What are your feelings about pocket knives? Compact flashlights? Multi-tools? Pocketable accessories, doodads, and what-nots?
Shown above is the Leatherman OHT multi-tool, which I reviewed quite a long time ago. I still own it, but don’t use it as often anymore, as I have come to favor other tools.
Folding knives, multi-tools, flashlights, compact versions of common tools, most tools and gear that can be described as “everyday carry” (EDC) tend to draw very polarized opinions.
Some dislike the idea of multi-tools, claiming they can buy an entire tool box full of gear for the same price as a quality multi-tool.
Others don’t like folding knives, preferring utility knives that work with widely available disposable blades.
Flashlights? Many make the “I can buy a 10-pack of super-bright flashlights from Amazon for way less money!” arguments.
I would say that most opinions and views can be classified in one of three ways. There are collectors and enthusiasts that are really into what they like, more casual or beginner users and anymore who is trying things out for the first time, and “not for me” types of folks.
To each their own – there’s no right answer, opinion, or stance to take here.
As with most types of tools, I tend to take an “I want to understand the differences myself” standpoint, which involves exploring a wide range of brands and price points.
Around 15 years ago, gathering these insights and understanding involved a lot of running back and forth to different stores to check out different brands and models, and also thoroughly researching online purchases. Wanting to share my findings led to ToolGuyd’s creation.
Now? Especially with EDC gear, I take a more hands-on approach. ToolGuyd is an enabler in that regard. I’m not buying it for myself, ToolGuyd is buying it for review purposes.
What I’d like to know is how you feel about these types of tools.
I have a huge backlog that I’m working on, and understanding your interests (for or against), will help me plan things out and prioritize future product selection.
If more readers are on the “not interested at all” side of the line, I’ll still proceed, but with a more spaced-out schedule.
I carry some of the stuff everyday like a small flashlight, folding knife, and small leatherman(style PS) and a pen. I use those things most days for notes, cutting food and boxes, looking into dark spaces, pulling splinters, etc. I have tried a few other things like larger multitools, but they just never quite make the cut long term and get cut out to save pocket bulk. Since I don’t really end up carrying them they really lose any advantage and maintain the disadvantages relative to standalone tools.
I feel the same, I’ve trimmed it down to a semi fat Ruby Victorinox Huntsman, and a pen light one in each of the cargo pockets of my shorts.
I’m with you! I carry a Swiss Army Tinker fir everyday, even though I own 4-5 fine folders, a couple custom belt knives and 3-4 multi tools. The screwdrivers are super easy to access, I keep the small blade sharp and the large blade can be used fir rough work, and the tweezers are occasionally useful. If I lose it (or forget it’s in my pocket at TSA, I’m only out $25. The others I use for camping.
For fishing, a one handed opening multi-tool is a must have. I like the Gerbers for the mid $50s. Is the Leatherman OHT worth $90?
I prefer the Leatherman OHT over Gerber’s one-hand tools. But, there are other multi-tools by SOG and Leatherman (Free) where the pliers can also be deployed one-handed, albeit not as elegantly.
I really like my OHT. Half the time, if I’m using my Leatherman, it’s because I don’t have both hands free (can’t let go to go grab/reach for anything else), so it’s my lifesaver if we’re being honest.
I don’t feel like it is at all overpriced in the range it’s at, either.
I care a pocket knife and a compact flashlight at all times. What I carry depends on my planned activities. I use multi tools occasionally and always carry one in my car and in a pack when hiking, camping and kayaking.
I have a keen interest in these things.
I carry the Leathman Skeletool. I personally don’t like most multi-tools. They are just to bulky to carry. The Skeletool is simply a knife, pliers and interchangeable phillips/flathead bits. Less is sometimes better
I acquired one the pliers was broke (one jaw broke off near hinge).I do not know what the person done to get it like that. I decided to take it apart and try to make my own pliers go in it and now it sets apart because I don’t have any that narrow. I have no bones to pick with them tho.
I carry the same assortment a compact flashlight (multi-function) Black Light Flashlight… https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08D7HQGR3 what I like to call a sports utility knife: knife by maxcraft Maxcraft 69192 2-in-1 Sport / utility knife
this is not currently available from Amazon but Google the description with the 69192 number and you will even find it with different branding lastly I carry a Leatherman skeletool sometimes also a 4 inch adjustable wrench on a caribeener
Not for me, I’m not interested in this stuff. I carry a basic swiss army knife at all times and use it quite a bit, but I don’t care for bulky or excessive multi-tools and EDC items.
A SAK is still a multi-tool or pocket knife at the least!
“Basic” as in classic SD (keychain), or one of the larger ones?
Hah, guilty as charged! 🙂
I just looked it up, its the Tinker model. I guess they consider it a medium size
I guess I could be more clear, I like having a useful knife around, but I don’t really find myself interested in anything that expands on that basic concept. If the SAK doesn’t handle the minor task, I go for a tool.
Matt the Hoople
I have a tinker small I bought for the Phillips driver. Turns out I don’t carry it as much as I’d hope. I find the sportsman with it corkscrew and mail file to be more versatile. The tip of the can opener fits #2 Phillips and the tip of the mail file is perfect fore size 0 and 1. The corkscrew is not used for corks but is the best tool ever for untying knots. The corkscrew also holds the Victorinox Eyeglass screwdriver and secures a pin into the scale. Most people don’t realize the added functionality of these knives and the various tools.
Also carry one of several locking folders ( usually a Benchmade bugout or min grip) and a Streamlight microstream usb.
Got lots of leather man multi tools and carry none.
I vote for more reviews.
I have carried a multitool every day since I bought my first Leatherman PST back in the late 1980s. I have collected a lot of them over the years (mostly Leatherman but a few other brands as well), so it’s become a bit of an obsession, but here’s the thing: I actually use one nearly every day for some thing or another. So, multitools are sort of a justifiable indulgence in the best possible way; I can appreciate the engineering and craftsmanship that go into creating them, and I actually use them all the time so they are more than just decoration.
Pocket knives? Haven’t carried one since I got my first Leatherman.
Flashlights? Not so much. I find there is a lot of value in cheap LED flashlights from Harbor Freight, et.al. , and for some reason I don’t have the appreciation level for the premium ones that I do for multitools.
As you say, to each his own.
I’ve carried a pocket knife of some sort every day since I was in jr high, I switched over to a skeletool leatherman 7 or 8 years ago though. That’s pretty much it for my every day carry.
I’ve carried a folding knife my adult life rotating through 20 or so depending on what I’m doing or wearing. I’ve also stashed multi tools in my vehicles and travel kit so I’m never far from a tool. I’m also fond of a Swiss-Tech Util-Key on my key chain.
Very interested. I remember reading EDCGuyd and I like how you incorporate things like flashlights, multitools, etc into ToolGuyd. When I’m considering a purchase or researching a product, I’ll usually come here and search early on in the process to see if it’s something you’ve written about or reviewed. There are so many options in the EDC world ranging from junk to outstanding and it’s becoming harder and harder to sort through the options. Your reviews are invaluable, I feel like Amazon has become flooded with so many third party sellers and fake reviews it’s hard to trust those sources these days. Thanks!
That was also part of my thinking – if there were was a lot of vocal opposition, I still have EDCGuyd and GearGuyd, and could use those for the bulk of related content and only post periodic summaries at ToolGuyd. But honestly, it’s so much easier to keep everything “under one roof.”
The EDC world really has indeed gotten extremely messy. A lot of times it’s hard to tell what’s popular and what’s being artificially hyped up.
That’s so cool, I never knew there was an ecosystem of Guyd sites. As far as the ‘EDC’ world, to me it’s a red flag of overpriced titanium novelty keychains but I do find this stuff fun to look at even though I would never buy any of it.
Leatherman Skeletool for me. By far the most used tool is the knife; the rest of it is mostly a waste though I do like having the bottle opener :), What I think I’d really like is a something that combines shears / heavy scissors and a pocketknife. My phone light is good enough for me so I don’t see the need for a flashlight. I also carry a Pokka pen which doesn’t see much use but is super handy when I need it.
