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Top 5 EDC Multi-tools Under $50

When you're putting together your own EDC, you've got a budget to follow. Especially when you're starting out, there's a daunting list of gear to buy and it can get pricey. It's easy to think it would be too expensive to add a full-size multi-tool to the mix. But it might surprise you that you don't actually have to break the bank to carry a quality EDC multi-tool. What's more: you don't have to settle for small niche form factor tools that only have limited use cases. A lot of the best and most popular multi-tools carried by our community fall under 50 dollars. In this guide, we'll show you the best everyday carry multitools you can pick up in this budget category.

Best Affordable Multi-tools

10 Ways to EDC Paracord

A bundle of paracord is one of the most versatile and useful things you can have in your EDC. That's because its strength and durability allows you to do more with it than might think. You can tie things together, use it to repair straps and cords, and even turn it into an emergency tourniquet. The possibilities are almost endless, and versatility is all well and good, but you still might find it a bit strange to carry around a bundle of rope. Usually you'll see EDCers tie a short lanyard to their knife or flashlight, but the good news is that there are plenty of other ways to discreetly carry paracord. In this guide, we'll show you some unconventional ways to integrate this useful cordage into your everyday carry.

Trending Gear: July 2017

Every day, readers like you proudly share photos of their everyday carry on the site.

Not only is looking through their pockets this way super interesting, but it's also a great way to find really cool gear you never even knew existed (yet somehow, suddenly need…).

When you hover over an item you like and click on it in these photos, you're also letting other EDCers know you find that gear interesting. Each click gets recorded to create a data-driven ranking of the most popular gear, which you can find in our Gear section of the site found in the top menu bar.

Gear with the most views and clicks climbs its way to the top of this feed and lets the EDC community know what's trending right this second.

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20 Flipper EDC Knives for Every Budget

If you're looking for an EDC knife that's quick and easy to open, a flipper knife is a sure choice. They're made with a small tab on the blade that you can push with your index finger to flick the knife open. This lets you get straight to work without having to use both hands to get it open. It's fast, intuitive, and it's even better when paired with an assisted opening system.

Now, there's a lot of flipper blades out on the market, and they come in many shapes and sizes. The good news is that you can get yourself a solid EDC flipper blade no matter what your budget is. In this guide, we'll show you our favorite flipper knives, sorted by budget. That way, whether you're looking for an entry level knife or looking to pick up a high-end item, we've got you covered.

The Best Suspension Hooks for Hanging Keys

Let’s face it, keys aren’t the easiest to carry. They can be noisy, bulky, and uncomfortable, but they’re one of the most important items in your pocket. And if you've ever added extras like a tool or flashlight to your keyring, you'd know that simply shoving it all into the bottom of your pocket can lead to some serious bulge. Luckily, there are plenty of options out there to manage it all. The first and perhaps the simplest option is to use a quality suspension hook. It's a small clip that hangs your keys neatly from the lip of your pocket, instead of bunched up at the bottom. In this guide we'll introduce you to the best suspension hook keychains you can get because when it comes to EDC, optimization is key.

The 10 Best Elastic Minimalist Wallets for Everyday Carry

When it comes to your wallet, slim is in. But paring down what you keep in it to the absolute minimum can be a bit of a stretch for a lot of you. Maybe in searching for the slimmest wallet you can get, you've found that most options just aren't flexible enough to handle the ever changing amount of cards and change your wallet encounters. That's where an elastic wallet comes in: it's slim by design but has some give, making it one of the most versatile options for EDC. In this guide, you'll learn whether this kind of wallet is right for you, and discover 10 excellent elastic wallets to get you started.

The Best Boots for the Everyday Commuter

Here at Everyday Carry, we like to talk a lot about the tools and accessories we carry to get the job done. But for some people, being on their feet is the job. Whether they're military/LEO, EMTs, doctors and nurses, or those working in heavy industries, many people rely on what's on their feet as much as what's in their pockets.

So we've put together a list of great boots. Boots with the same quality and performance you would expect from a tool you carry and use every day. Any of these boots can last a lifetime with the proper care. And while you may be paying a bit more than generic department store fare, you get much more robust materials, construction, and comfort in return.

Whether you're looking for the longevity a Goodyear welt provides, the breathability and waterproofing from GORE-TEX, or the rugged classiness of a well-worn pair of work boots, in this guide, we've got a pick for you.

8 New Production Knives by Custom Designers

While carrying a high-end custom knife for day-to-day utility is certainly practical, dropping over a thousand dollars on one might not be. After all, a custom knife is like a functional piece of art, featuring rare materials, precision craftsmanship, and a level of finishing that can only be achieved by hand. Whether it’s out of your budget range, or simply long sold out, a custom knife may not be in the cards. However, there’s still a way to get all the design and functionality of a custom knife without breaking the bank: collaboration production knives.

Last year, we saw a huge increase in collaborations between production knife companies and custom knife designers. The trend continues, and the result is a bunch of affordable knives based on those unobtainable customs that we all long for.

