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Pocket Tools

What do lighters, carabiners, and multi-tools all have in common? These pocket tools are flagship items within the everyday carry, or EDC, category. They’re essential gadgets that are small and light enough to carry with you wherever you go—in other words, the stuff you don’t leave the house without. The exact definition of “everyday carry” is variable, and it depends on what you consider essential. Items like pocket knives and multi-tools are popular choices, as they can help you with all kinds of needs, like slicing cheese for a campsite charcuterie board or tightening a loose bolt on your bike during your commute. Other items, like a carabiner, are perfect for keeping your keys and other essentials organized and easy to reach. A lighter can save your life in the wilderness (just read Jack London’s “To Build a Fire”), or it can help you spark up a joint and relax after work. How’s that for versatility?

A well thought out EDC setup will help you stay organized and prepared no matter what your day throws at you. It’s also a great way to express your style and what’s important to you. Items like a compass are ideal for the outdoor adventurer, while a sleek travel pen or utility knife are a must for anyone who appreciates fine design. Generally speaking, you’ll want to prioritize items that are compact and lightweight, so they won’t feel like a burden to carry. But of course, you also want them to be durable, too, so they can handle the rigors of daily use. That usually means some kind of metal: Items made from steel are a good choice for strength and toughness, and titanium offers exceptional durability and low weight.

If there’s one thing we like to nerd out about at Huckberry, it’s pocket tools. The James Brand’s Mehlville Carabiner is a great place to start when building out your EDC setup, and it’s the epitome of simple things done right: It’s made from a solid block of metal for top-tier durability, the dual-compartment design keeps a handle on keys, and the precision-machined carabiner gate is easy to manipulate and offers a super smooth feel when opening and closing. And you can’t talk about EDC without mentioning Leatherman—all of the brand’s compact multi-tools are made in the USA from high-quality materials and offer a huge range of functions. The Charge+, for example, is crafted from corrosion-resistant steel and packs 19 separate tools into a package that’s smaller than your smartphone.

No matter how you define “essential,” it’s worth spending some time on your EDC kit—you never know when you’ll need it, but you’ll be glad to have it when you do.

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