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StatGear SwissQlip

As common as Swiss Army Knives (or SAKs) may be in the pockets of hundreds of EDCers, there’s always been a key feature missing from their functionality. We’ve gotten used to handy pocket clips on our knives, flashlights, and keychains, but the popular multi-functional knives have stayed true to their original designs, which means no clip to be found on any of their scales. There have been many efforts to customize SAK scales to add a clip, but Clip & Carry, a new brand by StatGear, may have the feature on lock. The SwissQlip is an easily attachable pocket clip that gives SAKs the pocket staying power you’ve been looking for, so EDCing a Swiss Army Knife is easier than ever.

The best thing about the medium 91 mm Swiss Army Knives is the pure feature per size ratio. You get upwards of a dozen functions all in a sleek and compact form factor that fits as well in your hand as it does in your pocket. Problem is, without the clip and with the smooth scales, the tool has a tendency to travel around empty spaces. By clipping onto the integrated keyring loop present on nearly every 91 mm SAK, the SwissQlip solves that problem by giving your favorite tool a removable clip. The patent pending design is made from stainless steel, and the final design will allow a much deeper pocket carry than the prototype images. And the best part is your multi-tool retains all its functions, even the slide out toothpick and tweezers your model may have.

The Clip & Carry SwissQlip just might be the missing link to unlock the true EDC capability of your favorite 91 mm Swiss Army Knife. Check out the already-funded campaign at Indiegogo at the link below, and pledge for your choice of SwissQlip in polished chrome or a matte black finish.

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Victorinox Skipper Navy Camouflage

Given how popular 550 paracord is amongst the EDC crowd, being able to handle rope is actually more useful than you might think. To truly master ropework, you should able to tie (and untie) complex knots, and perhaps be able to splice it into smaller strands too. The best tool to have in these situations is a marlin spike, a traditional nautical tool that lets you manipulate rope with ease. But with limited pocket space, carrying a dedicated spike is likely out of the question. The Victorinox Skipper offers the all-round versatility you'd expect from a Swiss Army Knife, but with added functionality to tackle rope work whether you're a DIYer, climber, sailor, and everything in between.

The Skipper's name evokes sea and sail, and the navy camouflage pattern lends it a military edge. And speaking of edges, the Skipper has a combination 4” serrated and plain edge stainless steel blade, making it good for cutting through rough material like rope. The marlin spike flips out of the spine of the tool, where you'll also find a corkscrew handy for when your work is done. The handiness of the tool is further improved with its plethora of screwdriver, bottle and can openers, and even a pair of pliers built into the design. And with its full-sized, ergonomic grip and locking mechanisms, you have full control over all the tools when you need to get to work. At 6.5 ounces in weight, it's not too heavy for your pockets and the ring at the pommel lets you attach a lanyard to the tool if you prefer.

And even if you don't plan to work with rope on a regular basis, the unique mix of tools and more substantial design of the Skipper makes it an interesting option to consider if you're been looking for a SAK in general. Aside from the camouflage treatment, the Skipper is also available in a nautical blue handle as well. Click the link below to find out more about the Victorinox Skipper, and pick one up for yourself today.

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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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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.

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The 5 Best Pocket Multitools for EDC

Multitools are a great addition to any EDC for the sheer amount of utility they can bring to your kit. The problem is, sometimes the tool itself takes up even more space and weighs more than the entire carry combined. It's hard to put one to good use when the added bulk is a hindrance rather than a benefit for everyday tasks. In this guide, we list five of our favorite pocket-friendly multitools, excellent not only for their repertoire of functions but also for their form factor, bringing you all the benefits without the added bloat.