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.


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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Victorinox Alox Limited Edition 2019

At this point, the Victorinox Swiss Army Knife is as much a cultural icon as it is a multi-tool. It’s one of the few mainstream tools that has found its way into the pockets of people who might not even know what EDC is. With so many different models the SAK has been a practical go-to tool for decades, and the yearly limited edition releases have only reignited their popularity in the community. This year, some of the most carried tools on our site are getting the limited edition treatment yet again coming in a unique champagne gold color.

One of the tools getting a fresh new color is arguably the company’s most versatile piece in the Pioneer. Of the three limited edition models, the Pioneer is the largest. But at 3.7 inches in length and just half an inch thick it’s still perfectly sized for your pockets. Despite the built-in metal tools and the tough Alox scales, it weighs only 2.5 ounces. You’ll get a reliable pocket-sized tool that can handle most everyday tasks without weighing you down or raising too many eyebrows in the office.

Its classic design packs 8 different functions into something that fits in the palm of your hand. You'll get a can opener, screwdriver, reamer, bottle opener, and of course, a 2.5” blade for daily cutting tasks just to name a few. As nice as they appear, it’s also worth mentioning that the gold-colored Alox scales aren’t only for looks. The scales are also treated with an additional layer of protection against corrosion and everyday wear and tear.

If the Pioneer is too big for your needs, you can go with the more pocket-friendly limited edition versions of the Cadet and Classic models as well. Whether you plan on adding any of these tools to your daily rotation or simply like collecting Swiss Army Knives, it’s hard to argue against any tool with such a proven track record. Make sure to pick one up for yourself by clicking the link below.

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Gerber Mullet

Managing a clean and functional keychain is hard enough, so if you're going to add a multi-tool into the mix, it'd better be worth carrying. It should add enough functionality without much bulk and still be convenient and easy to use. Gerber's iconic Shard one-piece tool ticked all those boxes, making it one of the most popular keychain essentials with EDCers. Their latest solid state tool, the Gerber Mullet, adds even more functionality with a total of 9 tools. Like its name suggests, it works hard and plays hard, channeling the iconic '80s 'do with its “business in the front, party in the back” design.

The Gerber Mullet boasts 9 tools throughout its one-piece body, all arranged in an ergonomic way with ease of use in mind. There’s a pry bar/nail puller/wire stripper at one end that has a scraper on its side. The prongs on the pry bar double as small and large flathead drivers in a pinch as well. Moving back towards the other side is a suspension clip that terminates in a 1/4” hex bit driver. Finally, there’s a bottle opener and 3D Phillips head screw driver at the end. With its slim profile, 3/4” width, and 0.7 oz weight, it's compact but still affords enough room to grip thanks to its 3” total length. You can carry the Mullet by using the included split ring attached to the hole in the center of the body or by using the belt loop portion to suspend the rest of your key setup.

At only ten bucks, the Gerber Mullet is an easy way to spruce up your keychain setup without breaking the bank. And thanks to its TSA-friendly bladeless design, you can carry it just about anywhere. Hit the link below to learn more about this little tool and pick one up for yourself in classic black or a stonewashed silver.

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Artisan Cutlery Kinetic Tool

"Inspired by a balisong knife, Artisan’s fun to use gadget features a stainless steel multitool instead of a knife blade. It has a pry bar, bottle opener, hex wrench, and ruler, and its titanium handles have..." (via TheAwesomer)

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Titaner Pry Bar Multi-tool

EDC is all having the right tool for the job, but if you’re not mindful that can lead to a pocket full of bulky gear weighing you down. That’s why so many people rely on multi-tools to cover as many bases as possible. Having one piece of gear that gives you access to multiple tools in a pinch can keep you from needlessly damaging your gear like when using your knife to pry something open (we’ve all been there). The Titaner Pry Bar Tool makes a strong case for why you’d want to add a small one piece multi-tool to your daily carry with its set of 7 handy tools and titanium construction.

Unlike your knife point, this Titaner Pry Bar was made to do some heavy lifting. The body is CNC machined Grade 5 titanium and its angled pry tip means it’s easy to get the right leverage without worrying about breaking it. But prying things is only part of what makes this tool a good addition to your EDC. Besides the tough and super lightweight build (15.9 grams including the bit), you’ll also get 7 other useful tools built in.

There’s a screwdriver, three different sized wrenches, a hex bit driver, and of course a bottle opener to name a few. Plus, the angled nose doubles as a box opener so you can save you knife from the sticky residue that comes with slicing open packages. As great as plier-based multi-tools can be, they’re not always convenient. But you can just toss the Titaner Pry Bar can on your keychain thanks to a key loop hole and small size. It’s also TSA-friendly so you won’t have to worry about it getting confiscated on your next trip.

