Ever wish you could roll-your-own Swiss Army knife, carrying just what you need when you need it? Meet the Switch Modular Pocket Knife ($80). Born from the hivemind of quirky, the Switch includes two exterior body covers, two slotted caps to hold everything together, three interior axles that range from small (2-6 tools) to large (7-13 tools), and 18 tool attachments, including screwdrivers, a bottle opener, a saw, various blades, a flashlight, and even a 1GB USB memory stick — making it one of the most versatile and most geeky multi-tools you can buy. Snap out of the standard pocket tool fare.
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Clean design isn't an attribute you'd normally associate with multi-tools, but then again, you've never seen one quite like the Gerber Fit ($50). Hidden within its smooth, compact body is a 25 lumen LED flashlight, a large locking main screwdriver with interchangeable bit, additional micro flathead and cross drivers for small electronics, a partially serrated blade, scissors, and a bottle opener — everything the modern man might need in one stylish package.
Want to carry a knife but don't feel like adding any extra bulk to your already crowded pockets? Check out the CardSharp (£15; roughly $23). Thanks to its ingenious folding design, the CardSharp is the same size as a credit card, yet offers a 65mm stainless steel blade, and folds up securely for travel. A bit of advice: make sure it's not in your wallet the next time you're heading into the TSA line.
If you asked what we would want to take with us in a stranded situation, we'd probably say a filled iPod, food, or perhaps a back catalog of Playboy (for the articles, of course). A more practical choice, however, would be the Gerber Bear Grylls Survival Knife ($60). Designed by Gerber and the Grylled one himself, this unique wilderness tool features a half-serrated high carbon blade, a stainless steel pommel at the base of the handle, an emergency whistle in the lanyard cord, and a host of goodies in the included sheath, like a fire starter, diamond sharpener, and Bear's Priorities of Survival pocket guide for those times when you need some Yoda-like wisdom. [Thanks, Andrew]
Get maximum utility with a minimal imprint on the environment with Wenger EvoWood Knives ($65-$130). Just like regular Swiss Army Knives, these feature a variety of tools, from seven implements in the EvoWood 11 to a full eleven — including pliers with a wire crimper and cutter — on the EvoWood S557, but more importantly feature the company's new concave/convex Evolution handle design, created from sustainable top-quality Swiss Walnut that would other wise be waste material, making these some of the world's greenest multi-tools.
It's definitely one of the more expensive multi-tools we've written about, but it's also one of the most hardcore. The Surefire Delta Folding Survival Knife ($435) features a Crucible CPM S30V steel blade and titanium frame for maximum performance in hand-to-hand combat, but also includes a cutter/crimper, flathead screwdriver, a slotted wrench, a cord/harness cutter, window breaker, and reversible pocket clip for completing less, ummm, violent tasks.
If you're stuck carrying just one knife on your next outdoorsy adventure, the Gerber Epic Knife ($30) wouldn't be a bad choice. This versatile chrome-molybdenum stainless steel blade features a textured nylon handle, a serrated edge, a blunt tip, an integrated bottle opener, and a locking sheath that also sports a reversible pocket clip so you can carry it on right or left side — which is really handy if your other hand is busy holding a beer or fighting off a hungry grizzly bear.
Like the utility of Swiss Army knives but tired of their bland solid-color handle designs? Take a look at the Victorinox Swiss Army Silver Tech Huntsman Knife ($45). It packs tools including multiple blades and screwdrivers, a corkscrew, can opener, bottle opener, wire stripper, key ring, tweezers, reamer, and even a toothpick, all inside a stylish silver case that looks more at home next to an aluminum laptop than a camo-colored gun sling.
Whether you're looking for something a bit more fashionable than a standard multi-tool or simply want to brag about the name, Porsche Design Knives ($210) are a decent option. Built by Wenger, the same chaps who make the Swiss Army Knife, these multi-function tools include nail files, bottle openers, corkscrews, scissors, and, of course, knives, all encased in a curved, organic handle. Should look great with that 911 GT2 RS you've had your eye on.
Meet the iPod shuffle of multi-tools. The Leatherman Style CS ($20) is a pocket-friendly (or clip-on) multi-tool offering a ton of utility in a tiny package. Tools include scissors, a knife, nail file, flat/phillips screwdriver, tweezers, and a handy carabiner clip that doubles as a bottle opener. No silly proprietary charging/sync cable required.
Thanks to the folks at Leatherman, who are partying all weekend for Uncrate's 5th birthday, we've got 50 of these tiny bad boys to give away. The first 50 guys to send us their shipping address get one. All gone (in 4 minutes)!
Made in England from solid stainless steel and sporting a no-nonsense look, the British Army Knife ($27-$32) is a fine pocket blade. Available in both two- and three-bladed versions, each one has a 2.25-inch straight blade and a hooked blade that serves as a can opener, while the three-bladed model also holds a pointed marlinspike on the opposite side to help with seafarers' rope work. [via]
Want a pocket knife that stands out from the wood- or stag-handled blades of your father, yet has a more traditional look that modern multi-tools? This CXXVI Scrimshaw Knife ($95) should do nicely. Hand etched in a small workshop in Maine, this seascape scrimshaw is laid into the bone with black india ink and sealed with a double dose of wax to protect the design and handle. Way nicer than the so-called scrimshaw junk being peddled at the beachside trinket store this summer.