Have you seen these? https://toolguyd.com/leatherman-skeletool-pocket-knife-2020-gift-guide/ It’s just the knife without the pliers or bit driver, or – sadly – the carabiner.
I would gladly skip the carabineer and keep the rest!
Matt the Hoople
Agreed, the carabiner seems to add a significant amount of unnecessary bulk.
You may consider a Roxon KS, as KS is for knife/scissors. Not a big brand, or a american one, but it’s beeing praised for its massive and sharp scissors on it’s multitools.
Interested. Minimum I carry higher end ($150 +) folding knife everyday. Flashlight comes and goes.
I’ve bern carrying a Spyderco para 3 for the last couple of years. Prior to that I carried a Delica for about 30 years. I also keep a small prybar on my keychain, currently a Kershaw. I find your reviews of edc stuff interesting, but I’m pretty unlikely to base any purchases on them. I just don’t shake things up that much. And on a side note, I have an absolutely irrational hatred of multi tools.
I always have a one hand opening Leatherman on me at all times. A light too.
For the past couple years I’ve just carried a SAK Executive, Surefire Titan Plus, and a Bugout. I found these few items to suit me best in an office environment. I do have a Leatherman Rev in my backpack, but only pull it out on occasions.
I’m certainly both old and “kinda old school”. My everyday carry is a wallet and a wristwatch – and when I remember – an iPhone. A pocketknife and flashlight were in holsters on my belt when I was camping – but I never carry either around town. I’ve put Leatherman (2 Skeletools and 1 Wingman) multitools and flashlights (Nebos) in the glovebox of each of my cars and a Leatherman Crunch in my truck. But I don’t recall when I’ve pulled any of them out – other than to change batteries in the flashlights. I have one car that goes mostly unused – have someone charge its battery once per month – so its flashlight may be trash if its batteries have leaked.
I love multi tools. I have a collection of them. The variety, ergonomics, and engineering are all reasons why I am facinated with them. The quirkier the better. ToolGuyd also enabled me years ago when I won a Leatherman Rebar!
I carry a Milwaukee fastback knife daily and like it, but that’s as far as my interests in pocket knives, flashlights, and multi-tools go.
My anti-EDC approach is just stashing like ten of these all over my house. The extra blades in the handle make it especially useful for this since I’m not walking them back to my garage constantly to swap blades.
In my opinion the utility of these kinds of things depends a lot on what your work routine is like and what your specific needs are.
I “EDC” very little. Keys, sometimes a knife. Handkerchief. That’s pretty much it. I don’t carry a multi tool or a light because 99% of the time there are plenty of tools and lights around me. My home, workshop, and office are all well stocked with tools and lights. I do have lights and multitools in all my vehicles for emergency purposes though, and they are also packed with my camping gear. I view a multi-tool as an emergency backup. In my opinion if you need to use tools regularly then its nearly always worthwhile to have dedicated tools rather than using the multi-tool.
I do have some decent flashlights (Streamlight and Surefire) but I am not a flashlight enthusiast or hobbyist and I don’t EDC them. I have a few surefire G2s (mostly the nylon model) around, I thought they were great value for money when I bought them years ago. I have several Olight Swivels–both at home for emergency use if there is a power outage, and in my workshop. They’re great for doing auto work. I have Streamlight Sidewinders in my vehicles for emergencies.
I often carry a pocketknife, which depends on what I’m doing. If I’m visiting with customers or traveling then I go for a basic swiss army since they’re practical and won’t raise eyebrows if you take one out in an office setting, and they’re not terribly costly so if it ends up being lost it’s no big deal. If I’m working around the workshop or my own office then I’ve carried a couple different Spydercos, a CRKT, and a Kershaw Leek.
I view the cost of EDC items as a matter of practical balance. On the one hand if you feel you need them enough to carry them around every day by default then the quality needs to be high enough not to let you down. On the other hand they shouldn’t be so fancy that you feel bad about them getting honest wear, or are worried they might be targets for theft. Take the recent leatherman Darkside, for example. I’m sure it’s a fine tool, but it’s substantially more costly than a comparable standard multi-tool even at its original price. And while it looks great new, I wonder how it will look after pocket grime dulls that nice bright blue G10 and wear starts to eat at the high spots of the black finish? Meanwhile a pocket-worn stainless multitool looks pretty much the same as a new one.
I like all those things. I carry a Swiss Army Knife, a pocket knife and a flashlight on my keys. I think they’re all useful at some point. The little SAK for the tweezers and file. The pocket knife for any number of things. The flashlight for… you know lighting things up. Its all super handy at some point. And I’m the type of person that wants to use and have anything if might be useful later. though I’m not a collector or hoarder
The EDC I’m getting tired of is the bottle opener. There are so many bottle openers its insane. How many bottles are people dealing with?
The one thing maybe less useful than a bottle opener is a corkscrew. Thankfully they aren’t too common on multitools anymore. Oddly enough, the multitool I carry most has one. I think I can modify it to instead have a 2″ screwdriver bit though.
Matt the Hoople
The corkscrew is the best tool for loosening knots. I’ve used mine to get knots out of the pull cord on window blinds, shoelaces, sweat pants, necklaces, para cord, etc.
I’ve also used it to grab para cord so i could get a good pulling grip and to dig stuff out of the ground.
Also, on a SAK, it holds an eyeglass screwdriver.
VICTORINOX REPLACEMENT PARTS Mini Screwdriver 3 set https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MXBMSE0/
I think the bottle opener is so prevalent because of how simple it is to add one to an existing tool. Add a notch, or find an extant one, and bam there’s another function that the marketing department can add to the tool count.
I do EDC: pocket knife, micro flashlight, chapstick.
If I anticipate any kind of work then I switch the pocketknife for a multi tool and still carry the rest.
I am always interested in what is out there and the reviews help me when I’m ready to make a purchase.
I also have the Flashlight multi tool in each cars center console that has the seatbelt cutter and window smasher.
Koko The Talking Ape
I used to carry a SAK Classic, but a few times I needed a bottle-opener, so when I wore out the Classic, I got a Rambler, which has a small bottle-opener.
It’s not so much that I need a bottle-opener very often, it’s more that when I do need one, I really need one. It’s possible to open bottles with any number of alternative implements (I’ve used butter knives, sharp rocks, the edge of a conference room table) but doing so can be loud, dramatic, and not very genteel, shall we say.
I carry a pocketknife everywhere I go, just a habit from my childhood. A three-inch blade seems ideal for me. I have one multitool in my home, for the odd occasion when I need a quick fix, I generally find them lacking. Small flashlights I have owned were okay, but I never picked up a large flashlight and immediately though “geez I wish this was small and dim” so no I don’t have any “small pocketable” flashlights anymore, I stick with decent sized ones, and I do have a few headgear with flashlights which I find very handy freeing up both hands.
There are few things guaranteed in life, and one of them is that at some point in a 24 hr period it will get dark outside. So I always have a keychain light, along with a small keychain multitool. After all, if I’m away from home I will at least have my keys on me. If I think it need it, I’ll carry a medium multitool, larger flashlight, etc.
I like them and use them on a daily basis. I carry a pocket knife, flashlight and Leatherman. Because on my job I have to do alot of walking around. Carrying a bag of tools all day is tiresome. Most of my repairs can be done with what I have on me. If it’s more serious,then I go and get the big stuff.
I always have a multi tool, folding knife and small flashlight on me and I use them daily. Many I learned about on this site. I have different ways of carrying them depending on if it’s a normal work day, working around the house or out camping. Different tools for each activity. I hate flying because I can’t take them with me and then I always feel like something is missing on my trip.
I hope you keep reviewing various tools. I found it very helpful.