Even though they’re not the “real” thing, production knives come darn close, with plenty of their own benefits. They’re way more affordable thanks to the more common materials they’re made from. Production knives are mass produced, so they’re much easier to get a hold of than a custom. It’s going to sting a lot less if you scratch up a $45 knife than its $1400 custom counterpart. You’re still getting a lot of the design and functionality of the custom at a more affordable price.

Here are 8 new production knives for 2017 that are based on high-end customs.

10 Unique Multi-tool Designs That Break the Mold

When you picture a multitool in your mind, what does it look like? Chances are it's something along the lines of the traditional “butterfly” or Swiss knife design. Since multi-tools in general are usually designed to pack in as many functions as possible, they tend to get too bulky, heavy, and complex for a lot of EDCs. Luckily, there's been plenty of innovation in multi-tool designs recently. More and more modern tools break tradition and put their unique spin on specialized functionality, changing the way you can use or carry a multi-tool. In this guide, we're highlighting our favorite multi-tools with unique designs.

The Best Amazon Prime Day 2017 Deals for EDC Gear

The third annual Amazon Prime Day is here, and it's bigger than ever. Over the next 30 hours, Amazon will be running special deals and discounts on thousands of products. But when it comes to the gear, leave it to us. We'll be scoping the site to bring you the best deals on everyday carry related products.

You'll need a Prime membership to take advantage of all the savings, so be sure to sign up for a free trial here to shop if you're not a member already.

As a heads up, many of today's deals are time-sensitive, and it's gonna be a long event. So be sure to bookmark this post and refresh often so you won't miss a steal. Check out all of Amazon's Prime Day promos at the button below, and scroll further for our curated list of EDC deals of note.

10 Mobile Office EDC Essentials

When you think of an office, you might picture a shiny wooden desk with a computer and plenty of space. Unfortunately, that's a luxury not all EDCers have when you're on the go, so you have to make do with your surroundings. The best desk might be whatever space you can manage, from your lap on the subway to the counter of your local coffee shop. Both can get the job done when you’re finishing up that homework assignment or banging out that work presentation that’s due in 20 minutes, but you can still EDC some gear that'll make working remotely a little more painless. In this guide we’ll recommend some tools that will make it easier to get things done when you need to, wherever that may be.

An Introduction to Damascus Steel EDC Knives

A handy pocket knife is one of those things we EDCers love to collect. Some zero in on their favorite material, like titanium or wood handles, others might collect knives from their favorite designer. But for many enthusiasts, knives with a damascus blade and their distinct wave pattern are a prized part of their collection. While they're stunningly beautiful knives, they shouldn't be thought of as just display pieces — they're capable tools in their own right. In this guide, we'll explain what makes a Damascus knife so special and list some great options worth a spot in your collection.

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8 Made in the USA EDC Essentials

It’s America’s birthday, and we wanted to celebrate by highlighting some of our favorite gear that’s made in the USA. We’ve picked out a range of gear that’s traditional, tactical, and everything in between. There’s a solid EDC knife, buy-it-for-life pen, some summer-inspired notebooks to write on, a bag to put it all in, and more. If you want more American-made gear in your EDC, check out these essentials.

Trending Gear: June 2017

Every day, readers like you proudly share photos of their everyday carry on the site.

Not only is looking through their pockets this way super interesting, but it's also a great way to find really cool gear you never even knew existed (yet somehow, suddenly need…).

When you hover over an item you like and click on it in these photos, you're also letting other EDCers know you find that gear interesting. Each click gets recorded to create a data-driven ranking of the most popular gear, which you can find in our Gear section of the site found in the top menu bar.

Gear with the most views and clicks climbs its way to the top of this feed and lets the EDC community know what's trending right this second.

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The Best EDC Gear from June 2017

The Best Bolt Action Pens for EDC in 2017

These days EDC pens are getting tougher and tougher, and it doesn't stop at fully machined metal bodies. Some of the more popular pen designs take inspiration from bolt action rifles as the next step in EDC performance. It's not a gimmick, either — while most pens click, twist, or uncap, bolt action pens really take things up a notch. Besides their unique mechanism, they're built tough, fun to fidget with, and much harder to accidentally leak in your pocket. That's because the deliberate action you have to take to extend the tip ensures that ink stays in the pen where it belongs, and not all over your clothes. In this guide, we're highlighting some of the best EDC-ready pens featuring that sweet, bolt-action goodness.

The Best CR123A Flashlights of 2017

When you take a look at some of the most popular lights in the EDC scene, you'll notice one thing in common: the battery. With its smaller (though stouter) profile, the CR123A battery allows the lights it fuels to be compact enough for a comfortable pocket carry. But in spite of its proportions, this battery comes with a fair amount of power—enough voltage for outputs to measure in hundreds of lumens and enough capacity for flashlight modes to last days and even weeks. Simply put, it's a great middle ground of size and performance. In this guide, we've put together 10 of the best single CR123A battery LED flashlights for your EDC below.