Text and Photos by Jerry Tsai

Compact Tools and Pocket Gear For On the Go

Compact tools come in handy, whether you’re on the road, in the office, or at the campsite. When looking for a multi-tool to add to your EDC, pay close attention to the unit’s primary tools, secondary features, as well as intended purpose. We have collected some of the latest pocketsized gear that can help you get through your day, no matter what obstacles you may encounter. 

o1. Benchmade Bailout

Benchmade Bailout knife

Closed Length: 4.71 in.
Open Length: 8.07 in.
Blade Length: 3.38 in.
Blade Material: CPM M4
Handle Material: 6061-T6 aluminum
Weight: 2.7 oz.

MSRP: $250

o2. Gerber Compleat–Burnt Bronze

Gerber Compleat-Burnt Bronze compact tools

Compact Tools: 8
Length: 7.75 in.
Weight: 2.3 oz.

MSRP: $29

o3. Pelican 1910 LED

Pelican 1910 light compact tools

Max Lumens: 106
Max Run Time: 4 hrs. (low)
Length: 3.80 in.
Weight: 1.5 oz.
Battery Type: AAA Alkaline (1)

MSRP: $31

o4. Tops Knives Poker

Tops Knives Poker compact tools

Overall Length: 6.88 in.
Blade Length: 2.50 in.
Blade Material: 1095
Handle Material: Canvas Micarta
Weight: 2.7 oz.

MSRP: $120

o5. Leatherman Signal Multi-Tool

Leatherman Signal multi-tool

Compact Tools: 19
Closed Length: 4.5 in.
Weight: 7.5 oz.

MSRP: $120

o6. Gerber Truss-Black

Gerber Truss-Black compact tools

Compact Tools: 15
Closed Length: 6.5 in.
Weight: 8.4 oz.

MSRP: $52

Editor’s Note: A version of this article first appeared in the Winter 2020 print issue of YOTA Magazine

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