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DISTINCT Multitool On Kickstarter

Friday, November 9th, 2018

The DISTINCT is a multitool currently up for funding by Chiseled Design, a New York-based design company. The DISTINCT is roughly the size of a credit card, but had 30+ tools/features, including 10 magnetically-locked hex bits, a metric wrench set, the always-requisite bottle opener, wire stripper, boxcutter, and more.

For more information on the DISTINCT, and to fund the project, check out the link below:


PBUG Weapon Keychains

Sunday, October 21st, 2018

Truth be told, I couldn’t find out exactly who manufactures these things, only that they’re supposedly tied to the popular ‘Battle Royale’-genre video game ‘PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’. All the same, these keychains are really damn cool, made of zinc alloy and impressively detailed, albeit marginally larger than your typical keychain-sized trinket. The collection consists of various weapons found in PUBG, such as an M16A4, Kar98K, SCAR-L, Thompson, and Vector (seen above). There’s also the melee pan weapon, if you’d prefer having a gold cast iron dangling from your keys.


ZEROHOUR Apex Bolt Action Pen

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

ZEROHOUR is currently running a Kickstarter campaign for the APEX Bolt, a ‘bolt-aciton’ version of their popular APEX Tactical Pen. What makes the APEX a Tactical Pen? In the original’s case, it was made of extremely durable materials (aluminum or titanium), featured a Fisher space pen cartridge, and had a tungsten steel glass-breaking tip/striking point. The APEX Bolt continues this trend, with a choice of either an aluminum or titanium body, Fisher Space Pen cartridge, Ceramic glass-breaking tip/striking point, and new to the Bolt, a ‘bolt-action’ pen actuation mechanism, and a hex-bit socket.

At the time of writing, this campaign was already funded over 3 times its initial goal, however as always you can still fund the project and secure a pen for yourself.


3COIL Design – Puna And Crane Knives On Kickstarter

Monday, December 4th, 2017

3COIL Design is a “London based fashion and product design studio”, who have started a Kickstarter campaign for a couple of EDC tools, the Puna and Crane Knife.

The Puna

The Puna features a design overtly reminiscent of a modern day AR-15-like rifle. The upper receiver portion removes from the lower receiver, functioning as a tool knife with a scalpel blade. The blade is easily replaceable using the included ‘suppressor’ micro screwdriver, while two interchangeable magazines function as a Flathead and Phillips head screwdriver, respectively.

As a happy accident, the Puna also fuctions as a proper bottle opener.

The Puna comes in a slick aluminum case, roughly the size of a business card, laid out with all the separate components, including spare blades. As a bonus, the top lid is pocketed, and can be used to store business cards, and other like-sized items.

The Crane

The Crane, a bit more pedestrian when compared to the showy Puna, is, as claimed by 3COIL, the smallest folding scalpel blade in the world. Made of stainless steel with a silver color, it features a non-locking, spring-loaded mechaism, an open length of 3.7″, and utilizes a No.11 Scalpel blade. The Crane is normally made only in extremely limited numbers by 3COIL, and this is the first time they’re doing a full production run.

Check out the link below for more information on 3COIL and the Kickstarter campaign for the Puma and Crane knife:


StatGear’s Ausus EDC Knife On Kickstarter

Monday, November 13th, 2017


The Ausus is a “Luxury EDC Knife without the Luxury Pricetag” by StatGear, currently up as a Kickstarter campaign. A folding-style knife, the Ausus features a 3.5″ drop point blade with a taper grind, made of D2 Steel, and a canvas Micarta handle. Dual oversized thumb studs and ball bearing deployment allow for a smooth, easy opening, while the liner lock mechanism ensures the blade stays in place when deployed. Additional features include a reversible pocket clip, and lanyard hole.

This project is fully funded (over ten times its goal at the time of writing), however if you want one for yourself in time for the early December ship date range, you can check out the campaign at the link below.


Introducing the B•A•T TRIDENT: A Wildly Unique New Multitool LIVE On Kickstarter

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

Covert Products Group’s “Bring Anywhere Tool” has 12+ Functions in a Compact Size


NEW HAVEN, Connecticut – November 2, 2017 – In a market flooded with multitools and pocket gizmos, standing out from the crowd is no easy feat, especially on Kickstarter. With a unique shape and carry options, Covert Products Group’s new B.A.T. TRIDENT multitool moves the conversation of EDC tools in a totally new direction.

