THE BEST Tools

Benchmade 496 Vector Flipper Knife

Benchmade 496 Vector Flipper Knife

Hand-built in Oregon, the 496 Vector is a versatile, no-BS knife with strength and style. Benchmade’s first compound grind blade is crafted from CPM-20CV and uses the AXIS Assist flipper mechanism for one-handed open and close. 3.6” blade length, 8.42” open length. Includes’s Benchmade’s lifetime warranty and Lifesharp service.

K1 Utility Knife

K1 Utility Knife

Edcfans’ compact knife combines a removable boxcutter blade, a bottle opener, pry tab, 1/4″ hex driver, wrenches, and a scraper into a supremely compact tool. It’s made from durable stainless steel, and comes with a pair of driver tips which can be kept on your keychain as well. Available in silver or black.

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Post-It Extreme Notes

Post-It Extreme Notes

A durable variant of the ubiquitous sticky note. 3M’s Post-It Extreme Notes will stay whole and stick even when they get hot, cold or wet. Use them in the kitchen, the garage and more. However, they won’t stick to surfaces that are already wet.

Beer Break & Brake Adjuster Tool

Beer Break & Brake Adjuster Tool

The perfect EDC for bicyclists, Paul Component Engineering’s tool works as a 15mm brake adjuster and rotor tuner on one end, and a bottle opener on the other. It’s made from durable 6061 anodized aluminum, and comes in four colors.

TekFire Lighter/Battery

TekFire Lighter/Battery

UST’s rugged gadget is the perfect addition to any adventurer’s kit. Not only does it contain a plasma arc lighter for starting campfires without butane, but also doubles as a 3000mAh emergency charger for your USB-A or USB-C powered devices. Comes with a paracord lanyard with a red core that doubles as tinder.

S.H.O.V.E.L. Spork

S.H.O.V.E.L. Spork

SparkFun’s titanium Semi-Horned Oblong Versatile Eating Ladle combines a spoon, fork, serrated knife, bottle opener, and paracord wrap in one. Best of all the S.H.O.V.E.L’s plans are open-source, so you can make your own, and even extend or modify the design.

Swiss+Tech 20-in-1 Bike Multitool

Swiss+Tech 20-in-1 Bike Multitool

There’s nothing worse than going out for a ride and having your bike break down on you. Be ready for anything with Swiss+Tech’s versatile bike tool, which packs a variety of drivers, wrenches, as well as specialized chain, spoke, and tire repair tools.

Acebeam L30 Tactical Flashlight

Acebeam L30 Tactical Flashlight

Acebeam’s substantial L30 Gen. II flashlight cranks out up to 4000 lumens of bright white light, thanks to a Cree XHP70.2 LED. It offers USB recharging, five brightness modes, and a strobe mode. It’s IPX8 waterproof, and has two switches – one on the side for all modes, and one on its tail for quick turbo mode access.

HUNT23 Microtool

HUNT23 Microtool

While its extensive list of functions basically boil down to a flashlight and flat blade variants, the HUNT23 still looks like a great keychain addition. Measuring just 34mm (~1.34″) long and weighing only 0.24 oz., this tiny titanium tool is waterproof, and can be had with either a 100 lumen white light or a UV LED.

CRKT Snap Lock Knife

CRKT Snap Lock Knife

It was off the market for a while, but Ed Van Hoy’s awesome pocket knife is back. The stainless steel knife features a slick open frame design. When released, the blade flips out sideways, then locks into position. Available with a smooth or serrated blade.

Rugged Material Ranger Wallet

Rugged Material Ranger Wallet

Rugged Material’s sturdy and compact wallet won’t fall apart. Its body is made from powder-coated steel, in either tan or black, and has enough room for 8 cards and cash. Its elastic strap is as sturdy as they come, and it includes a tool card with various wrenches, a 1/4″ hex driver, and a bottle opener.

Leatherman Signal Black Multi-tool

Leatherman Signal Black Multi-tool

Leatherman’s bestselling Signal Multi-tool looks great in a matte black finish. The outdoorsman’s tool comes with a firestarter, an emergency whistle, a sharpener, a combo knife, a saw, a hammer, a couple of wrenches and drivers, can and bottle openers and more.

