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TKS: Titanium Key System review

on Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

I love the concept of Kickstarter, enabling those with ideas to bring them to life and put them out there for the world to see.  If others agree, they put their hard earned money down to fund the creation of something new and (hopefully) innovative. Occasionally, the Gadgeteer gets to tryout Kickstarter projects before theirRead More…

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An LED flashlight so minimal, it doesn’t even have a barrel

on Tuesday, June 17th, 2014
Posted in: News, Pocket Gear

The Blocklite Mini Compact 9V LED flashlight consists of little more than a 9V battery.  Actually, the flashlight is a small plastic piece that snaps onto the 9V battery.  It has six bright white LEDs and a power switch with two brightness levels (high and low).  It’s so small, you’ll be able to keep one inRead More…

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True Utility sciXors hang out on your keyring till it’s time to snip

on Wednesday, June 11th, 2014
Posted in: News, Pocket Gear

Here at The Gadgeteer, we’re big fans of little tools. Especially keychain tools—we can’t seem to get enough of ‘em. The True Utility sciXors are my latest find, a pair of teeny, tiny scissors for your keyring. Made from stainless steel with black rubber grips, they attach to your keyring with a small, quick-release pull clip.Read More…

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This stainless keychain multi-tool fits over a key

on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014
Posted in: News, Pocket Gear

We’ve seen other pocket multi-tools that fit over a key, but many of them had a knife blade and were a concern for traveling by plane.  This True Utility TU247 KeyTool MultiTool doesn’t have a knife blade.  Instead it has:  a bottle opener, nail file, thread cutter, three screwdrivers, and tweezers.  The tweezers require youRead More…

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Monteverde One Touch Stylus Tool Ballpoint pen review

on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
Posted in: Reviews, Styluses

I am not much of a pen to paper writer, I use my iPad to write as much as possible. But I do own pens for those occasions when I do need to write something. So, for me to want to review a pen it has to be a little different in either design orRead More…

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Take your iPhone case to task with the myTask iPhone utility case

on Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Multi-taskers, I love them. They come on keychains, in wallets, heck even phone cases. But the one thing most phone case multi-taskers lack is versatility. The myTask, a Kickstarter project from TaskLab hopes to change that. Unlike other phone cases of this type that have a built-in set of tools, the myTask set up isRead More…

Magnus Macdonalds Rabbit

Is that a Rabbit in your pocket or just a titanium key holder?

on Saturday, February 8th, 2014

In the world of Kickstarter, there are many weird and wonderful projects from which to choose! But, sometimes what sells the product is not just the design but the person who created and is running the campaign. This is true with the Rabbit, a titanium key holder built by Magnus MacDonald. You may know MagnusRead More…

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HDZ Concepts Titanium Wallet Sized Utility Bottle Opener and Pocket Multi Tool review

on Tuesday, January 28th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, Pocket Gear, Reviews

The world of pocket multi-tools seems to be never ending. They are made out of a variety materials such as stainless steel, carbon fiber, aluminum, or titanium with sizes and shapes only limited by the desired functions to be built into the multi-tool itself. Although I love a lot of these ingeniously designed multi-tools, sometimesRead More…

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Parachute multi-tool review

on Wednesday, December 18th, 2013
Posted in: Gear, Pocket Gear, Reviews

I have said it before, and I will probably say it many more times here on The Gadgeteer pages: I am a pocket multi-tool junkie. I love having the ability to carry around small gadgets that can perform several different functions. I especially like items that I can fit on a keyring or into aRead More…

Knuckler

Why use your fist to fix that problem when the Knuckler is at hand?

on Friday, December 6th, 2013

So, you’re into gadgety multi-tools? Me too! The more functional the better is what I always say. But function and design have to come with a purpose, and the Knuckler multi-tool, a Kickstarter project from Jeff Morin (who also brought us the Parachute multi-tool), seems to have found its purpose. Jeff Morin has other successfulRead More…

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Carry a tool kit in your iPhone case

on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

IN1Case has three cases for iPhone 5/5S that have a little tool kit stashed in the back.  I’m showing the IN1 case for iPhone 5/5S  in clear so you can see the tools, but there are also white and black opaque versions available.  Each polycarbonate case contains the following TSA-compliant tools:  blue pen, red pen,Read More…

Fubar Baby

In a world of hurt? Let the Fubar Baby help pry you out of that situation

on Sunday, December 1st, 2013

In the world of consumerism, we like to get the most bang for our buck. Take pocket multi-tools for example, we think the more things we can use it for the better and in most cases I would agree. But one designer has seen a short coming in one prominent feature of the pocket multi-tool,Read More…

