A year and a half ago, I returned to college to finish my bachelor’s degree (inspired largely by the reader response to this site, by the way, and a desire to better understand how to do what I do here), so as much as I wish that I could spend the majority of my time in the shop, I spend more time these days in front of a computer than in front of the workbench. Sean gets more shop time than I do these days, but as a (relatively) new dad and creative worker even he puts in more than a fair share of time in the desk prison. Maybe that’s why this stupid flash drive ended up on both our WANT lists.
Seriously, it’s a flash drive. In a Victorinox (read: “Swiss Army” to everyone but trademark lawyers) knife case. That’s all. Yet it’s indescribably cool. It feels Toolmongerish, and it’s not junk in terms of tech either. Hell, it meets all our non-tool gift criteria: it’s well-made, it’s functional, it’s useful, and it’s fun. Also, it’s not stupidly priced, either, running from around $15 (4G) to around $105 (64G), with most reasonably-common models (8-16G) falling in the $20-$35 range. So essentially you’re paying about $5-10 surplus over your standard butt-ugly USB drive to have it encased in a Swiss Army knife casing.
Specs: it’s 2-1/4 inches long by 5/8 inches wide by 1/4 inches high and is available in 4, 8, 16, 32, and 64 Gb capacities. Also, unlike your real Swiss Army knife, you can carry it through the airport.