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.


Ti2 Para-Biner V2

Just how much functionality can you squeeze out of a carabiner? That's a question Hawaii's master metalworkers at Ti2 strive to answer with every product. With their latest release—the Para-Biner V2—they push the boundaries of utility and collectibility yet again. Not only is this updated Para-Biner an EDC toolkit by itself, but with its many exotic iterations it can also be the centerpiece of any everyday carry.

The Para-Biner's name comes from its two main functions: paracord and carabiner. You all know how useful paracord is for EDC, so having some handy (maybe from a paracord bracelet or lanyard) adds to the Para-Biner's functionality in the right situations. With its series of pulleys, holes, and cinches, it allows you to create a pulley system by itself or in sets to reduce friction and effort when hauling extra heavy loads.

It's not a one-trick pulley pony, though. The Para-Biner by itself (or themselves, as it comes in two models) is a competent one-piece multi-tool, with a series of wrenches in either imperial or metric in its body and a beefy pry edge at its tip. With its size and generous jimping, prying, driving, scraping, or simply plowing through packages is a comfortable task. No need to worry about being careful with the Para-Biner, either. They're performance-built from your choice of titanium, zirconium, bronze, or copper—some of the hardest-working (and best-looking) materials available.

Whether creating complex suspension systems or wanting to add one of the most functional and robust carabiners to your EDC, the Para-Biner V2 delivers right out the gate. Ti2 have already smashed their Kickstarter funding goal, so hit the link below to pick out the best Para-Biner for your carry.

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SOG Baton Q2

It used to be that carrying a multi-tool meant putting up with bulky pockets to cover your bases. Even then, your options were either overly tactical looking or chock full of tools you'd rarely use. But what about the minimalists and urban EDCers who want a tool that looks as good as it performs? For that, the tool experts at SOG teamed up with design powerhouse IDEO to produce their new award-winning Baton series of everyday carry tools. The Baton Q2 packs in only the most essential functions in a stylish, modern form factor not much bigger than a marker.

Upon first glance, you'll notice the Baton Q2 takes on a sleeker, lower profile design that blends in better with the rest of your urban carry compared to your standard tactical multi-tool. Its two-tone anodized aluminum body weighs just 3 ounces and measures in at 6.3” long, giving it a shape and feel much like an ink marker. Combined with its screw-on pocket clip, the Baton Q2 can pack away easily in your pocket, a pen slot in your bag, or strapped into a larger pouch organizer.

The Baton Q2 conceals four essential tools from end to end. At the bottom of the Q2 lies a twisty LED flashlight with a groove-textured head for easy activation. It packs a respectable 75 lumens as its single mode, providing enough brightness for general purpose use. At 75 lumens, it's not a battery-draining, blinding burst of brightness, but it can compete with the ambient light in your urban environment.

On the other end you'll find a handy combination medium flathead screwdriver and bottle opener. Given the Baton Q2's longer form factor, you'll get plenty of leverage for cracking open a cold one with the boys and a familiar grip when turning screws.

Last but not least, you can fold the Baton Q2 in half to reveal its 2.5” 5Cr15MoV straight edge blade. When fully deployed, the folded handle gives you a fuller grip for precise control of the knife. And unlike some other multi-tools, you can deploy the knife with one hand right out of the pocket.

With its pocket-friendly form factor, thoughtful set of tools, and sleek urban styling, the Baton Q2 makes for a solid addition to any modern minimalist's kit. Grab one from SOG's website via the link below.

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Leatherman Juice CS3

When you're traveling, bringing your EDC along for the ride is never easy. You can just about forget about anything with a sharp edge on it thanks to airport security and local laws that are only getting stricter. Luckily, Leatherman's new Juice CS3 is not only plane-friendly, but it's also packed with functionality for everything from lunch in the breakroom to a campground cookout. It features four useful tools and the build quality you'd expect from the Leatherman brand.