Inspired by the familiar silhouette of side-release buckles (as found on backpacks and bags), the B.A.T. TRIDENT expands on CPG’s “bring anywhere tool” concept that debuted on Kickstarter last year. The TRIDENT – which launched this week on Kickstarter – is engineered to contain 12+ useful functions in a compact, ergonomic and highly “carry-able” package. From daily utility to survival, the TRIDENT is designed to be carried (almost) anywhere, excel at a variety of tasks, and look good doing it.

“The perfect tool isn’t so perfect if you don’t have it with you,” explains the TRIDENT’s designer Thom O’Leary. “The TRIDENT is big enough to be useful, but small enough to carry just about anywhere, either visibly or covertly. Slip it onto a backpack strap, belt, keychain, or carry it in your pocket.”

The TRIDENT functions include:

· Phillips head screwdriver

· Razor edge

· Sharp piercing point

· Captured cutter

· Flat head screwdriver/pry tip

· Wire stripper

· Serrated fire rod scraper

· Saw edge

· Laser-etched 1” ruler

· Ergonomic bottle opener operated with the tool safely held in the sheath

· Fire starter rod (included) OR swap it out for an optional EmbriteTM glow pellet from TEC Accessories

· 3M SOLAS reflective sticker

· And the TRIDENT’s molded Kydex Sheath is designed to allow multiple attachment options for everyday carry

The TRIDENT is available now through December 1st on Kickstarter, with lowest prices available for early adopters. The TRIDENT will ship during or before March 2018.


Vital Carry – Spike + Bar On Kickstarter

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Vital Carry is a design shop based in Minneapolis, MN, and they currently have the Spike + Bar, an EDC spike and pry tool up for funding on Kickstarter. The Spike + Bar consists of a stowable spike tool, and a knurled case/handle. Uses for the spike tool include:

– Prying open stuck containers
– Punching holes into materials
– Use as an awl
– Window breaker
– Loosening of stubborn knots
– And more

The Spike + Bar is currently being offered in titanium, copper, and brass.

Made in the USA.



TIHK – TIHK HK2 Handcuff Key

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

The HK2 is the second iteration of Tiny Inconspicuous Handcuff Key’s concealable handcuff key. Lightweight and concealable, the HK2 features a textured, black surface, and an integrated clip with retention teeth (a new feature for the HK2) so it can be securely stashed on a belt loop or other bit of clothing. Another update for the HK2 over the original handcuff key is improved functionality with a wider variety of manufactures’ handcuffs.

The HK2 can be purchased in packs of 2, 3, 5, and 10 direct from TIHK via the link below.


Trayvax Offers Limited Edition Metal Wallet In FDE Color Pattern

Monday, June 19th, 2017

Trayvax is pleased to announce limited availability of the Axis bi-fold metal wallet in an FDE color pattern. Trayvax only produced 100 units of this limited edition color run.


Bellingham, WA (June 15, 2017) — Trayvax®, a US-based manufacturer of slim metal wallets and outdoor gear, is pleased to announce the limited release of the Axis bi-fold wallet in a Flat Dark Earth color pattern. FDE is a popular earth tone, similar to the US Army’s “sand” color. It matches the tan, sandy-colors of modern U.S. military camo patterns.

“Our customers are constantly asking for specific color patterns,” said Gerald Craft, marketing and communications manager. “We’ve been tallying the votes and FDE came in with the most requests. We only made 100, and when they’re out, they’re out, so get ‘em while they’re hot.”

Trayvax will introduce special-edition, limited-production runs every three months based on customer feedback. The company will only produce 100 units of these specialized colors and there’s no guarantee they will be offered again. The Axis in FDE is now available while supplies last: www.trayvax.com/collections/axis/products/trayvax-axis-fdc-cerakote-limited-release. Stay tuned for a new offering in October.

About Trayvax
Trayvax is a US-based manufacturer of slim metal wallets and outdoor gear. All products are hand-crafted and serve as a reminder to get outdoors and Earn Your Story™. It’s this greater love of the outdoors and to humankind that inspires every Trayvax design. The company’s skilled teams of artisans and craftsmen continuously improve and refine designs to ensure enduring products that last a lifetime. Completely sourced and Made in the USA, Trayvax wallets and accessories are built to be passed down to future generations, not landfills. That’s the Trayvax guarantee.

