It isn’t a great leap on my part to assume that the overwhelming majority of the readers of a knife blog EDC a blade of some sort. We have covered the topic on several occasions. However, as useful as a knife is, it is not the right tool for every occasion. Gizmodo writer Wes Siler recently gave folks a look at the assortment of tools he carries on a daily basis.
Wes’s key-ring/clip cost him $50 all told and seems like a reasonably comprehensive kit. The cornerstone of his EDC tools is a small Leatherman Style PS multitool. While it does not have a blade (strangely, the article makes no mention of a knife whatsoever), it does have pliers, wire cutters, scissors, flathead screwdriver, tweezers and a carabiner bottle-opener combination. According to Wes, this TSA compliant (no knife) multitool is far and away the most frequently used tool on the ring.
Wes’s article goes into detail about why he has chosen these tools and gives examples of when they prove useful.
In my case, the items that I EDC on my person are my Benchmade Griptillian Jr (usually, though there are other knives that rotate through), a small SOG Keychain knife, homemade paracord bracelet, prying tool, and a bandanna. Bandannas are useful as an emergency bandage, sun protection, a handkerchief, it can be used to fasten a splint, or any number of other tasks. While it is by no stretch a disease preventing CPR microshield, it will screen vomit when giving rescue breaths (it is a virtual certainty that a person receiving CPR will regurgitate their stomach contents) which is better than nothing. I do carry a true microshield and first aid kit in my truck.
The prying tool is a small wrought iron leaf that was made by a blacksmith at the Gambier Folk Festival in 1996 as a demonstration piece. Its tip has been used as a screwdriver in a pinch, it can open bottles, and has proven itself useful for over a decade.
I like the idea of carrying a little bit of duct tape (Wes wraps about 18″ around a piece of cord), the uses for which are limitless. Technically I can also count the flashlight on my phone, though reading the article will probably motivate me to add a keychain flashlight in the near future as they have a much longer battery life and are purpose specific.A large safety pin seems like a no-brainer as well.
What items (other than your knife), are a part of your EDC Kit?