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Traditional Knives and Pocket Tools

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by JohnDF, Aug 30, 2019.

  1. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    I tried to like Victorinox Swiss Army Knives, but I just never did take to them. However, I do like the idea of having those extra tools handy for light daily tasks. So I've decided to pair my traditional knives with a handy little pocket tool. I've started with the Gerber Shard and so far it's proved to be a well designed little tool. The screw drivers work perfectly and the bottle opener works too. The little pry tool works for small things, I was able to open a paint can with it. The nail puller seems kind of silly, but it is handy for pulling staples. :cool::thumbsup:

    Let's see some of your little pocket tools along with the traditional knives they help out... Just make sure anything you post follows the forum guidelines.

    Easy to carry... Lambsfoot in the front pocket and Shard in the coin pocket.
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2019
  2. abcdef


    Oct 28, 2005
    Too much work for pics, but I have those thumbnail size bottle openers and dual phillips/flathead driver bits that fit on a key ring. The openers are less than a buck everywhere on line. The bits are a little rarer. I have a bunch of dedicated pocket tools, but never carry them.
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  3. Mayonardo

    Mayonardo Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 28, 2010
    I have a little Leatherman gizmo with pliers, wire cutter, scissors, nail file/screwdriver and other small things, but I don’t carry it. I also have a key ring “multi-tool” but I don’t know where it is. I’m much more likely to carry a SAK Cadet along with a slip joint.
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  4. paulhilborn

    paulhilborn Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 22, 2006
    Had this one for a few months and it see's little work but still, it's nice to have when needed. The 3 things I've used it for is tightening a 1/4 wood screw that holds our flag bracket, beer cap removal (not stellar but effective) and just 20 minutes ago it pried the back off of my key fob for battery replacement. The ratchet drive actually works but I've yet to use for driving a phillips screw in:confused::)
  5. kamagong


    Jan 13, 2001
    Not mine, but I really want one of these Frosch tools.

    image by ots 15

    Look how well made that thing is.
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  6. Rich S

    Rich S

    Sep 23, 2005
    I just carry a SAK Tinker. Does everything I need to do with small tools.
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  7. CasePeanut

    CasePeanut Gold Member Gold Member

    May 25, 2018
    I’ve tried a ton of these little things and the Gerber shard is my favorite. TSA-approved so you can fly with it too.
  8. spyderg


    Sep 28, 2014
    I always carry and constantly use my K’roo “Chunky Drunk”, (my name for it). It’s a slipjoint Caplifter/Prytool. Handiest little tool I’ve ever had!
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  9. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    Looks pretty handy.

    I'm enjoying mine so far and it's pretty much invisible in my coin pocket.
  10. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 11, 2016
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    Hickory n steel Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 11, 2016
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    Feb 11, 2016
  13. pmek5

    pmek5 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 27, 2007
    One of my favorite Atwood pocket tools.

  14. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 11, 2016

    I like to have options because with the exception of the Leatherman squirt and flashlight I don't carry the same knife / tools every single day.

    I consider things like the Victorinox recruit cadet or tinker to be primary class knives, they're knives first and I carry them as such when I carry them.
    The additional tools are a real bonus which means needing less other things to carry but the blade is definitely why I carry them.
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  15. Misplaced Hillbilly

    Misplaced Hillbilly Gold Member Gold Member

    May 16, 2018
    Because knives aren't prybars! I also carry a 4 inch crescent wrench, but its been MIA for about a week now:confused:
  16. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    Gotta love Dasco pro bars for the price, good American made steel for dirt cheap.
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  17. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Great thread idea John :) Here's some of mine, several were gifts from forum members :) :thumbsup:



    I carried the Micra (thanks @Gevonovich ) in my coin pocket for a couple of years, and it's an incredibly useful tool for its size. Now I carry it in the small EDC pouch that goes in my bag every day, along with the Squirt (thanks also Gev :) ). The Victorinox tool and the P38 can-opener also live in that pouch. The pen has a ruler, spirit-level, and a couple of small screwdrivers. The Swisstech folding pliers live in one of my outdoor packs, and were a gift from my friend @herder , along with the NiteIze Doohickey, which is on my main key-chain (below).


    I used to carry the CRKT tool with the seat-belt cutter on my key-chain, but having accidentally sliced through a camera strap (and nearly ruined a jacket) with it, it is now in my EDC kit (and taped)! I may replace it with the NexTool, but only got that the other day :thumbsup:
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  18. gaj999

    gaj999 Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 25, 2004
    Since I quit carrying SAKs, I've tried a number of those things. The Shard is my favorite over the Squirt, those Swisstech folding pliers, and another I couldn't find, online or at home, that has a carabiner-type spring clip and a knife sharpening notch with carbide inserts. I think there were a couple more in there that didn't make enough of an impression to remember. The Shard, for me, is the right balance of tools and minimalism.
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  19. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005

    I have one of those pry-bars too David :) Last week though, I found the smaller bar, which is a lot more pocket friendly (though less heavy-duty). A few other bits and pieces I carry and use, and I always have various fire options :D :thumbsup:
  20. mnblade


    Feb 7, 2000
    Looks interesting for sure. But I have to think it'd be pretty "pokey" in your pocket. Like JohnDF, I'm a Shard fan. Pairs up real well with my Case peanut.

    -- Mark
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