Multi-Tool Trends: Unusual Designs for New Uses

A good multi-tool makes life easier by packaging your most frequently used essential tools into one streamlined, easy-to-carry device. A bad one is overly bulky, with unnecessary bells and whistles that serve no purpose but to make the multi-tool too clunky to use.

Multi-tools come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, with a mind-boggling array of options to choose from. Some are amazing feats of engineering, while others are just plain bad ideas. Here’s a peek at some of the more… interesting… multi-tools we’ve spotted lately; we’ll let you decide which category they fall in.

The Eatensil.

The Eatensil was made with the takeout eater in mind. Featuring a knife, spoon, fork, pizza cutter, bottle opener, chopsticks and wooden fork for eating fish and chips (a British thing, apparently), this multi-tool lets you ditch the plastic ware and carry around everything you need for eating takeout – no matter where you choose to dine. Although we can’t imagine hunkering over Chinese takeout with this monstrosity, it might have some saving graces at the campsite.

Coral Tools.

These decorative multi-tools clearly weren’t meant to be carried in the pocket. Rather, they’re intended as a clever way of hiding your tools in plain sight in your home or hip studio apartment. Disguised as unusual works of art, these multi-tools contain a corkscrew, Phillips and flathead screwdrivers and a nail steadier.

Space Invaders Multi-tool.

With only a Phillips and flathead screwdriver to its name, this keychain multi-tool may not accomplish much besides identify you as an 8-bit gamer. Shaped as one of the aliens from the classic arcade game Space Invaders, it’s one of the oldest and most commonly recognized video game icons to date.

(via technabob)

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