Yes,yes and yes! I’ve carried a Leatherman , about 3”, don’t remember the title, every day for the last forty(wow) years! Always handy. A Bell-Howell multi w/flashlight. And I’m returning to collecting lighters and knives. Carrying a spring assist,switch blade, swtch/lighter, bearing spring assist! Don’t bother in figuring which to carry, carry em ALL! Rotate once in a while. Knives are mostly demascush, how ever it’s spelled). Lighters, most everything from S. T. Dupont to fancy Bic! I just recently GAVE away my truck bed full of tools with what I always said to be enough for 5 men! Come to find I was right! Five full and complete and one over stuffed Craftsman,Proto, Snap-On, four drawer toolbox.(mostly Craftsman) I just might know a thing or two about busted knuckles.
Koko The Talking Ape
My EDC “loadout” is a phone, a tiny Swiss Army knife (the Rambler) and a cheap wristwatch.
I like tools as much as the next guy, but I think EDC has become an overpriced, over-fussy marketing category aimed at people who don’t actually use tools for a living. I think Stuart and the other fellows can do what they want, and I’d still be a fan, but I come to toolguyd for guidance on workaday tools like circular saws or shop vacs, not $100 keychain doodads.
EDC tends to describe personal (rather than pro) needs and wants, but personal worklights and other tools make their way into many pros’ daily lives as well.
Milwaukee’s RedLithium and AAA flashlights and worklights are all technically EDC-type products.
The difficult and confusing part for me, is in how interests and needs change dramatically from “work” to “pleasure,” or “need” to “want.” There’s a grey area, and there’s where product selection and recommendations get especially complicated, hence my desire to better understand readers’ interests and leanings.
Koko The Talking Ape
Sure, you want to understand what people want, so you can provide that. Makes sense. I just personally don’t want or need EDC tools. I suppose I might even comment to that effect when I see them posted. But if you cover them, I’d understand. There’s a lot of money in that stuff, I’d bet.
To me, EDC means “everyday carry,” meaning you carry them around every day. It isn’t necessarily a pro versus personal thing. But for whatever reason (marketing?) EDC now means nifty, expensive, cosmetically appealing, and not really practical.
Yeah, I’ve seen Milwaukee’s lights (they even have one with “everyday carry” in the name), but they don’t seem very useful. My phone has a small flashlight built in, and if I need to do actual work, I’ll use a headlamp. I imagine people like home inspectors could use small flashlights (because they need to look “professional,” and they need to see things without actually working on them.)
Even though I don’t EDC multi tools or lights I’d still be interested in you reviewing them. I don’t follow either topic specifically but it’s still nice to hear about what’s new. One never knows when they might come across something they have a use for.
Since your site is more practical than man-jewellery focused I think it makes sense for you to cover typical EDC stuff but perhaps draw the line at things that cost more than 2-300? I’m sure many people here, myself included, might want to hear about a $250 knife or multi tool but I doubt too many of us would be considering a $2k EDC knife.
I used to carry a Leatherman Squirt S4 on my keychain. The scissors are far more useful than pliers IMO. The small knife (for opening packages) and screwdriver/bottle cap opener is also useful, more as a prying tool.
The can opener on SAKs is also very good, but nowadays canned foor makers figured out Millennials don’t own can openers and they all have flip-top opener tabs anyway.
I’ve found the SAK Cybertool M surprisingly useful during a move when I had to be in a temporary apartment for a few months without access to my normal toolbox.
I have a few full-sized Leatherman multitools (Skeletool CS and Charge TTi) but I never use them. I keep one in my car just in case.
Keep covering real tools rather than these compromised jack of all trades master of none ones.
Eddie the Hook
I’m for posts about pocket knives, multi tools (even pocket tools 😊) & flashlights. But not crazy about expensive flashlights.
Carry a pocket knife, flashlight, and pen daily.
Flashlight has been helpful when I am in dark corners of the office at work at cant see or need to retrieve stuff from under the stairs. Also helps me when it is night out and I rather use that than my cell phone for light.
Pen has been useful for getting signatures when I am out delivering pizza but we these days we don’t require signature but I do ask for one when tip is left blank 😀 But I also like my pen when I am out and about and can use my own pen.
In general, I look to toolguyd for more traditional tool information.
I don’t much care for keychains, wedges, pry bars, lighters, titanium man jewelry, etc. But I do always carry a knife, and generally a multitool as well. I can see the value in flashlights, but can’t be bothered to carry them around daily. I just don’t need them often enough and my phone has enough of a light to get by.
Historically, I never carried a multitool because they required a sheath, they were heavy, they broke your fingernails trying to pull out the tools, etc. etc. All of that changed for me with the Leatherman Free P2. Light enough, thin enough, pocket clip. Easy to carry in my left pocket every day.
I also carry a knife every day, and in general its an expensive knife. I’ve carried a Chris Reeve knife in my pocket every day for the last decade. I paid $350ish for it. The knife has cost me around $.09/day at this point. Still in excellent shape, still gives me the fizz to use it. Sometimes quality items that you cherish are just worth the cost over the bang for the buck.
With the way tools/items in our society seem to be getting more disposable, I don’t hesitate to buy a quality item that I hope to enjoy and potentially pass down to later generations so they can hawk them on ebay for pennies on the dollar 😉
I want reliable, reasonably priced options in most cases. I’ll spend a bit more for a better quality option, but will rarely go for top of the line due to diminishing returns.
Common examples for me:
– Kershaw Chive/Leek knives
– Leatherman Wave/New Wave multi-tools
– Various reasonable quality lights. I really love my Sunwayman mag ring controlled light and wish they were still made as I prefer the interface over click driven options. Otherwise, Olight, Fenix, and Nitecore are all brands I have and use regularly.
As an officer worker, those EDC items aren’t always EDC however, particularly in dress clothes. I’ve trimmed things down and these days
– There’s always a SwissTool on my keychain
– I carry a handmade pen
But there’s a Leatherman and a quality light either in my office or in the car!
I think a followup question might be: What do you give people when you give a gift in this space?
Regarding what to give people as a gift in this space, I like for gifts to be “I couldn’t justify that” items.
It depends on the discretionary income. I used to spend gift cards and reward points on tools that I needed to increase my capabilities and efficiency for personal projects. Think upgrading from Craftsman raised panel wrenches to full-polish Pro.
Now, I have a higher tool budget, and so I spent some credit card rewards today on a Lego set. I bought one 3 years ago, and my son ended up taking it apart and repurposing or scattering everything. Would I spend cash money on another set for me? No. But as a gift…?
When friends and family members head to college or out of the house for the first time, I put together a small kit with essentials / a mini flashlight, keychain Swiss Army Knife, measuring tape, and some other stuff. When possible I pick SAKs that I think will speak to the person’s tastes. Victorinox has done a great job in recent years with fun and diverse Classic SD patterns.
Years ago, I used birthday money and gift cards to get a Surefire G2L LED flashlight at Lowe’s, and I was impressed with its 80 lumen output. At the time, the most flashlight I had were Inovas from Target and Maglite from Home Depot.
I gifted myself a Skeletool when I passed a PhD program milestone, a Leatherman Wave that I wish I had personalized when I got married, and a Leatherman Charge ALX to match the discounted gift sets I have to my father and then-new father in law.
I gave my father a Malkoff Devices light, and although he said it’s too bright, he refused to hand it back.
If you stray from tools, wallets and other personal gear can be included in the same category.
I used to give away a lot of Streamlight Stylus Pro penlights.
My family all regularly tells me about how much they use and love the Olight flashlights I gave them.
Those that aren’t into “EDC” are easy to shop for. Even my wife has been carrying an AAA light and Victorinox keychain on her purse, and I have her something brighter to keep at work.
Those who are into EDC will usually see or know of something they’d like to try.
Thank you for the insight and the extended answer!
I follow what sounds like a similar model:
– Gifts that might be something that the person wouldn’t pick up for themselves for folks who are already carrying things
– Lower cost, quality items for people who need a starter option
I’ve given a lot of the lower end Leatherman tools (Sidekick level) over the years to interns, student employees, and family members. I’ve also given lower end Gerbers to folks who were likely to abuse or lose them but needed a decent tool.
Flashlights are an area where I prioritize AA or AAA based lights for most folks. Upgrading my brother in law to 18650 based lights blew his mind once I got him hooked on quality lights.
