The best EDC designs you need in your toolbox

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EDCs are the living embodiment of “big things come in small packages”. EDCs are the kind of smart little tools that are always nice to have in your backpack or tool kit. You never know when one of them might come to your rescue, help you out of the toughest situation, or even open a bottle of beer, when you need to unwind after work. These little superheroes can make all the difference by completing tasks big or small. And we’ve picked out the best EDC designs we’ve seen in a while! From a fully functional balisong-style pocket knife to a unique bottle opener inspired by Chinese architecture – these are the EDC designs you absolutely need by your side.

1. Invictus Bali-Ti

The fully functional Invictus Bali-Ti is a knife that deserves to be part of your EDC arsenal! What makes this knife distinctive is its Terrain 365 branding and of course its construction. The sleek pocket knife features 6AL-4V titanium handles and a rust-proof Terravantium pocket clip and blade. The Invictus Bali-Ti is a beautifully designed, high performance tool, built to last in the wild!

Why is this remarkable?

A Balisong aka butterfly knife is a type of folding knife that originated in the Philippines. It has now penetrated deep into other markets, including the United States, where Terrain 365 is perfecting its design for everyday use. The Balisong has the potential to be used as a threatening weapon, which means its use is illegal in some countries. Luckily, there’s nothing quite so illegal about the Invictus Bali-Ti, which takes its design cues from the Invictus dossier. It measures 8.125 inches when fully extended and folds down to about half that size at 4.125 inches when closed.

What we like

  • Crafted from a rust-proof terravantium blade

What we don’t like

2. Tekto Romeo

With its ultra-slim design, carbon fiber handle, and lightweight, maneuverable construction, the Tekto Romeo is an incredibly handy piece of gear that needs to be on everyone’s EDC list.

Why is this remarkable?

At just 41 grams (0.09 lbs), the Romeo is ridiculously light and boasts a profile whose volumes are slimmer than most knives. However, its sleek profile and lightweight design don’t make it any less of a knife, no, good sir. Romeo’s handle is crafted from durable carbon fiber, and its Tanto-style blade forged from M390 “Super Steel” blade goes above and beyond to withstand wear and tear, even with regular, rough use.

What we like

  • Ultra thin and light construction

What we don’t like

3. The Jurassic Crocodile

A reptile-inspired EDC? Shit yeah! Called the Jurassic Croc, this badass EDC comes equipped with 8 tools and works great both indoors and outdoors. It was designed to look like a crocodile’s head and is available in two materials: stainless steel or titanium. It features a Phillips screw bit, two hex bits, a flat head screwdriver, a pry bar, a tape cutter, two O-rings and a unique bottle opener built into the the toothy jaw of the fang.

Why is this remarkable?

Each Jurassic Croc is small enough to fit in your palm, weighing just a few grams and measuring 3.2 inches x 1.5 inches. The croc is fitted with a DeWalt America #2 Phillips bit located in its “cheek”, held in place by 2 o-rings which can also be removed and used. You can slip the crocodile directly into your pants or attach it around your bag or belt using the strap provided. Each croc is TSA-rated safe and designed to last a lifetime…just like those fossils from millions of years ago!

What we like

  • Designed to last a lifetime
  • Creative shape compared to usual EDCs

What we don’t like

4. The Viuu bottle opener

Bottle openers are probably the only EDC with the least amount of innovation – a handle and a head are what you usually get. But YUUE Design Studio decided to revamp the age-old bottle opener. This one almost looks like a decorative piece, but without compromising on any functionality. Now you can prepare your drinks in a truly unique and efficient way with the Viuu bottle opener.

Why is this remarkable?

The design is inspired by window grille patterns, particularly those of classical Chinese architecture. Three shapes are presented: one hexagonal, one rectangular and one with a semi-circular design. All of them have these patterns which may remind you of the windows of old houses if you live in such a place influenced by this type of architecture. Although there are no handles to grasp when opening a bottle, the design of the grill can help you solve the grip problem.

What we like

  • Inspired by classical Chinese architecture

What we don’t like

5. The back plate of the A10 case

This is the A10 Holster Backplate with Dango MT05 to add tactical functions to your lifestyle. The EDC can be hooked to the A10 chassis. The accessory is designed for people who love the A10 Adapt Series Modular Wallet – turning virtually any of them into a tech tool.

Why is this remarkable?

