The 5 Best Pocket Multitools for EDC

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Multitools are a great addition to any EDC for the sheer amount of utility they can bring to your kit. The problem is, sometimes the tool itself takes up even more space and weighs more than the entire carry combined. It's hard to put one to good use when the added bulk is a hindrance rather than a benefit for everyday tasks. In this guide, we list five of our favorite pocket-friendly multitools, excellent not only for their repertoire of functions but also for their form factor, bringing you all the benefits without the added bloat.

Top 5 Pocket-Sized Multitools

Victorinox Alox Cadet 84mm (L)

Switzerland's silver stunner is one of the most popular EDC multitools of all time, and for good reason. It looks great and weighs next to nothing thanks to its namesake aluminum oxide scales. It packs a surgical-sharp 2.5” blade, and still somehow manages to stay thinner than a pencil even with three extra tools. Whether as a main blade or as a backup, you would be hard-pressed to find better compact value than the Alox Cadet.

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Victorinox Manager & Midnite Manager 58mm (L)

Of all of Victorinox's keychain offerings, the Manager series is our favorite because they're a complete set of EDC tools packed into a highly compact 58 mm form factor. The Midnite Manager ($36) includes a knife, pen, and flashlight with an accompaniment of other tools, while the Manager swaps out the LED for tweezers. It's hard to imagine anything better (or smaller) than these guys.

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Leatherman Style PS 75mm (L)

While people’s eyes are usually on Leatherman's more popular Skeletool CX, we haven't forgotten that its smaller siblings serve an excellent purpose: being ideal multitools for keychain or belt loop carry and playing well with local laws. The Style PS shown above is also meant to be TSA compliant with its scissors instead of a blade, with some owners successfully able to get it through airport checkpoints. Still as tough as its brothers and still highly useful, it’s one tool that you can safely take with you on your travels.

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Gerber Dime 70mm (L)

An oldie but a goodie, the Gerber Dime is still a highly versatile keychain tool. The Dime manages to fit ten large functions—including a unique package-opening blade and a pair of pliers—into a package able to collapse into a tiny 2.75”. It's also a very inexpensive investment, often priced well below the $20 mark, costing you next to nothing to add one to your carry.

BUY ($16)

Gerber Shard 70mm (L)

Speaking of oldies but goodies, we can't make a list about multitools without mentioning the single most popular multitool on the site. A one-piece multitool designed with only the essentials in mind, the Gerber Shard is highly effective in its simplicity and focus. With 7 functions under .5 ounces and an asking price of $7 (but usually well under), it's one of the best things you can add to your keychain without sacrificing space, weight, or cost.

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We hope you enjoyed our list of multitools that put power in your pocket and not strain on your belt. Did we miss one of your favorites? Sound off in the comments below!

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Whatttt, you guys are killingggg me. No mention of a Leatherman Squirt PS4 or Juice S2??
please don't die. how do we make it stop?!?!
Nah, i'll live ;D Love you guys too much to die!
Anyway the Juice S2 is solid no doubt, but still in the next weight class up. I personally carried the Juice S2 (RIP the storm grey color) for my pocket multitool. In our next multitool guide we'll list some of the best "toolbox replacement" options—tools that pack the most pound for pound functionality—and the Juice has a better chance in that mid-full size range. These are really lightweight pocket/keychain considerations.
My thought exactly! Love my blue ps4.
My gerber dime has quickly become the tool I never knew I needed. Be it opening an amazon parcel or cutting a string on my guitar for a hasty string change before gigs, its definitely something I can't leave the house without.
Same here. I laughed at the package opener when I first saw it. Now I use it all the time. Perfect MT for office and other light work.
I had a Gerber Dime and the scissors won't cut paper, and the screwdriver seemed to weak to tighten a screw. So, why carry it? I love my Leatherman Squirt - very high quality and even smaller.
I have a Leatherman Style PS on my keychain, can't manager without it. I don't have any alox Vics, but several others including an Minichamp, with pen. And you forgot the Leatherman Brewzer.
I fly weekly, and have been carrying the Leatherman Style PS for well over a year now. The first couple of times I went through screening, I left it in my bag, and it got pulled and scrutinized every time. Now, I keep it in my front pocket, and when I get to screening, I open it up, toss it into one of the small, round security bins alongside my iPhone, and it gets through easy-peasy. The X-ray screener usually pulls it out, looks at if for a few seconds, then tosses it right back in. I often times will get a 'thank you' from them for having it out and open.
Hot damn, I own 4 of the 5. Instead of the Gerber Shard I care the Boker Plus Vox Access Tool. I know it's A LOT more expensive, but it does what I need it to do.
I have a SOG Pocket PowerPlier and an Alox Minichamp every day, the Minichamp is awesome, and the SOG is easy to swap tools to become bladeless. With the 1/4 socket drive and a bit kit, it's a small tool that will face up to big jobs.
Why get the shard when you can get the artifact?
The cool thing about 2 of the tools featured here are that they're TSA friendly. The Artifact is cool if you need the utility blade, but for a little add-on tool that might be redundant (like you carry a dedicated knife or something), or a no-go for certain situations (airports, govt buildings, venues, etc). For some, not having a blade complicate things is a plus!
Agreed but the cool thing about the artifact (for me as a designer anyway) is that you always have your exacto blade! Which is pretty big in my daily grind. Completely understand how it would be redundant to most though.
Side thought.... The blade just slips in. Maybe I should figure out a non blade "attachment"?! Could probably make a light duty 1/4" wrench fit...
Love my Style PS. My go-to tool when I can't legally carry a knife. (School, courthouses, etc.)
Vic Midnight Manager FTW. If I could only carry one thing, this would be it, because it elegantly replaces 6-7 things. Best keychain pocket tool they make.
same. I'm a bit of a flashaholic so I prefer a dedicated light and the toothpick, so I kept a Manager on my keychain for years: https://www.flickr.com/photos/everyday-carry/4508698545/in/album-72157624269047212/
Not that big of a deal, but I thought the Manager comes with the tweezers instead of the toothpick.
You list the Gerber Shard as "under seven ounces". It is actually way under. Twenty of them together weigh less than that. The correct weight is 0.3 ounces.
have the Dime and have given them to my sons as well... they're great in a camera bag, and there's a 'TSA' safe version, though that's not what i have... i like them better than the leatherman squirt, which i tried and no longer ever carry. My Dime is in my camera bag... there's a Shard on my daily keychain, and a Schnelle B102 on my keychain for the wife's car. But it's good to learn about new things... may have to try a Leatherman Style, now.
The blade on the Cadet isn't 3.3", the entire knife closed is 3.3".
Thanks for that, the post is corrected!
I would substitute any of the multi tools with the Leatherman Micra. Tried and true in the classic Super Tool design, there are none better. I've owned other mini multi tools but none compare to the Micra.

I will agree with the shard though. I put a paracord wrap on mine and hung it from my keychain. A mini pry bar that doubles as a bottle opener and triples as a screwdriver is a handy piece to have.
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