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.


Nitecore NTK10 Titanium Utility Knife

If there's one versatile piece of gear you might not be carrying but probably should, it's a utility knife. It's purpose-built to handle everything from breaking down boxes to precision craft work. And since the blade is replaceable, maintenance is just a matter of swapping in a new one when it starts to get dull. But the run-of-the-mill utility knife at your local hardware store might not match the performance and build quality of the rest of your EDC gear. The new NTK10 is the popular flashlight manufacturer Nitecore's take on a utility blade optimized for daily carry. Its durable titanium construction and EDC-focused features make it worthy of a spot in your pockets.

The NTK10's frame is made of precision-machined aerospace-grade titanium alloy, which gives it the durability to stand up to daily heavy-duty use while staying light in your pockets. Fully loaded with its razor-sharp replaceable Japanese OLFA CKB-2 craft utility blade, the NTK10 weighs in at a mere 2.38 ounces. And despite its small 4.5” size, the 30 degree slant on the OLFA blade, combined with its pointed tip, make it quite versatile and able to take on your everyday slicing and piercing tasks with ease. With jimping on both sides of the frame, the NTK10 also lets you get a solid grip to accomplish bigger tasks, even if things get a bit slippery. And with its blade locking mechanism, you also have the assurance that the blade won't retract on you when you're not expecting it as well.

But what truly sets the Nitecore NTK10 apart from the standard utility knife are the extra EDC features built into the frame. The first is the bottle opener built into the tip, ready to go when the blade is fully retracted. The second is the glass breaking tip on the pommel, which makes it a useful tool to have in an emergency rescue situation. And unlike dollar store utility knives, the NTK10 has a removable pocket clip for convenience. If you're looking for a serious upgrade to your current utility knife, the NTK10 might be the right tool for the job. You can grab one at the link below.

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Bitky Micro Screwdriver

"The Bitky is a tiny little screwdriver with a magnetic socket. It works with all standard screwdriver bits. You can also use it as a bit holder for power tools, or as an adapter for..." (via TheAwesomer)

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Gerber Suspension NXT Multi-tool

When you make multi-tools for tradespeople and military personnel alike, they're going to get the job done. But for the rest of us, that might be a bit overkill for everyday tasks and projects. That's why Gerber created the Suspension NXT—a more compact, EDC-friendly butterfly-style multi-tool based on the original trade-oriented Suspension. And while the new Suspension NXT weighs less and takes up less space in the pocket, it's packed with more features than ever and still fits your budget.

Upon first glance you can see some similarities in the design language of the NXT and the original Suspension, like in the skeletonized handles that save on weight. The NXT keeps bulk to a minimum, weighing in at 6.7 ounces from the original's 9 ounce weight, while also sporting a much slimmer silhouette. With its 4.25” closed length and built-in pocket clip, this is a multi-tool you can carry in your pocket instead of on a bulky belt holster or sheath.

Functionality-wise it retains its externally accessible locking tools for ease of access and safety during hard use. The NXT actually ups the total tool count to 15 from the original's 13, thanks to the addition of a new set of tools catering to EDC including a wire stripper, medium flathead screwdriver, awl, file, and ruler. The NXT's main needlenose pliers are spring loaded for comfortable, controlled performance even during longer tasks too.

With its well-rounded toolset, EDC-focused design, and affordable price, the Gerber Suspension NXT could be the next multi-tool you've been looking for. Check it out at the Amazon link below.

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T'Spin Titanium Travel Tool

It's always the small things that tend to get forgotten when we travel. That's why having a capable multi-tool on hand is important, but most aren't something you can take with you when you fly. And when it comes to their actual functions, even the most travel-friendly multi-tools aren't designed for the challenges of traveling. Enter the T'Spin, a useful gadget designed for frequent fliers, by frequent fliers. It packs a set of travel essential tools not commonly found in other designs into a fun and EDC-friendly package made of premium materials.

