MAKE:TNT Tools 'n' Tips

Utili-Key 6-in-1

by Marc H. Nathan

As seen in MAKE 04 Toolbox


Tool photo.

A well-crafted tool in an elegant package is one of the true great joys in life. This little key-shaped piece of metal is usually my first and frequently last tool I need for minor cutting or screwdriving jobs. It also doesn’t hurt that its design feels a bit like “Q” made it for James Bond. It is officially on the FBI’s “no-fly” list. Since I’m a one-bag carry-on traveler, my beloved Leatherman has to stay at home for short trips. This hasn’t stopped my SwissKey from coming along with me through many airports, smuggled in plain sight between my house and office keys on my keychain. I’ve used the SwissKey for everything from opening up my new iPod, to extracting a dollar from a clogged vending machine (helping to defray the $15 cost in the process), to lending it to MAKE columnist Cory Doctorow to adjust his glasses at a conference.