The multitool incorporates many of EDC’s core principles— usefulness, durability, portability. Getting a toolbox’s value of features in a single pocketable tool is invaluable for quick fixes, tinkering, and other handy work. Pliers, screwdrivers, bottle openers, scissors and other cutting tools are typical multi-tool functions. If weight and pocket space are a luxury, multitools will complement the roles of other essential elements, so obviously they complete the second trinity of EDC.
There are many shapes and sizes of multi-tools. The “Swiss Knife” style and the butterfly or clamshell style are the two most common type influences. The Swiss Knife style has tools pivoting from the handle of a pocket knife, where the blade is the tool’s central function. The multi-tool design of the butterfly or clamshell folds into two handles with pliers as the normal central tool. The remaining tool implements are tucked away in the handles of this multi-tool type. Ultimately, there are one-piece devices that are metal parts crafted with practical cutouts such as wrench slots or screwdrivers incorporated into the tool’s own form.
Everyday Carry is about creating a configuration that fits your needs. Just as no two individuals are exactly the same, there will be major differences in their respective EDCs. Purchase and bring what you need depending on your lifestyle, place, occupation, daily routine, style, budget, etc.
Your carry should be secure and practical in general, but personally most importantly. You might be a sincere minimalist, or you’d have peace of mind knowing that all your bases are covered. You should be completely comfortable with it if your EDC becomes an extension of you! A decent EDC displays the foresight to include what you need for your day-to-day life personally and the discretion to leave behind what you don’t.