They say that big things come in small packages, and that certainly stands true for EDCs! And especially multitools. They may seem small in size, but they are mighty in their functionality and use. I mean a multitool gives you access to a whole bunch of tools in a single design. They completely eliminate the need for you to carry your toolbox with you everywhere! These smart little tools can come in handy anytime anywhere, helping you out of the trickiest situations, and sometimes even quite possibly saving lives! You could be carrying an EDC for days with no real use until, in a time of need, it’ll magically come to your rescue, proving its true value. These little superheroes can make a world of difference while completing tasks. And, we’ve curated the best multitool designs we’ve seen in a while! From a wearable multitool EDC shaped like a ring to a survival belt with a multitool-equipped buckle – these innovative product designs promise to have your back no matter what!
Designed so you can snap multiple tools together, Windeler lets you build your own EDC multitool based on what you need. Want to carry a pocket knife today but not tomorrow? Windeler lets you simply plug-in or plug-out modules so that 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 (out of which you probably end up using just 1-2 tools you actually need), Windeler lets you build, customize, and rebuild your EDC, so you carry only the stuff you need, and not the stuff you don’t.
2. FoldaXe Pro 4-in-1
FoldaXe Pro 4-in-1 has a slide-out storage compartment in the hollow handle for keeping the extra tools like a stainless steel drop-point survival knife and a folding saw measuring 10-inches. Both these secondary tools can be taken out via the pop-out lid at the handle’s base. 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 at times. For some reason, the spade housed in the swiveling head of the multitool is gone, and the only logical explanation is weight reduction and maintaining the compact aesthetics of the FoldaXe Pro.
3. The HexFlex multitool
The HexFlex multitool fits 14 incredibly useful tools into its small frame and comes with a keyring attachment so you’ve always got it on you. Made from stainless steel (although their website also offers a titanium variant too), this incredibly season-appropriate multitool comes with two Phillips screwdrivers, a flathead screwdriver, three hex drivers, a box-cutter, a bottle opener, and six different wrenches cleverly integrated into its snowflake-shaped design. It fastens right to your keychain, allowing you to carry it around wherever you go, and gives you the power to open stuff from bottles to boxes and tighten or loosen screws, and bolts.
4. The PICHI X2
The beauty of something like the PICHI X2 is that it isn’t strictly an outdoor tool or a bicycle tool. It doesn’t bind itself to a particular category or nature of usage, but instead, tries to fit as much as it can within its small form factor, making it pretty much universally useful. Sure, the multitool EDC can tighten and open nuts and bolts as well as work as a hex-bit holder to work with screws too, letting you use it around the house, on your car/bike, for plumbing, or just about anywhere… but the PICHI X2’s blade also works as a nifty knife, a box-cutter, as well as a stationery sharpener, while the crowbar lends itself to a variety of use-cases, from popping open jars to prying lids off paint-cans, to even taking off staples!
5. The Leatherman Tread Bracelet
Made in Portland, Oregon, the Leatherman Tread Bracelet brilliantly turns EDC into something absolutely new, allowing you to wear it along your wrist as almost a fashion accessory… and the bracelet’s designed to last too, with a whopping 25-year warranty. That’s a lot more than your Apple Watch. Adapter modules allow the bracelet to attach to either side of your Apple Watch as straps. The adapters are available in both 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 to the EDC world a distinct USP with its sleek design and features hand-picked for those precarious times. Designed by STEL Design the EDC is at core a key organizer that performs double duty as an accessory to locate your lost gadgets or important things. The multitool is loaded with Tile Smart Technology to track the location of gadgets, you have a knack of losing every now and then. For example key fobs, wallet, phone, or anything else that matters the most.
7. The Survival Belt 2.0
The big problem with EDC is often that either you forget to carry it with you, or you end up not having enough pocket space to carry it with you – the Survival Belt 2.0 by SlideBelts solves that. Designed to give you access to essential multitools by strapping them around your waist, the Survival Belt 2.0 is a pretty nifty belt buckle that comes with its own folding knife, bottle opener, flint firestarter, and LED torch. The buckle fits on practically any belt (although SlideBelts has a pretty remarkable one of their own), turning a fashion accessory into your everyday EDC, so all your tools are eternally attached to your waist, like a modern-day Batman’s utility belt
8. The Claw 2.0
Designed to fit right around your keychain, the Claw 2.0 stands at less than 1.5 inches in height (37mm to be precise), making it smaller than a key, and roughly the same height as a single AirPods Pro earpiece. If you’ve seen the original Claw 1.0 before, you’ll immediately notice a few significant upgrades. Version 2.0 now features a chiseled flat-edge on the front that’s perfect for using as a box opener, staple-remover, screwdriver, or even a flint-striker. Behind it lies the signature claw-hook, that lets you open bottles and pry off tin lids. The most significant 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 in a family of jewelers. Made from titanium the ring acts as a holder for the Tool Ring’s ecosystem of hex-bits, which include a Philips-head screwdriver, a ballpoint pen, a box-cutter, and a flashlight. Independently, the ring sits comfortably on your finger and even has a unique appearance that is also capable of being used as a mini pry tool for opening 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 FX-800 MK’s blade is both sharp AND versatile. It comes with its own 3-size hex-tool, seatbelt-cutter, a flathead screwdriver, and a Phillips head screwdriver built into the blade’s real estate, making it much more functional than a cutting tool. The blade folds into the karambit’s handle, which comes with a carbide glass-smasher, along with a pocket clip and a carabiner clip. This propels the knife into a multitool category and allows it to have all these features coexist within its slim, knife-like design without any compromise