I keep a stash of reasonably priced but good quality knives, multi-tools, and lights to give as gifts when I need or want to. It continues to pay off! I’ve begun to eye “more complete” first aid kits and emergency kits for cars as gifts for family members next having purchased some pretty well set up models from LightningX for my own use.
I’m now personally at a point where I have most of the things I want. Occasionally I’ll treat myself when something I’ve been eyeing hits a price that makes it an easy choice.
I tend to follow the same gifting habits outside of EDC-related stuff – cover the recipient’s need, and if their needs are usually met, step into “treat them” territory. This is the same whether we’re talking about EDC or painting supplies.
EDC and tools can be difficult to gift, as it’s important not to blur the line between what I like, and what they want or could use. This requires decisions to be very deliberate and either low-risk or low-involvement.
One category you missed up there, Stuart (though you may think “It kinda fits in there anyways”) is “Converted by Scouting and Outdoor Activities” which rather taints whatever a person would be like before they joined up, versus how they think once they have gone through the program, and left. “Be Prepared” being the Motto, in general, former Scouts can vary in how extreme they take EDC, depending on what they achieved while in the Brotherhood. (This is just a note, not a judgement, I still love how you broke down EDC the way you did.)
As to my answer? I started collecting knives when I was around 7 or 8. Once I assured my parents “I’m not going to be throwing things I collect” they were fine with it. That collection got filtered through Scouting to become generally a fan of Blades in historical, and practical use. Now, it’s a serious love of specific brands, exact models, and a general “Meh” to taking sides on things outside that.
Of course… I’m a bit contradictory, since I have 4 Leatherman tools, in custom-made holsters, plus a DeWALT Folding-Retractable Utility Knife, about… 8″ from my left hand right now? And a Streamlight Stylus Pro directly in front of me. I am really big on EDC for myself. For “Oops, I need something while I’m out” I carry a lot on-body just in case. On the flipside, I also own quality tools for those times I can build or repair things by choice, or at my leisure.
I prefer Black Oxide or Blacked-Out tools because of the reflective aspects. I actually have a light sensitivity problem, so the less chance of light being flashed in my eyes, the better. I’m not fond of “Tacticool” designs, yet I find the MOLLE system to be utterly necessary to my life. I can make my EDC suit, and fit me precisely.
So, if you’re wondering what my opinion is… it’s a little corrupted by Scouting. If you’re asking my “Feelings” about it… well… I’m tainted by inescapable loyalty to things… so … I don’t think that’s valid.
I have an attitude about the EDC concept that is rather strange. As I learned from my Father… If something is worth buying, it’s worth investing in something that will last. So… I’m Team Leatherman, There is just One Knife I would put on a “Wishlist” right now, and that’s an all-blacked-out, corrosion resistant steel, Benchmade Crooked Creek Flip Knife. I own, and have modified, a Bullet Grip Stylus Spacepen, a 0.5 mm Pentel 1000 Mechanical Pencil (That’s your fault, Stuart.) And if you’re asking what someone who is Photosensitive thinks of Flashlights? You’re… Barking up the wrong tree… I have a slim flashlight for EDC, a couple DeWALT utility lights for varying reasons, and migraines when I drop any of them the wrong way, and they flash my eyes.
I am all for specific types of EDC, but I don’t expect full-time tool users to forcibly adopt my views on them, because EDC is about what you use, not what you’re assigned. I’m not fond of several of the Leatherman recent releases, but I still love Leatherman. I was once set on getting a really nice 11″ Bouwie Knife (Measured from the Pomel, not the Hilt) but Benchmade has convinced me the Crooked Creek would suit me better. I will continue to use MOLLE pouches, bags, and gadgets, to happily link up my EDC, and I will be happy to buy those MOLLE items from AliExpress, made in China, because they’re just containers, and I’m not going to war with them. So I don’t need the $500 backpack, I need the $50 one, etc.
You had to expect my views to be complex on this topic, so I make no apologies for the length of this entry. It should answer every possible question you have about whether or not I care about the entries on ToolGuyd regarding EDC.
I carry a Leatherman Surge with the bit kit, racheting driver, and driver extension on my belt next to a 1000 lumen Streamlight. Right hand pocket is usually a Benchmade 9400. Left pocket is a SOG power lock that I have had for 10+ years. I usually also have a smaller flashlight and second knife in the cargo pockets.
I had the Super Tool and broke the pliers using it . I replaced with a Wave didn’t like the weight and sold it . May get another lighter model . I’m more of a knife guy . But multi tools are handy .
With Leatherman’s warranty, why not have them repair the supertool?
Leatherman Surge with a bit holder and extension, AAA Streamlight, 4 1/2“ Crescent wrench all fit into a single holster. Yup, it’s big and heavy and bulky, but I never get dressed without them. I’m an auto mechanic and I use these tools every day, even though I have a large toolbox with regular (expensive) tools. They’re always at hand and save me several trips back and forth to my toolbox.
Greatest things since sliced bread. Carry and use multiples of each each day, and greatly enjoy your coverage of them. Keep it up!
Always (where legal/allowed) – some form of larger single blade knife, multitool/SAK (I have a bladeless one for when it isn’t allowed), flashlight, and a defensive tool or two.
Around town (primarily office job; run to the store; hanging out; etc) it is usually a liner lock, keychain SAK, and pepper spray. Sometimes I take a larger multitool instead of the locker, usually my Skeletool.
Up camping/hiking/fishing/etc is is usually a fixed blade knife, a Leatherman of some type, bear spray, and a bigger light with rechargeable batteries.
I stopped EDC a full Leatherman when I realized that I am at home or close to my car with real tools most of the time. I usually have an older Leatherman in my laptop bag even. If I am going somewhere that I know has a lot of projects or am working on something I am more likely to need a little help I am more likely to bring a multitool.
The thing that gets used the most is my Tinker Deluxe SAK that sits in my remote caddy. Always fixing things for the kids. I just don’t like how it rides in the pocket.
My interests are more in the “basic/upgrade” range not the “enthusiast/collector” range. I am not spending $100+ on an EDC knife. I might for a hunting knife, but I don’t need to spend that much to open packages and slice cheese for lunch at work. I want it to work well and consistently, but I don’t want to cry if it gets lost, stolen, or destroyed.
I have appreciated the sprinkling of this stuff in here. A lot if outside my area of concern, but so are a lot of the actual tool posts. Part of that is that I have a lot of what I need but also that I am not a professional user. I still read the stuff that interests me as I love how you do things and how open you are about it. I just skip the articles that don’t apply to me.
I am an EDC person. I carry a key fob that also includes a Gerber Shard as well as my two needed keys. I also carry a knife and flashlight, CRKT S2 small size and Rovyvon A3, respectively. I have more folding knives and a couple fixed blades as well with the folding knives going in and out my pocket based on desire. I also have multitools, Leatherman (PST and Skeletool)and Swiss Army (Tinker and SAK). The PST is in my car and the Skeletool is in the shed in the backyard. Tinker is in my wife’s car and the SAK is in my briefcase along with an Olight I3.
I have these things as my father always carried a small pocketknife and very small Maglite. He told me that he used both almost everyday and night at work. The pocketknife was not expensive and when it got lost or didnt work well anymore he just replaced it. Same for the Maglite.
To me they are tools that serve purpose as needed and I do use them regularly. I am not opposed to you covering these tools in a more spaced out pattern.
Also, if there any who do treat EDC items as a necessity I suggest you take a look at Everydaycommentary website.
SOG KILOWATT is my EDC for work and more. I’ve had sparkies roll their eyes at me. I just pick ’em up and roll ’em back. It fits my hand well, cuts SO cord insulation without nicking the wire insulation and strips wire too. The blade is just the right size for my needs.
What cell phone doesn’t have a flashlight these days. Still yet, there’s at least a couple of flashlights in each vehicle and at the house doors.
Almost forgot….the lighted ball caps are really nice. MIL gave me a Panther Vision cap for Christmas. Handy as a pocket on a shirt.
My wife has worn out several Victorinox keychain knives. Just ordered a Jetsetter to replace her current one.
