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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. jackknife


    Oct 2, 2004
    Yup, thats it for me as well. :thumbsup::thumbsup:
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  2. The Zieg

    The Zieg

    Jan 31, 2002
    I also like that the large screwdriver/bottle opener on the SAK Trekker locks in place for prying. But as mentioned above, there's a cool factor. I like bumping into a member of the Mosin Nagant fraternity who recognizes the sight tool.


  3. timdgsr


    Jun 12, 2011
    I've never much cared for carrying a multi-tool on a daily basis, as they've always been too large/inconvenient or too small/lacking tools.

    The sidekick came close, but I just don't much care for the inward facing tools and how hard they are to pry out. I've got a skeletool that I don't much care for.

    That being said, I've carried both my knife and my Leatherman P2 every day since I bought the P2.
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  4. gazz98

    gazz98 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2008
    I'm a firm believer you shouldn't pry with your knife blade. I usually have a SAK or MT and use a flat screwdriver if I have to pry. The only dedicated pry bar I have is in my Get Home bag. That is usually close (home, office, truck) but not on me.
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  5. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    I have a couple little prybars. I thought about edc-ing one, but I seldom pry much that a little pry bar is particularly useful over a larger prybar which I have just about all the sizes up to about 36". My SAK does most of the little jobs. I have been known to carry a very small set of pliers (hobbyist size).
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  6. flip888


    Jun 8, 2006
    A small pry bar is useful for me and I use to carry one, but I found that my keys work just as good and I have 5 or 6 different shapes/lengths to choose from.
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  7. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    Yes I carry something that's not a knife blade which I can perform minor pry tasks with, I'm not going to pry anything with any knife I carry not to mention the fact that I most often carry a small thin bladed traditional slipjoint.

    I don't do a lot of prying with what's on me but even the gentlest prying task is beyond the purpose of a knife blade in my opinion, that purpose being merely to cut stuff and nothing more.
    ( Excluding beater blades on my work bench which are well acquainted with my favorite hammer )
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  8. bemymonkey


    Nov 12, 2012
    Seeing a lot of this here... I have a small prybar w/ bottle opener on my keyring precisely so that I can carry knives that aren't SAKs. When I started carrying fixed blades and single-blade folders a few years ago instead of the SAKs I've been using my whole life, I found that I was really missing the bottle opener and the flat-head screwdriver.

    Now if only I could find a prybar with a toothpick slot ;)
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  9. Lance Leon

    Lance Leon Gold Member Gold Member

    May 3, 2017
    I don't carry one because I rarely have a need to pry anything. Not that I need to cut much in an urban environment either, but I still carry a knife everywhere.

    I suppose it makes sense if you want to 'save' your good knives from being used as pry tools, but then one has to question what the purpose of an expensive pry bar is (I've seen them going for $80 to over $200).
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  10. JC972


    Mar 17, 2015
    I don’t carry anything specifically for prying. I keep tools in all our vehicles and in my garage so there’s always flat screwdrivers handy. Keys make pretty good pry bars too. Couple weeks ago me and my youngest child got locked out of the house. I pried the kitchen window open with a car key and set the tyke inside and told him to go unlock the door. Come to find out, We’re an A1 burglary team :cool:
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  11. Banter 247

    Banter 247

    Feb 22, 2019
    Same. I use the nail file on a Wenger Esquire/Victorinox Classic for light prying. Cheap, tough, no tip to foul. I pinch it on the file, so I’m not translating force through the pivot.
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  12. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    Many people will carry a second knife in addition to the SAK. I do that sometimes if the urge strikes me. It's mostly because I want to and not because I need to.

    Trying to remember the last time I used a knife to pry anything... maybe popping off the switch plates on the wall before I painted.
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  13. BlackKnight86

    BlackKnight86 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 14, 2003
    I agree. There are too many good, inexpensive, and unobtrusive ones to not carry one.
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  14. bobobama

    bobobama Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 15, 2017
    This is what I carry. It disappears on my key chain but it's there when I need it. I've come to consider it a kind of good luck charm. Go figure. I rarely use it, but as others have said there is a certain cool factor to it.

    Whatever you carry, just make sure it has a bottle opener;).
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  15. Pomsbz


    Jul 31, 2015
    SAK Bottle Opener. I couldn't work out why I would ever need it (cummon, just use your teeth :D) till I realised that it's a mini pry bar and very useful as such.
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  16. Deinos

    Deinos Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 7, 2016
    I have multiples of that very one and keep one on my keys for when I am not carrying a multitool :thumbsup:
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  17. spyderg


    Sep 28, 2014
    I carry a K’roo “Chunky Drunk”, (my name for it) at all times. Rides in my watch pocket. Willem did an amazing job with the idea I brought to him. I wanted a slipjoint caplifter/prytool. No blade just the single implement as I already always have a knife on me. He was able to add a wirestripper and made the lanyard hole into a glassbreaker too. The prytool is super thick stock and has been incredibly handy. I’ve used it even more than I thought I would. I’ve also added a thimble like divot for pushing needles through thick material with a round bit on my Dremel.
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  18. hhmoore

    hhmoore Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 7, 2014
    That's the truth...if I paid $150+ for a mini pry bar, I think I'd be hesitant to use it. Realistically, even $50 seems pretty high for the simple ones...but I don't want to carry a dollar store screwdriver in my pocket, just in case.

    And, since other people are posting pictures, here are mine
    (I suppose I should have put something there for scale, as they look pretty big on my computer...the atwood is under 3" long - how much pry can you get out of that - and the other one is just over 4.5")
  19. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    What are the routine uses for these pry bars that take up a lot of pocket space with often a fairly sharp edge? And I mean routine.... as I really don't pry many things with a knife or something small like these cute pocket tools? For the most part I consider them a gimmick item which is why the local hardware store has them at the checkout.
    Last edited: May 24, 2019
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  20. CVamberbonehead


    Nov 6, 2017
    The best option is to get a 50 cent P38 can opener and stick it on a keychain. I think little pry tools are good to have but overpriced many times. If you want an upgrade over a P38, the gerber shards are pretty great and not too pricey.
    I think they are worth it, knives are dangerous for prying and youll ruin the edge. Knives cut, not pry. Thats my 2 cents. :)
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