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.


Dango MT02 Card Tool

While multi-tools are convenient for handling daily tasks, they tend to be pretty bulky to carry. But not all multi-tools have to weigh you down or take up all your pocket space. Instead of being a brick in your pocket, Dango's MT02 multi-tool is designed to integrate with your other daily essential—your wallet—to give you 14 functions while still slipping into your carry with ease. It's a unique and robust addition to your EDC that's able to pull its own weight while making the most of what you're already carrying.

On its own the MT02 is not your ordinary card-sized tool. Rather than a flimsy strip of metal with a rudimentary set of functions, it's machined from a thick slab of high-carbon stainless steel so you'll never have to fear bending or breaking it. These are arranged on the outer edge of each of the MT02's sides and corners, with the center cutout acting as a grip that gives ample clearance for your knuckles.

The way the main sides work is the MT02 sits either flush with its compatible wallets (the Dango T01 Tactical or D01 Dapper wallets) to expose the bottle opener along the bottom via the wallets' push notch, or by sitting halfway out of the wallets to give you access to the full set of tools along the side. Index points on the short sides of the MT02 lock the tool into place into compatible notches on both wallets during use, giving you a full-handed grip that also puts their knurling on the bottom edge to good use.

Using this half-open, full-grip configuration, you're ready to get to cutting with either the MT02's serrated saw edge/blade along its top side, opening with its 1/4” hex wrench or can opener on its top corner, or, by flipping the MT02 around, get more options for wrenches and drivers with its bottom edge. That's not all, of course. You can also take the tool out on its own to make use of its additional functions, including a ruler, rope tensioner, and even a phone stand.

Whether by itself or as a utility upgrade to your Dango wallet, the MT02 ticks all the boxes of a useful everyday multi-tool. You can pick one up direct from Dango at the link below.

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Rexford Rut V3 Titanium Multitool

"Rexford Knives partnered with Gallantry to create a special edition of its RUT utility blade multitool. The RUT V3 has a titanium body. It comes with a black blade but fits standard boxcutter blades. It also has a screwdriver, a bit driver, a bottle opener and..." (via TheAwesomer)

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EverRatchet: Ratcheting Keychain Multi-tool

The biggest problem with keychain multi-tools is finding one with the right balance between form and function. Small tools are easier to carry, but harder to use. Larger tools are quite the opposite. The EverRatchet from Gear Infusion hits just the right balance of size and functionality while adding something never before seen on a keychain multi-tool. The EverRatchet’s integrated bit driver has a unique ratcheting mechanism that makes quick fixes even faster.

The EverRatchet’s key feature works thanks to what Gear Infusion calls their “dynamic ratcheting beam.” Through some careful design and engineering, they’ve managed to create a system that holds the bit still under force but lets the tool rotate back to its starting position to get additional torque in use. In practice, it's not at all as complicated as it sounds. To tighten a screw, put the bit driver in the ratchet hole, and turn it back and forth like you would a normal ratchet. Loosening a screw is just a matter of flipping the tool over and rotating it in the other direction. In addition to the ratchet, you’ll find a fire flint, scraper, pry bar, measuring tool, and 7 wrenches of different sizes. The tool measures in at just under 2.5” in length — ideal for keychain or coin pocket carry.

Currently, the EverRatchet is tens of thousands of dollars over its funding goal. Pledges start at a reasonable $16 for a stainless steel tool and $21 for the titanium version, both of which include a #2 Philips Bit and Fire Flint to sweeten the deal. Hit the link below to see the tool in action and snag one for yourself.

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Lever Gear BitVault and BitLight

In an ideal situation, you have every tool you need at your disposal at any time. But as EDCers, we know it's not that simple. Some tools are large and cumbersome, while smaller essentials can get lost in your bag or pockets. So when Lever Gear, prolific makers of actual pocketable tools, sought to solve this dilemma, they ended up creating the CLiP system: Carry, Light, and Protect. They've just launched the first tools of the line, the BitVault and BitLight, making it easier than ever to make the most of your pockets.

At their core, the BitVault and BitLight are compact containers that carry either a bit set or small essentials like pills or emergency cash. Both have a uni-body construction made from aluminum alloy, with a sealed, watertight compartment to store your stuff. The flat form factor works with an included clip so the tools can lay flush in your pocket, with a tail end carabiner-style slot that lets you attach a keyring as well as a hex bit slot on the top so the body can be used as a screwdriver. As the name suggests, the BitLight differs from the BitVault by trading some internal space for a couple of LEDs. You can charge the light from any USB source, and it outputs 10 floody lumens across 3 levels for emergency or task lighting in a pinch.

