We’re in awe of the TOPS Quickie Karambit’s slender, functional design

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Form follows function, as the saying goes, right? The Quickie Karambit by TOPS exploits that adage in a way that gives it quite a visual advantage. Unlike most knives with thick, grippable grips and long, sharp blades, the Quickie keeps things short and sweet. The Quickie doesn’t give you a handle to grip onto, but rather fills the negative space of your hand when you close your fingers into a fist. This gives you a sense of comfort as you hold the blade, while also resulting in a karambit that’s unsettlingly thin, but just as effective. The Quickie also comes with an index finger ring that lets you hold the knife properly, and a two-edged talon-shaped blade that’s characteristic of Karambit designs.

The Karambit, originally believed to be developed in West Sumatra, takes inspiration from the claws of a tiger. As with most weapons of the region, it was originally an agricultural implement designed to rake roots, gather threshing and plant rice in most of Southeast Asia. It also worked as a self-defense weapon against predators or in combat. The modern karambit falls under the category of EDC, being used for cutting, shredding, and raking in the outdoors. The Quickie, built for utility, enables all sorts of outdoor cutting activities, and even comes with a neat sheathe to cover the blade when not in use!

Designer: TOPS Knives

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The Prylobite fits all your EDC-needs into one package

At first glance, you’d ask yourself why the Prylobite looks the way it does. It features a full-tang blade that swivels into the handle in such a way that the opposite end of the blade sticks out when shut. You’re bound to question its appearance, but that feeling lasts only a minute. When you begin using the Prylobite, you appreciate and acknowledge its appearance and the functionality it brings to the table, or in this case, your fingertips. You see, the Prylobite is a knife, but it isn’t just a knife. It’s also a flathead screwdriver, a bottle opener, a wrench, and a prybar.

With a highly tactile and sturdy, G10 fiberglass handle on the outside, and a stone-washed S35VN Steel blade on the inside, the Prylobite has a certain simplicity and elegance to it. It doesn’t feature any locking or unlocking mechanisms, relying on good-old friction tension to open and close the blade. The full-tang design prevents an open blade from closing, because your thumb applies pressure along the handle spine.

The Prylobite’s most noteworthy visual element is its blade. Designed with a pivot at the center, the blade’s always sticking out of the handle, when open or closed. Open it up, and you’ve got a nice, sharp, curved sheepsfoot blade that’s ideal for slicing, dicing, and cutting. Fold the blade inward and extension on the opposite end sticks out. This extension holds three other tools that make the Prylobite indispensable. A flat-head screwdriver/prybar at the tip allows you to tighten screws and open tightly-shut paint jars. Just behind the prybar is also a 1/4″ wrench, allowing you to tighten or loosen quarter-inch nuts and bolts. On one end of the wrench lies the Prylobite’s bottle opener, allowing you to crack open a beverage when you’re done prying off lids and tightening nuts and bolts. The other end of the wrench features a running slit that allows you to clip the knife to your pocket like a fountain pen.

The Prylobite’s just compact enough to fit on your keychain (each Prylobite comes with a S-biner carabiner), or even be independently clipped to your jeans pocket. Fitting all the right tools you’d need in your day-to-day life, the Prylobite encapsulates exactly what urban EDC should be. Useful, portable, and most importantly, eye-catchingly unique!

Designer: Michael Dickson of Pangea Designs

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The Behemoth is a small and sharp kiridashi capable of big tasks

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I believe the term ‘one of a kind’ is the most appropriate to describe Det Tidkun’s work because he only makes one prototype of each of his knives. Made as a super-limited-edition, the Behemoth is one of Tidkun’s many knife designs that get showcased and finally sold on his Etsy page under the moniker Ironbone knives. A craftsman from Thailand, Tidkun makes all his knives by hand, only using power tools to craft and grind billets of steel down to the final product.

The Behemoth is one of Tidkun’s many kiridashi designs. Made for the right-handed enthusiast, the Behemoth comes crafted from 2379 steel with a hardness of 60 HRC. Water-jet-cut out of a single billet of steel before being ground to shape by hand, the Behemoth’s blade, like all good kiridashis, is small, sharp, and incredibly reliable. A rugged edge on the top lets you rest your thumb on the knife, giving it a gripping surface, and a ring at the end of the handle allows you to slip a finger in to grip it better. The Behemoth comes with a stone-washed finish that gives it its signature, rustic, hand-crafted style, and features the Ironbone insignia on the front, and branding on the back. Paired with a nice hand-made leather case, the Behemoth is available on the Ironbone store, but if the past is any indication, it won’t be for long!

Designer: Det Tidkun (Ironbone Knives)

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The James Brand Damascus Chapter Knife looks literally and figuratively ‘sharp’

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The Chapter remains perhaps one of my most favorite knives ever. This is in part because they’re designed by The James Brand, a company that gets that sharp knives don’t need to look aggressive or tactical, and that they can channel a much more dapper aesthetic. Their knives sport a much more classy, urbane design language, and look like something a secret spy like James Bond would carry in his tuxedo (that’s not why the company is called James Brand, but it would make a great story).

The Chapter gets the distinction of being a knife I love sheerly for its simplicity. It doesn’t overdo any element, and everything is measured, collected, and ‘just right’. Then comes the Chapter’s Damascus Steel Edition, which somewhat feels like ‘classic’ meets ‘exotic’.