Trending Gear August 2019

Trending Gear August 2019

Whether you’re in the market for a knife, pocket tool, wallet, flashlight, or watch, our friends at Everyday Carry have you covered with their readers’ most popular gear during the month of August. We’re particularly fond of the metal and leather Dango T01 tactical wallet.

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MyAntenna KIWI P1s Laser Measure

MyAntenna KIWI P1s Laser Measure

This useful pocket-size gadget uses a laser to accurately measure distances up to 130 feet away. It can automatically do the math to calculate distance, area, volume, horizon, and more. The included right-angle mirror makes measuring table heights a snap, and its built-in 6-axis sensor allows it to measure angles too.

DMOS Collective Delta Shovel

DMOS Collective Delta Shovel

We’re digging the compact, foldable design of the Delta adventure shovel from DMOS Collective. Built with the off-road and overland community in mind this tough tool was designed for the backcountry, whether to plant a tree, repair a trail, or dig out a stuck vehicle. Available with an aluminum or cold-rolled steel blade.

AceCamp Keychain Multitool

AceCamp Keychain Multitool

This inexpensive, keychain-sized tool manages to pack six useful functions, including a knife, flathead screwdriver, phillips screwdriver, nail file, wire strippers and spring-loaded pliers. It’s made from stainless steel, and folds up small to easily fit into your pocket.

Überleben Firestarter Necklace

Überleben Firestarter Necklace

Always be prepared with Überleben’s survival tool that can help you quickly start a fire. Its comprised of a mini ferrocerium (fire steel) rod and serrated ring scraper which can make flaming hot sparks in any weather or at any altitude. Comes with a 34″ paracord lanyard.

ChowPal Multitool & Utensil Set

ChowPal Multitool & Utensil Set

Outdoor Edge’s ChowPal is a set of stainless steel utensils. You get a fork, a spoon and a knife that folds into the spoon. The fork is also a wrench, a flathead screwdriver, a can opener and a bottle opener. The fork and spoon can be locked into each other when not in use.

Kershaw Barricade Knife

Kershaw Barricade Knife

Kershaw’s bright orange pocket knife has a 3.5″ stainless steel blade with one-handed opening, and a liner lock to hold it securely in position. In addition to its black oxide-coated blade and built-in pocket clip, it packs an emergency seatbelt cutter and carbide glass breaker in its handle.

Tool Magnetizer/Demagnetizer

Tool Magnetizer/Demagnetizer

Want to make sure your screws and bolts don’t slip when you’re driving them? Jakemy’s handy shop accessory can magnetize your steel tools like screwdrivers, drill bits, tweezers, and anything else that slides through its slots. It’s available in small and large sizes for various tools.

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Forging a Tiny Axe

Forging a Tiny Axe

Not only is this teensy axe that blacksmith Paul Pinto made adorable, he upped the challenge of creating it by using a miniature anvil and hammer he previously made. The only problem with the video is the sped up drilling sound reminds us of the dentist too much.

ONE Titanium Keychain Tool

ONE Titanium Keychain Tool

TitaniumEDCShop’s handy and handsome pocket-sized titanium tool is made from sturdy GR5 titanium with copper accents. It packs a pry bar, bottle opener, flat blade screwdriver, and 1/4″ hex driver in one. Measures appx. 5.2″ L x 0.6″ W x 0.3″ D.

Forging Damascus Pliers

Forging Damascus Pliers

The beautiful patterns of damascus steel make for some of our favorite tools and knives, and the thicker the tool, the more dramatic the look. In this clip from metalsmith Hassan “Habu” Abu-Izmero, watch as he welds together, forges, and twists multiple layers of steel to create a truly special pair of pliers.

Loowoko Carabiner Knife

Loowoko Carabiner Knife

A value-priced alternative to the spendy Gatekeeper, this oversized carabiner-style clip offers three hanging points for keys, and has a built-in utility knife. It’s made from stainless steel and aluminum, and its buckle offers a high-elasticity spring tested to 10,000 uses. Available with orange or green accents.

Screwpop Tether Key Organizer

Screwpop Tether Key Organizer

Unlike other compact key organizers, Screwpop’s design requires no tools to open. Adding and removing keys is as easy as unhooking its stretchy O-rings. Its body made from durable CNC machined aluminum, holds up to 24 keys, and includes a bottle opener blade.

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