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 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.
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.