Encased in the black-oxide coated stainless steel casing with a titanium frame lock construction lies the blade, a drop-point straight blade made from Damascus steel. The drop-point makes the blade work wonderfully for piercing, while the blade’s straight edge works well for cutting and slicing. Sitting atop the stunning blade like a crown jewel is a lime green button that lets you deploy the blade from its folded position. Measuring at just 3.75 inches when closed, the Chapter fits into pockets rather comfortably, and a pocket-clip secures it to your pocket fabric, keeping it easy to access whenever you need. Designed with the aesthetic that works wonderfully both indoors and outdoors, the Chapter Damascus Knife’s matte stainless steel casing tells one story, but flip the marbled, Damascus steel blade open and you’ve got a contrast that’s definitely worth admiring for years to come.

Designer: The James Brand

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Thhis kiridashi’s beauty lies in its unconventional design

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While most purists would claim that the Engineer Kiridashi is in fact, a tanto-style blade rather than a kiridashi blade, it forms a part of Det Tidkun’s series of handmade kiridashis. Tidkun, a Thailand based knife designer (known as Ironbone Knives on Etsy) often creates these marvelous beauties by hand, relying on power tools only when absolutely necessary.

The knives are all made from SKD11 Steel, a tool steel that is known for its strength and ability to hold its sharpness for longer than traditional steel blades. Tidkun takes individual billets of steel and cuts out the knife’s profile using a waterjet before manually grinding and shaping the knife by hand. The blades are then stone-washed for a raw, rugged finish that complements Tidkun’s handiwork. The Engineer Kiridashi comes with a tanto-style blade that comes with two sharp edges and a pointed end. The Engineer, like most kiridashis, is an all-purpose knife, proving useful in most scenarios where cutting, slicing, piercing, and scouring are required. The blade even comes with a paracord and a leather sheathe to store it in!

Designer: Det Tidkun (Ironbone Knives)

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The pocket knife that slides into your wallet

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If you’re the kind of person who’s enthusiastic about EDC, but not the kind of person to carry much around with you, the Lynx fits in that exact niche. The size and shape of a credit card, the Lynx by JHO Knives slips right into your minimalist wallet or card holder. Sitting among your regular cards, the Lynx can be pulled out whenever you’re in a fix, letting you cut or slice through any material that may require cutting or slicing through. Its VG10 steel construction is cryogenically hardened, making it one of the hardest and finest blades on the market, and the card even comes with a perforated texture on top that provides an incredible grip, letting you work the blade with sheer ease, without it slipping out of your grip. When you’re done, slip it into its bitumised paper sheath and slide it back into your wallet, to be stealthily carried around in your back pocket!

Designer: JHO Knives

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The world’s smallest electric multi-tool is the size of a ballpoint pen

Imagine having an entire toolkit in your stationery box, or better still, in your front pocket. That’s pretty much what the Wowstick is gunning for. The pen-shaped, pen-sized rotary-tool works as an electric screwdriver, allowing you to tighten or loosen screws at the press of a button. With literally two buttons to choose from, you can rotate the head of the Wowstick either clockwise or anti-clockwise. A set of 58 bits and tool-heads gives you immense power and flexibility, letting you work multiple scenarios with the choice selection of bits ranging from flat-heads to phillips-heads, torx, spanners, and even star-bits, while a Type-C port at the other end of the Wowstick lets you charge the internal motor that gives the Wowstick 200RPM of speed. Working in low-light conditions? The Wowstick comes with three powerful LEDs at its tip, arranged in a manner that doesn’t cast a shadow, giving you optimal lighting to loosen or tighten even the most stubborn screws, lodged in the tightest spaces that most power-tools would never fit into. But that shouldn’t be a problem for the world’s smallest and lightest electric multi-tool screwdriver, should it?

Designer: Standmac Inc.

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The world’s smallest, most versatile multitool can sit on your fingertip

The first time you lay eyes on the Claw, it’s bafflingly small. What’s more baffling, however, is its incredibly vast feature list. It opens bottles and jars, unscrews screws, cuts open taped boxes, undoes staples, works as a flint-scraper, and acts as a tiny, nifty, jimmying tool. By design, it fits all those features into a frame that’s basically the size of your thumbnail, and by construction, it does so tirelessly, because the Claw is made entirely from titanium.

At less than an inch long, the Claw (an apt name, given its claw-shape and concealed nature) is smaller than a 1¢ coin, making it officially the world’s smallest multitool. It sits on your keyring, weighing a forgettable 2 grams, so you can have your EDC with you without even feeling its presence, until you need it. Use it to crack open bottles at parties, to unbox gifts you got during the holidays, jimmy open lids on jars of paint that are stuck shut, or even use it as a flathead screwdriver to tighten rogue screws around the house or outside. When not in use, it sits among your keys, perpetually accessible to you (it’s even TSA approved, so you can carry it on flights too). The grade 5 titanium build ensures it’ll last long enough to be passed down to your great-grandchildren… which would be infinitely cool if we had bottled drinks or flathead screws in the year 2100. Go ahead and grab a Claw for yourself now (with free international shipping!)

Designers: Malboro & Kane

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A perfect multitool for the season!

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If you’re struggling to pick a great gift for a DIY enthusiast, or perhaps for secret Santa, the HexFlex MultiTool is just about the best way to go. It fits 14 incredibly useful tools into its small frame, and comes with a keyring attachment so you’ve always got it on you. Made from stainless steel, this incredibly season-appropriate multitool comes with two Phillips screwdrivers, a flathead screwdriver, three hex drivers, a box-cutter, a bottle opener, and six different wrenches cleverly integrated into its snowflake-shaped design. Originally designed to be a snowboard tool (hence the snowflake theme), the HexFlex actually lends itself to a lot of regular daily use too. It fastens right to your keychain, allowing you to carry it around wherever you go, and gives you the power to open stuff from bottles to boxes, and tighten or loosen screws, and bolts. Now that’s quite chill isn’t it?!

Designer: HexFlex

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