Love EDC gear and reviews. I carry a knife (Kizer, CJRB,Buck to name a few), a Olight flashlight, and a mini titanium pry tool. If I did a pocket dump I’m sure to have several other random things but always carry my blade, bar, and light.
I don’t carry any of these items on me normally, but I do use them. Most of my flash lights are Harbor Freight LED’s. They are relatively cheap and work fine for me.
I carry some type of multitool in the glove box of each of my vehicles and my suitcase when I travel. I don’t fly, so it’s never a problem.
I carried the little Swiss classic:
when I was a high school teacher until the administration found out and told me I could be fired for doing so.
I like multitools a lot. They’re interesting bits of engineering and handy to have on hand.
They do not replace real tools – bit they can save a trip to the shop when something needs a quick snug. Like most tools, it makes a difference to get a good one.
I think most enthusiasts would dispute whether I EDC a multitool since I only have it in my pocket about 1/3 of the time – but there’s one in my bag, one in my truck, one in my desk drawer at work and a couple more around the house. Multitools are cool.
I also like reading about knives and flashlights. I skew towards cheap knives though. I’m sure I’ll get a good one some day but I don’t like worrying about using my knives or losing them.
I read about tools even when I don’t intend to buy them though, so maybe I’m not the right person to ask.
I like reviews for all of them. Why? Well, what I carry is often situation dependent. Yes, I always have a pocket knives, but when doing most work, I rely on a disposable blade knife. I always carry a flashlight, but again, when doing certain things, I have a bigger light, or a small work light. I carry a multitool less often, but still quite a bit. So although, yes, a bag of tools is better, sometimes I can’t have that.
I think that’s why the reviews of many things EDC is important. Not so much what I actually may carry everyday, but things I may be able to use and carry as needed, OR to see an item I had never thought of.
To me, my standard everyday carry stuff is there to help me do things when I don’t otherwise have the right tool at that moment, or when things pop up unexpectedly. So, YES, I want reviews on all of the items you mentioned. Most of the people I know and work around aren’t in any of the three groups you mentioned. They are in what could be called a practical group. Not beginners, not enthusiasts, and not a “not for me”. The EDC they carry is carried because it works, and reviews of anything may help replace a practical tool with a better practical tool.
I’m blown away learning about gearguyd and Edcguyed for the very first time!
I posted about my EDC in the toolguyd forum recently.
I’d say fewer and fewer people I know we carrying any type of tool, multi or knife, on them everyday. I find at minimum- a pocket knife and some type of screwdriver are needed constantly- particularly with small child; Always something to change batteries in or open.
To be fair, I haven’t posted to EDCGuyd in literally 10 years. There are only a handful of posts, and I deleted a couple of others after rewriting some for ToolGuyd.
GearGuyd saw one post in 2015, two in 2014, and a couple in 2013. There are 169 posts there in total starting in 2010.
Before I could get the GearGuyd name (it took a few years), it was “OhMyGuyd.”
There’s a lot to juggle just here at ToolGuyd, and I decided not to spread myself too thin. I might relaunch GearGuyd eventually, but I’m not sure what that will look like.
I’m sorry that I missed your forum post! Interesting “pocket dump.” I’ve never seen the Leatherman Klamath before, looks interesting!
I swore off Leatherman knives after buying an H503 back in 2008 (https://amzn.to/3zDgI0H). It was so chunky that I never carried it, but I recently designed to finally give them another shot.
That uh… Sounds more like a “marital aid” review site than a tool/gear review. Definitely a good rename back in the day.
The original idea was for stuff I found interesting or cool.
GearGuyd was available, but I must have looked at it via the wrong domain registrar because it was suddenly unavailable, and I had to wait a bit for whoever bought it to let it expire. *shrug*
I carry a Lochby pocket journal which contains victorinox rally (phillips, flat plus usual basics), liliput fountain pen, ted baker bb pen, aaa olight torch, notebook, small usb charge cables, flat sewing kit (needle and thread) cash, foldable ruler and hook on anything else as needed eg bigger edc torch or multitool
Once I started carrying a flashlight and a knife I always found a use for them. Now on days I dont have them with me (e.g. when traveling by air sometimes) I find myself cursing my cell phone light that simultaneously doesnt get as bright or as dim as my flashlight or cursing whatever make shift tool I’m trying to use to open a box or clamshell packaging.
I’ve developed a set of gear that I’m pretty happy with now, but I always enjoy reading about new options- particularly ones that introduce a new capability (less interested in those primarily cosmetic updates like a lot of the olight sales – I bought a few olights way back and they work great; don’t need the same flashlight in a different color).
Keep the reviews coming, I can skip the ones I’m not interested in easy enough .
I always carry either a pocketknife or multi tool on me. I also carry a Fenix PD35 for work. I used to carry it everywhere, but smartphone LED seems to work fine for personal use. IMO, you can never have too many pocketknives or flashlights.
I like them all. I have had a Leatherman for about 5 years and I always have it on me. I also have a pocket knife that it try to keep on me when I can. They are both very useful tools as I use them at least a couple times a week.
Love all things EDC. I don’t feel dressed without my Piranha auto on board. I’m not a big milti-tool fan but love high output nigh indestructible flashlights, like the Klarus XT21C.
Here’s the thing, (with me anyway). I appreciate quality, it will always outlast the cheep stuff. I try to buy USA, Swiss, Swedish, German, even Italian products.
Always worth it.
Yes, but where’s the line between quality and luxury? That seems to be a moving target at times.
I use pocket tools out and about all the time, especially if I’m not near my truck or house. My EDC is extensive but refined from over a long time of thought and trial. I do carry a knife, multitool, flashlight, and a myriad of other things on my person that I refer to as my Level 1 EDC. Things that go in my backpack is my Level 2 and is an extension of my Level 1 and serves best when I need to go in another person’s vehicle to sustain myself for a day of activities. Level 3 is my truck and all that entails. I always seek to maximize efficiency and utility but I’m grounded in reality and hate gimmicky stuff and have grown jaded by a lot of the products out there under the survival/EDC market.
I personally like the EDC articles. Always looking to up my game. See what’s new in the multi tool, pocket knife, flashlight world. Also like hearing about sales/deals
My EDC has been the same for about 5+ years minus the flashlight and phone. That tech is constantly evolving. Haven’t carried a multi tool in a decade. Keep an original leatherman in my truck and my laptop bag so it’s almost always within arms reach.
Right now my EDC is:
-HK blitz assisted folding knife made by Benchmade. Light weight titanium frame, excellent edge retention, like the deep carry pocket clip in tip down orientation.
-Princeton tech alloy-x Pen light. Can’t say enough good things about the light but the pocket clip sucks. After re-bending mine so the clip grips my pocket for the 10th time it finally broke. I like that I can use AAA’s in a pinch if the USB rechargeable lithium pack runs out.
-Parker jotter pen in classic stainless with space pen ink cartridge and write in the rain pad. Space pen refills are the best!!!
-HK USP9 (Had to buy something HK to match the knife) in a horse hide/kydex hybrid holster.
-Wilderness tactical instructor belt. Comfortable, affordable, durable and is rated for load bearing. Not much for tacticool stuff but I like having a clip in point for emergency use. For more formal occasions have several bullhide, shark, exotic leather belts from theBeltman.net They are extremely well made.
-Brass money clip for cards and cash
-Omega Seamaster watch. If it’s good enough for 007 it’s good enough for me.
-iPhone 13pro otter box defender case
-truck, house, shop, machinery keys on a beltman.net leather snap on belt slider.
I want to try out adding a titanium mini pry bar.
I generally like your multitool/EDC posts. they are thoughtful and informative.
If I am at work, I try to have a fastback knife of some sort. At my last job I would carry a knipex cobra 7 1/4 1″ and well-loved Channellock diagonal cutter. I would carry cheap lights since they were likely to get exposed to harsh chemicals or gnarly things. On the weekend I usually go for my Leatherman Micra, my personal favorite. (My wife and I have customized ones and I have had an affinity for the Micra since middle school.) Alternatively I’ll grab a Skeletool that was a Father’s day present. I started carrying the 5″ Cobra. It has not seen as much use as my 7 1/4″ did. I think a small Cobra is one of the best EDC tools to have around.
