Every man and woman has a specific collection of items they grab before they even think of leaving the house. Be it a set of car keys with an attached flashlight or knife, a wallet, a lighter — you name it — the act of curating these items and stuffing them in a pocket is essentially known as everyday carry. Some purposefully curate their own everyday carry while others unknowingly throw together the essentials before heading out.
However well put together yours is, chances are there is someone you know whose EDC could use an overhaul. To that end, we’ve done the hard work for you by curating this list of everyday carry gifts that any guy would be proud to carry on his keychain or in his pocket.
Zero Tolerance 0095BW Titanium Flipper Knife
Zero Tolerance’s 0095 flipper is built like a tank, which makes it an incredibly-reliable everyday carry knife. Not only does it look the part, this titanium flipper — like anything that comes from the Zero Tolerance shop — is overbuilt and up to the challenge of everyday carry. It’s solid titanium handles render it lighter than solid steel models without compromising overall strength, while an S35VN, harpoon-style steel blade maintains a sharper edge for longer than it’s S30V steel counterpart.
Additional features include a titanium frame lock with a hardened lock bar insert that secures the blade during heavy use, Zero Tolerance’s smooth and highly-responsive KVT ball-bearing deployment system, and a reversible pocket clip. – Buy It
A lot of forethought went into the design of the Ridge Wallet in order to make it a sleek, fully-functional minimalist wallet with a modern touch. The Ridge Wallet is an RFID blocking front pocket wallet that is crafted from your choice of solid titanium or lightweight aluminum and features elastic straps that allow it to expand according to the size of your carry, along with an integrated spring-loaded money clip for securing your cash. Buy it once and it will likely last a lifetime. Buy it twice and you’ll have a pair of one of the most durable minimalist wallets money can buy. – Buy It
SOG Pent Arc Folding Knife
Because it was originally for regular carry by military and law enforcement personnel, you can expect that the new Pent Arc Folding Knife from SOG is going to be both reliable enough and more than durable enough to handle even the most extreme of situations.
The SOG Pent Arc Knife is a purpose-built folder with a VG-10 blade and an arc-lock for smooth operation and can handle security and defense tasks as well as your more mundane everyday cutting tasks. The sturdily built GRN handle comes standard with stainless steel liners for grip and durability. And at a weight of only 4.4 oz, this knife is perfect for everyday carry no matter what uniform you happen to be wearing. – Buy It
KeySmart Extended Key Organizer
A must-have for any EDC kit, the KeySmart Extended Key organizer is roughly the size of a pack of chewing gum and features a lightweight aluminum frame and a special expansion pack that allows you to carry up to 14 keys without the bulk of a normal keychain. – Buy It
Leatherman Charge TTi
If there exists a single multi-tool on the market that offers up a solution to most of our everyday carry needs, it’s the Leatherman Charge TTI. Yes, it’s made from lightweight titanium — it’s best quality considering the hefty weight of most steel multi-tools available today — and features 19 different integrated tool components for superior versatility. It’s compact size and strategic design make this multi-tool ideal for everyday carry on and off the job, and considering it’s lightweight titanium makeup, it won’t weigh you down by the end of the day. – Buy It
Pixel Keychain Flashlight
The Pixel Keychain Flashlight doesn’t look very powerful at first glance, but, as with most things in life that really matter, looks can be deceiving. This tiny chunk of stainless steel — measuring in at less than two inches — delivers an impressive 25 lumens of light — which seems like much more thanks to an LED bulb — and brings with it a handful of features not typically found on a keychain flashlight such as a simple-to-use twist on/off mechanism, a square design that prevents rolling on flat surfaces, and the aforementioned stainless steel construction that resists the elements. Attach it to your keychain or your favorite backpack and you’ll never be left in the dark again. – Buy It
KeyBar Key Organizer
An organized everyday carry is the best kind of everyday carry, and there’s no better way to streamline your EDC and lighten your overall pocket load than with a KeyBar Key Organizer. The KeyBar includes all of the hardware required to carry between 1 and 12 keys neatly tucked away in an aluminum body, and eliminating the jingling sound consistent with a typical keychain setup in the process. – Buy It
Dango Tactical Multi-Tool Wallet
The competition between extra slim minimalist wallets is fierce, and there is very little room for new ones that aren’t significantly changing the game. Dango knew this when they designed the Tactical Multi-Tool Wallet. You’re probably thinking that a multi-tool wallet has no place on a list of the best minimalist wallets.