The tool set of the T'Spin truly sets it apart from other travel everyday carry options. It starts with storage space for two SIM cards and the tool you need to install and remove them from your phone. That's one of the last things you end up packing and you'll end up regretting it hard when you're desperately trying to search for an alternative in a foreign country where you probably don't speak the language. Plus, there's even a notch built into the tool that lets you prop up your phone so you can catch up on the shows you've downloaded to it during long-haul flights without needing to hold it with your hands constantly. When it's time to stow everything away for arrival, the body of the tool is designed to let you wrap around a USB cord to keep it from tangling up in your bag or your pockets. And for life's small but important tasks, there's a micro screwdriver built in and sized perfectly to help you fix and maintain your glasses in a pinch. When it comes time to unwind, the integrated and ever-essential bottle opener helps you crack open a cold one for you and your travel companions.

For a tool that you're going to want to carry everywhere you go, the T'Spin's premium titanium construction means it can stand up to whatever you throw at it without breaking or corroding. It helps keep it very lightweight too, weighing in at 35 grams even when you throw in the included fidget spinner function. It's not essential but it's certainly fun and can help when you're feeling anxious or stressed out by flying and traveling in general. And on a more practical note, the design of the T'Spin includes a carabiner swing gate to attach it to your gear as well.

With its unique assortment of travel EDC essentials, the T'Spin makes a compelling case for a spot in your everyday carry. And if you make a pledge to secure one right now, you can save quite a bit off the sticker price as a way of saying thanks for getting this unique project off the ground. Check it out and learn more about the T'Spin multitool at the Kickstarter link below.

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Keyport Anywhere Tools

It's one thing to have the right tools for the job, but as EDCers it's important to also prepare for the unexpected. And for that, you need the right gear on you at all times. You can streamline your kit all you want, but you'd be hard pressed to find an easier way to carry an EDC's worth of functions than Keyport's system of Anywhere Tools. They're slim, light, and best of all, modular, letting you configure your setup with everything you need and nothing you don't all in a package small enough to clip to your pocket or bag with a removable clip or ride on your keychain. Whether you want to consolidate your keys and carry staple essentials like a knife and multi-tool or you want more modern conveniences like a charging cable and pocket lantern, there's a setup that's right for you.

Like any good EDC system, the Anywhere Tools cover most of your bases with 4 tool modules: the NEBA Knife, the MOCA II multi-tool, the Pocket Flare LED, and WeeLINK charging cable module. The NEBA is a slip joint knife with a 2.0” 8Cr13MoV clip point blade that deploys via nail nick. Since it's a smaller knife, it features thumb jimping on the spine of the blade for more precise control and a secure grip. The MOCA II 10-in-1 multi-tool is an impressive one-piece tool design featuring a 3D Philips head driver, flathead driver, bottle opener, box opener, rulers, bit driver, and multiple wrenches to instantly add utility to your carry without weighing you down. It keeps a low profile at just 1.8mm thin, but its 420SS stainless steel construction adds strength where it counts. The Pocket Flare LED brings 27 lumens to the table with a traditional forward-focused beam as well a diffuse, ambient lantern mode. It features a push button for easy operation and USB recharging for convenience. The WeeLINK charging cable can come in clutch for anyone who relies heavily on their tech, available in Lightning, USB-C, or micro USB connectors. Unlike regular cables, these are tangle-proof and durable thanks to their shorter length and TPU coated cables.

Since how you carry your gear is just as important as what you carry, Keyport developed the Anywhere Tools system with EDC in mind. They made the system modular without the need for added fasteners or small parts that can fail or get lost easily on tools of this size, letting you assemble and stack them together easily when you're on the go. They're compatible with Keyport's gamechanging key organizers like the Slide 3.0 and Pivot too. When combined with the Anywhere Pocket Clip and paracord pull, it's an especially convenient way to carry your main essentials. The system has more modules on the way and plenty of customizable side plates for endless configuration, so you're sure to find something that works for your day to day needs. Check out the whole system at the fully funded Indiegogo project below.