I carry 2 knives (Clean knife that is razor sharp and can use to cut food if I need to, and a dirty knife that is sharp but mainly used to open boxes, mail, etc..), a multitool (Leatherman Rebar in my pocket when I’m dressed casual, Leatherman Free P4 on my belt when I’m in my work clothes) and small pocket flashlight (Either Fenix LD10 or small streamlight both run in a single AA battery). I use the multitool once or twice a week on average, the knives and flashlight are used pretty much daily.
Flashlight, absolutely. My current fave is an emisar D4V2 with a nichia 5000K emitter. Multitools I don’t care much for; I do like carrying a pocket knife (spyderco sage 1), but more frequently have a milwaukee fastback utility knife in my pocket.
I’m a collector and a user of all of the above. I’ve found myself carrying for the last four years , an $11.00 Stanley folding liner lock utility knife everyday. I have several of these in my personal stock so if I lose one I just got to my top drawer and resume as I was lol. I have an extensive high end collection and that’s all it is anymore. If it’s not practical or tactical I leave it at home.
For the last few years I’ve carried a 7″ blade on hip and found that’s all I need to get out of most situations…I do sometimes carry a pocket knife with me and when I do it’s my OTF…I tried the mulitool thing but didn’t see to use it as much as I thought I would….same with a flash light I don’t get into those much but I do have a few nice ones usually carry it in a bag from time to time
I have to carry at least 1 multitool with me all the time if not 2 both for work and off work they are always coming in useful especially my job I use a lot of what’s on my one multitool and I have one that’s specific to help in other areas.
I love that kind of stuff. I have dozens of multi tools and flashlights and 200+ folding knives and carry one of each every single day. That being said, however, I’m frankly not sure how much I would be interested in EDC content from ToolGuyd.
When I am looking for reviews for those kind of things I usually want more objective testing than impressions/experience sorts of content. Especially with flashlights, if it doesn’t include stuff like lumen/runtime graphs or beamshot comparisons I don’t really see the point. When I first got into knives I liked seeing all kinds of reveiws, but at this point I’ve handled enough knives and heard enough about basically every brand that I know if I will like a knife just from seeing pictures and the spec list. I’m probably somewhat of an outlier though given how intensely I’ve been into collecting EDC stuff.
Outside of reveiws: if ToolGuyd became a reliable place for news about changes and new releases in those areas I would definitely appreciate that. KnifeNews and PhotonPhreaks are ones I already follow, but they can be inconsistent and not as thorough as I would like. I see a lot of new releases through Reddit and browsing manufacturer or retailer websites, but it would nice if there was one place I could go that wouldn’t miss anything important.
I have been carrying a leatherman fuse multi tool for over 15 years. I use a inner waist band magazine holster to carry it. Great to hold it discretely and not stick out so much as the pouch that comes with it. Carrying this tool has been incredibly useful over the years and saved me trips back to the car or workbench to get simple tools.
I started EDC a knife 20 years ago, and have carried one every day since then. Got my first AAA streamlight about 15 years ago, and carried a flashlight everyday since.
Never carried my any leathermans daily, but leave them in places where i might need a little extra; desk drawer, glove box.
My work laptop bag also has a flashlight, spare batteries, and a 5in knippex plier wrench.
The pockets I love to fill out are not in my pants but in my Veto Pro Pac bags.
I used to carry a Space Pen and Swiss Army knife (and used them a lot) but when I started to fly frequently, I got in the habit of keeping my pockets empty, and I’ve kept that up post-flying.
So, my “EDC” has been transferred to tool bags, laptop backpack and Pelican cases, so there’s a lot less compromise on capability.
The whole EDC thing took a badly silly turn (to my eye) when displays of stuff started to look testosterone-drenched.
Multitools are a waste of time, by the time someone’s struggled to do a job with one. I can fetch a proper tool and do the job right.
I carry an old leatherman and a knife in my pocket. I don’t really like using the knife on my leatherman, hence the separate knife.
I do like reading about new knives and multitools though.
Interested. I don’t go anywhere outside the house without a flashlight, knife and some version of a AFAK.
Pretty happy with my gear… finding smaller ways to carry first aid stuff… especially bleeding control items like Israeli bandages and tourniquets is helpful not only for EDC but backpacking with tools on the weekend volunteering to clear trails.
James E. Cochran
I carry a small Cabela’s multipurpose tool every day. I doesn’t weigh much in my pocket, has all the blades,saws, scissors,pliers,screw drivers, and bottle openers I usually need. For a flashlight….I usually use my phone…. it’s amazingly bright.
Don’t like jack of all trade tools. Much prefer the power of dedicated tools and good planning. My vote is reviews on high end tools, like woodpeckers or Harvey’s, where a purchase mistake is more costly, than reviews on EDC and photon cannons. I realize it’s harder to get samples of the high end tools.
EDC: Kershaw Cryo flip blade – Made in China, but works just fine and they were great about fixing the spring a few weeks ago when I sent it in for repairs.
I keep a tried and true Leatherman Kick in the truck when needed.
There’s ALWAYS room for ‘one more’!
I carried a personal Leatherman Wave on the job as a railroad freight train conductor. Now retired, it is housed in my pickup truck toolbox for the occasional use like camping trips. I always seem to find a use for it. The Leatherman is modular and can be repaired infinite times.
Minimum weight/volume and maximum utility became my guides over the years. That includes a Swiss Army Tinker, a Photon microlight on my keychain, a Zippo lighter because I smoke, a mechanical pencil and, oddly, a handkerchief. I keep the knife blades razor sharp, refuel the Zippo every morning and the pencil carries extra lead and writes in the rain.
As my eyes have aged, I occasionally add a pocket magnifing glass for small print I may encounter.
All are intended for unanticipated tasks when I’m out and a proper tool is not handy.
I carry a SOG multi tool I was issued on my last tour in Iraq that I love. I was a volunteer firefighter so having as bright a flash light you can find was necessary.
I carry a flashlight, a leatherman wave, and other various tools daily, but I don’t really care to read about edc stuff that much.
Personally I prefer to carry a fixed blade knife,but when I don’t have room my EDC is the amazingly built CRKT M16 D20B Deadbolt,this almost 4 inch Tanto blade will do anything I need for EDC, defense,box cutting ,even wood shavings or carving for the price I paid imo it’s the best folder I’ve seen and at $129 delivered can’t beat it when I can’t carry any of my large fixed blade knives
I also carry in my everpresent back pack a small led powerful flashlight and at least 1 sometimes 2 large fixed blade knives,could be anything from my Junglas, Condor Moonshiner,or any of my many Ontario knives,this is basically for the possibility of shtf situation since I can’t own a firearm anymore 🤬
NIC D GILBERT
nah, and there are plenty of other sites that focus on this market. stick to the real tools!
Interesting topic, everyone’s different. EDC minimalist here. After trying many options over the years, 1 flashlight (O-Light i1R 2 EoS) and 1 single blade lockback knife (Haida Concord, 3″ closed, 5″ open, no longer made) – anything bulkier just doesn’t work for me. The one Leatherman type tool I have rarely gets used.
I’m interested in them but not as the primary focus. You already have a good balanced variety of reviews, new stuff, & such for all tools.
Definitely want to read about EDC stuff. Although I admit the usefulness of small Multitools is more about the idea that you can fix anything anywhere. The reality is that they tend to be too small to use and too big to keep in your pocket. Although they have come in handy. I used to keep a victorianox tinker and a leatherman style ps on my keychain. They kept falling off the keychain and digging into my pockets. Now I don’t carry anything. But I do keep real tools and a leatherman skeletool in my vehicle. I’m generally not too far from it anyway.
If I know I need a flashlight I bring one (got one of those in the car too). If I need a flashlight in a pinch, I’ll use my phone. Don’t see the need for an EDC flashlight for me.
