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...
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. A cap is another loose part to break or lose...
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!
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)
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
Stay tuned! Editor’s Note: I totally agree with your assessment that this carry is minimal, but beefy in execution and design. The SKX007 is a great offering from Seiko, the Para 2 is a super solid EDC blade...
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
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...