Whether you’re looking to slim down your carry or think it would be nice to have a keychain backup to your primary multitool, the Titaner Pry Bar is a solid option. The combination of its small size, tough build, and useful tools make it worth checking out. Make sure to grab one for yourself by clicking the link below.

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RovyVon Valor V10

The next time you're about to open up or break down a cardboard box, think twice about reaching for your EDC knife. Instead of gunking up your blade and dulling its edge, let a utility blade do the heavy lifting. RovyVon's Valor V10 multi-tool is a new way to add a utility blade to your EDC, along with some other handy features for your day-to-day tasks. Best of all, it does it without weighing you down, thanks to its titanium-alloy construction right down to the screws.

At just 3.3” long, the Valor V10 packs four useful functions in its titanium alloy frame. At the business is a slot for standard utility blades which are held in place by a sliding lock mechanism. It disengages simply by unscrewing it a few turns, allowing you to advance the blade. You can slide the blade out in two stages with notches built into the center of the frame to your desired blade length, reaching an overall length of 4.1”. While the Valor V10 comes equipped with a SATA 93434A blade, it accommodates standard replaceable utility blades, making it a low-maintenance and cost-effective way tool for package duty.

If you're going to introduce a new piece of kit to your carry, it helps to cover the rest of your bases while you're at it, too. The Valor V10 features a well-selected set of functions to round out its utility, including a bottle opener, flathead screwdriver, and bit driver. An integrated carabiner makes it easy to clip its lightweight body to your keychain, belt loop or bag, while slots for optional tritium vials can help with locating the tool in the dark. You can do your main blade a favor and pick up a Valor V10 in sandblasted grey titanium at the link below.

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Readers' Choice: Top 3 EDC Wallets in 2018

With the new year right around the corner, there's plenty of new gear in store for us to look forward to. But until then, now's a great time to look back on the gear that served us best through 2018. We polled our community in our exclusive Facebook group and asked what their favorite EDC gear was in the past year. In this quick round-up, we're highlighting your favorite wallets! We've narrowed it down to the top three answers among the community — read on to see what your favorites were, and stay tuned for more gear to come in our Readers' Choice series.

Readers' Choice: Top 3 EDC Multi-tools in 2018

With the new year right around the corner, there's plenty of new gear in store for us to look forward to. But until then, now's a great time to look back on the gear that served us best through 2018. We polled our community in our exclusive Facebook group and asked what their favorite EDC gear was in the past year. In this quick round-up, we're highlighting your favorite multi-tools! We've narrowed it down to the top three answers among the community — read on to see what your favorites were, and stay tuned for more gear to come in our Readers' Choice series.

Save 20% on Iconic Leatherman Heritage Series Multi-tools

When it comes to multi-tools, Leatherman is one of the leading brands covering EDCers' bases for the past 35 years. To celebrate their 35th anniversary, they're offering a special 20% off discount on 5 of their best-sellers as the Heritage Series. There's a tool for any kind of EDCer in this collection of iconic designs. If you've been waiting for a great opportunity to start carrying a multi-tool or you're finishing up your holiday shopping, there's no better time to pick up a Leatherman than now.

The Heritage Series consists of an iconic lineup of their best-selling tools, including the Wave®+, Charge®+, Super Tool® 300, Rebar®, and keychain-sized Micra® to cover any EDCers' bases, no matter how big or small they carry.

Wave+: Designed as an all-round toolbox replacement, the newly updated Wave+ gets the job done. It features 18 total tools, including upgraded 154CM steel replaceable wire cutters.

Charge+: Built for the outdoorsy EDCer, the Charge+ makes for a solid trail companion with a robust set of 19 total tools, including the upgraded replaceable wire cutters.

Super Tool 300: For bigger tasks that call for bigger tools, the Super Tool 300 boasts a larger 4.5" form factor and locking tools. The bigger handles and fully locking tools give a better grip and more control during hard use.

Rebar: The Rebar is a nod to the past, drawing inspiration from older Leatherman designs. It also features locking tools and sports a built-in ruler to help you measure twice and cut once.

Micra: Rounding out the collection is the Micra, a tool fit for your keychain and ready at a moment's notice. Don't let its small size fool you--it's packed with its own set of unique, useful tools, like tweezers and powerful spring-action scissors to make quick and precise cuts.

To help make these built-to-last tools last even longer, they each come with a newly designed Heritage leather sheath. These rugged leather sheaths are built in the USA using premium leather that'll look better with age and wear. A branded brass snap closure makes securing and retrieving the tool quick and easy, while a leather belt loop on the back of the sheath keeps your tool handy at your side. The new sheaths come in different sizes to accommodate a much wider range of Leatherman's lineup of multi-tools too. To top it all off, Leatherman offers a 25-year guarantee on their tools for that extra peace of mind. You can join thousands of other EDCers who swear by Leatherman while saving yourself some money too, thanks to this rare 20% discount. Check out the collection from Leatherman's site at the link below.

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