You've seen tools for your pockets, your keychain, and your bag. What's next? The FlyPry tool takes EDC gear to a new frontier — your zipper. No, not that zipper… Imagine the zippers on the jacket, backpack, or pouch organizer you might already be carrying made even more useful. With a design inspired by repurposing a broken zipper pull to crack open a beer, the FlyPry crams over 10 handy functions into the size of a standard zipper slide. True to its name, it shifts gears from an easily accessible pull tab to a micro pry bar on the fly. Whether you're out camping or just managing daily tasks, this multitool gives you a bottle opener, can opener, bit driver, box opener, and more, all within reach. It's tiny, it's clever, it's versatile, and better yet, it's titanium. Hit up Kickstarter to see all the sizes, colors, and materials available and grab one that's just right for your carry.
In an everyday carry, size matters. Carrying a one-piece multitool is one of the most efficient ways to add tons of functionality to your setup without the bulk. The Cranker is an excellent example of this, cramming 12 unique functions into its tiny sub-3" frame. Alongside its set of more common features like a prybar, bit holder, bottle opener, and screwdriver, it also offers some unique utility in a spoke wrench, nail puller, scraper, ruler, and even a saw blade with real teeth to make quick work of your projects. Its titanium construction adds durability and maintains light weight, making the Cranker an ideal keychain companion for the handy EDCer. There's two weeks left to grab one for your carry in US or Metric, constructed from titanium or stainless steel at the link below.
Cogent Industries continues on Kickstarter as a premium purveyor of titanium tools. The HangKey assists in suspending your keychain from any pocket, and can dangle inside or outside of your clothes or bag. CNC-machined from grade 5 titanium, the HangKey is designed to be securely and comfortably gripped thanks to its beveled edges and machined finger grooves. It also adds next to no weight to your carry, measuring in at a mere 3.9 grams. There's plenty of time to back the project, and pledgers can select one of four finishes for their HangKey including a limited and unique "MokuTi" layered pattern.
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If you’ve been following along with our Carry Smarter features, you should be familiar with the value of carrying a pen and the allure of titanium. In this review, we’ll give Ti2 Design’s TechLiner titanium pen a closer look. As a writer, I’m particular about my pens. As an EDCer, there’s no other metal I want my gear made from than titanium. So when Mike Bond and the masters of titanium at Ti2 Design sent over their take on the machined titanium EDC pen, I was intrigued. Maybe skeptical is a better word. The pen certainly didn’t look like other pens on the market. No clicky, but a cap instead? A short barrel? An exposed needle tip? Nonetheless, I slipped it into my pocket to begin “testing.” What started as a trial run turned into months of daily use...
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...
In the first installment of the Carry Smarter: Titanium series, I talked about products that best showed off the aesthetic qualities of Titanium. As a material, it’s often understated but never underrated. Its cool shine and feel in the hand galvanized an entire industry of gear.
If Titanium were all about the looks, we'd see it in jewelry or accessories and call it a day. Instead, Ti has found its way into such incredible applications as aerospace engineering and prosthetic implants. So what exactly are the qualities that make Ti so versatile?1. It’s light, but not too light.Although there are many materials lighter than Ti, none of them match Ti's balance of strength and weight...
Learn about one of the most desired "holy grail" materials in the EDC world, starting with an appreciation for classic titanium essentials in the first installment of this three-part primer in the Carry Smarter series.