Just like every blade needs a sheath to protect it from the elements, the PyroVault is, as its name suggests, an exoskeleton for your lighter. Designed to let you take your lighter to places you’d carry your EDC, the PyroVault allows your lighter to be weatherproof and even waterproof, making it perfect for inclement weather, or camping outdoors. An incredibly resilient polymer outer body can withstand heat, water, snow, dust, and comes with an O-Ring that seals the lighter when closed, turning it waterproof. The O-Ring seal also prevents vapor leakage, letting your lighter last longer.
Designed and manufactured in USA, the Pyrovault accepts standard Zippo-style lighter inserts including both fluid and butane torch models, turning classy lighters into rugged firestarters that can withstand any sort of conditions you may expect outdoors… and it even comes with a MOLLE/PALS compatible clip that you can use to fasten the Pyrovault to your pocket, jacket, or even backpack.
Crazy youtube maker ‘Giaco Whatever’ may best be known for his liquid nitrogen powered nerf gun or metal sharpie, but his latest creation is just as remarkable. Powered by what Giacomo refers to as ‘witchcraft’, his Maker Blade comes with a unique sliding design that’s actuated from inside the handle… and no matter how hard you press against the blade, it doesn’t retract until you tug on the slider inside to pull the blade back in.
The Maker Utility Knife comes crafted from aerospace grade materials with a stainless steel core and ceramic blades and is made from Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM, but not the other kind), which is far more accurate than traditional CNC milling. The deployment mechanism is a thing of wonder, as it works completely from the inside, by inserting your finger or thumb into the slider ring and pushing forwards or backwards. The mechanism uses no springs, and from the images, doesn’t have a locking position and trigger, unlike other blades. Without these, the blade still manages to stay in place, not retracting back even as much as a millimeter even when impacted upon. However, slide your finger into the ring and pull back and the blade retracts with a buttery smoothness that’s equal parts beautiful and baffling. Available in silver and black variants, the Maker Utility Knife comes with an incredibly slim profile and pocket-friendly size, a pocket clip and is completely waterproof. Click the link below to grab one for yourself and honestly help me figure out how the blade retraction works. Meanwhile, I’ll be waiting for my own Maker Utility Knife to ship!
Inspired by the Japanese Kiridashi, but with a design that looks nothing like the original, the Craighill Desk Knife is daringly unique, so much so that it looks like nothing you’ve ever seen before.
Just over five inches long and slightly thicker than a half inch, Craighill’s Desk Knife has the proportions of a chunky metal pen, but comes with truncations on its sides to reveal a Kiridashi-style blade where the two truncations taper off. This makes the Desk Knife an absolute treat to hold, as it fits beautifully into one’s grip, and even to maneuver, making for a handy, and suave looking letter opener, box cutter, or scalpel-style paper cutter. Graceful, tasteful, and practical, the Craighill Desk Knife looks and feels remarkably unique, with a design that’s oh-so-simple but equally breath-taking!
Even the best blades lose their shine after months of use, which is why CRKT’s Knife Maintenance Tool is such a heaven sent. Made to accompany your favorite EDC knife, the Knife Maintenance Tool is small enough to fit right into your pocket, strapped to your keychain.
The Glass-reinforced nylon body holds a T6 and T8 Torx screwdriver, a bottle-opener, and most importantly, a knife sharpener and honing edge. A perfect companion to your outdoor knife, the Knife Maintenance Tool gets to work when your trusty EDC’s blade goes dull, allowing you to restore it to its past glory, thanks to the tungsten-carbide sharpening edge and the ceramic honing edge. A useful accessory to your EDC kit, the Maintenance Tool from the mind of Tom Stokes not only empowers your knives, but gives you the added advantage of having Torx screwdrivers, a flat-head screwdriver, and a bottle opener always handy!
Baladeo’s Outdoor Cutlery Kit ensures you have all your campsite dining equipment right in one place. Designed like a Swiss Multitool, the cutlery set comes with a detachable spoon and knife, a bottle opener, corkscrew, knife, can opener, and a screw-driver. Made in stainless steel with a rather neat looking frosted ABS handle. Everything gets stored rather wonderfully in a singular form factor, making it incredibly convenient to carry on outdoor trips.
While most EDC multitools focus on manual labor, allowing you to cut, shear, shred, ignite, tighten/loosen, etc., the Baladeo Outdoor Cutlery Kit has different priorities. It puts all your dining equipment in the palm of your hand so once you’re done cutting, shearing, shredding, or igniting, you can sit down for a wonderful meal in the outdoors… and maybe crack open a few beers or pop a bottle of wine!
Elago’s products usually complement Apple’s products in ways that make them more useful than before. Take for instance their airpods strap that connects both the earpieces via a cord so you don’t lose one of them… or the Apple Watch stand modeled on the original Macintosh computer, that turns your Watch display into a vintage computer screen/clock. Elago’s products are just sensible and help you use your Apple products more efficiently. Take for instance the Wristfit, a band for your Apple Watch that lets you conveniently dock your Airpods in them too.
At the time of their release, the Airpods were criticized for being too ‘easy to lose’. This spawned a wide variety of products like the Elago Airpods strap that helped you secure your expensive earpieces in place, eliminating the danger of losing them. The Wristfit is another such ‘sensible’ product that simply gives you the ability to dock your Airpods on your Apple Watch. Keeping them in a place that’s easy to access, the Wristfit secures the Watch around your wrist, and the Airpods right on the strap like a sort of holster for your earphones. Push them right in when you’re not using them and you won’t have to worry about them at all. It also means you don’t have to carry around their dental-floss-box shaped carrying case either!
