The Boy Scout motto is “Be Prepared” and one of the easiest ways to increase your preparedness is to carry a set of tools with you at all times. While pocket knives and multi-tools are filled with features, they’re not always practical to keep in your pocket, so a new type of multi-tool is designed to fit conveniently in your wallet, allowing you to Everyday Carry a set of tools that you’ll always have on hand to fix things, adjust things, and possibly even save your life in a survival situation. Here are a few of the best EDC multi-tool cards that you can add to your daily carry:
Lever Gear Toolcard Pro
The Lever Gear Toolcard Pro is one of the most densely packed multi-tool cards available, with 40 tools on a single card, including wrenches, screwdrivers, bottle opener, can opener, prybar, cord cutter, hex bit driver, and more. The Toolcard Pro is made in the USA with heat treated 420 stainless steel and laser-etched graphics, and includes a lifetime warranty against damage, so you know it’s tough.
Nite Ize Financial Tool
While many of these multi-tools are designed to fit into your wallet, the Nite Ize Financial Tool is actually designed to become your wallet, with a high-tensile strength strap that can sandwich credit cards and cash between the two multi-tool cards for an ultra minimalist style. In addition to acting as your wallet, the Nite Ize Financial Tool has the most important features covered, like a bottle opener, scraper, 3 wrenches, a flathead and Phillips screwdriver, a metric and imperial ruler, and a protractor.
The Wallet Ninja was one of the world’s first card sized multi-tools, and has one of the best set of wrenches you’ll find on any card tool. Made from 4X heat treated steel, it comes with a lifetime guarantee that it will never rust, bend, or dull. You can also insert another card into the Wallet Ninja to turn it into a cell phone stand, which is a unique feature not found on many other multi-tool cards.
Victorinox Swisscard Lite Pocket Tool
If you want something that’s a little closer to a traditional pocket knife, the Victorinox Swisscard Lite Pocket Tool is the one to get. While not as thin as other cards, it makes the most of that size with features you won’t find on other card tools, like an LED flashlight, scissors, tweezers, magnifying glass, and a pressurized ball-point pen.
Cha-O-Ha Design EDC Card Multi-Tool
Originally funded on Kickstarter, the Cha-O-Ha Design EDC Card Multi-Tool is one of the strongest card tools available. It’s made from S35VN stainless steel, which is harder than titanium, and designed to hold an edge and be corrosion resistant. Sourced and crafted in the USA, each EDC Card is heat treated in a vacuum for uniformity, and cryogenically cooled to get the most strength this unique steel has to offer.
Tuls Ollie Titanium
If weight is a priority, the Tuls Ollie Titanium card is the one to get. While it packs a lot of features into its lightweight shape, this card tool is especially great if you do a lot of measuring, sketching, and blueprinting, since it features a set of precision rulers, sketching guides, and a protractor.
SOG Tool Logic Card Companion
For survival preparedness, nothing beats the SOG Tool Logic Credit Card Companion. It features a 2″ serrated blade that you can slide out of the card, along with a separate can opener and screwdriver set that also pulls out of the card’s body. A built-in compass and magnifying glass help with orienteering and fire starting, while a tweezers can pick out any embedded object you may need to remove.
READYMAN Wilderness Survival Card 2.0
The READYMAN Wilderness Survival Card 2.0 is another card that’s designed to stay in your wallet until you absolutely need it, but if you find yourself in a survival situation, you’ll be glad to have it! Featuring arrowheads to create a broad-head arrow, a trident, and a small game arrow, along with fish hooks and a fishing lure, snare locks, an awl, sewing needle, and tweezers, along with a saw blade for coarse and fine cuts, the Wilderness Survival Card can catch fish and game, cut logs for a fire, and sew together clothing (or a body part if things get real crazy) so you’ll always be prepared for whatever happens in an emergency. Plus it’s made in the USA so you’re supporting a local company and American employees.
Zootility WildCard Credit Card Knife
The Zootility WildCard is just 2.0mm thick, but includes a folding knife blade alongside screwdrivers, a pry-bar, and a bottle opener. Best of all, the blade features FlyOff technology that allows you to quickly remove and replace the blade without any tools if it ever becomes chipped or unusable (or the TSA confiscates it) so you can easily swap out the blade instead of purchasing a whole new knife.
Boker Plus Credit Card Knife
The Boker Plus Credit Card Knife isn’t exactly a multi-tool, but it is one of the only folding knives that’s designed specifically to be kept in a wallet, so it’s a great option for those looking to always have a knife handy without carrying around a separate object in your pocket. The 2¼ inch straight edge blade folds back into a titanium-lined, credit card shaped handle, and with a removable pocket clip and sturdy framelock, it’s as close to a standard folding knife as possible while still fitting into your wallet.
The PocketMonkey is one of the most uniquely shaped credit card multi-tools available, and includes a bottle opener, screwdrivers, letter opener, wrenches, a ruler, orange peeler, and a headphone wrap. It’s definitely something you can show off to friends, and you’ll probably get questions about it every time you use one of the tools.