Instead of sporting the plier-based clamshell design of the rest of the Juice tools, the CS3 cuts it down to half the size, with just one aluminum handle. It’s both lightweight and compact, weighing only 1.5oz and measuring in at 3.45” closed. Inside, you’ll find four fold-out tools made from 420HC high-carbon stainless steel. There’s a pair of spring loaded scissors, a combination can and bottle opener, and a corkscrew. It's a handy set of tools for opening food packaging or getting drinks flowing when you're out and about.

Whether you’re looking for a travel-friendly tool, or just want something lightweight in your pocket, the Juice CS3 makes an ideal option for your EDC. Pick one up in Cinnabar Orange, Columbia Blue, or Moss Green at the link below.

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Keyport MOCA Keychain Multi-tool

For one-piece multi-tools, maximizing space is the name of the game. Keyport know a thing or two about that, as you might've seen from their flagship key organizers that combine your keys and essential tools into a sleek package. Their latest key carry upgrade, the MOCA Multi-tool, seamlessly adds 10 handy functions to a Keyport Pivot system or any keyring you're carrying.

Since it's designed to slide into Keyport's Pivot system, the MOCA is near-invisible in your pocket at 2.7” long and weighing only half an ounce. But within that tiny stainless steel frame it manages to fit in a bottle opener, a flathead screwdriver doubling as a scoring tool, a cord cutter/box opener, 3 wrench sizes, and a 2” ruler on its long side. Its Pivot slot also functions as a key ring hole, letting you attach the MOCA to a split ring or most standard keychains for ease of everyday carry. And since it has no exposed edges or sharp points, it's TSA-friendly as well, making it an easy addition to any traveler's EDC.

The Keyport MOCA has no problems bearing the brunt of your everyday tasks whether you EDC it in a Pivot or not. Pick one up from Amazon at the link below.

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10 Best EDC Card Tools for Your Wallet

One of the best ways to cover multiple bases in your EDC is to carry a multi-tool. The obvious upside is having every function you might need in one convenient package — if you can justify the pocket space. You could carry a keychain-friendly tool, but that might not be the best route to take, especially if you use a key organizer. There's one last place to carry a tool that even minimalists can appreciate: your wallet. The best EDC card tools can come in handy in a pinch as backups. Some might even do the job as your main tool. In this guide, we'll go over 10 tools that'll quickly become the most rewarding card in your wallet.

Victorinox Pioneer Olive Alox 2017 Limited Edition

If there's one piece of kit that can work its way into any EDC, it'd be a Swiss Army Knife. You probably already own one for its handy set of tools in an all-in-one package. With all the different models, sizes, colors, and tool configurations of Swiss Army Knives, they've become a popular collectible in the carry community. This year's limited edition release is equipped to tick all the right boxes as a new crowd favorite: a pocket-friendly 93mm size, durable and slim Alox scales, and best of all, a classic olive drab green color to accent any carry style.

The new olive digs come to one of the most well-rounded models of the Swiss Army Knife in the Pioneer. It's sized just right for all-around use in the hand and in the pocket at 3.5” long and half an inch thick. The Pioneer offers an excellent tool set for general EDC utility: a large main blade, a reamer/punch for poking, a combination can opener/small screwdriver, and a combination large screwdriver/bottle opener/wire stripper. Lastly, a keyring attachment gives you the option of tossing it on your keys or outfitting it with a paracord lanyard for better retrieval, grip, and emergency utility.

If you find the Pioneer too big for your EDC needs, you can also opt for the smaller Cadet or keychain-sized Classic Swiss Army Knives in the limited edition olive green Alox finishes as part of this year's release. Check out the Pioneer at the link below.