Small and potent, like a stick of dynamite, the Snarl shouldn’t be taken at face value. With an overall length of 4.3 inches (half of which is the blade), the Snarl has two ways of gripping it. Traditionally, holding the area behind the blade like a handle, or using its finger-hole for far more dexterity and control… allowing you to go about all sorts of tasks with it by holding it in a fashion that works better for you.
The Snarl’s sheepsfoot blade allows for effortless cutting and slicing while minimizing the chances of anything accidentally being pierced by the pointed part of the blade. Made from 9Cr18MoV steel, one of the most popular blade steels in the world, the Snarl retains its cutting edge for longer than others, while also preventing rust and corrosion. Easy to grip, use, and even sharpen, the Snarl may seem diminutive and playful, but it’s far from that. Just to control its temperament, it also comes with a molded hard nylon sheath and a pocket/belt clip to safely carry it around in.
What a time to live in when your charger, that brick and wire duo that give life to your phone but are either too bulky or too entangle-prone to carry around, that charger of yours, becomes worthy of the EDC category. Touted as the smallest phone charger in the world, the Chargerito is literally the size of a car key-fob, and transforms swiftly and smoothly into two prongs and connector that you can plug into a socket and charge your phone. The connector comes with a hinge that folds inwards when not in use (as do the prongs), and swivels outwards to turn into a charging stand for your phone as it rests against the wall, making it stable so that it doesn’t fall.
Created by a bunch of entrepreneurs who sought to make the phone’s most important accessory as accessible as everything else, the Chargerito uses the smallest components available on the market and comes in Lightning, USB-C, and MicroUSB variants. What’s cooler is that it even integrates a bottle opener into the design to sweeten the deal. With its handy size, the Chargerito puts the power to charge any and every device you own in your own palms… and it comes with a delightfully sassy tagline… “Our competitors are giants”!
Designers: Alex Andon, Nick Velander & Drew Hauck.
MSTR’s Linx ensures that interchanging keys between keychains will never be a headache again. Linx’s rather creative key-swapping approach isn’t time-consuming, requiring you to slide out a key by wedging your thumbnail into the keyring and rotating the key for minutes before it comes out, only to repeat the process, in reverse, for putting the key back in. Relying on a system that uses positive and negative shapes (think: jigsaw puzzle, or key and keyhole), Linx allows you to simply slide the keyring in and out of its holder by matching shapes (seen below), and sliding the keyring in or out in a manner that’s just extremely soothing to look at!
The Linx quick release system comes made in titanium, letting it have a usage cycle that probably runs for centuries, never wearing out, and providing perfectly microscopic tolerances and a smooth sliding action every single time. Available in three models, the Mini Linx connects to your keys, and slides into the Medium Linx or the Carabiner Linx, ready to be strung, hung, or just stored in your pocket. Sliding the keys in or out takes mere seconds, and can be only done through concentrated human participation. Its design, construction, and tolerance mean your keyrings will literally never slide out by accident… and swapping keys is a literal breeze!
The way Caswell’s Morphing Karambit knife opens and closes is a thing of sheer beauty. It uses a parallel motion linkage, as opposed to a single-point swivel. The result is a knife where the blade can slide outwards even as your palm is wrapped around the handle. The action is swift, decisive, and the blade doesn’t even have to touch your palm or fingers as it slides outwards and in. It also makes the Morphing Karambit incredibly hypnotic to look at (especially in slow motion!).
The Karambit’s award-winning design comes from asking a basic question. How can you deploy a pocket knife’s blade while your fingers are securely wrapped around the handle? The same goes for when you’re closing the blade. With regular pocket knives, the blade essentially needs to travel through your fingers, because its path was defined by its single-pivot design. The resulting Morphing Karambit does a 180 (clever wordplay intended) on the default mechanism, opting for a linkage that causes the blade to move in and out innovatively, through the front of the knife. Using a parallel motion linkage, the blade slides out like the claw of a ferocious jungle cat, clicking satisfyingly as it locks in its open position, and casually returning to its retracted position when you’re done using it.
The Karambit’s curved blade design lends itself to a lot of activities, from cutting to shearing and shredding (coming originally from 11th century Indonesia, where it was used for hunting and agriculture). Made from Steel with a Tungsten DLC coating, the Karambit is unexpectedly efficient, and can be used not only for everyday tasks and outdoor activities, but even in emergencies, cutting through paracords, seatbelts, tough clothing, medical packages, etc. With just five precisely machined parts, fasteners, and a zero-profile titanium pocket clip, the Karambit’s elegant design fits well into the hand as well as comfortably into pockets, making it ideal EDC for passionate hobbyists, outdoor wanderers, safety personnel, and first responders alike!
– Seamless, Intuitive Blade Deployment. No need to remove fingers from the tool to allow blade to pass.
– User Safety is Enhanced because fingers do not cross a rotational path of a blade while the tool is grasped for use. [While safety is enhanced with this design, it should NOT be construed that conventional designs, made and used properly, are “unsafe.”]
– Convenient, Discrete “Zero-Profile” titanium pocket clip allows secure, deep-pocket carry without sacrificing accessibility. It does not create discomfort while the knife is grasped for use. It is much less likely to snag upon or damage objects encountered in close quarters compared with a conventional protruding pocket clip.
– Elegant Design including just FIVE principle parts, plus fasteners (and pocket clip). It is compact, rugged and optimized for use under demanding conditions.
– Versatile. The MKV2 may be safely grasped and deployed in different ways to accommodate the present task.
100% MANUAL. MKV2 is NOT an automatic or assisted-opening knife! As such, it is generally legal to possess and carry anywhere a 2.5-inch locking folding knife is allowed. *Always know your local restrictions concerning pocket knives.