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Leatherman Skeletool Black & Silver Edition

When it comes to EDC multi-tools, few are as popular as the Leatherman Skeletool. Thanks to a functional design and lightweight build, the Skeletool hits that sweet spot for anyone looking to EDC both a multi-tool and a competent folding knife. If you've yet to experience its utility, now is the perfect time to add one to your carry. With a fresh new look in black and stainless steel, it fits seamlessly into the modern EDC aesthetic while retaining its beloved functionality.

Despite its small size the Skeletool packs a punch. Thanks to its compact, skeletonized body it manages to weigh only 5 ounces for ease of carry. You can also access all the tools with one hand, making it perfect for the solo handyman. A key Skeletool feature is its heavy-duty, black-coated 154CM blade with a wharncliffe shape for precision cuts and extensive serration to slice through tough materials like leather and clothing. Its bit driver end comes with a tungsten carbide tip ideal for breaking glass. Its other tools include wire cutters, pliers, and and a carabiner/bottle opener which lets you attach it to a pack or pop open a beverage rounding out its complement of everyday essentials.

The Leatherman Skeletool has long been an EDC multi-tool staple, and the limited black and silver colorway is one of its best looks yet. You can pick one up from the Amazon link below.

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BigiDesign Ti EDC Wrench

With the right design, a single piece of gear can replace a whole box worth of tools. Cramming as much utility into as little pocket space as possible like that is the goal for many EDCers, so when BigiDesign makes a new pocket tool, people take notice. They've shown what they could do with their impossibly compact utility knife (the TPT) as well as their bit driver system (the BitBar), and now they're putting their spin on wrenches. The BigiDesign Ti EDC Wrench intuitively adjusts to take the place of 25 differently sized wrenches while riding comfortably in your pocket, just like your favorite EDC knife.

The Ti EDC Wrench isn't actually a new design, but rather, a modern reinvention of an antique adjustable wrench design. BigiDesign shrunk it down and added a pocket clip to make it more EDC friendly but kept its main screw-adjusting mechanism intact for an intuitive, easy-to-use experience. The hex spanner portion of the tool can be adjusted by turning the “screw” on the side, letting it latch onto 25 sizes of both standard and metric bolts. Once latched on, the tool's 3.85” length gives a full grip and ample torque for even the tougher jobs you might face. The Ti EDC Wrench measures 1” wide and only about a quarter inch thick, giving it a compact silhouette similar to a pocket knife. It comes with a sturdy pocket clip too, making it one of the easiest ways to EDC a wrench. Last but not least, the frame of the tool is built from grade 5 titanium for long lasting durability without weighing you down.

If you're still wasting precious pocket space on multiple wrench tools, the Ti EDC Wrench looks like a promising way to consolidate your kit. You can secure yours by backing the fully funded project at the link below.

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Dango MT02 Card Tool

While multi-tools are convenient for handling daily tasks, they tend to be pretty bulky to carry. But not all multi-tools have to weigh you down or take up all your pocket space. Instead of being a brick in your pocket, Dango's MT02 multi-tool is designed to integrate with your other daily essential—your wallet—to give you 14 functions while still slipping into your carry with ease. It's a unique and robust addition to your EDC that's able to pull its own weight while making the most of what you're already carrying.

On its own the MT02 is not your ordinary card-sized tool. Rather than a flimsy strip of metal with a rudimentary set of functions, it's machined from a thick slab of high-carbon stainless steel so you'll never have to fear bending or breaking it. These are arranged on the outer edge of each of the MT02's sides and corners, with the center cutout acting as a grip that gives ample clearance for your knuckles.

