Take note that most credit card multi-tools are TSA-compliant -- as long as they don't have a blade, so you can take them anywhere. Don't waste money on a cheap multi-tool. You'll need a card made with sturdy material so it can handle a significant amount of pressure while you’re tightening bolts or driving screws.
There are many credit card multi-tools available from different manufacturers, and if you're not sure which one to get for your EDC, you can choose from the cards detailed below. They're made from high-quality materials. Some cards only have five features, while others offer as many as 60 useful features.
Zootility's Wildcard only offers five tools, but it’s the only credit card multi-tool with a fold-out pocket knife. To make the card TSA-compliant, you can remove the blade.
The Wildcard is made with heat-treated stainless steel. The credit card tool is only two millimeters (mm) thick.
Victorinox, the same Swiss company that makes the Swiss Army Knife, is also behind this card with 13 tools. This is the only card that comes with an LED light, magnifying glass,, pressurized ballpoint pen, straight pin, and tweezers. It also comes with a lifetime warranty. (Related: Improvising while prepping: Everyday items that can double duty in an emergency.)
This multi-tool is stronger than other credit card tools in the same price class because it has a heavy-duty alloy finish. It’s durable, portable, and easy to use.
The Toolcard Pro packs 40 tools into a 1.5 mm-thick multi-tool. Precision-engineered from heat-hardened 420 stainless steel, this card is lightweight and durable.
The card has smooth edges that are easy to grip, and it won't damage your pocket or wallet. The Toolcard Pro also has an upgrade option with a money clip.
The MRF Credit Card Multi-tool has more than 60 tools packed into a tiny piece of equipment. It is made with heavy-duty 440c carbon stainless steel hardened to 52 HRC.
This two-mm thick and ultra-durable card is rust-and water-resistant. The card's handle is slip- and sweat-proof. The card comes with a genuine leather case to protect its sharp ax edges.
Credit card multi-tools are affordable, sturdy, and light. It won't hurt to keep one in your wallet, backpack, bug-out bag, and key chains. You can also keep one in your car, so you always have access to a set of basic tools wherever you go.