CRKT’s Eat N Tool is the perfect multi-tool for a bachelor. No more washing a spoon and a fork, no searching for a bottle opener for your beer, and no more hunting for a screwdriver to pop the top off that old can of Hershey’s coco in the back of the cupboard when you need chocolate.
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CRKT has a new multi-tool “chassis” that consists of a dual-carabiner center section to which you can add various tools. For example, shown above is their $59.99 GoWork Pack comprising the chassis, a knife, and a hex driver. The various components slide onto the center chassis as shown below.
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Gizmodo reports that CRKT® has a new tool for getting out of your car in emergencies. The ExiTool™ combines a seatbelt cutter, a window breaker, and an LED flashlight in one unit that clips onto any standard seatbelt. It’s like a ResQMe (see TM 9/29/07 and 9/28/08) with an LED, but may be more convenient because it’s right there on the seatbelt.
This tool’s seatbelt cutter is designed so that “it’s virtually impossible for even the smallest fingers to accidentally reach the blade,” which is razor-sharp high-carbon stainless steel able to cut seatbelts with a quick pull. The tungsten carbide breaker point is designed to shatter tempered glass side windows, and the LED is powered by a single CR2032 lithium battery.
The ExiTool™ is expected to retail for $26.99, and will be “Coming Soon in 2010.”
What do you think? Would you pick one up for each of your vehicles?
ExiTool™ [Manufacturer’s Site]
Columbia River Knife and Tool designed the Get-A-Way Driver Multi-Tool to be part of their ID (Inspired Design) tool system, but it also stands alone as its own tool. It carries four insert bits with spring-loaded detents which keep them secured in the bit driver. It also functions as a flashlight, 10mm wrench, bottle opener, and oxygen bottle wrench.
Weighing only 1.9 oz., the tool is only 3.75″ long and 1/2″ thick. The bit driver can be placed at the end of the tool and used as a straight screwdriver or placed on the side and used as a right angle driver for when you need extra torque. The flashlight requires two R927 3V lithium batteries.
CRKT sells two models of the Get-A-Way driver. One model comes with 2 flat and 2 Phillips-tipped drivers, and the other comes with T5, T6, T8, and T10 Torx bits. They claim the tool uses standard insert bits so maybe you can carry other bits you commonly use. Pricing for either model starts at $11.
Columbia River Knife and Tool has a new addition to their excellent range of work knives by knife designers Josh and Jon Graham. The Razel is available in folding and fixed-blade versions of various lengths and looks to be a very strong blade with a unique design. The blade makes an unusual 90-degree turn to form the point, an interesting hybrid between a tanto-style blade and a light-duty chisel. It’s a clever, high-strength design which should serve well as a work knife.
As an added bonus, there are five variations on this basic blade design: two folders of different length, two fixed-blade versions (one short and nimble, the other with a finger ring for a secure grip), and a massive, 14” machete. It’s great for felling brush, or as a weapon of last resort when the zombies come. List prices run from $50 for the smallest folder to $200 for the 14-incher, but various retailers may offer better prices.
Designed as a tool of last resort by the smiths at Columbia River Knife and Tool, the Hammond All Bases Covered (A.B.C.) knife is a fixed-blade design for emergency situations. It’s described as a dive or whitewater-rafting knife, available in two styles called Aqua and Operator, with and without a sharpened point. Why bother with a blunt-tipped knife? If you’re in a full panic and need to cut away an entangling strap or line, you probably aren’t going to have time to be careful. The blunt tip allows the user to press the knife tip against their skin and slide it to cut the entangling object with the edge without gashing themselves in the process.
Sailors and water-sportsmen can probably appreciate this design, but the odd blade configuration, with two edges (one serrated, one straight) and no point, probably limits its utility in everyday life. And Johnny Law probably won’t appreciate you walking around with a 4-inch edge painted like a Mission Impossible prop. But if this is the kind of tool you can use, they run about $80 at full retail. And if the keen edge won’t kill you, the acronym overload will.