Superesse Straps – EDC Hanks

Sunday, March 5th, 2017


Superesse Straps has a line of EDC Hanks (handkerchiefs) that are designed to “assist in firecrafting, defense from an EMP, escaping illegal restraints, sawing, purifying water, filtering toxic air, and more.” The EDC Hanks are primarily handcrafted in North Carolina, from 100% cotton, along with aramid thread, Kevlar material, nickel/copper EMF cloth, Velcro, ripstop, and other materials. Superesse Straps offers several specialized handkerchiefs under the EDC Hanks line, including a burn-proof camp rag, a hank with a Velcro storage compartment, and a shemagh with a built-in utility saw.


The STK Multi-Tool: Sliding Tool & Knife for Every Day Carry On Kickstarter

Monday, November 21st, 2016

I’m a fan of a good EDC multitool, and with Kickstarter allowing all sorts of ideas to gain fruition, it’s no surprise that a bunch of multitools pop up as fundable projects. One such tool is the STK from Kopis Designs. The STK, which stands for ‘Sliding Tool and Knife’, and could be pronounced like the word ‘stick’ (although it sure doesn’t look like one), is a multitool with an integrated opening and locking mechanism. The frame is made of 6AL4V titanium, and the blade is made of S35VN steel. The blade functions as a straight-edge knife, and also hosts the following features:


  • push-cut / scraping blade
  • flathead/pry edge
  • 1/4″ bit diver
  • bottle opener
  • wingnut and O2 valve wrench
  • wire-striper notch
  • The STK’s opposite end also hosts a titanium pocket clip, which can also double as a money clip, if you feel a wallet is too high profile.

    In addition to the STK, Kopis is also offering the Rift EDC tool on the same project campaign. The Rift is very much a companion piece to the STK, with a design very reminiscent of the later, but it is intended as a “travel-safe pry tool”; “travel-safe” in this case means ‘intentionally designed with no sharp edges’. Also manufactured of 6AL4V titanium, the Edge features the following tools:

  • box opening point
  • scraping / pry edge
  • flathead
  • 1/4″ bit driver / bottle opener
  • O2 wrench / 1/4″ bit storage / key ring slot
  • pocket clip & key dangler
  • If you like what you see, feel free to click the link below and put more than a few dollars towards the project.


    Böker Tactical Pen

    Monday, August 22nd, 2016


    Like virtually all ‘Tactical Pens’ on the market, Böker’s Tactical Pen is designed to also be utilized as a defensive tool, with a flat head for a secure thumb rest. It is made of CNC milled titanium, and features a ‘Clip Integrated Design’, as well as a “bolt action” mechanism for extending and retracting the pen head. It is compatible with LAMY #M22 ink refills.


    SHOT Show 2016 – DDR

    Wednesday, January 20th, 2016


    Made from 6AL4V aircraft grade titanium and hand finished by celebrated knife maker Darrel Ralph, the Punisher Tool is an EDC multitool with a cool appearance. First, the Punisher Tool features a combed surface inspired by the British-Made Mason Comb, ideal for beard grooming. It also sports a Philips hex drive, multiple nut drivers, and a dual bottle openers. Jimping added to the perimeter of the tool offers a secure grip, and in a pinch, the Punisher Tool can also be used for self-defense.


    Jackfish Survival Credit Card Holder

    Friday, December 11th, 2015


    Jackfish is a survial credit card holder currently up for funding on Kickstarter. It is made of either aluminum or titanium, depending on the model, and can store up to 4 credit cards, as well as featuring the following components:

    Everyday Tools
    1. Micro screwdriver flat head 0.8mm tip (ideal for glasses)
    2. Titanium coated Pozi drive standard hex bit (hex slot on side of jackfish)
    3. Titanium coated flat head standard hex bit (5mm width)
    4. Kingston micro SD card reader (no sd card supplied) carry copies of documents
    5. True Utility Telescopic Pen (opens to 118mm in length, 3 refills included) + cap