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If Tiny Tim needed a screwdriver he would choose the Teeny Turner

on Monday, October 14th, 2013

It never fails when I am on a trip or out shooting pictures or videos, I run into a need for a screw driver. But not just any size screwdriver, I always need one to fit small screws. I do carry a few loose mini type screwdrivers in my camera bag, ones that I thinkRead More…

Parachute Multi-Tool

It may not slow your fall, but the Parachute Multi-Tool can fix things once you land

on Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

I will admit that I am a pocket multi-tool lover. I guess I picture myself as a closeted Boy Scout, aways wanting to be prepared. So when I see a different design for a pocket multi-tool, I like to post about it. The Parachute Multi-Tool, a Kickstarter project by Jeff Morin, recently caught my eye.Read More…

ViperFish

When is a fish not a fish? When it’s the Titanium ViperFish pocket tool

on Saturday, September 14th, 2013

Yes there are plenty of multi-tools on Kickstarter, with plenty of them made out of titanium, but the ViperFish just kind of caught my fancy. The ViperFish has 12 functions: Bottle opener Twist-top bottle opener Screwdriver Paint tin opener/pry bar 1/4 inch hex bit function Metric multi-wrench Imperial multi-wrench Key ring Pocket clip Belt-loop holder PieceRead More…

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This multi-tool lets you pop open a soda while you check your tire pressure

on Friday, August 2nd, 2013
Posted in: News, Pocket Gear

Once again ThinkGeek arrives with the perfect thing that you never knew you needed until you see it.  This little keychain fob with the quick-release is actually a 6-in-1 Tire Pressure Gauge Multi-Tool.  It has a tire pressure gauge and color-coded depth gauge.  The depth gauge can also be used as a bottle opener andRead More…

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It may not be the “one ring to rule them all”, but the Ringtool can fix a lot

on Monday, June 24th, 2013

There are tons of pocket tools out on the market these days, in many shapes sizes and forms. I am always looking for unique, simple to use and easy to carry pocket tools to refine and simplify my EDC (Every Day Carry). The Ringtool by Reductivist may be the replacement I am looking for. TheRead More…

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Leatherman One Hand Tool (OHT) – Use it with one hand tied behind your back

By: Paul Grunwald
on Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Leatherman has released another tool in their Military/EMT-aimed multi-tools.  The 16-tool OHT is designed so that both the blades AND the pliers can be operated with one hand.  The OHT has both needle-nose and regular pliers with wire cutters, 4 blades including a strap cutter, saw, can opener, bottle opener, screwdrivers,  threaded attachment for  #8-32 Cleaning Rod, and O2 bottle wrench.  ItRead More…

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WTF-Mini Titanium Keychain – You wont need to curse to tighten that nut

on Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Ever need a wrench in a pinch, but just don’t have one handy? The WTF-Mini Titanium Keychain (WTF stands for Wrench That Fits) can solve that problem. Although this  Kickstarter project is listed as a Titanium keychain, it will also be available in aluminum. The WTF measures 2.85 inches long and 0.83 inches wide; it weighsRead More…

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Kaufmann Mercantile EDC Kit review

on Monday, December 17th, 2012
Posted in: Pocket Gear, Reviews

What do you EDC?  EDC stands for everyday carry, and it consists of the items that you carry on your person every day, the things you can’t live without (or at least think you can’t).  Many people do this without even consciously thinking about it, and most who do include at least one tool inRead More…

Leatherman Raptor

Leatherman Raptor will be your emergency multi-tool

on Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

Released primarily for medical and emergency response workers, the Leatherman Raptor is made from 420HC stainless steel and includes shears, strap cutter, carbide glass breaker, ring cutter, ruler and an oxygen tank wrench. Due for release in May 2013, pricing hasn’t been announced yet.  It was officially announced on Leatherman’s Facebook page, but it’s notRead More…

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Swiss+Tech Micro-Max 19-in-1 keyring tool

on Monday, June 14th, 2010
Posted in: Gear, News

Take heed, fans of keyring tools!  The Micro-Max 19-in-1 pocket tool kit from Swiss+Tech may be your next ally.  Made of stainless steel, it features a patented, quick-release self-lock mechanism to keep it securely attached to your keyring.  Includes 2 hex wrenches, 6 screwdrivers, pliers, wire cutter, wire stripper, wire crimper, hand drill, file, bottleRead More…

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Victorinox Swiss Army SwissChamp XAVT

on Sunday, May 16th, 2010
Posted in: Gear, News

Victorinox makes a line of knives branded for the Boy Scouts of America, but I was surprised to find that the Swiss Army SwissChamp XAVT was not part of the BSA collection.  With it’s 80 functions, the SwissChamp XAVT is the ultimate “always be prepared” tool!  This huge knife is packed with knife blades, screwdrivers, hex drivers, altimeters, barometer, alarmRead More…