The 18-function multi-tool is designed with the most unpredictable emergency situations in mind. That’s why it’s made from heat-treated, high-carbon stainless steel. Some of the functions included here are seat belt cutter, 2 paracord tensioners, O2 oxygen wrench, bottle opener, hammer and chisel.

What we like

  • The compact size and ease of use of this accessory sets it apart from other EDCs

What we don’t like

6. The grouper knife

Looking like a prop from a sci-fi movie, the Grouper Utility Knife features a stunning design with titanium construction, a parallel link opening mechanism with ball bearing pivots and, if you want, an absolutely stunning rainbow finish.

Why is this remarkable?

The knife, which measures just 4.3 inches (110 mm) when closed, comes with a carabiner on one end and a tungsten carbide glass breaker on the other end. Open it up and the now 6.2-inch-long knife reveals its TAJIMA V-REX II blade inside, perfect for opening boxes, slicing through envelopes, or doing more cyberpunk-like things like cutting wires and cutting seat belts.

What we like

  • The Grouper sports a titanium alloy body that is more than impervious to rough use
  • A clever locking clip on top keeps the knife blade intact until you’re done and ready to close your grouper

What we don’t like

7. Gerber Staking

The Gerber Stake Out is a nifty multi-tool that’s perfect for any outdoor adventure you take on! It measures only 4.5 inches in the closed position and a maximum of 6.6 inches when the knife is in use. The super cool multi-tool conceals 11 tools and helps you with just about anything, from setting up a campfire to cooking a meal in the wilderness. The Scandi Grinding Blade includes a bottle opener, awl, Ferro shank impactor, saw, file and a pair of scissors.

Why is this remarkable?

There is a tent peg puller for packing and preparing gear after setting up camp overnight. This is a very useful tool for campers as they can pack tents faster than normal. So, in a way, this utility is the USP of this multitool without a doubt. Add a ruler and tweezers to the mix, and you have a versatile multi-tool that’s handy enough to carry with you all the time.

What we like

  • 11 tools hidden in 1 multi-tool
  • Economic price

What we don’t like

8. Pinch

With the sleek appeal of a switchblade knife (although much safer), Pinchy is an outdoor cutlery set where the protective case converts into an ergonomic cutlery handle. Just pinch and flip and the case pops open, with a metal spoon, fork or knife popping out. Once the case is back in place, you have a perfectly useful and child-friendly cutlery set, practically designed for the outdoors.

Why is this remarkable?

Designed to be compact and easy to grip, the case is hollow and holds the metal half of the spoon/fork/knife inside. Pinch it open and flip the metal end, and the case changes from an outer shell to an ergonomic handle that’s easy to hold and maneuver. When you’re done, just put the cutlery back in place and they go straight back into their little protective shell.

What we like

  • Pinchy’s design is intuitive to use
  • It is suitable for people with disabilities

What we don’t like

9. The Titanium Transforming Pocket Blade

The Titanium Convertible Pocket Blade is a fully functional pocket blade, in a sleek and compact shape! In fact, it’s small enough to share the space with your keys and has been given a nice look.

Why is this remarkable?

This cutting tool is laser-focused to provide the precision, quality, and safety required for something that could cut both ways while hiding a few tricks up its sleeves for good measure. And like all other multi-tools from Smart & Savior Designs, it still boasts of that hardened titanium body that will stand the test of time.

What we like

  • The Transform Pocket Blade uses a threaded locking mechanism and double O-rings to transform the small blade into a longer blade that you can handle with greater ease and comfort.

What we don’t like

10. Pomegranates

Called the Grenade, this interestingly shaped EDC works as an alarm clock, an outdoor lamp for camping, and a productivity-enhancing gadget. The term “Grenade” may set off some alarm bells in our nervous systems these days, but this really handy EDC has a lot more to offer than its problematic name. You can carry this nifty design in your backpack, and we promise it will come in handy in a variety of situations – anytime in your daily routine or on your outdoor adventures.

Why is this remarkable?

Alright, let’s get straight to the Grenade outdoor lamp designed for Claymore by Wonjun Jo – it’s a small package with big functionality. The gadget’s timer can be used to set morning alarms, schedule tasks, set goals, or simply set up countdowns for cooking food. The alarm feature is quite unique as you keep turning the center section of the grenade to set the timer limit. The chick prop can be hung from wires or any tie down to provide ambient lighting inside the tent, outdoor space, or even for your home office setup.

What we like

  • Attractive stainless steel finish case for safe transport
  • Designed to hang by the pin

What we don’t like

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