery of this December. It's Tactica's second successful campaign to date, and the campaign is already fully funded. Grab a Talon for your everyday carry at the link below.
As EDCers, we carry a lot of stuff to be prepared. Out of your whole kit, your phone is probably the one thing you have with you at all times. And with new phones getting bigger, they start taking up all the space in your pocket. But that doesn't have to mean you're left with less space for your essential gear.
Klecker Design's latest line of tools—called Stowaways—pack the most utility into your your phone's real estate. They're bite-sized versions of useful everyday tools, and by integrating specially-shaped slots into your phone's case, you can swap out Stowaways depending on your needs.
There are 13 Stowaway tools to choose from, from locking pliers to folding pens and knives, to bottle openers and bit drivers. With the 4 slots on the phone case, that means dozens of combinations to suit the day's loadout.
Even better, you don't have to commit to the case itself. The Stowaways are compatible with popular key carriers like the KeyBar or KeyBiner, giving you additional options to streamline your kit.
There's only a week left to back your choice of Stowaways, so click on the Kickstarter link below to start doing more with less in your pockets.
This is a sponsored post presented by Klecker Knives & Tools.
While there are many wallet multitools out there, they don't always work as well as you'd expect. That's because they compromise on performance for portability to let you carry them in a standard credit card slot. For best results, the wallet and multitool work together as a system.
The Dango Tactical wallet delivers just that. It's a wallet that integrates storage with a multitool that's actually useful. It has space for a mix of up to 12 cards and some cash within its genuine leather pouch and back plate. These two components stay attached to the wallet via a silicone band wrapped around the frame. The multitool fits within that frame, and fulfills 14 popular EDC functions, including a screwdriver, bottle opener, and a hex wrench. It's also made out of high carbon stainless steel, allowing the integral knife and saw to stay sharp. The Dango has all this while keeping things small and lightweight due to its 6061 aluminum frame.
What makes the Dango special is how the wallet itself makes effective use of the multitool. It has detents that allow the multitool to jut out in use, turning the wallet into a solid grip surface. You'll have firm control over the tool, and enough leverage to actually do things with it as well.
You can go ahead and consolidate your personal wallet and mulitool carry with confidence with the Dango Tactical wallet.
There's no question the Swiss are master machinists, creating some of the best knives, tools, and watches for everyday carry. Some brands you may recognize more than most--especially for pocket multitools--but here's one you may not have heard of before. Established in 1904, Swiza's been making tools and everyday equipment for 112 years. The Swiza D04 is one of their signature multitools, and from its silhouette alone, you know this isn't your usual Swiss knife.
The handle's ergonomic shape gives you a sure grip with a soft touch, allowing you to wield its five folding tools with comfort. Its main 2.95" blade deploys with a nail nick slot and is made from an alloy of chrome and molybdenum to give it extra durability. A hardened, stainless steel awl lets you pierce leather or score and indent materials. Cans are no problem with the D04's opener, which also includes a No. 1 flathead screwdriver on its tip. There's a bottle opener on its other end, pulling double duty with a No. 3 flathead screwdriver. And on its back, a No. 1 Phillips screwdriver covers the last of your driving needs. The D04 also comes with a pair of tweezers with beveled tips for more delicate tasks.
Add a touch of Swiss-made comfort to your everyday tasks and pick up the Swiza D04 from the Amazon link below.