Everyday Carry

The 17 Best EDC Pry Bars in 2022

Jonathan Tayag
65 Likes
18 Comments
30 Shares
The 17 Best EDC Pry Bars in 2022

Related Gear:
   The Best Pocket Notebooks for EDC
   The 18 Best Keychain Multitools in 2022
   Trending Gear: December 2016
  

When you need to pry things apart or gain access to closed spaces, there's really only one tool for the job: a pry bar. But traditional pry bars are usually too big to carry daily, and even if you could tolerate the weight, lugging one around could give people the wrong impression about your intentions.

Many people resort to using their EDC knives to wedge things open in a pinch without a pry bar. Not only can that ruin your knife, but it could also injure you. Thankfully, more than a few compact, dedicated pry tools are available for your everyday carry. This guide will highlight some of our favorite EDC pry bars that you can pick up today.

Jump to our Best Pry Bars Picks


How to Choose the Best EDC Pry Bar

Functions

An EDC pry bar has to have the appropriate tool at one of its ends to fulfill its essential function. All others are secondary, but as many functions as can be placed in a compact tool without making it too big for EDC are welcome. Common features include a bottle opener, screwdriver, a bit driver, a hex wrench, and occasionally a knife blade.\

Length and Weight

You want an EDC pry bar that’s not so big for EDC that you can’t justify carrying it around unless you pry things open regularly. The length of the tool determines its pocketability. But a too small tool will be difficult to use as an effective pry tool for heavy-duty use, so you will want to find a happy medium that’s easy to EDC.

Grip

Most EDC pry tools are single-piece steel or titanium items with bare metal handles. Some integrate handle scales for added grip in wet conditions. Others have slightly more ergonomic designs that let you leverage the tool to accomplish big tasks despite the size. And if there’s a lanyard or keychain hole at the rear, it becomes easy to use those things as an extension of the tool's grip despite its size.

Material

Stainless steel or titanium comprise the metals used in most everyday carry multitools. Steel has more durability, but it comes with the cost of added weight and bulk in your pockets. Titanium is a popular material for EDC gear, and its use allows larger tools a lighter weight that’s easier to manage.

Price

EDC pry tools can run the gamut from affordable keychain accessories that can do some pry functions to one-of-a-kind handmade and hand-finished tools that can become quite expensive. It’s up to you to choose how much you want to spend on the tool. Whether a pry tool works is a purely practical concern, but sometimes you might want to pick a more expensive tool for its aesthetics or added features rather than its base performance as a pry tool.

The most important qualities to keep in mind:

  • Easy to carry and lightweight
  • Multiple utilities
  • Quality materials
  • Safe to use

Our Top Picks, Ranked

The Best Overall Pry Bar: AmslerKnives HR Micro [Buy]

The Best Pry Bar on a Budget: Gerber Chonk [Buy]

The Most Premium Pry Bar: Vero Engineering Fulcrum [Buy]

The Most Functional Pry Bar: Gerber Lockdown [Buy]

The Most Minimal Pry Bar: CIVIVI Ti-Bar [Buy]


The Top Pry Bars

CIVIVI

CIVIVI Ti-Bar Pry Bar

Purchase
Key Features
Full titanium construction
Oversized lanyard loop
Perfect size for keychain attachment
Specifications
Material
Titanium
Size
1.75" x 0.625" x 0.18"
Weight
0.29 oz
EDC Rating


Just released
Price
$
The CIVIVI Ti-Bar is a highly compact (1.75”) keychain pry tool with full titanium construction. Ostap Hel designed this EDC multi-tool in collaboration with CIVIVI. And with the Ti-Bar on hand, as it lets you cut, scrape, pry, peel, and open without taking too much space.
Gerber

Gerber Lockdown Pry Bar

Purchase
Key Features
10 Function
Textured grip
Limited lifetime warranty
Specifications
Material
Other
Size
6.7" x 1.1" x 0.8"
Weight
5.7 oz
EDC Rating