Despite it’s rugged good looks and variety of built-in tools, the Dango Wallet measures in at a mere 0.3 inches thick. While that’s nowhere near as thin as some of the others listed here, it does have a lot more going for it — a 6061 aerospace grade aluminum construction wrapped in genuine leather, RFID-blocking capabilities, enough room for 12 cards and some cash, and a removable carbon stainless steel multi-tool with over 14 different functions. – Buy It
Titanium Pocket Tool
At only three inches long, the Titanium Pocket Tool by Big Idea Design is both pocket and keychain-friendly yet provides much of the same functionality of its larger multi-tool counterparts. A series of built-in components — a flat head screwdriver, a mini pry bar, a bottle opener, a fork, a scraper edge, a hex bit driver, a lanyard hole, and a universal wrench — make it one of the most functional pocket tools on the market, while a strong grade 5 titanium alloy construction renders it lightweight enough to carry daily without feeling weighed down. – Buy It
Tactile Turn Titanium Slider Pen
There is no better everyday pen than one with a bolt action mechanism. They’re quite fun to fidget with, and, for those who have difficulty sitting still, are a nice distraction. The Titanium Slider Pen by Tactile Turn features said bolt action, along with a precision-machined, lightweight titanium construction. The only part of the pen — besides the ink cartridge, of course — is the pocket clip, which is made from stainless steel. It also fits every kind of Parker style pen refill, so you’ll never be short on ink. – Buy It
Nitecore NDP10 Tactical Pouch
You’ll always be equipped and ready to go with this expertly designed tactical pouch from Nitecore. Designed to withstand rugged, everyday use, the NDP10 Tactical Pouch has a specially coated surface ensuring water and fouling resistance, a fully padded interior ensuring the continual protection of your gear, and weighs in at a super light weight of 10.98 ounces. The double compartment interior is capable of holding all types of gear including flashlights, batteries, chargers, and more. Not to mention, the sleek black look makes you look like a well-organized tactical rockstar. – Buy Now
SOG MacV Tool
he SOG MacV Tool is made from 3Cr13 stainless steel and features a skull design that closely resembles the original skull branding for MACV-SOG, a covert operations group that operated during Vietnam and after which both the MacV Tool and SOG itself are named. The Tool boasts 12 different built-in functions which include a pry bar, a bottle opener, both a small and large flathead screwdriver, a small Phillips head screwdriver, a line cutter, a blade sharpener, an integrated lanyard/keychain hole, and four different bit drivers. – Buy It
James Brand Chapter Knife
When it comes to everyday carry, sometimes less is more. Such is the case with The Chapter Knife by James knives. Despite a market full of feature-rich, indestructible pocket folding knives, the Chapter Knife maintains a sleek, minimalist design perfect for everyday carry. It boasts a rust-free stainless steel blade with either a serrated combo blade or straight blade, along with a lightweight titanium frame-lock construction that will last a lifetime. – Buy It
AVI-8 Hawker Harrier II
AVI-8 offers yet another pleasing alternative to pricier pilot’s watches with its Hawker Harrier II. Featuring a striking dial combination and tough, durable construction, the Hawker Harrier II fittingly draws inspiration from real military timepieces and exploits — that means it’s a suitably rugged option for an overseas excursion or a (much) shorter day trip. AVI-8 also offers up the Hawker Harrier II for an agreeable price point, and you get plenty of combinations to choose from in terms of case color and design. Wear the Hawker Harrier II now with a denim shirt and chinos, and wear it later with a rugged henley and leather boots. – Buy It
DPTR Leather Clamshell Wallet
