Posts Tagged ‘multi tools’

A Holiday Homecoming: Gifts for Your Returning Military Loved One

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

1-171st GSAB returns to U.S.Recently, President Obama announced that troops stationed in Iraq will be brought home in time for the holidays. Moreover, the 33,000 additional “surge” of troops sent to Afghanistan in 2009 will be coming home by September of 2012. Military families across the country rejoiced at this news. Just imagine: Rather than having quality time with Daddy or Mommy squeezed into the span of a short leave, these kids would have their parents home for good – or at least for a good, long while.

However, the transition from military deployment to civilian life can be extremely challenging, both for military personnel and for their family members. Spouses may feel mixed feelings – elation at the prospect of enjoying time with their loved ones, but sometimes also resentment at losing the freedom deployment can provide. As in any marriage, money problems, rumors of infidelity and unrealistic expectations add stress to military reunions. And children face their own challenges when it comes to welcoming home their veteran parents. For instance, kids might openly express anger that Mom or Dad had to leave in the first place.

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10 Places to Tuck a Multi-Tool

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Glove CompartmentA classic accessory for outdoor enthusiasts, do-it-yourselfers and the perpetually prepared, a multi-tool is one of the most versatile and portable tools in existence. Multi-tools come equipped with a variety of essential gadgets that can help you MacGyver your way out of (or into) just about any situation – from opening a bottle of your favorite beverage to giving yourself a manicure to sawing a small branch.

The best feature of a multi-tool, however, is that you can tuck one just about anywhere to ensure you’re prepared for whatever situation you may encounter. Here are ten examples of places you can stash your multi-tool: (more…)

What Makes Gadgets So Fascinating?

Monday, November 7th, 2011

What's in my werk bagThe frequent use of gadgets is a fairly modern trend, following the rise of the Industrial Revolution and modern technology – i.e., the mass production of small, complex objects. While we might consider the stopwatch as an older gadget, most of the gadgets we use these days are much more advanced in design. (Take multi-tools and LED flashlights, for example.)

Indeed, our reliance on, and fascination with, gadgets is so powerful that some people become addicted to obtaining the newest and most cutting-edge of everything. We often (unnecessarily) use them to accomplish simple tasks that could easily be achieved with our own two hands. So why the fascination with gadgets? To answer this question let’s take a look at the psychology behind gadget collecting.

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4 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do with a Multi-Tool

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Did you know you can easily sharpen a pencil with a quality multi-tool filer? If you’ve never tried this, or one of the other less-common multi-tool uses below, then you’re not getting the most out of your multi-tool.

There are many different ways you can use multi-tools to do things you might not have thought of, including: (more…)

Is My Multi-Tool Legal?

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Every state has its own laws regarding carrying a concealed weapon, and many of these laws apply to knives as well as firearms. Some cities even add their own restrictions on concealed weapons, leading many residents to become confused about wither it’s legal to carry a multi-tool in your pocket.

The good news is that despite the confusing language of many concealed weapons laws, carrying a multi-tool is usually legal. (more…)

History of the Swiss Army Knife – the First Multi-Tool

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

First Multi-Tool: Swiss Army KnifeWhen the first Swiss Army Knife was developed in the 1890s, it was the first pocket knife of its kind to incorporate such a variety of helpful tools. In other words, the Swiss Army Knife was essentially the first multi-tool. Introduced in Switzerland – hence its name – this multi-tool would become the standard for all pocket-sized multi-tools that followed.

The Swiss’s need for a multi-tool makes sense considering how diverse Switzerland’s geography is, with many mountains, forests and plateaus, including the famous Swiss Alps. This geographical diversity helps explain why the Swiss Army Knife is all about having multiple tools on hand, to suit any environment or occasion. It’s no surprise, then, that the Swiss Army Knife became popular around the world for its utility as a multi-tool. (more…)

Neck Tie Multi-Tool: A Crazy Idea We Can Get Behind

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

One of the benefits of carrying a multi-tool is that it’s easily portable; to that end, most multi-tools are designed to fit in a pocket or be carried on a keychain or tool belt. If that’s not convenient enough for you, one blogger has even proposed designing a multi-tool that’s worn around the neck.

The Crazy Idea Factory recently came up with the idea for a neck tie multi-tool, which gave us a good chuckle. After all, the author reasoned, a tie is essentially useless except for its formal purpose, so why not make it functional by incorporating a few handy tools? Need that bottle opened? Here, use my tie!

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How to Make the Most of Precious Purse Real Estate

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

What's in my bagWomen are often teased about the messiness of their purses. Do they really need all that stuff in there? Of course, many women will answer that question with a resounding, “Yes!” However, most could stand to consolidate a bit.

While it may be true that keeping one’s purse organized can be difficult, what is often overlooked is the importance of including multi-purpose items to help reduce clutter. The more functions each item in your purse has, the more space you can make for items that provide safety (such as an LED flashlight or multi-tool) or everyday value. Besides those precious family photos and good luck charms, anything else that is not necessary, or of immediate practical value, should be left out.

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