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Everyday Carry: Micro

When it comes to everyday carry, finding the perfect balance of gear that’s both incredibly capable and small enough to keep your pockets from being too weighed down is a constant battle. Lucky for us, there are a lot of really incredibly makers and craftsmen out there that are constantly pushing the limits of what’s possible out of EDC. Flashlights, for instance, were once hulking cylinders that required large heavy batteries in order to give you even the most modestly functional light output. Now, there are ones that are plenty bright that are smaller in stature than your average house key. And that’s an impressive feat. So, we’ve put together this week’s pocket dump with the hopes of showcasing some of the smallest, yet most capable, everyday carry gear you can get your hands on right now.

StatGear Pocket Lumen

Weighing an astounding 0.4 ounces and measuring just 46mm at its longest point, this water-resistant 30-lumen flashlight is small enough to fit on even the most crowded of keychains. It helps, too, that it features a durable aerospace-grade aluminum, operates with a simple twist, and is powered by four LR41 watch batteries.

Purchase: $10+

TEC Accessories Picopen

Having an EDC pen on hand is always a good idea – and a completely achievable one if you attach the TEC Accessories Picopen to your keychain. This tiny stainless steel pen features a secure magnetic cap, accepts both D1 and Fisher pressurized ink cartridges, and weighs just 14.5 grams.

Purchase: $20

Keychain Duct Tape

We’ve heard it said that anything can be fixed with enough duct tape. And now you can keep this wonder repair material on you at all times, thanks to this simple keychain attachment. Small enough to stash in your pocket, this tool can fit up to 18″ of Gorilla Tape or 24″ of gaffers tape.

Purchase: $20

Leatherman Squirt PS4 Keychain Multi-Tool

Leatherman is renowned for making some of the best folding tools in the world, so it’s no surprise that they excelled when it came to making one small enough to fit on your keychain. The Squirt features 9 built-in tools – including pliers, wire cutters, a knife blade, scissors, screwdrivers, a bottle opener, and more. That’s a big wallop in such a small format.

Purchase: $35

The James Brand Elko Keychain Knife

Masters of their craft, The James Brand’s folding knives are superb examples of everyday carry. That extends to their Elko keychain knife, as well. This tiny blade is built from Sandvik steel and anodized aluminum, features a manual deployment with a slipjoint, and doubles as a screwdriver/bottle opener/pry bar.

Purchase: $60