Typically, as slim wallets become slimmer, they begin to sacrifice both their good looks and functionality. Luckily, the Leather Clamshell Wallet by DPTR sacrifices neither of these. Slim enough to fit in your front pocket but large enough to feel substantial, the Leather Clamshell boasts a classic Horween leather exterior with a calf leather lining and an elastic band for carrying extra folding cash, receipts, movie tickets, earphones, and any other items one might typically stash in their pocket or wallet. – Buy It
DOIY Concrete Valet Tray
While exceptional, heritage-quality leather works just fine — heck, better than fine — when it comes to providing a way to stow your everyday carry — concrete is a more minimal option preferred by some. And if that happens to be you, the DOIY Concrete Valet Tray is a great way to store your daily haul. Available for a low price, this is one valet tray that features handy slots to organize everything from change to your wallet. With essential functionality and a clean design, it’s a winner. – Buy It
Gerber Impromptu Tactical Pen
Designed from law enforcement official input, Gerber’s Impromptu Tactical Pen is truly tactical in appearance and performance. It features a simple push button mechanism that reveals an ink cartridge that can write in all positions and in wet or dry weather, a tempered steel tip window punch, and a machined steel construction that renders it heavy and sturdy enough to effectively double as a self defense weapon. This is currently our tactical pen of choice, which we carry daily with no problems. – Buy Now
Peak Design Everyday Backpack
Just as with the Peak Design Everyday Messenger, the Peak Design Everyday Backpack is legendary among those who value ridiculously sturdy gear that gets the job done, no frills needed. Make no mistake, this bag raised more than $6 million on Kickstarter for a reason — from the innovative FlexFold interior dividers to the remarkably durable MagLatch closure system and premium, weatherproof exterior, it’s the most durable and eye-catching backpack that you could own — and that’s certainly saying something. – Buy It
Warby Parker Robinson Sunglasses
A pioneer in the eyewear space, Warby Parker is the brand to buy for sunglasses as well as stylish eyewear — and if you’re familiar with the brand’s process, you know the results are worth every penny. The Robinson is an affordable, bold and unique set of sunglasses, and the all-black colorway should fit right in alongside beach boardwalks or city sidewalks. The brand calls the silhouette “geometric,” — we call it stylish and ready for summer. Don’t you agree? – Buy It
Pickpocket Alpha Multi-Tool
A bottle opener is one of man’s most essential tools — especially for the craft beer lover. For some, opening a cold bottle of suds on the fly has become somewhat of a daily routine, which is what makes the Pickpocket such a necessary piece of everyday carry gear.
It features a strong, titanium construction and boasts a small yet fully-functional design intended to fit nicely in your already-crowded pocket space. On the opposite side of the Pickpocket Multi-Tool’s bottle opener is a built-in pocket clip for attaching it to your belt or pocket, allowing for quicker access to your bottle-opener. The result is more bottles opened in less time, and an enjoyable, unforgettable experience for everyone. – Buy It
Beta-QRv2 Quick-Release Keychain Flashlight
Designed specifically for keychain carry, the Beta-QR flashlight is machined from lightweight aluminum and features a convenient quick-release mechanism that separates it from your keychain when you need to use it at a moment’s notice. Despite it’s compact size, however, the Beta-QR does quite well at shedding some light on a dark situation. It delivers up to 60 lumens of light output from a single AAA battery, which is more than enough to find your contact lens on the bathroom floor at 2am. – Buy It
One of the more durable multi-tools on this list, the new for 2017 Gerber Center-Drive is equipped with a plethora of full-size tools including a 30% longer outboard blade and one-thumb opening sliding jaws. This versatile multi-tool also comes equipped with a magnetic center-axis bit driver providing maximum torque and rotation.