Whether you need a compact tool case for your projects, a rugged emergency stash, or an easier way to carry your smallest EDC items, Lever Gear's new CLiP system has space to spare. They've just launched the project on Kickstarter at the link below, so you have plenty of time to pledge and customize the right tool for yourself.

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5 New EDC-Worthy Multi-tools in 2018

Your EDC multi-tool can be one of the most important pieces of gear in your kit, so it's crucial to pick one that covers your bases well. Multi-tool designs typically offer the same set of handy functions, but recently more and more specialized tools have hit the market. In this round-up, we're highlighting this five of the most exciting, recently released EDC multi-tools. We'll go over what makes them special, and why you should consider them for your own everyday carry.

Dkka EDC Multi Tool

"A super handy keychain tool, packing multiple driver tips perfect for bicyclists. It’s got hex heads, flat and phillips heads, a 1/4″ bit holder, a spoke adjustor, and of course..." (via TheAwesomer)

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BigiDesign TPT Slide

With pocket space at a premium, it’s important to get the most out of your multi-tool. Ideally, you want something that’s functional enough to be worth carrying, while still being easy to pocket and use. The TPT Slide, the next generation of BigiDesign's popular TPT multi-tool, is just that. It rides the line between minimalist and full-on multi-tool, with plenty of useful features that are sure to come in handy on a daily basis. This new and improved titanium pocket tool isn't just easier to use and carry, but it's even stronger and more durable, too.

First and foremost, the TPT Slide now features a sliding extension mechanism for the box opener/camp fork insert. The previous version featured a friction fit mechanism that took two hands to open. The Slide has a two position locking thumb stud that’s easy to operate with one hand, whether you’re a lefty or a righty. You’ll also find a sleek, removable pocket clip that makes the tool even easier to carry. BigiDesign also strengthened the jimping on the universal wrench set for a more secure grip. Lastly, the TPT Slide is machined from thicker grade 5 titanium plates for increased overall durability and rigidity. The TPT Slide also has the all of the other useful EDC features from the previous iteration including a flat head screwdriver, 1/4” hex bit driver, simple measurement cues, lanyard/keychain hole, and a scraper edge.

BigiDesign are no newcomers to the Kickstarter scene, with over 20 successful products launched on the platform. This project is already over 1000% funded, with pledges starting at $59 for a September 2018 deliver date. Check out the full list of features and snag one for yourself in your choice of Stonewashed or DLC Black titanium at the link below.

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Fishstick Prybar & Multitool

"The Fishstick is a small multitool with ergonomic ribs. Its main function is a wedge/pry bar, but it also has a bottle opener, a 1/4″ bit driver/wrench, and a ruler. It’s made from a single billet of metal or alloy – aluminum, brass, titanium, steel and..." (via TheAwesomer)

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Keyport Anywhere Tools

There’s no denying that a multi-tool can be a solid addition to your EDC. However, it can be pretty hard to track one down that covers your bases without a bunch of extra tools you would never use. In the same way you'd get your keychain setup just right, you can configure the perfect multi-tool with the Keyport Anywhere Tools system. It's their newest line of modular EDC tools that can snap on and off in a flash, letting you get the most out of your keychain or precious pocket space.

The Anywhere Tools system works as a set of tools (or “outer modules”) that slide and snap onto a “mid module.” For the mid module, you can choose from either a fold-out multi-tool or a clip-point slipjoint knife. Using one of these as the base, you can then attach a variety of useful EDC tools: a 27 lumen flashlight, a charging cable, an updated version of their MOCA one-piece tool, and paracord zipper pull, to name a few.

These outer modules are also compatible with their popular Keyport Slide 3.0 and Pivot key managers so you can add some additional utility out of your key setup. The beauty of this system is that Keyport can continue to design and release modules for the system that further increase customizability and functionality down the line.

The Anywhere Tools system starts at a reasonable $20 for the starter kit and goes up to $66 for the all-inclusive kit with all of the modules available. The project is already fully funded on Kickstarter with plenty of time left to join in. Learn more about this unique modular multitool via the link below.

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10 Travel-Friendly Box Opener Tools

Whether it's part of your job or you end up unboxing new gear you get in the mail more than you'd like to admit, opening up cardboard boxes ranks high on our list of daily tasks. Naturally you'd want to reach for your trusty EDC knife, but sometimes it isn't the best tool for the job. Cardboard can dull an edge all too quickly, not to mention the packing tape residue gunking up the blade, rendering your knife less useful for making precise, sharp cuts. And sometimes, you might end up in a place where carrying a blade isn't even allowed. It's times like these when a non-bladed opener tool can come in handy. In this guide, we're highlighting some tools that can tackle tacky tape and much more to complement your EDC.