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Swiss+Tech Keychain Multitool

"This super-compact stainless steel tool hangs out on your keychain until you need it, and packs two phillips drivers, two flathead drivers, along with handy 1/8″ and..." (via TheAwesomer)

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The Best Mid-Sized Multi-tools for EDC in 2017

We all know how great full-sized multi-tools are. In your workshop, desk, or your car, they're a toolbox worth of utility minus the actual toolbox. But for everyday carry, they're not always the best. While you do save yourself the trouble of having to lug around said toolbox, full-sized multi-tools aren't exactly featherweights either. Carrying one as part of your EDC isn't an optimal use of pocket space and can end up weighing you down.

So we've rounded up a list of the best mid-sized multi-tools you can actually carry every day, because a cumbersome tool is an unused one, after all. They may not have all the functionality you would get from a full-sized tool, but in exchange you get a more compact profile that isn't a hassle to carry and still gets the job done when needed.

The Best Box Cutters and Utility Knives for EDC

Just because it seems like your EDC knife is versatile enough to use for every task doesn't always mean you should. Things like driving screws or prying in a pinch can seriously wreck your blade. But there's one task in particular you might be doing nearly every day: opening boxes.

For that, it doesn't matter how sharp your everyday carry knife is: it isn't the best tool for the job. All that cardboard and tape can dull your blade and gunk it up fast. Keep your EDC sharp for more crucial situations, and let a box cutter with replaceable blades do the dirty work.

You might think utility knives like this would be way too big to EDC, but there's actually a handful of convenient, pocket-friendly options worthy of a spot in your daily kit. To make things easy, we've put together this guide of our favorites for you to choose from.

Have You Carried the Leatherman Micra?

You probably best recognize Leatherman for their full-sized multi-tools. They pack a whole toolbox worth of functions into a a “butterfly” opening design that you can throw into a bag or desk drawer. Their larger size makes them useful for tasks where you need the grip and leverage, but for everyday carry it's all about the usefulness of a tool you can slip into your pocket. Before one-piece multi-tools grew popular, Leatherman took their iconic build quality and butterfly-opening design and shrunk it down to a keychain-friendly form factor. Thus one of the most popular compact multi-tools in their lineup was born: the Micra.

What Is It? Why Was It Popular?

You can sum up everything that makes the Micra good in one statement: 10 stainless steel tools that fold into a compact 2.5” bundle. Like the larger models in Leatherman's catalog the Micra folds most of its tools into its handles, which meet in the middle to a pair of spring-loaded scissors. These were paired with an excellent selection of tools for everyday tasks, including a 420HC knife, drivers, tweezers, and even notches for a ruler on the handles themselves.

The inclusion of a small split ring and the later addition of colors encouraged the use of the Micra for EDC, and with its rugged construction and Leatherman's lengthy warranty became a mainstay on keychains everywhere.

Should You Still Carry It Today?

While the Micra does boast an impressive pedigree and build quality, stainless steel isn't exactly lightest material to carry if you're trying to minimize your EDC. The choice is whether to pick and choose which tools you really need and opt for something much lighter (like the aforementioned one-piece multi-tools) or commit to a more robust multi-tool like the larger Leatherman products.

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The Micra is plenty light and undoubtedly useful, so if you simply prefer its complement of tools and are able to match its colorways to the rest of your aesthetic, then it's still quite a viable carry option. If it isn't what you're looking for (or looking to either trim down or bulk up your tool selection as mentioned above), then you definitely won't run out of options, even from within Leatherman's own catalog. We've listed a few of our favorites below.

Leatherman Style CS: A lighter keychain option with the same spring-loaded scissors.Gerber Dime: A newer, wildly popular pliers-based keychain tool with unique functions like a package cutter and exposed bottle opener.Victorinox Signature Lite: All the EDC essentials you need in one of the smallest, non-butterfly folding form factors you can fit on a keychain.Leatherman Wingman: The Micra's beefier big brother with pliers and a larger set of tools, for when you need something bigger than a keychain tool.

I'm sure quite a few of you probably bought a Leatherman Micra a while ago and still carry it today. Did you ever carry one? How’d it work out for you? Are you still using it today, and if not, what did you replace it with? Let us know with your comments.

