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The Best Multi-tools and Keychain Tools

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...

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Review: Spyderco Chaparral

Spyderco Chaparral Review & Giveaway For many of us, small pocket knives make up a core part of our EDC. However, since the advent of “tactical” knives in the 80s, the traditional, general purpose folders your grandpa was likely to carry faded to obscurity. Even the commonly recommended blades for EDC of today have origins in tactical-style folders. Recognizing this, Spyderco has been producing smaller knives distinctly with everyday utility in mind instead of pursuing the tactical trend. The Chaparral is the latest in their line of EDC-centric folders.

The Chaparral design comes from the founder and head of Spyderco, Sal Glesser, and is manufactured in Spyderco’s Taichung, Taiwan facility, which makes easily some of the best production knives in the world...

Gear Watch #9

Gear Watch #9
This week, we look at the upcoming Pilot Metallic Vanishing Point fountain pen, the Field Notes “Shelterwood” Edition notebook, and Spyderco Rubicon.

Pilot Metallic Vanishing Point Fountain Pens
If you need to handwrite a lot of notes or you merely enjoy writing, a fountain pen is an invaluable tool. Writing for hours on end with a ballpoint pen can give you something like a harpy’s talon. With fountain pens, much less downward pressure is required to write – resulting in comfortable writing and improved penmanship. However, most fountain pens require a cap, as their design doesn’t lend itself to retracting tips...

Top 10 Knives you can buy now Part 2 -

Top 10 Knives you can buy now Part 2 -
Well, we are entering hallowed ground here.  The under $100 market is and always will be the most crowded part of the knife market and so the knives that have floated to the top here have done so dodging hundreds of competitors.  These are the best of the best and many represent among the best values of any kind of EDC gear.  There are incredibly knives out there for more (the Caly3 and the Chapparal are very good), but if you have a hard ceiling of $100, these are it…
5. SOG Mini Aegis (purchase)
SOG has so many knives in and around this price point, blades like the much ballyhooed Flash 1 (which I think is a dud) and the Twitch and the Slimjim and the…well…you get the point...

Gear Watch: January 2014

Gear Watch: January 2014
Its a cold month for weather, but a hot month for gear news.
This column, Gear Watch, is going to be a combination of things: a sort of preview of what’s coming, a mourning for what has stopped production, and a bit of news.  I plan on having one come out every two weeks as there is probably not enough new gear releases to sustain one every week, but a month seems too long. 

SHOT (Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade) Show was about two weeks ago and with it came a slew of releases.  You can find a more detailed summaries here, here, and here.  The highlights are more straightfoward...

Spyderco Techno Review

Spyderco Techno Review
Introduction There is a lot to love about the Spyderco Techno.  The materials, the design, the deployment method, the size, the fit and finish.  This is a superior knife and a superlative EDC blade.  You could spend twice as much or even venture into the custom world and the Techno would still be a competitive blade.  There are a few drawbacks, but they are small in the overall scheme of things. 
Here is the product page for the Techno with all of the specs.  My independent verification has found them to be accurate, as is always the case with Spyderco specs.  Here is my Techno that I received as a Christmas gift.   Product Description The Techno is a small folding knife...

Aftermarket Mods

Custom stuff is pricey.  That’s not news.  Production stuff, while being the best it has ever been, can be, well, a bit impersonal.  In the gap between these two markets there are a host of knife modifiers (I dislike the other term, equating folks with people that engage in sex abuse and human trafficking is never a good thing).  Folks like Tuffthumbs, Menovade, and Alexander Dietz have all produced truly stunning upgrades and tweaks to existing knives.  But these folks have long lists, the prices can be high, and there is a painfully long wait. 

You can try you hand at modding stuff yourself and it is very fun, but there is a fourth option, one that is just starting to grow—aftermarket additions...

Motorola Droid RAZR HD
Jawbone BT HD
iPod Nano 16GB
Spyderco Creditcard Knife
Aluminum card wallet w/ money clip
Ralph Lauren Polo lanyard
8GB thumb drive
Cross mechanical pencil and ballpoint pen
Bertucci field watch
I travel a lot, so the knife can’t make it with me as much as I love it, but the everything else is invaluable: I have much, much more, but that kit is reserved the Zombie apocalypse! 

Word Notebooks
Fisher Space Pen Bullet
Spyderco Cat G10
LumaPower IncenDio V3U Upgraded
Minimalist Bifold made from 2-3oz Veg.Tan Leather.

MOJO BAZAAR Chambray Handkerchief, REFRACTORY Carbon Fiber Ring, kpurrp bracelet
Summit Creek Dry Goods Leather Keychain 01: 4sevens MiNi 123, Victorinox Manager, LaCie iamaKey
Burger pouch: misc...

Smith and Wesson M&P 340CT
Spyderco USN Endura with Black Scales
EyeSiren Stingray Skin Wallet
Panerai Radiomir 505
Ray Ban 4151 Sunglasses
iPhone 5 with Mophie Juice Pack Air and Headphones
Metolious F.S Mini Carabiner (The best ‘keychain’ carabiner)
SwissTech Util-key
Telescoping Pen
Hey! This is Dan, One of the owners here at EDC - I thought it would be a good way for us to restart the blog by having us submit our own EDC’s for the ridicule of our peers.

submitted by thejafe I was attracted to these items because they work well and are extremely robust in both design and function. I consider this to be a “minimalist” carry although each individual items is quite beefy and fills the hand nicely.
Spyderco Para 2
HDS Tactical Clicky (140 Lumens)
Seiko SKX007 on Zulu Dive Strap
Apple iPhone 4
I’ll also be adding smaller backups to my keychain and I’ve detailed those future additions below. 
Fisher Trekker Space Pen
Arc AAA Premium Flashlight
Leatherman Micra
Stay tuned! Editor’s Note: I totally agree with your assessment that this carry is minimal, but beefy in execution and design...

submitted by Pete Hello there,
Over the past year, EDC has become a big part of my life.  I’ve always seen the value in carrying a knife, but my pocket contents have definitely evolved from there.
I usually carry a Leatherman of some sort but opted for two folding blades today. iPhone 4S with Otterbox Defender case
Surefire E2D LED Defender
Spyderco Manix2 XL
Spyderco Delica 4 ZDP-189
FlipSide Wallet
Keys w/ Photon light, Victorinox Classic, and Spyderco Bug Thanks for letting me share!
Editor’s Note: I would normally suggest the Leatherman over two folders for the sake of versatility, but the two Spydercos you chose to carry are great in their own right. I like the minimalism but redundancy of tools on your simple keyring too...

via cougar337
Editor’s Note: Apologies to the EDCers with trypophobia.

Spyderco Endura 4 Wave
Nitecore Smart PD EX10
Paracord Bracelet
PAM via asimplefarmer@sufuEDC
Editor’s Note: I approve. Notice the DIY gate lock on the S-Biner that I mentioned in an earlier post~