I love multi-tools but sometimes they need to be small. Sometimes you’re in short pants, dress pants, or just holding a keychain, but you still might have to save the day. There are only a few multi-tool choices and most of them are Swiss Army knives. Some Swiss Army knives have pliers on them but they are tiny pliers that pull out of the body of the knife. It’s tough to get a man grip on something with those things.
Also I need to say I swear no allegiance to any particular manufacturer. EDC can be very situational. I carry a Victorinox Classic SD on my keychain which is great for tiny jobs but lacks critical tools like a beer opener!
I really love my Leatherman Surge but it is freakishly huge and this blog is about portability. It is about those times that you can’t carry the freakishly huge multi-tool. And that really limits the playing field. No real man would be caught dead without EDC tools though.