Everyday carry is continuously evolving. Just when you think you’ve gotten your EDC just the way you need it, something new like a card tool comes along and begs for a spot in your pocket or wallet. Since their inception, card tools have been effectively replacing their heavier, more traditional multi-tool counterparts in many EDC collections.
They’re conveniently thin, relatively lightweight, and often fit straight into your wallet with your other cards and cash thanks to a clever credit card design. Here is a list of our ten favorite card tools in no particular order. Although more than half of them open beer bottles, each one of these tools is vastly different from the others, offering it’s own unique way of meeting your everyday carry needs.
Bear Grylls Card Tool
Although marketed as a true survivalist’s card tool, the Bear Grylls Card Tool is way more suited as an everyday carry pocket tool or for your next camping trip. What separates it from other tools on this list are both it’s 1.5-inch fixed blade knife and ferrocerium fire starter, both of which give this card tool most of it’s functionality. It also houses both Phillips head and flat head screw drivers, metric and standard rulers, a bottle opener, and a water-resistant LED flashlight. – Buy It
Cha-O-Ha EDC Card
There are no frills or gimmicks when it comes to the EDC Card. Its machined from a solid piece of S35VN stainless steel and features built-in hex wrenches, a prybar and nail lifting slot, a 30mm metric ruler and beveled edge, a flathead screwdriver and Phillips screwdriver, a lanyard hole, and of course, a bottle opener. It maintains a super slim profile that fits easily onto your key ring or in your wallet with your other credit cards, leaving more room in your pockets for other important stuff. – Buy It
Streamlining your everyday carry kit is not nearly as impossible after adding the Wallet Ninja to it. This credit card sized multi-tool is crafted from heat-treated steel, fits neatly in your pocket or wallet, and features 18 tools including an assortment of screwdrivers and wrenches, a bottle opener, a can opener, a letter opener, a box opener, a peeler, a three-inch ruler, and a smartphone stand for kicking back and watching an hour’s worth of YouTube videos on your lunch break. – Buy It
Although the name is funny, there’s nothing funny about how functional your everyday carry will become with the PocketMonkey in your wallet. Measuring in at 1mm thin, the PocketMonkey takes up very little pocket real estate, yet provides 12 separate functions, some of which include opening bottles, peeling oranges, and opening letters, along with the built-in earphone cord wrap, Phillips head and flat head screwdrivers, and a door latch slip for when you lock yourself out of your house. The PocketMonkey is TSA compliant and weighs only one ounce, so you’ll likely forget you’re carrying it until you need it. – Buy It
M48 Kommando Pocket Rescue Tool
The M48 Kommando Pocket Rescue Tool by United Cutlery is a simple, cost-effective way to stay prepared for both everyday tasks as well as any unexpected survival situations that may arise thanks to a selection of built in tools which includes 4 different wire strippers, 4 ASE wrenches, a can opener, a bottle opener, a screwdriver, a knife blade, and an inclinometer. It also has a laser etched morse code cheat sheet for the words “Help” and “SOS” if you should need to signal for help, as well as an emergency stash of nylon paracord wrapped around one end. – Buy It
Tuls Ollie Credit Card Pocket Tool
The Ollie is the workhorse of the Tuls credit card tool collection and is outfitted with a little bit of everything for tackling everyday repairs or personal projects. It features metric and standard rulers, a protractor, dual-standard gauges for sizing wire, drill bits, or bolts, along with a wide range of standard and metric wrenches. The Ollie is available in your choice of either stainless steel or titanium, and will be the last card tool you’ll ever need in your wallet. – Buy It
Tool Logic Credit Card Companion
The Tool Logic Credit Card Companion has been around for a while, because it is one of the most practical card tools available on the market. It delivers real world functionality in a compact, credit card size in the form of 9 useful tools including a bottle opener and can opener combo tool, an awl, a 8x power lens, a set of tweezers, a compass, a toothpick, a ruler, and a 2-inch stainless steel fixed blade. Although it’s ABS plastic construction render sit less formidable than it’s card tool counterparts, you’ll likely get more use out of the everyday-use tools attached to it. – Buy It
CardSharp4 Credit Card Folding Knife
The Cardsharp4 is the fourth in a series of wallet-friendly credit card folding knives by design team Ian Sinclair. The Cardsharp 4 is CNC machined from a super thin piece of lightweight anodized aluminum, rendering it rather strong considering it’s low curb weight. The cardsharp’s latest design features a new two-stage Zytel safety lock, an improved riveted construction for increased durability, and a blade sharp enough to cut through a seat belt about as easily as it would a brick of butter. It probably shouldn’t replace your current pocket EDC knife, but it makes a great backup utility knife. – Buy It
Tuls Lucy Credit Card Pocket Tool
The Lucy is another card tool by Tuls and was designed to assist in the repair and maintenance of bicycles, motorcycles, cars, and other machines. Built into the wallet-friendly design are a myriad of metric and standard size wrenches, a spoke wrench, a 1/8″ hex bit holder, a screwdriver, and a mini pry bar for prying open cans of paint or endless bottles of craft beer. Just like the Ollie card tool mentioned above, the Lucy is available in either stainless steel or titanium. – Buy It
The Victorinox Swisscard is the Swiss army knife of card tools, and, much like the Tool Logic Credit Card Companion, is loaded out with essential tools ideal for everyday use. The card-sized device houses a screwdriver, a nail file, a set of tweezers, a toothpick, a pair of scissors, a pin, a pair of measuring rulers, a letter-opening blade, and a pressurized ballpoint pen for jotting down notes or ideas on your pocket notebook. – Buy It
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