Handy tool tip!

This has nothing to do with anything controversial for a change.

I just used my diminutive keyring-sized multi-tool to fix something and I thought I would share the joy.

This is the Swiss+Tech ST53100 Micro-Max 19-in-1 Key Ring Multi-Function Pocket Tool. (UK, a bit more expensive for you lot, click HERE).

I keep one of these clipped to my backpack.


It fits in the palm of your hand and weighs only about 59 g.


As opposed to the always useful Leatherman (sent from my wish list by a friendly reader here, thanks!) which comes in at 290 g.


You can put it on a key-ring, it being key-ring size, and all.

To attach it, you open up the tool and open the little pliers, close them around the ring to which you desire to attach the gizmo, and then fold it up on itself again.


Showing off.


As I mentioned, I attached one to a strap on the backpack which I use as my carry-on when travelling.  TSA has never given it a second glance. Now that I think of it, I haven’t ever seen Taking Scissors Away even notice it.

And for anyone looking closely, I wrangle the dangling ends of those straps on the pack with these. HERE


Very handy for those pesky loose ends.

This has been a public service announcement.

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  1. frjim4321 says:

    Very nice, but one must take care to transfer it to the checked luggage when flying. [Ehem. Read, above.]

  2. mike cliffson says:

    Where’s the bodger thingy to remove stones from horses hooves as you used to get on SWKs, or is it the 3rd from L (or R?), boy scouts for the use of?

  3. The Masked Chicken says:

    I want a sonic screwdriver.

    The Chicken

    Fr. Z's Gold Star Award

  4. acardnal says:

    I remember when you wrote about this handy tool when you were in Rome and it helped you repair your computer.

  5. wmeyer says:

    Also worth pointing out that the company has quite a few other products which appear to be similarly clever in design. http://www.swisstechtools.com/

  6. acardnal: It sure did! Good memory! I’ll bet you developed that excellent memory from attending the TLM regularly. Reason #1278745 for Summorum Pontificum.

    I usually travel with a Swiss (Guards) Army knife and duct tape wrapped around a drinking straw. Very handy, especially for getting corks out of bottles in a pinch. This is the newer version of the Swiss Guards’ Swiss Army Knife, by the way.

    The older version. These you have to pack in the checked luggage.


    And my Benchmade for larger jobs is never fall from reach.


  7. Liz says:

    My 13-year old son bought one of these after you posted it last time. Then I saw him rolling some electrical tape on a tube before a trip. You have a fan!

    [What an intelligent kid! He chose his parents well, it seems. Send me your snail mail address via email and I will send him a couple holy cards blessed by Pope Francis during his first appearance on the balcony of St. Peters when he was elected.]

  8. Liz says:

    That’s right it WAS a straw. Now I remember! :)

  9. yatzer says:

    What would a 13 year old boy do with a wine bottle opener? Are there other uses? Intriguing yet puzzling.

  10. RobW says:

    Cool tool. I found a Leatherman multi under the seat of a used Dodge Ram I bought about 10 years ago, still have it…lasted longer than the truck did.

  11. Liz says:

    Thanks, Father!! I emailed it to you. God bless you!

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