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question-tm.jpgThe quote from the joke MacGyver multitool (read: paperclip) packaging below:

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“A paperclip can be a wonderous thing.  More times than I can remember, one of these has gotten me out of a tight spot…”

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So what’s YOUR MacGyver tool?  If you were to remove the word “paperclip” from the quote and insert a tool you own, what would it be?  Post a comment below, or drop us a line with your ultimate MacGyver tool — anything from a toothpick to a milling machine.

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8 Responses to What’s YOUR MacGyver Tool?

  1. bodiby says:

    My Swiss Army Knife. I use it almost every day. It has a knife, scissors and a flat screwdriver. It has a red LED, but a white one would be better. It is attached by a 6″ chain to my keys. I got it from a cigarette company about 10 years ago when you would collect proofs of purchase from the smokes and mail them in.

  2. Rob says:

    Definitely any one of my Leatherman tools (what do you mean you only have one?). From disassembling PC’s to the odd job at my mother-in-law’s house, it may not always be the best tool for the job but sometimes it’s the only tool for the job.

  3. Fred says:

    I save the steel spine strips from windshield wipers. The photo shows a repair I made to a sump pump with one of the strips.

    http://farm1.static.flickr.com/110/367402929_5a9e053e44_b.jpg

  4. eschoendorff says:

    I guess one of my MacGuyver tools owuld be uni-strut. You can make damn near anything out of a piece of unistrut.

    Other than that, I’ve been known to use my car keys for purposes that they weren’t intended for…..

  5. Nick Carter says:

    #1 is (one of) my metal lathes. I use it a lot to make unobtanium.

    But for portability my Kershaw multitool, with the vise grip pliers, one hand opening blade and a hacksaw blade…

    Third would probably be any flat bastard file – if I didn’t have a lathe I could use it.

  6. The Swisstech on my keychain is small enough to always have, and versatile enough to come in handy. I’m seriously considering a Paladin PowerPlay, but it’s heavy enough I know I’d leave it behind some days.

    As far as supplies that lend themselves to many uses, the waxed nylon string used in telephone wiring probably tops my list. It’s more versatile than zip ties, never leaves sharp ends when cut, and is a great value because you get thousands of feet on a roll. When my friend’s truck disagreed with a guardrail, I tied the bumper onto his roof-rack and it rode 230 miles home without a peep. This string secures shelves in my storage unit, binds perf-edge printer paper into notepads, repairs failed straps on bags, and oh yeah, it holds cables onto vertical cable racks like nobody’s business.

  7. Donnie says:

    Mine is a Cybertool Lite from Victorinox.

    http://www.swissarmy.com/MultiTools/Product.htm?category=doityourself&product=53969&

    Handles just about everything I need it to at work.

  8. David Moisan says:

    “Trade-show screwdrivers”, those little flat blade or small phillips (#0) drivers imprinted with a vendor’s name. Love those! Many of them are dual bladed and some have magnetic ends. I even have one with a mini level! Of course, many tool vendors sell these with their own brands on them, but where’s the fun in that?

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