Another addition to the EDC utility knife market… Some dude on Etsy is making this strange flipper thing out of titanium. Expensive, but pretty cool aesthetically.
No idea if these things are durable enough to be used in a real shop or even usable at all. But, you have to admire the aesthetic of an over-engineered driver designed with products of old in mind – namely, the Baumann-Weltrecord Driver. For the machinists out there, this would be a really fun product to make on your own… and for those without the tooling/skills, if nothing else… this is a pretty neat fidget toy.
Bellroy does a great job with design, but I’ve always felt they were a little heavy handed with the branding. I just can’t get behind logos on my shit…
In any case, they just released a new Key Case that is very promising. It’s a traditional looking key wallet, but with a flipper mechanism (one-handed key operation) and a cam system that will eventually allow you to add tools to your key stack.
“Ryan, I want a traditional Swiss Army knife that I can daily carry and that offers me lots of tool options. I don’t want multiple examples – just one. What do you suggest?”
I’m not a Swiss Army knife EDC guy. I prefer disposable blades that I can open with one hand. However, I do own Swiss Army knives and use them in bags, vehicles, and other places where a multitool can be handy.
That all being said, I got an answer for you… And I think it’s a pretty uncontroversial one… The best all around Swiss Army knife for most people and more general purposes is probably the Victorinox Swiss Champ… not the Champion… but the CHAMP.
It’s a $100 (usually $70 on sale), a decent size, and includes most things you will need in a pinch. Also, if you don’t already know… the Victorinox scissors are the best in the multi-tool game.
I don’t typically like to feature James Brand products. I love their design work, but feel as though their products don’t live up to their respective prices. If they focused production in the USA, I’d be all in… But, they don’t.
All that being said, the Ellis is a fantastic design. A small EDC blade with scissors – that’s all a guy really needs, right?