Everyday Carry: 25 Titanium EDC Essentials

Aug 23, 2017

Category: Gear

A metal has to be pretty impressive to beat out steel across the board – especially because steel was one of the substances that helped pull mankind out of the dark ages and move onto bigger and better things. Titanium is exactly that, with a tensile strength that exceeds that of steel and a weight that falls far below by volume. That’s why it’s used so heavily in the aerospace and military industries. And, wouldn’t you know it, it’s also excellent for everyday carry gear.

As you likely already know, titanium is highly lauded – but it’s not so rare and expensive that it’s out of reach to the average EDC enthusiast. In fact, if you know where to look, you can get your hands on some truly exemplary gear for a tremendously reasonable price. It’s also possible, however, to accidentally fall into bargain traps and pick up unworthy low-quality gear. Rather than traversing the everyday carry space and taking the risk yourself, we’ve put together 25 of the absolute best pieces of everyday carry gear built from titanium.

Big Idea Design Titanium Pocket Bit

If you ride a bike, motorcycle, or you just like to be prepared for any situation, you might want to swap your keyring for the Big Idea Design Titanium Pocket Bit. In part, that’s because a titanium keyring is far stronger and even lighter than a conventional steel one, but also because the TPB comes with a two-sided keyring-mounted bit that functions as an on-the-spot flathead and/or philips screwdriver, pry bar, or even bottle opener. And all that functionality in a package so small and discreet is hard to beat.

Purchase: $14

Handgrey Knox Titanium Keyring

Shockingly, Handgrey has managed to improve upon an over 100-year old invention: the conventional keyring. Their version, the Knox, features a unique angled 10-side exterior, a smooth internal side, a convenient and much easier side-to-side push pull opening, and a very strong titanium construction. If you ever find yourself frustrated with taking things off and putting them back on your keyring, the Knox is for you.

Purchase: $19

Tec Accessories Inchworm Keychain Ruler

Folks who are fond of the phrase, “measure twice, cut once,” will likely be interested in this little tool from Tec Accessories. Especially if you’ve ever been away from your toolbox and needed to make a quick repair, because you likely already know that a measuring tool can be of incredible import. Avoid any costly mistakes by slipping this guy on your keychain. It’s only 6.5 ounces, features imperial markings up to 3 inches, and is made from super tough titanium.

Purchase: $21

Handgrey Bauhaus Mo. 25 Bottle Opener

There’s no reason to crowd your keychain with a full-sized bottle opener when the Handgrey Bauhaus Mo. 25 is around. This tiny accessory is as tough as they come, measures up at only 1.35 inches in length, and functions as well – if not better – than its much larger counterparts. If you like to crack open a cold one every now and again, the Mo. 25 is an excellent tool to have by your side.

Purchase: $25

Spine Titanium Minimalist Wallet

Bulky bifold wallets are a dying breed thanks to all the benefits offered by their slimmed-down brethren. Get on board and ditch the back-breaker for something a bit more svelte – like the Spine. Made from a single piece of high-grade titanium, this minimalist wallet can hold up to 10+ cards via an included heavy-duty elastic band, is made in the USA, features an integrated bottle opener, and is both corrosion-resistant and rust-proof.

Purchase: $30

Keysmart Titanium Edition Key Organizer

As any janitor might tell you, keys attached to a keyring can be a very cumbersome and hard-to-manage thing. So skip the jingle and disorganization and get something that will keep you coordinated and sane – like the Keysmart Titanium Edition key organizer. This handy keychain replacer can fit up to 14 keys, including a fob with the included removable loop, hides key teeth (your favorite jeans will thank you), eliminates jingle, and is handmade in Chicago, right here in the USA.

Purchase: $39

Quiet Carry Bandit Keychain Knife

If you’re too attached to your keychain or carabiner to swap it for one of Quiet Carry’s key organizers, you can still have the brand’s design excellence as a part of your day-to-day gear with their Bandit keychain knife. This minimalist folder easily attaches to your keychain, features a grade-5 titanium handle with sturdy back lock, and has an AUS 8 steel blade that offers excellent edge retention. Best of all, it hardly weighs a thing and measures up at only 3″ total.

