Multitools are ounce for ounce the most useful thing you can carry, albeit at somewhat of a compromise. They may never be the best tool for the job, but they’re rarely the wrong one. Recently, the multitool market, once justifiably dominated by Leatherman and Swiss Army Knife tools, has seen much greater diversity with the rise in popularity of one-piece multitools—ultra-compact pieces of metal designed to hang on your keychain with a number of functionalities. In the third installment of Carry Smarter, we list our top picks from both classic multitools and the new wave of one-piece multitools.
The one-piece multitool trend has not gone unnoticed by the big manufacturers—both Leatherman and Gerber, among others, now sell one-piece tools...
If you're looking for a larger folding knife that isn't too expensive, the Gerber Paraframe II just might fit the bill. Its partially serrated, stainless clip point blade locks tightly in place using a framelock design. The open, skeletonized handles cut down on excess weight, which is welcome on a larger knife like this. A pocket clip keeps this tool close and at the ready for the next task at hand. Grab one on sale at the link below.
Gerber MP600 Bladeless Multitool By default most beefy multitools include a blade or two, landing themselves on the non-compliance list of many institutions and industrial facilities. Gerber’s Bladeless Multi-Plier MP600 avoids potential issues by skipping the knife altogether…
Gerber GDC Money Clip Combining the minimalism of a money clip with the rugged practicality of a fixed blade knife, the GDC Money Clip makes a great option for those looking to consolidate essentials or add extra functionality to their carry. Its compact 1.75” stainless blade features a finger choil and jimping for a secure grip and improved handling. It’s safely sheathed into a G-10 plated, titanium-coated money clip that accommodates up to five cards in a sleek package.
Nokia Lumia 810
Ka-Bar Besh BOGA Knife
Schrade Tactical Pen
5.11 Tactical Boot Knife (Came free with a pair of boots)
Casio G-Shock GW-2310FB
Gerber Shard and family heirloom “roach clip” key
VW Flip Key
Leatherman Micra (I have this mostly for the scissors)
Fenix E01 Flashlight
BIC mini lighter wrapped with camo duct tape
Maxpedition Micro Wallet
Zero Tolerance 0200ST Knife This is the stuff that I always carry on me. I work on cars a lot and do general handy man stuff, so some of my EDC items are based on that. Others I carry for defense purposes. I’m pretty ruff on the things I carry, so I select stuff based on if it will last (wallet/knife/watch)...
9mm FN Browning High Power
iPhone5 with Cygnett Workmate cover
LipSano 30 SPF lipbalm (can’t face the day without this)
Busby leather wallet
Swatch MR. Chrono watch
LED Lenser MT7 torch
Gerber Armor knife I live in South Africa where crime is rife and therefore consider my 9mm FN Browning High Power, Gerber Armor tactical knife (discontinued) and LED Lenser MT7 torch some of my most important gear.
My torch usually stays in the car or at night is next to my bed. My Gerber tucks in neatly in my jeans pocket.
I use an El Paso tuckable holster as South African law requires concealed carry at all times...
submitted by Jerome My pocket EDC:
Rotring 600 Roller Ball
MAKR one wallet
My Bag EDC :
+ Gerber Multitool
+Camera (either Canon G9 or FujiFilm X10)
+Larger Moleskin notebook + Caran D’Ache pencil Editor’s Note: Interesting carry, nice and streamlined too. Everything looks good together and should work cohesively, though if I had to make a suggestion I’d say maybe look into the Spyderco Ladybug SS to replace your KISS. It’s another small minimalist knife that would fit your aesthetic but has better steel, but no pocket clip unfortunately… Otherwise, keep it up, and thanks for sharing!