Recommendation? Is it worthwhile to EDC a pry bar / multi to "save your knife

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by DocJD, May 23, 2019.

  1. DocJD


    Jan 29, 2016
    I see a bewildering plethora of pocket EDC pry bar/ multi thingamajigs on the market . o_O

    I'm not even sure what some of them are suppose to do . Some look SD oriented , maybe for those who can't carry a knife ? :confused:

    Many are made from titanium and pretty fancy and expensive . Man jewelry or useful tool ?

    Have you found any that are useful to you as a tool to save abusing your knife , or otherwise worth carrying ? Or did you decide they are a fail .

    Photos requested ! :cool::thumbsup::thumbsup:
  2. T.L.E. Sharp

    T.L.E. Sharp Oatmeal Pecan is better than Chocolate-chip. Platinum Member

    Jun 30, 2016
    I just use the bottle opener on an SAK cadet for most prying tasks. The "EDC prybars" always seemed like Instagram pocket fodder that looks good on a hank.

    Unless you have some specific task in your everyday routine that requires a more substantial prybar I suspect an SAK will have you covered.
  3. Huntnow


    Dec 2, 2018
    I carry a Leatherman Brewzer on my keychain. It has a pry tool and bottle opener. Very handy.
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  4. PeaceInOurTime


    Mar 20, 2019
    It can save your knife whenever you need to pry or screw something. Back when I tried to just carry a knife, I wound up also carrying a pry tool. They can be very handy and come in many different configurations. Now I carry a Leatherman and Victorinox with my knife.


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  5. hhmoore

    hhmoore Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 7, 2014
    I carry a pry tool occasionally. I only have two - one was a gift from another member here; the other was purchased because I thought a slightly longer, more utilitarian tool might be useful.
    I wouldn't say I use them often... but, the reality is, I wouldn't say I use my knives often, either; but I still carry (at least) one every day. I've used the pry tools to open boxes at work when it wasn't appropriate to use a knife, to scrape, and to pry. To save my knives? Probably, to some extent - since I've started buying more expensive knives, I have been more careful about how I use them.
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  6. Grandmaster

    Grandmaster Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 14, 2015
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  7. Nixelplix

    Nixelplix Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 26, 2003
    I use the marlin spike on my knife as a pry bar. It also works well as a marlin spike lol!

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  8. Jcsixx01

    Jcsixx01 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 3, 2018
    I have a generic prybar w/ screwdriver bit on my keychain.

    I keep a custom prybar in a Cajun leatherworks pocket organizer that I keep in whatever bag I’m carrying that day.

    Organizer includes:
    Custom Prybar w/paracord lanyard
    Leatherman sidekick
    Streamlight pen flashlight
    Dolphin butane lighter
    Zebra F-301 pocket pen.

    As far as using a knife as a prybar...the only blades I would use that way are the izula, gerber 06, and the Spyderco Battlestation.

    The Spyderco Battlestation, imo, is an extremely funky but versatile knife. The blade is just under 3 inches w/ a full-sized handle that is comfortable in multiple grips. The straight portion of the blade is katana sharp and easy to keep that way (VG-10). The blade tip is like a rhino horn, thick & strong, making it an excellent legal carry self-defense folder when combined w/ the aforementioned grip/blade qualities. The tip is strong enough to pry w/o worrying about snapping. The modified Tanto also works well as an ice scraper in a pinch. Useful blade if you can get past the aesthetics.
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  9. Daedric Panther

    Daedric Panther

    Apr 27, 2019
    1A4ADB70-0DF6-4EBD-BD42-71B0E69202B9.jpeg I carry this one I bought at Home Depot. It gives my something I can pry with and otherwise abuse without any real concern. And if I do somehow manage to break it, it was like $3.50. No big deal
  10. sXePhenomenal