Purchase: $40

StatGear Pocket Samurai Keychain Knife

If the legendary warriors of Japan were still around today to participate in everyday carry, the may very well have carried StatGear’s Pocket Samurai keychain knife. Sure, it’s not as big and intimidating as a full-sized katana – but that’s a good thing, in this case. This discreet blade features a frame lock handle made from titanium, a 440C stainless steel tanto blade, and is only 2.66 inches in length when closed. It even weighs less than an ounce and has a built-in keyring hole for easy keychain attachment. If you’re seeking a super discreet EDC blade, this is it.

Purchase: $40

Tec Accessories Pixel Keychain Flashlight

Even if you think you’ve used up all of the room on your keychain carabiner, you can still probably fit the Tec Accessories Pixel keychain flashlight. And that’s because it measures up at a grand total of 1.69 inches in length with a diameter of only 0.135 inches. And this incredibly small keychain flashlight boasts a twist action operation that gives you access to an output of 25 lumens. Plus it’s water-resistant and its squared design will keep it from rolling away, should you accidentally drop it.

Purchase: $47

MecArmy Illuminex-1 Keychain Flashlight

Believe it or not, but you can actually get a micro USB-rechargeable 130 lumen output flashlight that’s small enough to fit on your keychain virtually unnoticed. And it’s called the MecArmy Illuminex-1. What’s even better about this little titanium wonder is that it quick charges in just 1 hour, is impact resistant to 1.5 meters, and is waterproof at a depth of up to 2 meters.

Purchase: $50

Maratac AAA REV 4 Titanium Flashlight

Maratac’s original AAA EDC flashlight was so overwhelmingly popular, they decided to make a titanium version. And we are very glad that they did, because it is just as superb as the original, but lighter and stronger. As such, it’s corrosion resistant, operates for up to 55 hours straight on a single AAA battery, has three brightness modes, comes with a handy pocket clip, and is newly equipped with a glow-in-the-dark diffuser. Pretty cool, Maratec.

Purchase: $60

Keybar Titanium

There are few things in this world as annoying as jingling keys lumped together at the bottom of your pants pocket. So, why not ditch the old keyring and opt for something like the titanium Keybar. This handy device can fit 4-12 keys, depending on the screws you use in it, comes with a handy pocket clip to keep it floating at the top of your pocket, and is made right here in the USA – so you know it’s dependable and of the highest quality.

Purchase: $65+

Quiet Carry Q 2.0 Knife + Key Organizer

Sometimes it isn’t easy or reasonable to carry around a full complement of everyday carry gear. But, thanks to innovations like the Quiet Carry Q 2.0 knife and key organizer, you can lump a few bits of gear together and get the most out of a small loadout. This handy tool can fit up to 4 keys within it (or 8 with additional expansion pieces) and comes equipped with an AUS 8 steel 2.3″ blade with a bottle opener cutout. Not bad for a titanium tool that’s just 2.9 inches long and 2.6 ounces.

Purchase: $68

Big Idea Design 10-in-1 Pocket Tool

There’s no rule dictating that a comprehensive multi-tool can’t fit easily in your pocket alongside all your other everyday carry, as evidenced by the Big Idea Design 10-in-1 Pocket Tool. With a 6AL4V titanium frame, this tiny tool offers a bottle opener, 2 flathead screwdrivers, an internal magnet, a 1/4″ hex bit opening, measurement cues, a mini pry bar, a scraper, and 15 socket sizes – which is more than enough to get most people through their day, even if it’s a bad one. Put this mobile contingency plan in your pocket and you won’t be sorry.

Purchase: $69

Griffin Pocket Tool XL Titanium

With over 15+ different functionalities, it’s hard to find a pocket multi-tool as capable and compact as the Griffin Pocket Tool XL. And, since this one is made from titanium, it’s both extra tough and extra lightweight. Which is especially handy when you consider that it works as a screwdriver, pry bar, stepped hex wrench, both metric and imperial ruler, and more. The next time you’re in the market for a keychain multi-tool, you should definitely give this one another look.

Purchase: $70

Vargo Titanium Funnel Flask

Whether you’re headed out to a friend’s wedding or off on a camping trip far from home, you might want to consider bringing along a flask – partially because you never know what swill might be available and partially because you’re an adult and you don’t need a reason to toss a couple back if you want. Well, you could do far worse than the Vargo Titanium Funnel Flask. Built from the food-safe metal, this container holds up to 8 ounces of your liquid of choice, weighs just 3.7 ounces, and comes with an integrated silicon funnel that makes transportation and filling much easier.