Price
$$
The Gerber Lockdown is a fully-featured pry bar multitool built around having a pry bar rather than a pair of pliers. It has a 2.75” plain edge folding knife that locks into place. Also included are scissors, a replaceable craft utility blade, and a file with a chisel edge. The practical tool assortment lets you use the proper tools for the job rather than trying to use the knife to do everything. And with its deep carry pocket clip and smart looks, it is an excellent daily driver EDC pry tool.
Olight

Olight Opry Pry Bar

Purchase
Key Features
5 Funtion
Multifuntion clip
Made of TC4 titanium alloy
Specifications
Material
‎Titanium
Size
4.60" x 0.85" x 0.43"
Weight
1.21 oz
EDC Rating


Price
$
The Olight Opry features a high-strength TC4 titanium alloy construction. Its smooth appearance comes with a pocket clip and a happy face design for EDC-friendly carry. Aside from the pry tool, the Opry comes with a bottle opener, hex wrench, screwdriver, and a measuring ruler. It's also lightweight and convenient, weighing only 1.94 ounces in your pockets.
Gerber

Gerber Chonk Pry Bar

Purchase
Key Features
5 Function
Pocket clip
Key ring lanyard
Specifications
Material
Stainless Steel
Size
3.9" x 1"
Weight
2.4 oz
EDC Rating


Just released
Price
$
The Gerber Chonk is a simple and reliable EDC pry tool that provides more sturdy leverage than others on this list. Part of that practical advantage comes from the micarta handle overlay. The Chonk includes a pry bar, nail puller, wire cutter, and bottle opener. There's also a small and large flathead slotted screwdriver at the tip. And despite its versatility, the Gerber Chonk is still pocketable at 4 inches long.
WE

WE Knife Co. Gesila Pry Bar

Purchase
Key Features
Stonewash finish
Pocket clip
Can be use as bottle opener
Specifications
Material
Titanium
Size
6.63" x 3.5" x 1.75"
Weight
1.18 oz
EDC Rating


Price
$
The WE Knife Gesila is a uniquely milled and elegant EDC titanium pry bar tool. Its relatively simple yet beautiful design features a pry tool at the front and a bottle opener at the rear. The rear lanyard hole increases your carry options for EDC convenience. The included side clip also adds security when carrying this tool in your pockets as you do your daily chores.
Gerber

Gerber Prybrid Utility Pry Bar

Purchase
Key Features
6 Function
Slide Lock Mechanism
Lanyard Hole
Specifications
Material
Other
Size
4.25" x 1.3" x 0.4"
Weight
4.2 oz
EDC Rating


Price
$
The Gerber Prybrid is the preferred pry tool for anyone who regularly opens lots of boxes and packaging. Its standout feature is the replaceable contractor's utility knife blade at the front. The pry tool at the rear also operates as a flathead screwdriver, scraper, and bottle opener. There's also a substantial amount of grippy G10 handle scales, ensuring easy and secure operation even when your hands get wet.
Twosun

Twosun TS-EDC04 Pry Bar

Purchase
Key Features
4 Function
Stonewash finish
Keychain hole
Specifications
Material
Full Tc4 titanium
Size
3.11" x 0.27"
Weight
0.91 oz
EDC Rating


Just released
Price
$
The Twosun TS-EDC04 features a sturdy single-piece construction made of TC4 titanium metal. Its beefy body won't bend at first use like inferior tools on the market. At the center of the device, there are also three sizes of hex wrenches. The large ring at the rear also adds defensive application in an emergency.
Kershaw

Kershaw PT-2 Pry Bar

Purchase
Key Features
8 Functions
K-texture pattern
Keychain hole
Specifications
Material
Nylon, Stainless Steel
Size
3.25” x 1.5” x 0.13”
Weight
0.64 oz
EDC Rating


Price
$
The Kershaw PT-2 is a compact, 3.25” two-sided multitool featuring a widgy pry bar and bottle opener on one end, and a flathead driver, wire scraper, and cap lifer on the other. At the center, there's a glass-filled nylon handle for added grip and three hex wrenches that also help keep the overall tool featherweight at just 0.8 ounces, making it easy to carry with its key ring.
Griffin

