You wouldn’t find me outside my house without a proper multitool, but sometimes carrying around a fullsize tool is inconvenient.
Luckily the market is flourishing with tiny pocket tools (of varying quality) that are great to have as backups or for those times when the fullsize gets in the way, be that at work or out hiking.
There are a lot of both specialized and “general use” tools out there, everything from the good old bike tools, rifle tools and the life saving escape tools, but no matter it’s intended use the main thing to look out for is quality.
Here we show you the best of the best pocket tools on the market today:
The Eat’N Tool is the brainchild of New York City designer Liong Mah.
At first glance it looks like the familiar spoon/fork “”spork”" combination, but Liong has used his ingenuity and computer-aided design skills to create a lightweight, high-tech outdoor tool.
Yes, there is an ergonomic spoon, and a short-tuned fork; but in addition, there’s a handy bottle opener on one side and the right side of the handle is ground to provide an emergency screwdriver blade, which will also work as a pry for opening canisters.
The large central hole is not only designed for finger gripping, but also keeps the Eat’N Tool weight down.
Three metric wrench reliefs (10 mm, 8 mm, 6 mm) are useful for emergency repairs, and result in a tool weight of just 1.5 oz. For easy attachment there is a carabiner (non-weight-bearing).
Gerber is among the most recognized makers of rugged knifes and tools in the world.
They consistently produce gear of superb quality and durability and the Gerber Artifact keychain tool is one of them.
The Artifact is a minimalistic multitasker, no bigger then a cigarette lighter and features a changeable #11 knife blade, cross, small and medium sized flat driver, bottle opener (of course), wire stripper, mini pry bar and a lanyard hole.
Sleek and slim, Smith’s Pocket Pal multi-functional knife sharpener is ideal for backpackers, hikers, hunters, and fishermen who want to ensure their blades have the sharpest edge wherever they roam.
The Pocket Pal features a fold out, tapered round diamond-coated rod for sharpening serrated and standard edges, pre-set carbide blades for quickly restoring a dull edge, and specially shaped ceramic stones for a razor-sharp finish.
The carbide blades and ceramic stones are reversible and replaceable for extended sharpening life.
The Piranha is a single-piece, multi-purpose pocket tool that is constructed from heat-treated and corrosion-resistant 420 Stainless Steel.
A built-in rubber bit holder secures full size bits, such as the included hardened steel USA-made double-ended Phillips/flathead that has been coated in rust-resistant black oxide.
Like the fish for which it’s named, the Piranha will help you get the job done quickly: tightening screws, loosening bolts, prying things open and popping the tops on your favorite beverages.
And since you’ll barely notice this super slim multi tool in your pocket, it is perfect for everyday carry.
It’s also TSA-compliant so there is no need to worry about it when you board your next flight. Standard wrench sizes include 9/16, 1/2, 7/16, 3/8, 5/16, and 1/4 inches. Metric wrench sizes include 6, 8, 10, 13, and 15mm.
Inspired by LifeHammer, the acclaimed automotive escape tool, ResQMe is a revolutionary handheld rescue tool that provides drivers and passengers with the same level of confidence and results as its larger cousin in the event of a life-threatening entrapment incident in your vehicle.
Ultra small, yet designed to provide the instant and easy ability to cut through jammed seat belts and shatter side windows when the need arises, it is the inexpensive, portable power that every car should have onboard in the event of an emergency.
Entrapment, the inability to escape a vehicle in the event of an emergency, is a very real threat to motorists.
According to the US Bureau of Transportation Statistics last publication, there are over 42,000 crash fatalities each year. That is almost 1 death every 12 minutes. Of these, an estimated 500 people died while trapped inside their vehicles.
At just a hair over 3-inches in length and .6 ounces, ResQMe easily fits on to your keychain with a detachable clip.
This small size also allows it to be stored in any number of places convenient to the driver, including a hanging position directly on the the steering or shifting columns, or in the extra key compartment under the dash.
In the event of an entrapment pull the clip away from the product to reveal the cutter (blade). Hook this over a jammed seat belt and pull to free yourself.