Posts Tagged ‘multipurpose tool’

Save Money With a Multi-Tool

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

coast pocket tool box
The country may be slowly inching its way out of a recession, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t still looking for savings. What better way to save money than to buy an all-in-one multi-tool? Unlike single-use tools, multi-tools are cheaper, more portable and often easier to use. Here are three of our favorites:

1. Coast Pocket Tool Box
This small, versatile tool does the work of a number of common single-use tools. The stainless steel, 3.75-inch design holds four wrenches, a bottle opener, knife, file blade, nail pick, ruler, saw blade, and large and small Phillips screwdrivers. This is the perfect multi-tool to have on hand in any situation.


Water-Tight Tips for Enjoying Spring Rains

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Enjoy the RainEarlier this week, we highlighted Coast’s new article concerning hiking safety in the mud-ridden spring season. Today, we’re extending the focus of dealing with the rainy season by highlighting another article, Hiking and Camping in Wet and Muddy Conditions, by Bill Sassani. The article offers a number of fabulous tips for dealing with the spring weather’s unfortunate side effects — water and mud.

First, Sassani encourages campers and hikers to plan ahead by doing simple things like looking at the weather forecast and packing appropriate clothing. In regard to planning ahead, the article also offers a few easy tips for weatherproofing your gear.


First-grader suspended for multi-tool use

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

Zachary Christie, a 6-year-old first-grader in Delaware, was suspended from his school last week for bringing a combination fork, spoon, and knife to school to eat with at lunchtime. His mother, Debbie Christie, said her son uses the multi-tool everyday to eat his meals, so she didn’t foresee a problem with it.

Frankly, neither do I. But here’s the real injustice of the situation: since the school has a zero-tolerance policy against dangerous instruments such as a “folding knife,” Zachary was suspended for 45 days and forced to attend an alternative school for troubled youth where he will receive counseling and teaching in behavior modification.


Must-Haves for Seasonal Hiking

Monday, October 12th, 2009

A multi-tool is a great companion for hiking.

I read an informative pair of articles today about appropriate gear and clothing for hiking. Since I recently published a post about fall and winter outdoor opportunities, I thought the connection was aptly timed. So, if you’re getting geared up to venture out into the fall or winter weather, read on for some great tips and advice.


Spontaneous Camping

Friday, July 24th, 2009

A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I made a last-minute decision to go camping over the weekend — spontaneous camping, as we like to call it. We had a wonderful time, but it could have been terrible if we hadn’t, in essence, planned our spontaneity.

Since camping can be time-consuming (and somewhat troublesome) to prepare for, we developed a system that enables us to leave last-minute without fear of leaving anything imperative behind. Instead of storing all our camping gear scattered about the attic or garage, we leave all our essential items in a Rubbermaid bin, so all we have to do is grab it and go. Our camp chairs and a small tent stay in the trunk of our car the whole season.


Multi-Purpose Backpacking Gear

Monday, April 20th, 2009

“Multi-purpose backpacking gear is just what the word implies: gear that can be used for more than one thing,” opens V. Wayne Hughes in his recent article on multi-purpose camping gear. His premise is that some camping and hiking gear can be used in ways they were not intended to function. He makes the initial point that a backpacker is often willing to carry a slightly heavier item if it is multi-functional. He uses the pocket knife or multi-tool as an example.

Here’s what you can expect to learn from Hughes: (more…)

The Perfect Knife for Hiking

Monday, February 18th, 2008

Like many people, you may enjoy backpacking or hiking.  If that is the case, one piece of gear or equipment that you will want to have on hand is an appropriate knife.  When it comes to finding the best possible knife for backpacking, you need to keep some different factors in mind.

First, you need to understand that any knife you select should be a knife that can easily handle a number of different tasks.  The reality is that when hiking you never know what you might need a knife for at any given moment. A blade may be needed to cut rope or twigs.  If you may be setting up a tent later, a set of pliers or scissors may be helpful.  Knives with a compass can be found and may prove useful.  Consider what you may need while hiking and look for a knife or multi-tool that can provide many if not all of these needs. This will cut down on how much you need to carry with you.


Multipurpose Pocket Tools | The Outdoorsmen’s Best Friend

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

Multipurpose pocket tools, like those made by Coast or Swiss Army, have become, for many outdoorsmen, their essential piece of equipment for any outdoor adventure.  Campers, hunters, hikers and fishermen all find that having this multipurpose tool in with their gear gives them reassurance and confident that they can take care of a multitude of situations that may come their way.

The number one benefit of a multipurpose pocket knife is its versatility.  Not only can they assist with assembling a tent or shelter, it can also be helpful when it comes to opening cans in the camp kitchen, and removing splinters.  Some are also equipped with a small saw, suitable for sawing twigs and very small wooden objects, such as tent pegs.