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TiPiK titanium lockpick set for when a paperclip just won’t do

on Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Do you have an EDC setup? Are you always on the lookout for that unique item to carry, the “I never knew I needed it until I needed it” type of item? Then the TiPiK Titanium Lockpick Set may be what you are looking for. I have always been interested in adding a lockpick setRead More…

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AER Infinity 3-in-1 stylus has 3 times the function in one small package

on Saturday, July 6th, 2013

Do you need a portable stylus? How about a portable smartphone stand? Can’t find that flash drive? What if you could have all three devices in one cool gadget? The AER Infinity promises to be such a product. The AER Infinity is a 3-in-1 gadget that functions as a stylus, a smartphone stand, and aRead More…


Hone makes it easier to keep up with your keys

on Thursday, June 27th, 2013
Posted in: Gear, News, Pocket Gear

If you are always searching for your keys, the Hone key fob will help you quickly find them.  The fob will begin to flash and beep when you use the app on your iPhone (4S, 5) or iPad (3, 4, or mini) to issue a command, alerting you to the location of your keys –Read More…


It may not be the “one ring to rule them all”, but the Ringtool can fix a lot

on Monday, June 24th, 2013

There are tons of pocket tools out on the market these days, in many shapes sizes and forms. I am always looking for unique, simple to use and easy to carry pocket tools to refine and simplify my EDC (Every Day Carry). The Ringtool by Reductivist may be the replacement I am looking for. TheRead More…


Dangle your gear in style with a GearPull

on Sunday, June 23rd, 2013
Posted in: News, Pocket Gear

The GearPull is a pocket gear accessory that is available in Brass, Copper and Pure Titanium. Currently seeking funding through Kickstarter, the GearPull is a thick clip with multiple attachment points that allows for organization of your gear. Project creator Gamble Staempfli sent me one in Copper and Brass so I could judge the quality.Read More…


Keyprop, the portable smartphone stand on your key ring

on Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Ever wish you had a way to prop up your smart phone for reading, Skyping or watching your favorite videos? The Keyprop by Integral Design may be the simple, stylish and portable solution you are looking for. The Keyprop is made out of polycarbonate and is over-molded with a rubberized TPE material. This means the Keyprop isRead More…


Léaf Opener is your credit card sized box opener and bottle cap lifter

on Saturday, April 20th, 2013

The Léaf Opener is a Kickstarter project currently seeking $3800 funding. It’s a minimalist multi-tool that has been laser cut from solid sheets of stainless steel, and will feature 3 functions: box opener, bottle cap lifter and 1/4in hex tool bit holder. The edges are dull and not sharp, so you don’t have to worry that you’llRead More…


You need not fear this Piranha, it’s only a knotless gear tie

on Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

The folks who brought us the Fish Bone knotless gear tie are at it again, this time with a new and improved knotless gear tie called the Piranha. The Piranha is a new design using all the feedback that the creator of the Fish Bone (Brent Garcia) received from that project. Instead of tying aRead More…


INOVA Microlight STS – Keychain flashlight with touch controls

on Saturday, April 13th, 2013
Posted in: Gear, News, Pocket Gear

EDC flashlights are usually either of the clicky or twisty variety. The INOVA Microlight STS (Swipe to Shine) just blew my mind because it is  a touch controlled light for your keychain. That’s right, this small 16 lumen LED flashlight does not have any buttons or switches that you have to press or slide inRead More…


Swiss Army Knife multi-tool for cyclists

on Thursday, April 11th, 2013
Posted in: News, Pocket Gear

Victorinox, the Swiss Army Knife company, has a new multi-tool designed just for cyclists.  The Bike Tool (item number 4.1329US1) is shown closed in the top image.  The bottom image shows the L-wrench with bit adapter, the eight bits that fit most screw types, and impact- and chemical-resistant plastic holder, and the tire lever.  The kitRead More…

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The Tactical Pen – a pen James Bond would want

on Friday, March 29th, 2013

  Need a new multi-functional item for your EDC? Then take a look at the Tactical Pen from Cybernetic Research Labs. What makes this pen different from others is the addition of a carbide end-piece that can be used as an emergency glass breaker. The pen is built of several connecting sections, allowing for multipleRead More…

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Leatherman One Hand Tool (OHT) – Use it with one hand tied behind your back

By: Paul Grunwald
on Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Leatherman has released another tool in their Military/EMT-aimed multi-tools.  The 16-tool OHT is designed so that both the blades AND the pliers can be operated with one hand.  The OHT has both needle-nose and regular pliers with wire cutters, 4 blades including a strap cutter, saw, can opener, bottle opener, screwdrivers,  threaded attachment for  #8-32 Cleaning Rod, and O2 bottle wrench.  ItRead More…

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TSA relaxes ban on knives and sharp sticks on planes

By: Paul Grunwald
on Saturday, March 9th, 2013

Though you still can’t carry your complete Zombie Apocalypse toolkit with you on a plane (my personal favorite, the Dead On Annihilator Superhammer is shown), as of April 25th, 2013, the TSA is changing the rules on small pocketknives, toy bats, ski poles, hockey and lacross sticks, pool cues, and golf clubs. Now, if IRead More…