Purchase: $75

Tactile Turn Titanium Glider Pen

Every man needs a good pen at his side; they’re excellent for scrawling down ideas on-the-fly in a pocket notebook and they’re the mark of a person who is well-prepared. This one from Tactile Turn, however, has a couple legs up on a classic Mont Blanc. For starters, it’s crafted from titanium. Second, it compatible with most ink cartridge refills available. And, lastly, it features a unique and smooth bolt-action deployment system and pocket clip for easy use.

Purchase: $79

Handgrey HG Titanium Carabiner

Designed with pure functionality in mind, the HG titanium carabiner features a handy 2-section format – meaning you can clip it on and off your belt without worrying about dropping your keys – and is built from an incredibly sturdy Electrical Discharge Machining wire-cut piece of grade 5 squared titanium. Even better, this 0.8-ounce keychain carabiner comes with a built-in bottle opener, so you can pop open your favorite beer whenever you’ve got your keys on you.

Purchase: $90

The Ridge Wallet + Money Clip Titanium

Save your back and slim down your EDC gear weight in one fell swoop by picking up the Ridge minimalist wallet. This RFID-blocking titanium wallet can fit up to 12 cards within it, plus a wad of cash in the included money clip, and still weighs just 2.5 ounces. If you want to carry around a stylish and modern wallet without having to worry about weighing yourself down, there’s not much better you can do than The Ridge.

Purchase: $115

Quiet Carry The Strand Knife

Featuring stylish and minimalist design cues, this frame lock folding blade from Quiet Carry is an excellent knife option for someone who doesn’t want to lug around a scary tactical knife or Crocodile Dundee-style bowie knife. But it still offers a tremendous amount of toughness and functionality with its D2 steel blade and titanium handle. Measuring up at a grand total of 6.7 inches in length, this is the perfect knife for someone who likes capability and discretion in their everyday carry.

Purchase: $129

Rexford Rut V2 Titanium Utility Tool

Todd Rexford is a superb knife designer – and he’s taken that expertise into the utility blade industry with his extremely popular Rut V2 utility tool. Made from extremely tough 6AL4V titanium, this device fits standard razor blade inserts, includes a multitude of alternative functionalities (including a screwdriver, bottle and can opener, and prybar), and is made right here in the USA.

Purchase: $140

Leatherman Charge TTI Multi-Tool

Leatherman is a brand that sits atop the multi-tool throne with very good reason, just look at their Charge TTI multi-tool for proof. This 19+ function folding tool boasts pliers, wire cutters, a complement of straight and serrated blades, screwdrivers, bottle and can openers, and so much more. All of the tools lock into place for secure operation and many of them are accessible from outside of the Charge TTI when it is closed. And, in case that’s not enough, it’s backed by Leatherman’s 25-year warranty.

Purchase: $170

The James Brand Chapter Knife

Unhappy with the super tactical blades that flooded the market, The James Brand set out to make the perfect everyday carry knife for those who aren’t super-soldiers or Navy SEALs – and we think they managed it brilliantly. The Chapter features a design-forward format, a D2 steel blade, a frame lock titanium handle, and a tip-down pocket clip. Pick this knife up and we’ll bet it will become one of your all-time favorites.

Purchase: $275

Chris Reeve Sebenza Folding Knife

In the world of folders, it doesn’t get much better than fabled EDC knife designer Chris Reeve’s line of Sebenzas. Available in your choice of either small ($350) or large ($410), these superbly crafted pocket folders feature a proprietary Integral frame lock, comes with a S35VN steel blade – which can be swapped for a more expensive Damascus steel version – and is offered with a number of different blade shapes to suit your specific needs and desires.

Purchase: $350+

Victorinox I.N.O.X. Titanium Watch

Whenever we look at the Victorinox I.N.O.X. titanium watch, we wonder why more makers don’t craft their watches out of the miracle metal. Featuring a sandblasted finish, this one is connected to a durable rubber strap, is powered by a reliable Swiss quartz movement, weighs just 3.3 ounces, and is water resistant to 200 meters.

Purchase: $595

Leather Everyday Carry Essentials

For some, metal is a bit too cold and characterless. And if you happen to fall into that group but still want some superb EDC gear, we’ve got good news: we put together this collection of the best leather everyday carry gear that both looks good and functions better.

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