They say big things come in small packages, and that certainly goes for EDCs! And especially the multitools. They may look small in size, but they are powerful in their functionality and use. I mean a multitool gives you access to a whole bunch of tools in one design. They completely eliminate the need to carry your toolbox with you everywhere! These smart little tools can be useful anytime and anywhere, helping you out of the trickiest situations and sometimes even saving lives! You could carry around an EDC for days of no real use until, when needed, it magically comes to your rescue, proving its true worth. These little superheroes can make all the difference by completing tasks. And we’ve picked out the best multi-tool designs we’ve seen in a while! From a ring-shaped handheld EDC multitool to a survival belt with a multitool-equipped buckle – these innovative product designs promise to have you back no matter what!
Designed so that you can assemble multiple tools together, Windeler allows you to create your own EDC multi-tool according to your needs. Want to carry a pocket knife today but not tomorrow? Windeler simply lets you plug or unplug modules so you can swap out that pocket knife for, say, a small pair of scissors or a flathead screwdriver. Instead of leaving you with a fixed set of tools (which you’ll probably only end up using 1-2 tools you actually need), Windeler lets you create, customize, and rebuild your EDC, so that you only carry what you need, not the things you don’t have.
2. FoldaXe Pro 4-in-1
FoldaXe Pro 4-in-1 features a slide-out storage compartment in the hollow handle to store extra tools like a stainless steel survival knife and a 10-inch folding saw. These two secondary tools can be removed via the pop-up cover at the base of the handle. The slide-out magazine (like a secret compartment) in this section can be used to store other random items that you tend to keep and forget sometimes. For some reason, the shovel housed in the pivoting multitool head is gone, and the only logical explanation is to reduce weight and maintain the FoldaXe Pro’s compact aesthetic.
3. The HexFlex Multi-Tool
The HexFlex multi-tool packs 14 incredibly useful tools into its small frame and comes with a keychain so you always have it with you. Crafted from stainless steel (although their website also offers a titanium variant), this incredibly seasonal multi-tool comes with two Phillips screwdrivers, one flathead screwdriver, three hex screwdrivers, box cutter, bottle opener and six different keys cleverly integrated into its snowflake-shaped design. It attaches directly to your key ring, allowing you to carry it anywhere you go, and gives you the power to open things from bottles to cans, and tighten or loosen screws and bolts.
4. PICHI X2
The beauty of something like the PICHI X2 is that it’s not strictly an outdoor tool or a bike tool. It doesn’t bind itself to any particular category or nature of use, but rather tries to fit its small form factor as much as possible, which makes it pretty much universally useful. Of course, the EDC multitool can tighten and open nuts and bolts as well as function as a hex bit holder for working with screws as well, allowing you to use it around the house, on your car/bike, for plumbing , or just about anywhere…but the PICHI X2’s blade also functions as a nifty knife, box cutter, as well as a stationery sharpener, while the crowbar lends itself to a variety of use cases, from opening open cans, to prying lids on paint cans, to even removing staples!
5. The Leatherman Tread Strap
Made in Portland, Oregon, the Leatherman Tread Bracelet brilliantly transforms EDC into something completely new, allowing you to wear it along your wrist like almost a fashion accessory…and the bracelet is also built to last, with a whopping 25 year warranty. It’s so much more than your Apple Watch. Adapter modules allow the band to attach to either side of your Apple Watch as straps. The adapters are available in smaller and larger lug sizes for the Apple Watch and come with 2 pairs of spring bars to secure the adapters in place.
6. The KeySmart Max smart key organizer
Meet the KeySmart Max smart key organizer that brings a distinct USP to the EDC world with its sleek design and carefully selected features for these insecure times. Designed by STEL Design, the EDC is basically a key organizer that does double duty as an accessory to locate your lost gadgets or important items. The multitool features Tile Smart technology to track the location of gadgets you have a knack for losing from time to time. For example, keychains, a wallet, a phone or whatever matters most.
7. The 2.0 Survival Belt
The big problem with EDC is often that you either forget to take it with you or you don’t have enough pocket space to take it with you – the SlideBelts Survival Belt 2.0 solves this problem. Designed to give you access to essential multi-tools by strapping them around your waist, the Survival Belt 2.0 is a nice, nifty belt loop that comes with its own folding knife, bottle opener, flint fire starter and LED torch. The buckle fits virtually any belt (although SlideBelts has a pretty standout one), turning a fashion accessory into your everyday EDC, so all your tools are forever strapped to your waist like a utility belt Modern Batman.
8. The claw 2.0
Designed to fit snugly around your keyring, the Claw 2.0 measures less than 1.5 inches tall (37mm to be precise), making it smaller than a key and about the same height than a single AirPods Pro earphone. If you’ve seen the original Claw 1.0 before, you’ll immediately notice some significant improvements. Version 2.0 now features a chiseled flat edge on the front which is perfect for use as a can opener, staple remover, screwdriver or even flint striker. Behind is the signature claw hook, which allows you to open bottles and lift pewter lids. The most important inclusion, however, is the presence of two hex sockets measuring 1/4″ and 1/6″ respectively.
9. The Tool Ring
The Tool Ring is exactly the kind of product you get from someone like Vanik Piliguian, an industrial designer born into a family of jewelers. Crafted from titanium, the ring serves as a holder for the tool ring’s ecosystem of hex bits, which includes a Phillips screwdriver, ballpoint pen, box cutter and flashlight. Regardless, the ring sits comfortably on your finger and even has a unique appearance that can also be used as a mini lever to open lids.
10. The FX-800 MK
Meet the FX-800 MK, a folding karambit knife designed by Doug Marcaida for Fox Knives. Unlike traditional knives with sharp blades, the blade of the FX-800 MK is both sharp AND versatile. It comes with its own size 3 hex tool, seat belt cutter, flat head screwdriver and Phillips screwdriver built into the blade real estate making it much more functional than a cutting tool . The blade folds into the handle of the karambit, which comes complete with a carbide glass breaker, as well as a pocket clip and carabiner. This propels the knife into a multi-tool category and allows it to coexist all of these features in its slim knife-like design without any compromise.