In the first two parts of the Carry Smarter: Titanium series, I talked about how Titanium's useful properties are able to benefit the gear in your EDC, as well as showcase its unique luster on beautiful products.
Given how useful titanium can be and how abundant it is in the Earth's crust, you'd think Ti tools would be more common, if not at least less expensive. However, extracting titanium from naturally occuring alloys is not an easy process. Plus, its strength makes it costly and difficult to machine.
Luckily, there are some manufacturers that manage to put forth capable titanium gear at an accessible price point. What this means is that owning Titanium is a privilege for everyone, from the simplest one-piece multitool to the highest-tolerance custom knives. To conclude our Carry Smarter: Titanium series, we recommend some of our favorite products that not only use Ti to great effect but also won't break the bank. Add any of our sub-$200 picks to your EDC and enjoy the benefits of this truly obtainable material.
Kershaw is well-recognized for their affordable knives, but few realize they've dabbled with Titanium beyond coating their knives' handles. The Dimension sports a capable 8Cr13MoV steel deployed with Kershaw's SpeedSafe assisted flipper opening, a tri-point deep pocket clip, and of course, Titanium handles with deeply-machined grooves for better grip. In place of a liner or framelock, the Dimension employs a push-button lock for ease of use with opening and closing. If you've been wondering what the fuss is about with the feel of Ti knife handles, the Kershaw Dimension is a great place to start.
The Spyderco Techno is one tank of a knife. This Marcin Slysz design is beefy, rugged, and designed from the ground up to be a workhorse. With a thick, fully-flat ground 2.55" CTS-XHP steel blade and solid Titanium handles with a Reeve integrated liner lock, the Techno definitely puts Ti's qualities to good use, allowing the knife to be light enough for EDC but strong enough for every task.
Fenix E99Ti Flashlight
This limited edition light from Fenix takes the best qualities from their portable E series line and wraps them up in a sleek Titanium housing. The E99Ti features twisty activation with three brightness levels at a maximum of 100 lumens, while its body is lightweight and knurled for excellent carry and handling off a keychain. If there's one piece of gear that would help you "get" just how nice Titanium is to handle, it's carrying and using a full Titanium light such as this.
ThruNite T10T Flashlight
A single-AA cell, pocket-friendly light is rather common. A light with a choice of cool or neutral white tint with 0.15 lumen firefly mode, rear clicky and can tailstand is rare. All those features sealed in a stylish, indestructible Titanium body is exceptional. ThruNite being able to deliver solidly on each of those features in the T10T and keeping the price below $50? That pushes this light from being a passing recommendation on this list into being a must-own in any flashlight collection.
Seiko SGG731 Titanium Dress Watch
Seiko is no stranger to providing fantastic value in their watches, and many of their models have become EDC classics. It comes to no surprise that they're able to offer a completely Titanium timepiece with plenty of desirable features. The SGG731 presents a classic day/date dress watch design, with a 38 mm Ti case and bracelet. It's water-resistant up to 100 meters, sealed up with scratch-resistant Sapphire glass. The best part is this Titanium/Sapphire combination, a premium feature on higher-end watches, won't cost an arm and a leg: this is a lot of watch for under $150.
Boker Plus Vox Access Tool
We're big fans of one-piece multitools, and appreciate how they are able to use Titanium's strength in heavy applications but still be light enough to disappear on a keychain. The problem is, many of these tools are either exclusive or made of heavier steel to save on manufacturing costs, as Titanium is more difficult to process being a harder metal. It is, then, a pleasure to see German-based Boker Plus produce the Vox Access Tool, which packs some uncommon but welcome tools in its form factor. Its carabiner-style gate makes split ring carry easy, and also doubles as a bottle opener. It has a thick bottom edge suitable for prying and pulling tasks, with side jimping for improved grip. Its main feature is the carbide glass-breaker point on its rear, protected by o-rings. Best of all, at under 4" and weighing under an ounce, the Vox Access Tool is invisible in your carry until called into action.
BIGiDESIGNS Ti-POST RAW
We love pens and writing around here (have you seen our Carry Smarter writing series?), so it's only fitting that we featured one on this list. The Ti-POST RAW from Big Idea Designs (reviewed here) is a solid TA5 Titanium jotter and stylus, as well as an inexpensive entry into the world of machined pens. With its focus on clean aesthetic, balance, and versatility (compatible with over 35 refills!), the Ti-POST RAW performs its tasks with the strength befitting of its Titanium shell. You don't have to spend a fortune for a great EDC pen with an enviable fit and finish and quality to last generations.
Thank you for reading this series on the benefits of Titanium. With these articles, we hope we've given you enough ideas to make use of both its beauty and beastly potential. Do you have a favorite piece of affordable Titanium gear that you'd like to recommend? How has Titanium helped your EDC? What's the next "grail" Titanium piece of gear you're looking to pick up? Let us know in the comments below!