Swiss+Tech Tools Utili-Key 6-in-1 Tool

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I love the whole idea behind the “multi-tool”, a gadget that usually combines a knife blade (or two) with several different types of screw drivers and in some cases adds a set of pliers. However, most multi-tools have one thing in common: even though they are more convenient than carrying a small toolbox, they are usually still a bit too bulky for the average person’s pocket. Today I am going to take a look at the Swiss+Tech Tools Utili-Key 6-in-1 Tool, a petite multi-tool that can be conveniently carried on a keychain. In fact, the Utili-Key fits so well on a keychain that at first glance it could be mistaken as one of the keys. I am pretty sure that this is on the TSA banned list, but as long as the owner isn’t trying to carry it onto a plane there should be no problem.

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Photo courtesy of Think Geek

Hidden inside the 2.8″ long x 0.75″ x 0.1″ 420 stainless steel key-shaped exterior are six handy tools which are revealed when the user opens the tool. Included are a half-serrated and half-straight knife blade, a small flat screw driver, a small Phillips screw driver, a micro eyeglass screw driver and a bottle opener.

The tool is opened by grasping the two edges that make up the end of the “key” and tugging them apart. I have to admit that I have a slightly irrational fear of slicing my fingers open when doing this, but so far it hasn’t happened – knock on wood. ;0)

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Photo courtesy of Think Geek

Once the tool is opened, it can be locked at a 90º angle or extended to a fully opened 180º, either setting allowing the user to expose the needed tools whatever their most convenient setting may be.

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Closing the tool is accomplished by bringing the two ends back together until they lock together with a satisfying click.

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Granted, there is no set of pliers on this multi-tool, but the device could not be so tiny and pocketable if there were. There’s not a lot to say or show regarding this gadget; it’s just one of those items that you either need or you don’t. But for $9.99, the price at which it is offered on the Think Geek site, the Utili-Key is inexpensive enough that it can be added to every keyring and kept at the ready for those times when it is needed. I think it’s pretty cool!

The Swiss+Tech Tools Utili-Key 6-in-1 Tool is available from Think Geek and other retailers.


Product Information

Manufacturer:Swiss+Tech Tools
  • Instant access to six handy tools
  • Fits on a kaychain so it's always handy
  • Inexpensive
  • Will probably get confiscated if carried through a TSA checkpoint
  • Opening bottles is risky due to open blade

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