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That’s fair. I have one of these knives with a driver and it can hold four bits. It’s really good compared to other multi tool screwdrivers.
I'll 2nd the comments for the stainless steel Mora. I always take mine camping, but, I also always also have my EDC (every day carry). It is a simple, cheap Kershaw with a screwdriver and 4 bits. The blade doesn't hold an edge too long, but I love the versatility of it. [link]
To each their own, but the two aren't mutually exclusive. My EDC is one of these. It's as quick as any pocket knife, and also has a good screw driver. Plenty of multi-tools have quickly accessible knives.
If the kid is more technical / gadget inclined, I recommend the Kershaw Select Fire. It has a locking blade, a standard 1/4" bit driver, and slots for four bits.
The standard bit driver is the secret sauce for gadget people. A regular bit driver lets you swap in any bits you want from the local hardware store, or replace them if they wear out. Plus the knife is cheap-but-sturdy; you won't cry if they break it or lose it. The biggest downside: no pliers. Leatherman, Gerber, etc. are more appropriate for that.
Going purely on the utility factor, I am a fan of "do fewer things, but do them better". I never got much out of the Swiss Armies and Leathermans with 15 different features that are too awkward to use. But really, anything you get the kid is going to be "cool as $#!t" in his book.
My boss gave us some of these kershaws and I like them, it's a decent knife with a nifty 1/4 nutdriver and some screwdriver attachments. I lost the one he gave everyone and just bought a new one on amazon.
if its the kind of sysadmin who actually has to do some of everything, including hardware, i am in love with this thing:
its a screw driver knife with a really sturdy screwdriver. its on the bulky side, and i dont have a need for it anymore but it use to be my EDC when i had to deal with this, that and hardware too.
I really like the Kershaw with a screwdriver built in. Can't remember the name of it, but it has a bottle opener and 4 bits for the screwdriver.
Edit: here it is: Kershaw 1920 Select Fire Multi-Tool [link]
Hello, fellow IT guy. I love this knife myself, have you ever seen it?
EDIT: There's also a serrated version, which is what I have, but I can't seem to find it on Amazon at the moment.
Yes, that's exactly what I was thinking for the wire. And the eyeglasses kit could come in handy at other times when you need a small screwdriver set. Along those lines, I have one more suggestion. I've been carrying the Kershaw Select Fire for my EDC lately. It's a tiny bit more bulky than most of my other pocket knives, but it has a bit driver and holds 4 bits. Comes with 2 types of Phillips and standard, but you could really put in any bits. That thing comes in handy more often than not! I think it would really round out your repair carry.
My primary EDC is the Kershaw Select Fire. Folder first and foremost, with screwdrivers and a bottle opener, all in a package that's not much bigger than any other folder with a similar sized blade. I've actually had it for 3 years now. Build quality is along the lines of all my other Kershaws. It's no Benchmade, but it's lasted this long and stood up to more abuse than I thought it would.
Kershaw Select Fire. It's my EDC. It's a folder knife first and foremost, with a flip-out 1/4" bit driver, and the capacity to carry four 1/4" bits. When you flip the screwdriver part out, it also exposes a bottle cap opener, which is a nice touch. Mine has the half-serrated blade. Most of the ones I see don't have the serrations.
It comes with two each standard and philips drive in anodized black, however I replaced two of them with bits that I find myself needing frequently (An allen driver that fits almost everything on my bicycle, and a T25 security Torx, because I find myself needing a T25 for some strange reason or another, very frequently (servers at work, my big ham radio at home).
The pocket clip can be mounted left or right, but due to the screwdriver bit holders, you're limited to "tip down" configuration. Not my usual mode, but in the 3 years I've had this trusty thing on me, it's come to not bother me much. Highly recommended for anyone whose main multi-tool needs are a great blade and some real, usable screwdrivers.
Kershaw Select Fire Multi-Tool. I saw this on here and it was super cool looking. I ordered one cause it was so cheap and it's pretty decent quality. Sharp knife, great bit driver. No pliers but it would cover your need for screwdriver and knife.
It's great! I use the screwdriver much more often than the blade. It's not overly expensive either, which is nice.
I carry both. I carry my knife everywhere. I can't carry my gun at work, but I still carry the knife. I'm not really supposed to, but it's a knife/screwdriver combo so I convince myself it's a multitool instead of a knife.
The most useful work blade i have is a Kershaw with fold out screw driver set. I use it everyday for years now. [link]
29 bucks on Amazon
Kershaw Select Fire (1920); Multifunction Pocketknife [link]
Favorite Multipurpose knife is two fold.
What's most important to me is what I can actually carry everyday and have when I NEED it.
First is my main EDC blade. The Kershaw Select Fire is hands down my favorite EDC blade. It has a good blade that holds and edge pretty well and is easy to sharpen. I use the driver and bits a LOT. At least a few times a week. It's very well put together. I lost my first one, which was a workhorse. The second time around the bit holder got a little wobbly, I applied a small amount of JB weld to it and it's been perfect for the last few years.
The second part to my EDC requirement is completion of the "multi-tool" which is satisfied by a Leatherman Squirt PS4 I love this little thing. It goes on my car keychain and lives there. The pliers are top tier, along with the scissors. The ONLY thing I sometimes miss is a set of tweezers, but the pliers come to a fine enough grip that I'm able to use it in place of tweezers pretty reliably.
I've yet to come across a suitable all in one multi-tool which encompasses all that the two items above provide me, at a DECENT weight point with a pocket clip (required for my knife) and suitable as a primary blade.
If anyone knows of that fictional combination, please enlighten me! Until then, I'm pretty happy with this combination.
I know there have been a ton of comments already. If you don't go with a good old Swiss Army knife I would hihmghly recommend this:
A decent water bottle.
Earplugs are very helpful.
Whiteboards are also great for tracking work or explaining stuff.
On occasion a knife is also handy.
UNIX and Linux Systems Administration is also great.
I tend to work at a desk and in places where you can't bring your own random gear--which is not something that bothers me.
I never leave home without this. [link]
I think it's a Kershaw Select Fire
Here is the desktop version of your link
i have tried free hand, but my blades are coming out much duller than when I started. i have several knives (couple kersaw) but the one that i want to sharpen with out damage or dulling is my new benchmade
edit: adding context from question that was asked.
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Kershaw 1920 Select Fire Multi Tool
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Survival Straps Para-cord bracelet with Wounded Warrior Project logo dogtag
Otterbox for iPhone 5 (used phone to take picture)
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