I carry a good quality knife, and flashlight everyday. Olight is my go to light and I switch up between about 15 EDC knives on a weekly basis. Cheap is cheap I don’t deal with it
Always good to mix up your content. Not enough to talk about what’s on sale at Lowes on a slow day.
I always carry a multitool, a folding utility knife, and of course phone, wallet, and keys. Often I also have a multi-bit screwdriver. Usually several pens and sometimes a pair of wire stripers. Then I usually have my backpack with other tools and a laptop. Most of that is for work, but I carry it all the time.
For my multi-tool I prefer one with built in pliers and one hand opening. I have a couple of Gerber Multi-Plier 600 Basics that I was issued in the military, and have carried for years. I actually need to get a new one because one of them started falling apart.
I don’t currently carry a flashlight, I just use my phone. But I would consider it if I could find a durable but relatively inexpensive rechargeable option with a dock for recharging.
I’d be happy to see reviews of any EDC items.
Wow I guess I’m a bit middle of the road. alot of things out today I consider man jewlery. the knives with the ___________ blade, the titanim alloy thing, or etc.
That letherman garage thing – man jewlery. functional sure it might be, but it’s more about I am carrying something that is hard to get or expensive vs use.
engineer in me sees law of diminishing returns. I love the letherman wave tool it does just enough and it does them well. would I try to replace a fuel pump with just that tool – no. would I take it to the gun range, or camping, or out away on the farm – YES. I keep it in the car at all times. Would I get any of their bigger tools, no. diminishing returns and honestly I think the wave is now overpriced but that’s a longer rant.
There are other devices. I agree there is a quality tool, and a better quality tool for many things I use an expensive ratchet vs yes you can get a HF 90 tooth thing. I’d buy tekton before HF but I have an SK. Because I liked SK many years ago and it’s great. But I also will happily say a Gearwrench, or a Tekton are also good – while in same breath say I will not buy a Snap ON or Mac. Not for the home, if I turned wrenches for money there is a benefit there that some don’t see. For my personal use – not needed.
So I can say that and say yes I see the point of a quality knife. but not a overly priced exotic blade steel, hard to sharpen knife. so my buck stops short of many knives.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing.
A red Victorinox Swiss Army Knife provides function. A blue one provides function and a little extra joy. If I’ve got to carry something, there’s an intangible bonus if I like the way it looks.
Some people get carried away, with the looks being disproportionally important to them over function, and that’s okay too – to each their own.
Finding the point of diminishing returns is hard, but a fun part of things, as it encourages me to whip out ToolGuyd’s credit card for models priced a bit higher than I would otherwise be personally comfortable with.
I didn’t used to be into multitools, but I now have leatherman waves in the vehicles and camper. You can pretty much halfway fix anything with one of those…enough to get by.
Flashlights…not real into those, but I don’t mind reading reviews.
I don’t personally carry any of these on my person, but I’m in the construction business, so I am usually well equipped for whatever specific job I’m working on in the moment.
I’m not big into “EDC culture” for lack of a better term. I don’t obsess about what I carry around, and prefer keeping a small number of decent things than any of the “100-in-1” multi-tools where the majority of those tools are making a severe sacrifice in usability. Similarly I’m not worried about having some incredibly specialized super-alloy steel, because it just doesn’t matter for the tasks you’re using a pocket knife for. All the places I have ever found myself needing a screwdriver or pliers (the office, my home, my car, my shop) there’s always at least a small toolkit available, which is far nicer to use than a fold-out multi-tool.
Most days I do carry a basic folding knife (Buck 110) and a flashlight (Pelican 1910) I got free probably 8 years ago. I have never regretted not carrying twelve screwdrivers, a pair of pliers, three tweezers, and two can openers or whatever with me.
If I’m specifically going hiking I will throw an old Husky multitool in my bag, because the weight/space savings is worth it to carry a couple knives and a small sawblade.
Good question for the post. Flashlight, never the cheap garbage for me. Multi tools:: I think yhey are good. I own expensive Leathermans. But EDC? Hell no. I want dedicated tools. They are heavy, inherently not as good as the larger tool, and I am not lazy. I won’t part with them, but not once have they done any good except weight down pockets. I know there are use cases, but I haven’t experienced them. I won’t judge others though, I just know that the cool factor far exceeded usefulness and there worth to me personally.
I’d be keen for more edc type posts. My work place is the size of a city block and I never know when I might need a knife, screwdriver or other tools. Carrying tools around isn’t a practical option and walking back to our tool storage takes a long time for what could be quick fix with a basic tool, so knowing about other options is useful. This is a very work focused thing for me, because legally I need to justify carrying a blade outside of work. Also because I live outside of the USA, edc posts are much more interesting to me then what tools are for sale at Home Depot etc
Yeah I switched from a regular swiss army knife to a Leatherman when I started working in a boat yard in highschool. Just easier to do something like tighten a hose clamp right on the spot then having to walk back to the shop 200 yards away.
A knife (this is the one tool that varies most but it’s always a knife/occasionally it can be my skeletool), small rechargeable flashlight, leatherman style ps and then wallet phone are my EDC when leaving the house. Then when I’m doing chores around the house I add the multitool to the pockets.
A regular knife with a Phillips bit on the other end of the handle could probably do 90% of what my leather man is used for. But it’s convenient.
I had the same thought a while back and got a Gerber Armbar and Kershaw Shuffle. Turns out that’s pretty much right screwdriver and blade do it most of the time. I like using the Gerber better for use in particular the screwdriver, but I find carrying the kershaw easier. Thou I have lost a few bits from the kershaw but they are standard 1/4 bits so no big deal.
Streamlight mini, unknown model, takes 2 AAA batteries. Cheap folder or the Milwaukee Utility knife with the built in bit holder. Black ink pen and a Sharpie. Appreciate the occasional foray into EDC. I have tried different multitools to carry, but they end up in the toolkit for whichever vehicle is most appropriate.
I have carried a pocket multitool ever since my Aunt brought me back a Swiss army knife. I still have the old sucker. It is about worn out. I absolutely love a good multi tool. Yes individual tools are usually better. but I also don’t carry around a freaking tool box everywhere. What I want is to have as much versatility and cover as many needs decently in as few items as possible. for me that means no flashlight (cell phone does a decent job of that). A firestarter of some sort. Right now that is a ferro rod on my key chain. and a really good multi tool. Depending upon pocket size that is either a full sized leatherman charge or a Sog powerpint. Both are work horses with the SOG being smaller and lighter but the Leatherman being able to take a beating. I have done so many quick repairs on so many things over the years. from working on computers(my real job) to a quick car repair(I actually jumped a car with my SAK once) to rehanging a door with the leatherman. Don’t tell me they can’t do the job. They most certainly can. I am never without a multitool. Ever. I even have a few that are for trips(no blades so I can carry on planes)
The multi tool if decent can do anything within reason.
my EDC is cellphone(with wallet case), Pen Tacticoool(LOL), key chain, and Leatherman usually.
On my person, not counting what’s in my satchel or tool bag.
– A folding knife with a pocket clip. Currently a CRKT m16-10kz. It’ll frequently switch with a Gerber Evo(speartip combo serrated) or a Kershaw Shuffle II. I think of these as just really good beater knives and they get swapped based on what tasks the day will likely hold. So tips on picking out afordable(even cheap) daily useable folders is stuff I want to read about.
– A full size multi-plier tool. Currently a SOG Power Assist. I’ve blown through(broken) quite a few multitools over the years. The only drawback to this SOG is the complexity, basically have to give a tutorial every time you let someone else use it. But the pliers are pretty hard to beat on a one hander. I do a good bit of theater scenery stuff so a good multitool beats a trip to the toolbox (this is true in so many other aspects of life too). I’m always on the lookout for a more affordable backup tool.
– a tactical pen with a glass breaker. Just a study pen that I can use as a impromptu center punch.
All in all I look for what’s going to cost me the least and do the most things I need it to do and fits on my person without being cumbersome. So any evaluation considering the overall usefulness and dependability of a tool with a cost/value is always worth the read in my book.
