Multi Tools

The multitool embodies many core principles of EDC — utility, versatility, portability. For quick fixes, tinkering, and other handy work, having a toolbox’s worth of functionality in a single pocketable tool is invaluable. Common multitool functions include pliers, screwdrivers, bottle openers, scissors, and other cutting tools. Multitools can complement the functions of  other essentials when weight and pocket space are a premium, so naturally they round out the second trinity of EDC.

Multi-tools come in many shapes and sizes. The two most recognizable form factors are the “Swiss Knife” style and the butterfly or clamshell style. The Swiss Knife style has tools that pivot out of a pocket knife handle, where the blade is the central function of the tool. The butterfly or clamshell style of multi-tools fold open into two handles with pliers being the usual central tool. The rest of the tool implements are tucked away into the handles of this style of multi-tool. Lastly, there are one-piece tools, which are pieces of metal designed with functional cutouts like wrench slots, or screwdrivers built into the shape of the tool itself.

Everyday Carry is all about making a setup that fits your needs. Just as no two people are exactly alike, their respective EDCs will vary significantly. Acquire and carry what you need according to your lifestyle, location, profession, daily routine, style, budget, and so on.

In general, your carry should be reliable and functional, but most importantly, personal. You might be a minimalist at heart, or you’d have peace of mind knowing all your bases are covered. If your EDC becomes an extension of you, you should be completely comfortable with it! A great EDC shows the foresight to include what you personally need for your day to day, and the restraint to leave behind what you don’t.

Trending: Leatherman Micra

First introduced in 1996, the Leatherman Micra finds its way trending back up the charts for this Throwback Thursday. Despite its age the Micra still holds up today as an invaluable keychain tool thanks to its useful complement of tools, scissors-based butterfly design, and sturdy construction all in a compact package. 

Most other butterfly-style multi-tools sized for your keychain feature a set of pliers as their main tool, but not everyone can get much use out of pliers at that size. Scissors, however, come in handy for all sorts of daily cutting tasks in a more discreet way than pulling out your dedicated EDC blade. With that said, the Micra still comes equipped with a small penknife, a nail file and cleaning tool, screwdrivers, a bottle opener, a ruler, and even a set of tweezers. 

And like all Leatherman tools, the Micra is made in the USA and backed by a 25-year limited lifetime warranty. Grab one in your favorite of 6 color options at the link below.

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Trending: NiteIze Financial Tool

When Tool Tuesday rolls over into Wallet Wednesday, you get this clever multi-functional wallet from NiteIze as the trending gear of the day. The Financial Tool serves as a minimalist plate-and-band style EDC wallet made from stainless steel. 

Just about the size of a credit card itself, the main plate features clever cutouts that add functionality while shaving off weight. You'll get a bottle opener and three hex wrenches within the plate, as well as a pair of screwdrivers and a ruler at the top edge and a scraper/packaging tape cutter on the bottom edge. The cash strap secures your twice-folded bills and cards without stretching over time. 

Because it lacks any sharp edges, the Financial Tool complies with TSA regulations, making it a minimalist option for travelers looking to cover their bases while keeping paper notes in check. You can find the Financial Tool for under $15 from the link below.

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Prometheus Design Werx PB&J Tool

"PDW’s PB&J includes no peanut butter or jelly, but the titanium keychain tool does pack a multi-size wrench, pry bar, bottle opener, oxygen tank wrench, nail puller, battery compartment opener, and 1/4″ hex bit holder. Its stainless steel spring wire gate ensures secure attachment to your bag or..." (via The Awesomer)

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Trending: SOG Baton Q1

This Tool Tuesday our trending charts for the week bring us an urban-focused multi-tool in an unconventional form factor. The SOG Baton Q1 opts for a design resembling a marker, looking right at home in a briefcase or admin panel of a backpack at school or work. But beside the more obvious pen functionality, opening up the Baton Q1 reveals a pair of spring-assisted scissors, a bottle opener, and a flathead screwdriver—a well-rounded feature set that rounds out your bases without raising eyebrows. The pen section comes with a pressurized D1 ink refill for write-anywhere performance and accommodates any compatible D1 refill. The Baton Q1's 6" body is made from a two-tone anodized aluminum for durability and light weight, while an included minimalist pocket clip rides discreetly and easily in your pocket. For a stylish and discreet multi-tool to carry into the city or during your travels, check out the TSA-compliant SOG Baton Q1 tactical pen at the link below.