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WTF-Mini Titanium Keychain – You wont need to curse to tighten that nut

on Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Ever need a wrench in a pinch, but just don’t have one handy? The WTF-Mini Titanium Keychain (WTF stands for Wrench That Fits) can solve that problem. Although this  Kickstarter project is listed as a Titanium keychain, it will also be available in aluminum. The WTF measures 2.85 inches long and 0.83 inches wide; it weighsRead More…


Wagner Victorinox Aviator Ballpoint Pen – A pen with tools

on Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
Posted in: News, Pocket Gear

The Wagner Victorinox Aviator Ballpoint Pen is the love child of a Swiss Army knife and a ballpoint pen. Available in Blue, Red or Black, the pen features a TSA friendly design that includes scissors, LED flashlight, cap lifter, Phillips screwdriver, wire stripper, rubberized grip and a ballpoint pen that accepts D-1 Swiss refills. If you need tiny scissorsRead More…


Wallet-sized ChargeCard cable now available.

on Monday, March 4th, 2013

Last July, Julie told us about a crowd-funding project for a charging cable that could be carried in a credit-card slot in your wallet.  That project was very successfully funded at more than 3 times the goal, and now the ChargeCard is ready for shipping to the general public.  BiteMyApple, a website that sells onlyRead More…

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Keep a tough beast in your pocket by carrying the Rhino Multi-tool

on Friday, February 22nd, 2013
Posted in: News, Pocket Gear

The Rhino Multi-tool is a interesting new pocket/key chain multi-tool from Yeople. The Rhino Multi-tool is given its name because of its unique shape (if you look hard it does kind of resemble a Rhinoceros) and its toughness. The Rhino Multi-tool can be used as a: 3/8″ (9.5 mm) wrench 1/2″ (13 mm) wrench 9/16″Read More…


Whiteboard – never leave home without it

on Monday, February 18th, 2013
Posted in: News, Pocket Gear

If you’re like Dr. Sheldon Cooper, you spend a lot of time working in front of a whiteboard.  If you hate finding yourself with a thought but no board upon which to expand your thoughts, you’ll want to check out the Noteboard Foldable Pocket Whiteboard from ThinkGeek.  When folded, it has the same footprint as aRead More…

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Is it you cleaning the screen or the AutoMeeS?

on Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

From the world of do I need this comes AutoMeeS from Takara Tomy. The AutoMeeS is a tablet and smart phone screen-cleaning tool that sits on top of your device and automatically cleans the screen. The AutoMeeS looks lot like a miniature Roomba and has the ability to detect the edge of your device soRead More…


The Swiss Army Knife of rings

on Sunday, February 10th, 2013
Posted in: News, Pocket Gear

How many times have you wished you had a bottle opener or a pen knife literally at your fingertips?  An etsy artisan has taken this EDC wish and has crafted the Man Ring. Forgiving its name, which doesn’t quite thrill me, it’s a pretty swank looking titanium ring multi-tool.  It features a bottle opener,  straightRead More…

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Is that an army in your wallet or just the SwissCard Lite?

on Saturday, February 9th, 2013
Posted in: News, Pocket Gear

Have you ever needed a pair of tweezers, scissors or a ruler while out and about? How about a magnifying glass, light or screw driver? What if you could carry all these items and more in your wallet? You can, if you carry the Victorinox SwissCard Lite. The SwissCard Lite is a credit card-sized deviceRead More…


Keep your powder dry with the MatchSafe

on Monday, February 4th, 2013
Posted in: News, Pocket Gear

Actually, you’re on your own with the powder, but the MatchSafe will keep your emergency supply of matches dry and ready.  This little stainless box, made by Stoll in Germany, is much more durable than a match book and keeps your safety matches dry and ready until you need them.  There’s a piece of sandpaper mountedRead More…

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The QuiqLiteX has more versatility than the standard pocket light

on Saturday, February 2nd, 2013
Posted in: News, Pocket Gear

There are a boatload of flashlights on the market these days, so to get my attention, a flashlight needs to be a little different, a little unique, and a lot cool. The QuiqLiteX from Quiqlite has piqued my curiosity in all three of those categories. The QuiqliteX is a USB rechargeable, dual-LED, hands-free light sourceRead More…


Thin is in with the Flatlight flashlight

on Friday, January 25th, 2013

Bucking traditions in the flashlight form factor, Flatlight, a Kickstarter project by Tater Tot Designs, brings in the thin. The Flatlight is 3.57″ X 1.99″ X 0.11″, giving it a credit card-like profile. An array of LED transmits light to a fiber optic backlight that evenly distributes the light through the lens. Although I don’t thinkRead More…


Twelve South introduces the PlugBug World

on Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Last year, I reviewed the PlugBug from Twelve South.  It is a 10W USB charger that can be used alone or as a replacement for the power prongs on a MacBook power brick.  When I purchased mine last year, the PlugBug was only available with US-style power prongs.  The new PlugBug World still offers aRead More…