The Value of Carrying a Pocket Tool Daily
When I first began refining my EDC and becoming active on forums and Facebook groups, I often saw people posting pictures of their Atwood pocket tools, animal themed pocket tools, etc. I quickly decided that I needed one as well if I was going to keep up with the cool EDC kids. I was able to track down an Atwood G2 Ghost, that lived on my keychain for a few weeks, being used occasionally as a screwdriver or a bottle opener.
Since that time, I've bought, owned, and sold a variety of pocket tools from the likes of Atwood, Horton, Ochs, Blount, Marlowe, and I'm sure many others that I have since forgotten. What I found in my experience carrying them, was that many of them have far too many tools for my needs. I haven't yet found myself in a situation where I've needed a small pocket sized wrench at a moments notice, and I certainly haven't encountered for an oxygen tank wrench, marlin spike, or many of the other functions I've seen arise on a pocket tool. However, I have found value in carrying one daily, and there has been one in my pocket for the last few years.
What I found I ultimately liked in carrying a pocket tool was two functions: a flathead screwdriver, and a bottle opener. The flathead serves as not only a screwdriver for tightening the screws on sunglasses arms, or a random screw on my desk at work, but also as a simple pry-tool to separate small items, or even clean gunk out from under my finger nails. I've also utilized the corner on the flathead area as a boxcutter for when I don't have a knife, or a knife isn't appropriate. As for the bottle opener, the value in that should be self-explanatory. I'm a firm believer that you should always have a bottle opener in case of emergency beer opportunities.
Despite the money I've spent on tools with many more functions, there's one tool that has stood out as my favorite, and the one that has occupied the most pocket time for me. That tool is one made by David Sharp, out of the leftovers of a piece of Damasteel. It's simple, and features the two tools that I need: a flathead screwdriver/pry-tool, and a bottle opener. It's long enough to comfortably hold, but still slim enough to carry easily loose in the pocket, or in a pocket caddy, plus it's Damasteel so it looks cool. This particular one was included with a folding knife I purchased from David; the knife has since been sold, but I held onto the tool. David also produces these tools occasionally in steel or titanium, and can be found for sale across forums or at knife shows that David attends.
Do you carry a pocket tool daily? What do you use it for? Let us know in the comments below.