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Trending: CRKT Viva

To start off this week's Trending Gear, we're highlighting the CRKT Viva for multi-tool Monday. The Viva sets itself apart from many other one-piece multi-tools with its ergonomic design that doubles as a key hook. It measures at just about 4 inches long, which when combined with the ring section on the back of the tool makes for a secure and comfortable grip. It'll come in handy as a no-frills pry tool, but it also functions as a flathead screwdriver, bottle opener, and multi-sized hex wrench. A blackwash 3Cr13 steel build makes it durable enough for daily carry and strong enough to carry your keys via its split ring attachment point at the pry end of the tool. You can pick up the Viva in a combo set with another popular piece of CRKT Gear, the Drifter folding knife, at the link below.

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5.11 Operator Compact Axe

"5.11 Tactical’s 10″ long tomahawk-style Operator axe is great for throwing, cutting firewood, or other chopping tasks, but packs a few other handy features, including a hammer, ruler, wrenches, hex bit holder, nail puller, and..." (via The Awesomer)

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Trending: Victorinox SwissCard Lite

It's Multi-tool Tuesday, and today we shine a light on one of the most unique and compact multi-tools you can carry--in your wallet, no less. Victorinox have found a clever way to cover all your bases yet take a minimal amount of space in the SwissCard Lite. It packs a complete set of 13 tools in a plastic card a mere 4.5 mm tall. From the utility trinity of a knife, light, and pen, to handy essentials like a magnifying glass and various screwdrivers, the SwissCard Lite is a complete kit that slips right into your pocket. It's perfect for the times when you want to be prepared but don't have the attire, space, or weight to spare for your normal EDC. You could be in formal wear, in an office setting, or can't afford to have individual tools dangling from your pockets. It's one of the best ways to take full EDC with you without taking up any space at all. Check it out at the link below.

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The Best New EDC Gear from Outdoor Retailer 2019

While most everyday carry gear certainly has its tactical roots, it's hard to ignore how useful outdoor equipment and survival gear can be for your day-to-day. Gear designed for the outdoors often features the latest technology in performance fabrics and hardware, rugged durability to weather inclement conditions, and light weight for making long treks on the trail that much easier. Not to mention, many of our members take their EDCs from city to mountain and back, blending urban EDC with outdoor gear as well-prepared weekend warriors. That's why we recently headed to Outdoor Retailer, the largest trade show for the outdoors industry in North America. In this recap, we're highlighting new EDC-worthy products and trends from the outdoor industry that should be on your radar.

Victorinox Hunter Pro Red Alox

As one of the most popular makers of multi-functional gear, you can trace Victorinox tools back through generations of pockets. The company is best known for its Swiss Army Knives, with their Alox-handled (aluminum with a protective layer of anodic oxidation) knives being especially popular among the EDC crowd. Just in time for warm weather outdoor adventures, Victorinox is giving their Hunter Pro the Alox treatment in their iconic red colorway. It gives this rugged, outdoor-ready knife some high-visibility on the campsite while also making it a stylish statement piece in your urban EDC.

The Hunter Pro Red Alox is not to be confused with its smaller cousins in the Victorinox lineup. It was designed for the outdoors, which means that the use case for the Hunter Pro is more than opening packages in the office. When the cutting jobs get tougher, the knife needs to remain up to the task. That’s why this comes with 3.8” drop-point blade and a matching 5” handle for maximum comfort while slicing. The ribbed Alox scales also help with grip so every cut is taken with confidence. The lockback mechanism also keeps the blade securely in place when you don’t need it, but deploys in a pinch thanks to the large thumbhole.

Making gear rugged enough for the outdoors doesn’t mean that carrying it has to be inconvenient. Victorinox knows a thing or two about designing for your pockets after all, and thankfully it comes with a removable clip for deep pocket carry. If you want to be more discreet it also comes with a paracord lanyard which makes it easier to retrieve from your pocket or bag and also might come in handy if you ever find yourself in an emergency situation.