The way the main sides work is the MT02 sits either flush with its compatible wallets (the Dango T01 Tactical or D01 Dapper wallets) to expose the bottle opener along the bottom via the wallets' push notch, or by sitting halfway out of the wallets to give you access to the full set of tools along the side. Index points on the short sides of the MT02 lock the tool into place into compatible notches on both wallets during use, giving you a full-handed grip that also puts their knurling on the bottom edge to good use.

Using this half-open, full-grip configuration, you're ready to get to cutting with either the MT02's serrated saw edge/blade along its top side, opening with its 1/4” hex wrench or can opener on its top corner, or, by flipping the MT02 around, get more options for wrenches and drivers with its bottom edge. That's not all, of course. You can also take the tool out on its own to make use of its additional functions, including a ruler, rope tensioner, and even a phone stand.

Whether by itself or as a utility upgrade to your Dango wallet, the MT02 ticks all the boxes of a useful everyday multi-tool. You can pick one up direct from Dango at the link below.

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Rexford Rut V3 Titanium Multitool

"Rexford Knives partnered with Gallantry to create a special edition of its RUT utility blade multitool. The RUT V3 has a titanium body. It comes with a black blade but fits standard boxcutter blades. It also has a screwdriver, a bit driver, a bottle opener and..." (via TheAwesomer)

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EverRatchet: Ratcheting Keychain Multi-tool

The biggest problem with keychain multi-tools is finding one with the right balance between form and function. Small tools are easier to carry, but harder to use. Larger tools are quite the opposite. The EverRatchet from Gear Infusion hits just the right balance of size and functionality while adding something never before seen on a keychain multi-tool. The EverRatchet’s integrated bit driver has a unique ratcheting mechanism that makes quick fixes even faster.

The EverRatchet’s key feature works thanks to what Gear Infusion calls their “dynamic ratcheting beam.” Through some careful design and engineering, they’ve managed to create a system that holds the bit still under force but lets the tool rotate back to its starting position to get additional torque in use. In practice, it's not at all as complicated as it sounds. To tighten a screw, put the bit driver in the ratchet hole, and turn it back and forth like you would a normal ratchet. Loosening a screw is just a matter of flipping the tool over and rotating it in the other direction. In addition to the ratchet, you’ll find a fire flint, scraper, pry bar, measuring tool, and 7 wrenches of different sizes. The tool measures in at just under 2.5” in length — ideal for keychain or coin pocket carry.

Currently, the EverRatchet is tens of thousands of dollars over its funding goal. Pledges start at a reasonable $16 for a stainless steel tool and $21 for the titanium version, both of which include a #2 Philips Bit and Fire Flint to sweeten the deal. Hit the link below to see the tool in action and snag one for yourself.

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Lever Gear BitVault and BitLight

In an ideal situation, you have every tool you need at your disposal at any time. But as EDCers, we know it's not that simple. Some tools are large and cumbersome, while smaller essentials can get lost in your bag or pockets. So when Lever Gear, prolific makers of actual pocketable tools, sought to solve this dilemma, they ended up creating the CLiP system: Carry, Light, and Protect. They've just launched the first tools of the line, the BitVault and BitLight, making it easier than ever to make the most of your pockets.

At their core, the BitVault and BitLight are compact containers that carry either a bit set or small essentials like pills or emergency cash. Both have a uni-body construction made from aluminum alloy, with a sealed, watertight compartment to store your stuff. The flat form factor works with an included clip so the tools can lay flush in your pocket, with a tail end carabiner-style slot that lets you attach a keyring as well as a hex bit slot on the top so the body can be used as a screwdriver. As the name suggests, the BitLight differs from the BitVault by trading some internal space for a couple of LEDs. You can charge the light from any USB source, and it outputs 10 floody lumens across 3 levels for emergency or task lighting in a pinch.

Whether you need a compact tool case for your projects, a rugged emergency stash, or an easier way to carry your smallest EDC items, Lever Gear's new CLiP system has space to spare. They've just launched the project on Kickstarter at the link below, so you have plenty of time to pledge and customize the right tool for yourself.