In situations like that, I always carried a cheap beater knife as a loaner.
started using a SAK spartan 33-4 years ago , which goes with me everywhere (along with the phone and wallet) and make note of what other feature would be needing on everyday work , mostly missing is a scissors and occasional pliers,
considering a Leatherman squirt as an upgrade .
bigger multi tools make them less practical for my EDC
but one is there in my office bag ( hardly used )
flashlight – still the phone
I have had knife or multitool on me most days since I was 10 and my dad got me a swiss army knife for boyscouts. I have several leathermans and love the quality my Wave is close to 20 years old. I currently work in an office so I find the full multi tools to bulky and I carry a Kershaw Shuffle or a Gerber Armbar most days. I also have various keychain and credit card multi tools I use when I travel and can’t have a blade on me.
So count me in on the content.
For Flashlights I used to have maglights back in the day as a mechanic. and service tech. Then for a long time I switched to whatever cheap light felt good, and I did not EDC but I did keep some in the car and tool bags. (about 10 years ago I bought a neat LED flashlight from Tractor supply that has a magnet base and a slide out area light I still have it and despite feeling cheaap I still love it.) About 2 years ago I bought some O lights on a sale, and it has made me reconsider my stance against semi expensive flashlights. In particular the rechargable i1R has earned it’s place as the only thing on my keychain next to my work and house key. So bright yet so small perfect for what I need a flashlight for 99% of the time.
I think your loadout really depends on what you do and where you go. I have always carried a knife but after 25 years have learned that slimmer and lighter are better. If I had to open boxes all day a utility blade knife would be ideal.
When my IT work was more field focused I carried a multitool and flashlight when I had to dig through server racks, network closets, or under desks. These days I am at a desk at home or work and just carry the knife. The light and multi-tool live in my workbag for those rare times I need them.
Personally, I always have a SpyderCo 3.5 inch folder, a Leatherman Wingman, and either my Surefire or Fenix flashlights. As a chef, I use them all constantly. I dare say as much as my chef knife. In everyday life, I have only ever needed any of the above when I happen to not have one with me. (Esp my multiltool). From opening a box- or those damn clamshell packages, to snipping a loose thread, to having a little pair of pliers handy have become invaluable.
Leatherman and a mini-mag in a nice little pouch on my belt, happiness is a redneck tool kit
Swiss army for me everytime
I carry a SOG SEAL xr, a pen, a zippo with a butane torch insert, my wallet with a pen and notebook inside as well as a multitool card, and of course my phone and keys. I’m interested in carrying a slim flashlight and would love to carry my leatherman charge tti but don’t care to scratch all of it up and I need cargo pants for it so I opt for a backpack instead usually. I like to be prepared as best I can for the everyday and I think most people should be prepared. You’re miles ahead in preparedness with even a basic multitool, knife, or flashlight. They make a big difference when it counts. It makes no sense to me to keep buying cheap replaceables when sturdy and reliable options exist instead but hey; to each their own.
Oh hey, I have a SOG Sealpup, it’s my favourite knife. Can’t take it anywhere since it’s illegal to have it outside the house in my country, so it lives in it’s kydex seath screwed in to the side of my bed.
I hear what you’re saying about cargo pants. I carry my EDC around in a dedicated, discreet MOLLE pouch on my belt. I have an enormous powerbank, flashlight, multitool, small medical kit amongst other things. It doesn’t draw much attention and it’s great to keep everything together in one pouch so you can just grab it and go.
I found this one suited me perfectly. Hope this helps you out.
I don’t like having extras in my pocket. The only EDC that has stuck (besides phone, thin wallet, keys) is a simple keychain “pocket bit” I got on kickstarter 5+ yrs ago. Flathead good for opening packages and simple prying, and phillips comes in handy regularly.
I EDC too much but not enough. I have a victorinox master craftsman in one pocket, a Leatherman wave and a Fenix flashlight in another, a folding razor knife in the back pocket and a space pen and nail clippers. Also a good lock blade folder aka battle blade. I will thin it out depending on the day or occasion but then I feel “what am I missing?”
I love my Gerber. The problem is so many of them can’t have tools removed, and no-one seems to sell knifeless versions. In Australia, having any kind of blade is straight up illegal. There’s a very small neich where if you’re a kind of trades person on a construction site, you may have one on you, but it can’t leave the site unless it’s in a locked box for transport. Trying to use a multiple for EDC is practically impossible in Australia, and I wish leatherman/Gerber/etc would release either bladeless versions, or a specifically modular version you could swap all the tools out yourself so I could just remove the blade. I carry a Gerber dime, only because I was able to unscrew the outer plate and remove the blade, but it doesn’t fit back together correctly since there is now a void in the knifes place.
Any knife is illegal in Australia? Wow.
You could probably fill the void in your Dime with a washer. However, you might try searching for “TSA-friendly” options. Leatherman and Gerber both have options.
Alternately, SOG has customization options. You could swap a knife from the powerlock for a wire stripper or some other similar-sized tool, for example. The SOG tools are much easier to take apart than most.
Yes. The law gets very specific in certain instances. Such as when buying kitchen knives. You must keep them in their packaging, you must keep the receipt with you, and you may only travel directly home from the place of purchase. One of my old hospitality professors once got in trouble because she was carrying her chef knives home one day in a secure case, but it required an external padlock which she didn’t happen to have on that day.
I remember there was a news story here about an assault on one of our trains where some crazy lady tried to stab a guy, and she was carrying around a chisel because there’s just no leeway with knives.
I’ve heard of other people using washers, but my gerber dime is a “ketchain” multitool and I’ve no way to either grind down a washer or punch out a sheet of metal to size. Appreciate the suggestion though.
I do like SOG. I didn’t know they did EDC/Multitools, I’ve checked it out, might be a good option, thanks 🙂
There are some knifeless multi-tools, but not many.
Leatherman, for example, has a knifeless version of the Rebar.
I love light, slim pocket knives and small, waterproof flashlights that use 18650 batteries. Though I find multi-tools interesting, don’t use them. I find them awkward and also bulky to carry.
I have carried a pocket knife/multitool more than 50 years. Originally a Boy Scout knife from the 1960s (Imperial?), later various Victorinox SAKs, from a very slim Cadet up to a Swiss Champ. I find even “pocket size” pliers-based multitools too bulky for EDC. But several years ago I downsized to a Leatherman Squirt P4, and it remains my favorite. The small screwdriver fits the recessed screw on XLR microphone connectors, and that was a necessity while I was working. I don’t actually need that now, but I still prefer the small screwdriver and awl to the scissors on the Squirt PS4.
I would consider the Gerber Dime, but I find that, as with other Gerber products, the hinges are too stiff. I think it’s common to suffer from fragile nails at my age, and that rules out a lot of products.
If I ever feel like traveling again, I’ll probably carry a Leatherman Style PS.
I carry a small flashlight when I go out at night. If the power goes out at home, I depend on the flashlight on my phone to help me find a real flashlight.
I feel like the social media outlets that don’t allow you to post them because they believe in the controversial side of them being weapons I love pocket knife and multi tool as prior army veteran 18b special forces e-7 I love all pocket knife multi tool and use them on a daily basis
I’ve carried a pocket knife everyday of my adult life. I feel naked without it. It’s an extension of my self.
I normally carry a Leatherman and a flashlight but don’t feel like my dick is out if I am without them.
I’ve never been fond of any of the muti- tools and see them as awkward and bulky. I would much rather carry a folding single blade Buck knife. I used to carry a smaller three blade Old Henry. Along with that is a small led flashlight. Anything else I keep in a toolbox or console or glove box in my truck. I carry too many keys but my keychain does have a 1/4″ drive socket that attaches 2 rings together and cane come in handy for a socket or other tool to fit on. Don’t even know what the multi tools cost. If I was to carry anything on my belt these days it would be a holster for a sidearm.
Cold steel recon 1 (large) tattoo in my pocket every day Leatherman surge on my hip 5 days out of 7. (It was my first present from my now wife, a special edition black and silver model that has been on my hip almost every work day for I think more than 5 years now)