With its versatile carryability, tough blade, and ergonomic grip the Hunter Pro knife already had a lot to offer. And now the instantly recognizable Red Alox makes it easy to appreciate whether you’re commuting to work or headed out into the woods for the weekend. If you want a tough knife from a trusted brand, make sure to scoop one up by clicking the link below.

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Leatherman Signal in 3 New Colors

Discreet, all-black gear has its place in certain EDCs, but a pop of color here and there has its own advantages, too. Whether you're using your tools in the great outdoors and could use the extra visibility, or if you're after a more approachable looking kit, a little color goes a long way. And if there's one tool that looks even better with a fresh new coat, it's Leatherman's outdoor survival multi-tool, the Signal. Besides its eye-catching good looks, the new colorful Signal features a slew of functions specifically for the outdoors, backed by its made-in-the-USA quality and a 25-year guarantee as a high-visibility companion for wherever adventure leads you.

Designed with the outdoors in mind, the Leatherman Signal features both emergency functions along with the usual suite of Leatherman's all-purpose tools. Its adventure-ready features include a ferro-rod for starting fires, a built-in hammer for stakes when pitching a tent, an emergency safety whistle, a diamond-coated sharpener for field maintenance, and a carabiner clip for easy attachment to your hiking pack. A 2.7”, 420HC combo blade confidently can handle your food prep, rope work, whittling, and more thanks to its beefy liner lock. In addition to a saw and usual set of openers and pliers, the Signal also features premium, replaceable 154CM steel wire cutters and a customizable bit driver to round out its functions.

The Signal stays fairly compact at 4.5” when closed, with a manageable 7.5 oz weight to keep things light without sacrificing the essentials. Its included pocket clip also makes it easy to carry should you decide to promote it from a weekend warrior to your daily driver. The Signal is now available in three vibrant new colorways: Aqua with red accents, Cobalt with burgundy accents, and Grey with neon accents. Grab one in your favorite color combo at the link below.

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EST 18-in-1 Shovel

"EST Gear’s shovel weighs just 2.5 lb, but it also works as 17 other tools. That includes an axe, a saw, a wrench, a screwdriver, a knife and a fire starter. It’s made of high quality carbon steel and aluminum alloy, and comes with..." (via The Awesomer)

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Lever Gear BitVault

When it comes to EDC hassles, size and storage are two of the biggest culprits, for unfortunately the opposite reasons. Big tools are the most useful but also take up the most space, while smaller essentials are harder to organize and find in your pockets. Lever Gear sought out to solve both of these problems in one fell swoop. With the BitVault, they've designed a way to let you carry and use a bit kit conveniently, while also giving you an organized space to stash other small, hard-to-carry essentials. With the BitVault's sleek and compact form factor that slips right into your pocket or onto your keyring, your important tools are always within reach.

At its core, the BitVault is a compact container that carries either a bit set or small essentials like pills or emergency cash, with removable tray dividers to configure storage as needed. It comes with a uni-body construction 3.13” long made from aluminum alloy, with a sealed, watertight compartment to secure its contents. The flat, rectangular form factor works with the included clip so the BitVault can lay flush in your pocket, with a tail end carabiner-style slot that lets you attach a keyring as a secondary carry option. And of course, a hex bit slot on the top drives the bits it's carrying, letting the BitVault itself act as a handle for a better grip. The whole package carries light at a little over an ounce, with enough room in its storage for 11cm³ worth of items, striking a good balance for EDC.

Whether you need a compact tool kit for everyday tasks, a rugged emergency stash, or an easier way to carry your smallest EDC items, Lever Gear's BitVault has space to spare. Pick one up in black or gray at the Amazon link below.

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Our Favorite New Gear from Nite Ize

Many companies who make EDC gear tend to stick to just one or two categories, like focusing on knives and tools or flashlights. Nite Ize, on the other hand, takes a much broader approach. They've got a wide range of innovative, useful gear, with solutions for everything ranging from tidying your keychain to walking your dog at night, and everything in between. You may recognize the brand from their ubiquitous S-Biners popping up in EDCers' keychains, but they've heavily expanded their lineup of EDC essentials to offer so much more. We're highlighting our favorites here that would make a great addition to any carry, especially if you want to make the switch to a lightweight setup that's ready for your summer adventures.