In addition, this set of Gerber multipliers comes with spring-loaded needle nose pliers, rotatable wire cutters and strippers, a pry bar with a nail puller, an awl, and magnetic screwdriver bits. If you’re looking for a multi-tool that doesn’t look like it belongs in a miniature toy set, the Gerber Center Drive is a great pick. It’ll also more than likely be the last multi-tool you ever purchase. – Buy It
KeyBar Slayer Titanium
Perhaps the best-looking multi-key holder that money can buy, the KeyBar Slayer Titanium key organizer boasts a CNC-milled titanium construction that will not only lighten your overall pocket payload, but will also add a bit of flare to your EDC. As with it’s aluminum counterparts, the Titanium Slayer keyBar includes a removable pocket clip, a key fob attachment, and a pair of O rings to adjust the KeyBar’s tension to suit your individual needs. – Buy It
Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium
The Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium Watch is positively monstrous in construction and looks, with a 42mm titanium case that looks super-sharp, particularly in all-black. The open case back is a neat finishing touch that provides a window into the quality construction therein — this is a watch built with care, quality and style in mind — in addition to the ability to last from day to night and beyond. The monochromatic look is stellar and sharp, and the tough black canvas strap makes this the perfect field watch — it’s inconspicuous, yet completely evident to the trained eye that you know what you’re doing when it comes to picking up a stellar watch. – Buy It
CRKT Delilah’s P.E.C.K.
When it comes to EDC keychain knives, it can prove difficult to find one small enough to carry comfortably on your keychain yet up to the rigors of everyday cutting tasks. Luckily, there exists CRKT’s Delilah’s P.E.C.K. — a suitable keychain knife alternative to the popular Micro Recon 1 Knife above.
The Delilah’s P.E.C.K. (short for Precision. Engineered. Compact. Knife.) weighs in at less than ounce, meaning it won’t weigh you down during the day, while a closed length of 2.625 inches takes up a minimal amount of pocket real estate. Finally, a sharp 3Cr13 steel, frame lock Wharncliffe blade is more than adequate for tackling daily cutting tasks. – Buy It
Ray-Ban 57mm Square Sunglasses
Summer sunglasses are one area you can go a bit bold and brash. Like a short-sleeve printed shirt, you can — and should — feel free to dial things up a notch in terms of style. That’s where the Ray-Ban 57mm Square Sunglasses come into play. In a striking black color, they feature a 57mm lens width, premium Italian-made construction and the type of design to pair up with your favorite summer staples. Whether you rock ‘em with a pocket tee and light wash denim or chino men’s shorts and a polo, you can’t go wrong. – Buy It
5.11 Tactical Rush 24 Backpack
For under $130, what type of bag do you think you can get? Well, you can get some serious bang for your buck with the 5.11 Rush 24 Backpack. With tactical functionality and tough style in mind, it might be the best value on the market. Starting with an amply sized interior compartment with mesh organizer pockets, the wraparound webbing platform carries that functionality through to its exterior, too. Sound too good to be true? Buy the 5.11 Rush 24 Backpack and see for yourself. – Buy It
Stanley Classic Flask
When it comes to reliability, the Stanley brand has it covered. After decades of producing the world’s best thermos, the new Stanley Classic Flask provides a sleek look with secure beverage holding potential. The insulated container can house up to 8 ounces of your drink of choice for sipping when you need it most. Share a swig or two with friends and let them experience the slim comfort and sophisticated look of this slick stainless steel container at a modest price. – Buy It
Hardcore Hardware MILF Knife
Known for their blacked-out tomahawks, Australian-based Hardcore Hardware has now thrown their hat into the folding knife ring with the MILF-01 Tactical Folder. The knife features a modified drop point design made from CPM S30V steel for it’s proven strength and ability to hold a sharp edge. Additional features include a frame lock, a stainless steel frame with 3D textured G10 scales, a reversible pocket clip, and a removable stainless steel thumb stud that can be fixed to any one of the three integrated bevelled holes in the blade. – Buy It
5.11 Double Duty 1.5 Tactical Pen
While the 5.11 Double Duty Tactical 1.5 Pen doesn’t open handcuffs or feature an integrated flashlight or other tools, it makes for a pretty capable last ditch effort self defense weapon should you drop your knife or run out of bullets. The Double Duty 1.5 tactical pen features a machined aerospace grade aluminum construction with a matte black finish, a knurled grip for better handling while taking notes, and a sharp, pointed end for impaling your would-be attacker. – $60