    Survival Tools
    1. Aluminium Whistle (120 Decibel)
    2. Glass Vial (10 drops of liquid – for shipping we will send empty – No iodine!)
    3. Windproof match (burn for 5 seconds in the harshest of wind, includes striker)
    4. Firesteel 4.5mm wide (light a fire when everything else is wet)
    5. Spyderco Bug Knife (amazing quality and very sharp – 3Cr13MoV stainless steel)
    6. Liquid filled button compass (15mm diameter)


    Bastion – EDC Gentleman’s Gear – Gentleman Stainless Steel EDC Comb

    Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

    Bastion EDC

    The Gentleman Stainless Steel EDC Comb is part of Bastion’s EDC Gentlemen’s Gear line. Made of polished, hand brushed stainless steel, this comb is virtually unbreakable, and features a 1″ diameter on the pocket clip for fitting through any gear or loop, in addition to sporting a 3/8″ lanyard hole. Seems like the perfect comb for grooming any operator-grade beard.


    Sneak Peak – Triple Seven Gear – Warrior Wallet

    Tuesday, June 9th, 2015


    This is a sneak peak at the new ‘Warrior Wallet’, designed by Triple Seven Gear.


    It will be available for funding on a Kickstarter campaign in the coming weeks.


    You can check out more Triple Seven Gear products at – www.20dollarbandit.com

    The Pinch Multitool On Kickstarter

    Wednesday, March 25th, 2015


    The Pinch is a 1.5″ x .05″ titanium multitool with 11 tool functions:

    – 6mm hex wrench
    – Bottle opener
    – Mini pry bar
    – 1″ mini ruler
    – Key chain hole
    – 1/4″ hex bit holder
    – 1″ mini scraper
    – 4mm flat screwdriver
    – 6mm flat screwdriver
    – Nail puller
    – Wire stripper notch

    Its small size and general function make for a good EDC tool.


    RAIDOPS – Vulcan

    Thursday, February 5th, 2015


    Part of the RAIDOPS Martial Arts Collection, the Vulcan is a hand-held striking tool with an index finger loop and three contact points. It’s made from Titanium Alloy with a Rockwell hardness of HRC 50-52. The included pocket clip allows for storage in either a pocket, or clipped into PALS webbing. The finish is Metallic/Dark Brown.


    Gerber – GDC Belt Tool

    Monday, May 5th, 2014

    EDC Belt

    The Gerber GDC Belt Tool consists of a 52″ long belt with a G-10 front plate buckle that houses a multitool. The tool itself is made from steel with a titanium coat. It features a pry bar, bottle opener, and flat head driver. The tool securely fits into the buckle when not in use.


    Not your every day EDC

    Monday, May 21st, 2012

    Tired of the same old multitool? Need something to get you by until the next incarnation of MultiTasker is released?

    Get a multitool HATCHET.













    • Axe
    • Hammer
    • Wrench
    • Straight knife
    • Serrated knife
    • Saw
    • Flat head screwdriver
    • Phillips screwdriver
    • Can opener
    • Pliers
    • Wire cutter
    • File

    Getcha one here.

    New holster from 5.11 Tactical (IWB)

    Sunday, May 20th, 2012

    There’s a new IWB holster available from 5.11 Tactical. Details here.

    Predator EDC is live

    Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

    Predator Intelligence Blog (which you should read if you’re not a peacenik or too granola) has a new affiliated store: Predator EDC. EDC as in “Every Day Carry”. Go check it out.

    Now. Go check it out now.


    Big News for Folders and Butterfly Knives: DDR’s New Pivot System

    Saturday, April 7th, 2012

    A little knife update from Swingin’ Dick and Slim.

    We spent some time recently with the Auguste Rodin of knife building up in his double secret super foundry forge headquarters near Cincinnati and got to talk to The Man himself, Mr. Darrel Ralph of Darrel Ralph Designs. As you might expect, he’s got a lot of awesome in the works.

    One of these is new developments is the NLT (No Lock Tite) Pivot System they recently developed to further improve the reliability and smooth function of DDR knives. The NLT is a pivot adjustment system that will stay tight and adjusted. They stopped using lock-tite because it breaks loose after several hours of swinging (which is obviously problematic, if you’re using a knife with an integral swing function).

    Here are the instructions for the NLT Pivot system. More to follow.

    Darrel and his staff have also recently finished the initial tests of their new Maxx Glide Pivot Bushing System, a bushing system intended to accompany their bearing system.