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5 New EDC-Worthy Multi-tools in 2018

Your EDC multi-tool can be one of the most important pieces of gear in your kit, so it's crucial to pick one that covers your bases well. Multi-tool designs typically offer the same set of handy functions, but recently more and more specialized tools have hit the market. In this round-up, we're highlighting this five of the most exciting, recently released EDC multi-tools. We'll go over what makes them special, and why you should consider them for your own everyday carry.

Dkka EDC Multi Tool

"A super handy keychain tool, packing multiple driver tips perfect for bicyclists. It’s got hex heads, flat and phillips heads, a 1/4″ bit holder, a spoke adjustor, and of course..." (via TheAwesomer)

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BigiDesign TPT Slide

With pocket space at a premium, it’s important to get the most out of your multi-tool. Ideally, you want something that’s functional enough to be worth carrying, while still being easy to pocket and use. The TPT Slide, the next generation of BigiDesign's popular TPT multi-tool, is just that. It rides the line between minimalist and full-on multi-tool, with plenty of useful features that are sure to come in handy on a daily basis. This new and improved titanium pocket tool isn't just easier to use and carry, but it's even stronger and more durable, too.

First and foremost, the TPT Slide now features a sliding extension mechanism for the box opener/camp fork insert. The previous version featured a friction fit mechanism that took two hands to open. The Slide has a two position locking thumb stud that’s easy to operate with one hand, whether you’re a lefty or a righty. You’ll also find a sleek, removable pocket clip that makes the tool even easier to carry. BigiDesign also strengthened the jimping on the universal wrench set for a more secure grip. Lastly, the TPT Slide is machined from thicker grade 5 titanium plates for increased overall durability and rigidity. The TPT Slide also has the all of the other useful EDC features from the previous iteration including a flat head screwdriver, 1/4” hex bit driver, simple measurement cues, lanyard/keychain hole, and a scraper edge.

BigiDesign are no newcomers to the Kickstarter scene, with over 20 successful products launched on the platform. This project is already over 1000% funded, with pledges starting at $59 for a September 2018 deliver date. Check out the full list of features and snag one for yourself in your choice of Stonewashed or DLC Black titanium at the link below.

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Fishstick Prybar & Multitool

"The Fishstick is a small multitool with ergonomic ribs. Its main function is a wedge/pry bar, but it also has a bottle opener, a 1/4″ bit driver/wrench, and a ruler. It’s made from a single billet of metal or alloy – aluminum, brass, titanium, steel and..." (via TheAwesomer)

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Keyport Anywhere Tools

There’s no denying that a multi-tool can be a solid addition to your EDC. However, it can be pretty hard to track one down that covers your bases without a bunch of extra tools you would never use. In the same way you'd get your keychain setup just right, you can configure the perfect multi-tool with the Keyport Anywhere Tools system. It's their newest line of modular EDC tools that can snap on and off in a flash, letting you get the most out of your keychain or precious pocket space.

The Anywhere Tools system works as a set of tools (or “outer modules”) that slide and snap onto a “mid module.” For the mid module, you can choose from either a fold-out multi-tool or a clip-point slipjoint knife. Using one of these as the base, you can then attach a variety of useful EDC tools: a 27 lumen flashlight, a charging cable, an updated version of their MOCA one-piece tool, and paracord zipper pull, to name a few.

These outer modules are also compatible with their popular Keyport Slide 3.0 and Pivot key managers so you can add some additional utility out of your key setup. The beauty of this system is that Keyport can continue to design and release modules for the system that further increase customizability and functionality down the line.

The Anywhere Tools system starts at a reasonable $20 for the starter kit and goes up to $66 for the all-inclusive kit with all of the modules available. The project is already fully funded on Kickstarter with plenty of time left to join in. Learn more about this unique modular multitool via the link below.

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