Griffin Pocket Tool XL Pry Bar

Purchase
Key Features
15 Functions
Pocket clip
Ruler built into handle
Specifications
Material
Stainless steel
Size
4.3” x 0.9” x 0.2”
Weight
2.23 oz
EDC Rating


Price
$
The Griffin Pocket Tool's inherently simple and minimalist design belies its versatility, as it packs 11 different multi-tool essentials, including a bottle opener, assorted wrenches, and the ever-handy pry tool at the end of its design. The nature of its clip also lets you attach it to your belt loop or other gear, and you can attach it to your keys via the hole at the top of the tool. It's available in three different materials: brass, titanium, and stainless steel, so you can choose the one that most fits your aesthetic.
CRKT

CRKT Pry Cutter Pry Bar

Purchase
Key Features
Stainless steel handle
Replaceable cord cutter
Can be use as bottle opener
Specifications
Material
Stainless Steel
Size
2.35" x 0.95" 0.38"
Weight
1 oz
EDC Rating


Price
$
The CRKT Pry Cutter features a unique replaceable circular cord cutter at the top of the tool. It also includes storage for a standard hex screwdriver bit. There's a compatible screwdriver bit holder at the top as well. The stainless steel construction stands up to hard use. And aside from the pry bar itself, there are also three hex wrenches and a bottle opener for when you have to unwind after a long day.
CountyComm

CountyComm Titanium Widgy Pry Bar

Purchase
Key Features
Rust proof
Lanyard hole
Made in USA
Specifications
Material
Titanium
Size
3” x 1” x 0.5”
Weight
0.21 oz
EDC Rating


Price
$
If you want a simple, no-frills pry bar that does one job and does it well, consider the CountyComm Widgy Pry Bars. They are small, pocketable pry bars that do just that; purpose-made tools for getting your prying and wedging done without the bulk of a large industrial pry bar. They're easy to set and forget on any keychain setup as a handy backup to spare your knife blade.
T&P

T&P Ti-Breaker Pry Bar

Purchase
Key Features
5 Function
Built-in ¼” hex bit holder
Pocket clip
Specifications
Material
Grade 5 Titanium
Size
4" x 0.75" x 0.35"
Weight
1.23 oz
EDC Rating


Just released
Price
$$
The T&P Ti-Breaker features a chunky heavy-duty one-piece 6AL4V grade 5 titanium construction. But despite its size and sturdiness, this EDC pry tool is still lightweight at just 1.23 ounces. It's also only four inches long, with a deep carry pocket clip for carrying anywhere with discretion.
AmslerKnives

AmslerKnives HR Micro Pry Bar

Purchase
Key Features
Keychain hole
100% Handmade
Available in 2 materials and finishes
Specifications
Material
Zirconium
Size
2.75" x 0.5"
Weight

EDC Rating


Price
$$$
The Amsler Knives HR Micro Pry bar is a custom handmade, compact, and lightweight skeletonized metal pry bar made of a single piece of super-tough 3V stainless steel or premium zirconium. Amsler accommodates keychain carry with the rear lanyard at the top of the tool. For added convenience, Amsler also includes rubber o-rings for neck carry.
Lynch

Lynch Northwest All Access Pass v2.5 Pry Bar

Purchase
Key Features
Titanium pocket clip
CNC engraved logo
Hand finished
Specifications
Material
6AL-4V Titanium
Size
3.4" x 0.75" x 0.15"
Weight
N/A
EDC Rating


Just released
Price
$$
The Lynch Northwest All Access Pass v2.5 Pry Bar is an attractive small-batch EDC pry tool. This fully-machined and hand-finished tool includes many flourishes, but it's hard to get, so you will need to keep your eye on drops to make one part of your EDC. It features an aesthetic face feature and engraved designs in its 6AL-4V titanium construction.
Vero

