Bellroy Key Case

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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.


Victorinox Swiss Champ

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“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.


The Ellis

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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?


Windeler Modular Magnetic Tool

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So this magnetic wonder got funded… This has the potential to be really, really interesting…

Details here.

Carbyne Mini Ratchet

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I wasn’t expecting much from this $20 mini ratchet, but it’s actually pretty great. Small, compact, cheap, and perfect in a pinch. I keep it in the tool pouch that rides with my travel pack.


Gerber Zilch

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A knife that is the right size to carry every day and doesn’t cost so much that when you lose it, it won’t break your heart. Perfect EDC folder…


The C.H.U.B. Flipper

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A few months back, I spoke about an EDC utility blade that I found and loved. A lot of people on knife forums claim that the “Exceed Designs” flipper is made in the US. I’ve found that while the Exceed Designs version might be assembled in the US, I believe it to be machined in China. In fact, I found the factory that I think is responsible for that machine work and bought the parts to build about twenty of them. Since then, I’ve been giving them away to buddies…

Anyway, this weird fascination put me on the map with other people that are into EDC flippers. One of those being Chaves Knives. Chaves builds a lot of short production, really well made knives and recently decided to design and build their own utility flipper called the C.H.U.B. Flipper.

The C.H.U.B. flipper is available with a number of different scale finishes and costs just over $200. Like the Exceed Designs version, it’s main ingredient is titanium and it locks via the frame. Oh… also… it’s made in China as well.

I was sent a C.H.U.B. finished with a black Micarta scale and thought you guys might be interested in my thoughts after using both the C.H.U.B. and the “Exceed Designs” versions for a few months now. So… Let’s do it:

The “Exceed Designs” version retails at around $60, but if you play your cards right you can get them for as cheap as $40… or even cheaper if you are willing to research the shit out of Chinese factories and assemble your own.

On the other hand, the C.H.U.B. comes in at over $200.

Obviously, the Exceed flipper wins this round easily. But, what about value?

With each in hand, it’s very obvious that the C.H.U.B. is made of higher quality materials to a higher standard. The flip action is smoother, the tolerances are tighter (there is no play in the blade holder at all), and in use the C.H.U.B. is by far and away a better product.

But is it even $140 better?

The C.H.U.B. is more enjoyable to use just because of it’s build quality. BUT, the value of each isn’t defined by that… The beauty of the “Exceed Designs” flipper is that it’s light (almost a 1/3rd lighter than the C.H.U.B.), very small, and almost (not quite, but almost) cheap enough to be expendable. Break a blade holder by using the thing irresponsibly? Not a big deal… But do the same with the C.H.U.B. and that $200 price tag starts to sting.

The C.H.U.B. is also a bit harder to carry. Like I said, it’s heavier… but it’s also thicker and the pocket clip is less forgiving.

In short, they both do the same task equally as well. The Exceed does it a bit easier while the C.H.U.B. does it with more style.

If you are a knife guy… one that collects short production knives and appreciates a solid action, detail work, craftsmanship, style, etc… all the things that come with custom knives… then you *might* appreciate the C.H.U.B. even after spending $200 on it.

However, if you are just a guy that gets the whole utility knife EDC thing and want one that is easy to carry, the “Exceed Designs” version is the one for you.

Regardless, both of these are better EDC tools (for me) than any of the units from the major manufacturers like Milwaukee, Stanley, etc…


You can get the Exceed Designs version here.

You can get the C.H.U.B. Flipper here.

Ernest Wright General Purpose Scissors

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If you order a pair right now, you will get them in six to seven months… BUT, you will never buy another pair of scissors in your life. You will be done… and you will be happy.