Tiny ‘Everyday Carry’ tools clip to zipper pulls, keychains

They cost $12 a pop. A small loop of cord and a quick-release buckle make them work as zipper pulls on a backpack, or perhaps as a keychain.

Stubby, 3/4-inch blade on GDC tool

The Gerber Daily Carry line, “GDC” for short, comes to market next month. The four tiny tools listed below, each with unique functionality, will ship to stores with the first GDC run.

In all, the models include the Zip Blade, the Zip Driver, the Zip Hex, and the Zip Light

We got a couple of the Gerber tools in the GearJunkie office to try. The tools are small in the hand. For common tasks — slicing open a box, tightening a seatpost bolt on a bike — they come in handy.

GDC line

Made of aluminum and steel, each one weighs 1 ounce or less. They are 1.5 to 2 inches long.

The little knife on the Zip Blade swings open on a pivot. It locks in place for careful work with a stubby blade.

Blade in hand

The Zip Light model has an L.E.D. flashlight on the end. It’s bright enough to read by or, in a pinch, even hike at night on an easy trail.

But don’t expect the GDC products to replace your regular multitool or Swiss Army Knife. They are not meant for wilderness tasks. As take-anywhere tools, however, the Gerber line is a fun and useful addition to the expanding category of “everyday carry” equipment.

—Stephen Regenold

L.E.D. light on the end

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Stephen Regenold is Founder and Editor-In-Chief of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for nearly two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of four small kids, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.