Titanium Shark Multitool

"LampsonFire’s hefty CNC-milled titanium pocket tool can be used as a pry bar, bottle opener, and a 6mm hex wrench. While other multitools offer more functions, they don’t look like..." (via TheAwesomer)

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Leatherman Collector’s Edition PST

"Leatherman celebrates its 35th anniversary by releasing a limited edition replica of the original Pocket Survival Tool, which was designed by none other than founder Tim Leatherman. It has 14 tools and comes with..." (via TheAwesomer)

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Tactica M100 Multi-tool

What's better than shiny new EDC gear? All the scuffs, scratches, and battlescars that come from using your tools like they were meant to be used. Unfortunately, that doesn't really apply to our EDC tech like our smartphones and tablets. Luckily, the Tactica M100 stands out from the rest as a truly tech- and travel-friendly EDC multi-tool that still comes with everything you'd need for common daily tasks. Thanks to its bladeless design and unique non-scratch composite material construction, it'll keep your pockets light, screens pristine, and tasks handled no matter where you're headed.

The M100 comes as an update to Tactica's original Talon tool, this time with the strength of hardened stainless steel at its core. The new 420SS steel core houses the M100's heavy duty bit socket and 6 wrenches for when you need more torque for the job. It's safely embedded within the composite frame, meaning your tech is still safe from scratches.

If a bit driver is an essential part of your kit, you'll appreciate the clever way the M100 handles storing and swapping bits. You can stow and access your bit of choice in the frame thanks to an easy-access elastomer insert on the side of the tool. That way, you have your bit available to use with either the central heavy duty socket or magnetic light duty socket, as well as a place for safekeeping when not in use.

Other handy everyday features like a bladeless package opener, bottle opener, and rulers round out the tool. Thanks to its TSA-compliant design, non-scratch build and light weight, you can toss it anywhere in your EDC for some extra utility. Check it out at the link below.

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Swiss+Tech Micro-Slim Wrench M2

"A super compact tool you can carry on your keychain. It packs 10 different metric wrenches, a 1/4″ wrench/hex driver, a 3/8″ wrench, two spoke wrenches, as well as a nail puller, metric ruler, flathead screwdriver, and..." (via TheAwesomer)

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Spyderco ClipiTool Standard

Most EDC multi-tools include a blade or two, but they often feel like an afterthought in use. The assumption is that you're going to use the other functions more than the knife. This just doesn't cut it if you rely on a full-size knife to get things done on a regular basis. Plus, having to carry a dedicated multi-tool along with a knife can clutter your carry and weigh down your pockets. But with the new Spyderco ClipiTool Standard folder tool, Spyderco pairs their renowned blade technology with the convenience and utility of having a multi-tool on hand.

Although the ClipiTool could be considered a multi-tool, the blade on it is no joke. It's a full-size 3.5” 8Cr13MoV stainless steel blade in a useful leaf shape with a razor sharp full-flat grind. A liner lock keeps this knife in place, giving you the confidence to tackle large tasks with it. It's a big knife that's ready for big tasks, but the other tools involved make the ClipiTool Standard shine. It features a bottle and can opener, two hollow-ground screwdrivers, and a wire stripper. All of these tools swing out easily with Spyderco's hallmark large thumbhole design. They also feature stops at 90 degrees so you can leverage the handle when manipulating screws. And it helps that the handle is covered in super-grippy G10 scaling for added control, even when wet.

With the ClipiTool Standard, you have both a multi-tool with a real blade and a knife that can do more than cut. It's a great way to consolidate your carry while having the essentials on hand when the situation demands. Check it out at the link below.

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The 6 Best Swiss Army Knives to Gift This Valentine's Day

The holidays may have passed, but you’re not in the clear yet. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and if you have no idea what else your significant other could possibly want, consider something a little more practical than a box of chocolates (though that’s never a bad idea). The Swiss Army Knife is about as classic a tool as it gets and Victorinox now has multiple offerings, making it easier than ever to stay prepared without weighing down your pockets.

Whether that important man or woman in your life needs a discreet tool for the office or something a little more robust for your weekend adventures together, the timeless SAK has you covered. We picked a few of their more versatile options that should bring a smile to any EDCer from the rugged outdoorsperson to the modern gent, and everyone in between.