    “This bushing system and the NLT are easy to adjust,” Darrel said, “and has virtually no blade play. Plus our clutch mechanism will allow blade tension to be adjusted to your liking, you know if you prefer a little tension on the blade.”

    We’re returning in a month or two, though we haven’t decided if we’re going back to the Darrel Ralph shop or if we’re just gonna take some single dancing moms to King’s Island.

    Mad Duo Clear

    Tactical Fanboy: Looking over the shop at the DDR Shop

    Primping EDC

    Sunday, March 4th, 2012

    There are a number of schools of thought on the topic of EDC and concealed firearm carry. Here’s some less obvious alternatives courtesy of a recent news story in Kentucky.


    LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – We all have those places where we just don’t feel quite comfortable: a parking garage, dark street, maybe a stairwell. Thousands of women turn to secret weapons, or everyday-looking items, with not so everyday-implications, to give them an extra sense of security. We’re working for you, putting them to the test to see if they’re worth your hard-earned money and your trust.

    At the Brad Haynes Martial Arts Academy in Clarksville, the students are fit and ready to fight to defend themselves if necessary

    “To have that mindset of I’m going home,” said owner Brad Haynes. “That’s the first thing whether it be, if they want my wallet, just give them my wallet or whether it’s going to be something where I have to physically defend myself.”

    While we all may not be martial arts masters, a quick search of the internet turns up a ton of products that promise to give us the edge over a potential attacker.

    University of Louisville police officer Aaron Graham said he teaches students the best defense is to avoid getting into risky situations in the first place.

    “If you get involved in a situation where you’re going to have to defend yourself, you want to get away as fast as possible,” Graham said. “Most of it is being aware of your surroundings.”



    Graham helped us test some of the more popular protection products to see if they’d really work if the unthinkable were to happen.

    We started with a benign-looking ball cap that actually contains a pocket of metal beads.

    “If this is on your head and you can remember that it is on your head at that time, what this is going to serve as is a distraction technique,” said Graham.

    Graham added, that’s the main problem: remembering and practicing. If you can, he said, “I would give it a thumbs up purely as a distraction. It’s not going to be a weapon whatsoever.”

    That’s not the case with the hairbrush, which turns into a shank.

    “Yes, it’s going to inflict a lot of damage,” said Graham.

    He said most of us are not going to carry a hairbrush where we could get to it quickly enough if we need it. Plus, it’s hard to use.

    “If you get frightened, if you get nervous, are you going to be able to get that out?” he questioned of removing the brush cover. “I would give it a thumbs down.”

    Where and how we carry the Pocket Shark pen also concerns him. It can be used as a kubotan, a sort of striking weapon.

    Graham explained that it’s “something that you would use to gain that distance and separation from you and any attacker.”

    Like many of the other protection products, Graham is concerned whether it will be handily available when we need it.

    “I would give it a sideways thumb,” he said.

    Graham was a little more enthusiastic about a G. E. doorstop alarm.

    “It’s a cheap home security system,” he said. “It’s a way of waking you up.”

    The noise alone, Graham said, might stop someone in their tracks, “and it will give you the opportunity to get away and try to get some type of help. I would say thumbs up for this for what it’s actually intended. It’s not a self-defense item but it is some sort of deterrent that may help you get away.”

    Graham’s favorite product: old-fashioned pepper spray.

    “It is beneficial,” he said. “It is something that we can say, yes you can carry because it is going to help you.”

    It’s actually the one he’d pick for his wife and daughter if he were picking a product, but he said the people at Brad Haynes Martial Arts Academy may be in the best position to protect themselves, using the weapons we were born with — our voices, hands and feet.

    “First thing I would teach them is some very simple moves because in times of stress, you’re going to fall back on what you already know,” said Graham.

    “Physical skills, they’re in your head, they’re in your hands and feet and so you know them,” Haynes said.

    A video of some products is on the Wave3 news website.

    Copyright 2012 WAVE News. All rights reserved.

    Securing your real steel

    Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

    A lot of TFB readers shoot real steel. Many of you are current or former military, a surprising number of you have concealed carry licenses (which we think is great, so we’re clear). One question that frequently arises is the issue of securing a weapon. One of the places we follow is the Personal Defense Network. Here’s a suggestion on their part for one security option.