    Mar 8, 2018
    I hardly ever need to pry anything but when I do I just jerk out the XM-18 or 551 and do it. What it was made for so why not. As long as it’s not something that’ll scratch it all up bc unless it’s an emergency I can see no instance were scratching up an expensive knife makes sense. Carrying anything other than a modern and traditional would benefit me none
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  11. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    I carry a small pry bar on my keys. It comes in handy a lot. Definitely worth while. Definitely keeps me from abusing my knife.
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  12. The Zieg

    The Zieg

    Jan 31, 2002
    Off and on I have a Mosin Nagant sight adjustment tool on my keychain. It's a good prybar and slotted screwdriver. It'll open bottles and boxes. It gets through airport security. It also performs adjustments on my M38 Mosin Nagant rifle (go figure!).

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  13. Grateful

    Grateful Basic Member Basic Member

    Oct 5, 2002
    Nope. That’s why I carry a Swiss Army Knife.
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  14. Kreyzhorse


    Jan 15, 2013
    Save your life, gotta have? No. Opening beers and other tasks, yes they are handy. For under $15, they are worth throwing on a keychain.
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  15. FullMetalJackass

    FullMetalJackass Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 10, 2016
    Absolutely. You never know when you'll need one, but the day you'll need one, you'll be happy to have it.
    And if you're claustrophobic, it's a fantastic pacifier.
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  16. Steely_Gunz

    Steely_Gunz Got the Khukuri fevah Moderator

    May 9, 2002
    My wife got me a Boker pry bar for Christmas. I like it. It's got a bottle opener cut out, a good hook for leverage, a prying edge that busts open boxes in short order.

    It saves the edge of of my knife from doing all the tasks it's not really meant to perform.

    Plus it's not scary and has a pocket clip so it rides in my off hand pocket easily.
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  17. Dean51


    Aug 30, 2014
    I always have a NiteIze on one key chain and a 3" Widgy on the other. It's not something I use everyday but sure is handy when you need it, because I won't pry with my knives.
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  18. SharpMetal

    SharpMetal Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 14, 2016
    Usually carry a cadet as a second knife. If I need to pry something it’s more than likely something I can do with the flat screwdriver. I really don’t pry much.
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  19. Obcessed

    Obcessed Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 14, 2018
    I picked up a small 4" titanium pry bar off Amazon to put in my knife tool kit. Has a small clip if I decide to carry in my pocket. The pry bar works well with my Wiha tools and my other miniature tools I have in my Pelican 1040 Hi impact plastic water proof case. All my minature tools allow me to do virtually any type of knife repair.
    One thing that I did not see in the discussion is the cool factor. We all are aware what this is. The ultimate cool pry bar in my book is the Lynch NW All Access Pass Vi.2. Comes in a variety of colors, titanium and is a pry bar, beer opener, screw driver. A lanyard and the famous Lynch carry clip is included for $98. I was fortunate enough, depending on your point of view, to order one today from Blade HQ. Tickled to death.
    If I carry my 511 lite, leatherman wave, pry bar, wallet, cell phone, Spyderco, and my Springfield 9mm I have a small tactical carry case that fits over my shoulder(purse). It is just large enough and discret for all of my necessary items in todays world. I do carry it often and everywhere.
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  20. bikerector

    bikerector KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 16, 2016
    This has been my take on them as well, but maybe you find uses for them when you have it? I always feel like the MT big flathead screw-drivers were made for prying, nearly as thick as a knife blade. I usually have an MT nearby, though I don't carry one in a pocket. I think the bottle opener on the SAK is a little more flimsy than the leatherman flathead but it's pretty much the same.

    I always wondered, how much leverage can you actually get with such a small lever that it would actually be useful? Seems like a screwdriver or small punch would make similar sense, but I have no experience with the pocket prybars either so maybe I'm just missing out.

    If it weren't for the tips of knives, I would be less against prying with them but breaking the tip is why I think it's stupid to pry with them. Prying with a folder isn't good for the pivot, but if you hate your knife or it's over-build, why not. It's you knife. I still prefer an MT since it seems they're built stouter and designed for such abusive uses.
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