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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Lacie Porsche Design mobile drive
Zippo fluid canister
Imco IFA vintage lighter
2 Zippo lighter
Victorinox Huntsman & Huntsman Lite multi-tool knives
2 L’eau D’issey Pour Homme perfumes
Eneloop battery Read on for the full list (11 more items)
Lacie Petitekey 8Gb usb drive
Leatherman Style multi-tool knife
Olfa craft knife $ 2 blades
Fenix E05 flashlight
Olloclip lens for iPhone 4S
Wocol Power Leader 6000mAh
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...
"The year is 1891. The sharp, strong punch repairs a leather harness so a horse can pull a wagon. The screwdriver disassembles a rifle for cleaning. The can opener pries the lid off a tin of food. Add a large blade to these three implements and you have the perfect tool for the modern infantryman. So says the Swiss Army, which signs the first contract with Victorinox Founder Karl Elsner in 1891."