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. James Y

    James Y

    Feb 18, 1999
    I have a small, cheap, no-frills mini-prybar I bought on Amazon on a keyring that works well for light prying tasks, but most of the time I use my SAK bottle opener.

    Prying doesn't necessarily have to be a hard use task. I use the SAK bottle opener a lot to open boxes of food (like cereal) when I want to still keep the box intact and not tear the flap off getting it open. I wouldn't attempt to do even that with the tip of my Spyderco Military (or any fine-tipped knife), for example.

    I recall in the old show Man vs Food, Adam Richman used the tip of what looked like an original Spyderco Paramilitary to pry clams open, and I remember cringing a bit when I saw that. When there's so many other inexpensive and easy-to-carry options, I don't see any reason to risk snapping off a blade tip.

  2. onekerf

    onekerf Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 5, 2008
    I have a "missing in action" Atwood Mini Keyton, somewhere around the house. Perfect little pocket/ keychain pry tool.
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  3. Dfunk1210


    Apr 7, 2015
    If you can easily fit one on your keychain without any hassle, I don’t see why not. I have one on my keys and it serves its purpose, as well as some redundant features like a seatbelt cutter and various drivers. Doesnt hurt to have more than 1 of those.
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  4. Getahl


    Dec 22, 2007
    Eh, sometimes. I don't pry that often. Hard on the knees. Nyuk nyuk.
    SAK implements work well, for my use, which is to say pistachio shells, soda can tabs, stuff like that. Occasionally poky bits.
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  5. Sergeua


    May 1, 2016
    This one is small enough for keys. Can use it to open oxygen tanks too :)
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  6. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    If you wanna upgrade over a p38 get a larger P51 :D

    This is the pry tool I carry on me at work, I carry it for a very specific purpose which it does well.
    As far as I can tell it's only available at Walmart, and only available as a bonus in a " 2pc " prybar set that costs like $7.
    In my opinion it's worth it considering you also get two other American made pry bars, a 7-1/2" wonder bar type and a trim bar which are handy to have in general.
  7. ScooterG

    ScooterG You mean Ireland? Yeah, it’s mine. Platinum Member

    Mar 15, 2016
    This works great as a key chain, carabiner, bottle opener, scraper/pryer/poker thing.
  8. Robinson1


    Feb 15, 2018
    I carry a Victorinox Tinker as a second knife. Use it more than the 112 on my belt. The screwdrivers are stronger than they have any right to be and the blades sharpen easily. Use it alot around a jobsite. Anything I don't want to dull my "good" knife on
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  9. number9

    number9 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 5, 2017
    I've almost bought a Widgy Bar on several occasions. If I didn't work 10 feet from a Snap-On tool box, I'd probably wear a Leatherman on my belt. But I do. I have a Gerber multitool in my riding jacket, and a cheap version under the seat of my bicycle. I've learned to wear a multitool on my belt when setting up a trade show booth, and it always comes in handy.

    I have a Gerber Shard. It was cheap. Handy. I never carry it. Looks like a torn pocket and a stabbed leg to me.

    I carry a pocket knife every day. And my favorite multi-tool. It's a little chunk of titanium with a Phillips screwdriver bit on one end and a flat head on the other. Fits on my key ring. It's great. I use it occasionally. I think I got it from the Grommet. Looks to be sold out.
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  10. davek14


    May 30, 2009
    Hey, what's that little blue ball on your P38? Is that attaching it to the bar somehow? I like the duct tape to keep it closed… and have duct tape. I use the little magnet from earbuds to keep them closed sometimes. It makes other items on your keychain stick to it though. Now, I most often use a safety pin in the hinge to keep it closed… and have a safety pin.

    Lately an SAK is my most common carry and I have the opener/screwdriver for light prying. However, I have a number of TL-29's and they were what I carried for a while. Built in prybar which will actually handle moderate tasks.

    I need to go coon finger my knives and find a TL-29 to carry for a while now.

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  11. Angus McGunnigle

    Angus McGunnigle

    Jan 1, 2013
    Me too. No bigger than a key and good for all sorts of stuff.
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  12. onekerf

    onekerf Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 5, 2008
    "The Pistachio Nut Opener"! Solid sterling silver, and comes with it's own carrying bag. Love me some pistachios and have actually considered springing for one of these, off and on, over the years. Would definitely elevate my nut prying game, and could be useful for other light prying tasks. Bracing for lowbrow, but witty responses to my "nut prying". package.jpg pistachio-color-hand.jpg
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  13. Low_rez

    Low_rez Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 15, 2011
    I never thought to use my tool on my nuts!
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  14. Low_rez

    Low_rez Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 15, 2011
    I took the leap to get a Rexford RUT. I love it but it is pricey. I wanted a minimal super compact tool for my summer wallet and it is perfect. If I go somewhere where knives are not allowed, I take out the blade and hand it to the security guard. It could also be used as a secondary beater blade.


  15. TheFactor

    TheFactor Life is good ! Platinum Member

    Feb 26, 2015
    Here’s my pry-bar :D
  16. knarfeng

    knarfeng senex morosus moderator Staff Member Super Mod Moderator

    Jul 30, 2006
    Me 3. and for about the same reasons. I wouldn't buy an expensive one, but for less than $5 it's worthwhile to have in the pocket.

    The one the three of us carry is called a DoohicKey.
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  17. DocJD


    Jan 29, 2016
    :) Thanks for all replies ! Very interesting .

    I'm still not sure about actually pocket EDC , but I have decided to start carrying in my SUV , something like this Stanley "FUBAR" (functional utility bar) :rolleyes:;) :

    Or at least a standard 3' crowbar .

    I do already carry a full sized multitool with extra hex bits , in my "travel trouble bag" . Plus various vise grips and other tools that stay in the vehicle .
  18. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    I have the full size 30” fubar in my work van. It’s a beast. Next best thing to a Haligan tool. The smaller hammer sized one is a beast too. I have the 18”. Probably it is all you would need in a vehicle.
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  19. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016

    Here is my collection of key ring tools. The pry bar on the ring has the tear dropped hole opened up and squared to be used on an acetylene bottle.

    The Benchmade triage is designed to be used for prying.

    I think the church key is a good survival tool. That style can opener is the right tool to make a hobo stove. If you can find a coffee can.
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  20. FuelBoat


    Sep 28, 2016
    I carry a Pocketwrench II, has a pry bar, 1/4" hex bit slot, wrench, and large flat screwdriver.
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