No matter what your setup looks like or what your use cases might be, chances are you'll find some utility in Nite Ize gear. You can check out our favorites and see more of what Nite Ize has to offer at the link below.

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Leatherman FREE P4

It would be easy to call it a day with “don't fix what isn't broken” when it comes to Leatherman's tools. After all, they've got iconic and beloved models in their stable (many of which got it right the first time they released decades ago), build quality to last a lifetime, and the tools to cover nearly every imaginable task. But taking a look at their new FREE series, Leatherman definitely didn't take the easy route. Designed to be an overhaul and evolution of their EDC multi-tools, the series—led by the flagship FREE P4—comes with functionality, durability, and a thoughtful new approach to usability that's never been seen before. The FREE series re-imagines how you use your everyday multi-tool, with the feature-packed P4 leading the way with a versatility you never knew you were missing.

Out of the box, the FREE P4 immediately makes a statement that this isn't the Leatherman you're used to. The sleek, futuristic design offers a modern contrast to the more traditional style of its predecessors, with a smooth, streamlined silhouette especially when closed. But as much as the FREE P4 is the wave of the future, it also takes influences from the tools of the past. When deployed, the P4 still resembles the classic design with pliers at the pivot and tools that deploy from its handles, but it's how everything deploys that sets the P4 and the rest of the FREE series apart. To spoil the magic a bit: with magnets.

Baked into the entire design of the tool is a new magnetic architecture responsible for the fluidity and ease of use of the series. These magnets are strong enough to keep everything closed and secure, while equally pliable enough to make tool deployment smooth with just the right amount of resistance. They also work together with a cam lock system in a balance of mechanical and magnetic forces that improve usability, such as securing tools when not in use or locking them back into closed positions on their own. The pliers deploy with an action akin to a butterfly knife once you initially separate the handles, while the rest of its tools pivot out with a series of tabs that resemble a front-flipper deployment. This is done by rolling your thumb on the tools' exposed tabs, which also works well on the job while wearing gloves.

Speaking of tools, the P4 comes with some of the best Leatherman has to offer, and the most out of the entire FREE line. 21 functions reside in its handles, standing toe to toe with some of their other flagship models. This includes the iconic needlenose/regular pliers, replaceable 154CM hard wire cutters, a complement of drivers and openers, and assorted useful tools like spring-action scissors, a file, and an awl. For cutting, you get a full array of slicers, from a box cutter to your choice of 3 420HC blades (plain, serrated, and a saw). All the tools deploy with the FREE's signature magnetic system paired with what Leatherman calls “epic haptic” clicks which give a more tactile experience when using the P4. The asymmetric design when closed also allows complete operation by touch and feel alone. And when it's time to move, the P4 still manages to carry well with its included lanyard attachment point or sheath, in a familiar form factor that weighs 8.6 ounces (one ounce more to account for the 2 extra blades from the P2 we reviewed) with a closed length of 4.25 inches.

The Leatherman FREE P4 has its eyes squarely on the future of multi-tools, pushing design and usability forward while learning the best lessons from the past. Whether you're a working professional looking to streamline your workflow or a new EDCer covering your bases with the cutting edge of multi-tools, the P4 and the rest of the FREE series are the tools to set you free. Pick up the P4 from Leatherman at the link below.

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The Best Keychain Multi-tools in 2019

Part of putting together your EDC is knowing what tools you'll need on an average day, but it's hard to be prepared for everything. That’s why so many people rely on a good multi-tool to cover their bases. Traditional full-sized multi-tools aren't for everyone, however. They can be a bit bulky or heavy for a minimalist EDC and can be hard to justify if you don't use one often enough. Smaller multi-tools that can fit on your keychain, on the other hand, are worth a look to keep essentials handy without weighing you down. Whether you’re looking for some functional alternatives to larger tools or you don’t want to be caught without a tool and are looking for a backup to keep on you at all times, the items on this list are tried and tested EDC classics.

SOG Snippet Multitool

"Scissors in multitools are often small and hard to hold. That’s not the case with SOG’s Snippet, which has a pair of scissors as its central tool. It even has finger loops for precision. It also has a blade, a screwdriver, a nail file, a toothpick, tweezers and..." (via TheAwesomer)

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