AutoXscape Car Emergency Tool

"The AutoXscape Car Emergency Tool is one of those products you’ll buy, throw in your glovebox, and hopefully forget about. Until the day you need to use it, which, with any luck, will never come. The tool’s three functions include an IPX7 waterproof 135 lumen flashlight, a SK2 high-carbon steel seatbelt cutter (which is particularly useful when you’re hanging upside down in a flipped car with your full weight on the belt), and..." (via GearHungry)

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Sharpal 6-in-1 Knife Sharpener

"This pocket-sized tool offers tungsten carbide blades for coarse sharpening, carbide blades for fine honing, and a diamond rod for fish and gut hooks, as well as an emergency whistle and..." (via TheAwesomer)

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Swiss+Tech 15-in-1 Multitool

"A pocket-sized stainless steel tool that includes 7 hex drivers, 2 screwdrivers, 2 wrenches, a T25 star driver, a nail puller, pry bar, and even an LED flashlight. Folds flat for easy carrying, and..." (via TheAwesomer)

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BucknBear Damascus Multi-tool

If you want to carry a multi-tool but you're worried it'll weigh you down, a one-piece tool is the way to go. This handmade tool from Pennsylvania's own BucknBear packs 7 handy features into a single compact piece of metal. But it's not just any metal. Unlike most pocket tools, this one's forged from a modern damascus steel. The result is a versatile EDC with a one-of-a-kind finish, fortified with layers and layers of durability.

That's all thanks to the damascus — one of the toughest materials out there. It's made by repeatedly layering and heat treating steel to make it as hard as possible. BucknBear even uses their own in-house Rockwell hardness testing equipment to ensure each tool meets their durability standards.

On the tool itself, you'll find seven useful functions: there’s a multi size hex wrench, nail puller, hex, Phillips- and flat-head screwdrivers, bottle opener, and a key ring. It's sized to ride comfortably on your keychain setup, ready to go when you need it. Even with that kind of portability, it's comfortably large enough to use each of the tools with ease.

If you've been looking to get more utility out of your keychain without the bulk, consider this. You can grab this tool, along with other modern damascus gear exclusively from Huckberry at the link below.

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BigiDesign Bit Bar

For quick fixes on the go, it's a good idea to carry a pocket tool. Most come with a screwdriver of some sort built in, but when you go to use it, the design often feels like an afterthought. And to properly tackle all the different screws you'll encounter, you'd need to somehow carry a whole kit of loose bits. Instead, what if you could have a full-fledged screwdriver and no-compromise bit set that fits conveniently in your pocket? BigiDesign is back at it again on Kickstarter with their newest tool that does exactly that, called the Bit Bar.

Inside, the Bit Bar holds onto 8 different (standard 1/4” sized) bits that you can swap out depending on your needs. Each bit is held in place by a spring loaded magnet. You can push down on the Bit Bar to extend your bit collection, grab the one you need, then release to let the rest retract back into the handle. There’s also an included bit extender so you can get into those tight areas and hard-to-reach screws more easily.

What makes the Bit Bar unique is that it features a full-sized handle that’s easy to use, but it carries more like a pocket knife than it does a screwdriver. As if designing an excellent, functional tool wasn’t enough, BigiDesign have made their own custom three-position ratchet that works seamlessly with the Bit Bar.

The Bit Bar is available in black DLC-coated titanium, tumbled raw titanium, or a more affordable fiberglass-reinforced nylon. Pledges start at $59, and go up to $120. Hit the link below and check out the campaign and demo video for yourself.

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The 10 Best One-Piece Multi-tools for EDC

Whether you’re looking to slim down your pockets or just want a backup tool for your keychain, a one-piece multi-tool could be the perfect compromise between functionality and convenience. In this guide, we'll help you keep your bases covered with the best one-piece multi-tools you can get.