Vero Engineering Fulcrum Pry Bar

Purchase
Key Features
Machined from solid titanium
All-purpose pry edge
Phillip and flathead Torx bits
Specifications
Material
Tiatanium
Size
5.2" x 0.65"
Weight
N/A
EDC Rating


Just released
Price
$$
Joseph Vero designed the Vero Engineering Fulcrum with a unique full titanium minimalist look. It comes with a magnetic screwdriver bit holder compatible with Wiha micro bits. The Fulcrum comes with Torx 6, T8, T10, Philips cross, and slotted bits for EDC convenience. There's also a pocket clip for security on the move, and the tool comes in raw, black, blackwash, and an attractive Damascus treatment.
TEC

TEC Accessories Ti-Pry Pry Bar

Purchase
Key Features
Convenient stainless steel pocket clip
Corrosion resistant
Multi-functional tool profile with ergonomic grip features
Specifications
Material
6Al-4V Titanium
Size
3.94" x 0.47" x 0.235"
Weight
0.95 oz
EDC Rating


Price
$$
The TEC Accessories Ti-Pry tool features a slim yet rugged construction with a tungsten carbide glass breaker at the back. The tungsten carbide glass breaker can break through safety glass and windshields. Aside from the pry tool, it includes such EDC essentials as a box/package opener, a scraper, a glass breaker, a screwdriver, and a scribe. And with its lower weighing less than half an ounce it won't be too hefty on the pockets.
Glow

Glow Rhino Tritium Pry Bar

Purchase
Key Features
Self-powered, inserted Tritium lamp glows green
Keychain hole and lanyard loop
Titanium steel bottle opener and prybar
Specifications
Material
Titanium
Size
3" x 0.65" x 0.20"
Weight
N/A
EDC Rating


Price
$
The Glow Rhino Tritium Pry Bar has its most unique feature in its name. The embedded tritium inlay makes it easy to identify this tool in the dark and adds a bit of one-of-a-kind flair to the pry bar. The Glow Rhino is TSA-compliant for easy travel EDC convenience, and it features a rugged minimal titanium design that’s sturdy and rust-resistant.

Pry Bar FAQ

Why do you need a pry bar in your everyday carry kit?

You need a pry bar to have the right tool for the right job, specifically prying and opening tasks. Using a different tool can risk the tool's and the user's damage or safety.

Are crowbars and pry bars the same?

No, a crowbar integrates a hook and a pry tool in one large tool. A pry bar is a flatter, usually split tool at the end of a pry bar.

What is a lady foot pry bar used for?

Lady foot pry bars are used to pry and force things open in small areas and tight conditions. The reverse side is used for alignment work.

What are the benefits of using a pry bar?

Pry bars let you separate, scrape, and pull apart items that are difficult to open or manipulate. They also allow you to avoid using your EDC knife for that purpose, risking injury and breakage.


How we picked

Decades of experience and deep connections in the everyday carry industry give us a unique viewpoint on the market to inform our product recommendations. We have the depth of information for thousands of products that have come before and an extensive eye on the market to see what’s new and trending for each piece of gear. The result is a buying guide that we feel is informative and useful for EDCers of every trade, industry, and budget.

What is Everyday Carry?

Everyday Carry is both the concept of what people carry in their pockets and the process of picking out gear that thoughtfully considers what one wants or needs in their daily lives. It encompasses everything from style to preparedness to utility, meaning an entire industry full of valuable tools and essentials to choose from.

Why you should trust us

Our team has decades of combined experience in all aspects of everyday men’s essentials, from wallets to pens to bags and everything in between, and we know where to find great gear ideas that you may not come across at your local stores or when shopping online. Our expertise with the industry and familiarity in design, materials, and usability help you make more informed choices when it comes to picking up your next piece of gear.

#multi-tools #pry-tools #pry-bars #buying-guides #edc-pry-bar #edc #prying-tool #edc-pry-tool see all



Who Likes This (65)

56 others