True Utility Scarab and KeyTool micro multi-tools
007-style gadgetry for geeks
Review My Victorinox CyberTool multiplex knife goes with me everywhere. But while it's bloody useful of disassembling hardware and putting it back together, it's not exactly compact. Ditto your average Leatherman multi-tool.
Hence my interest in True Utility's Scarab, which squeezes a handful of tools down into a 50 35 x 7mm, 46g unit designed to hang off your keychain.
True Utility's Scarab: from this...
If that's still too big, True also offers the KeyTool, a gadget that has eight tools yet is no larger than your average Yale key.
Of the two, Scarab is the beefier object, its stainless steel carapace combining pliers, wire cutter, philips and flat-blade screwdrivers, file, knife and awl. As you can see from the pics, the handles of the spring-loaded pliers/cutter are home to the fold-out tools, which are shielded when not in use by two flip-up covers.
Given the size of the device, not of the tools are large, but they do the job, and the gizmo as a whole feels well engineered and solidly made. Not bad, in short, for eight quid, which is what True is asking for it.
There are flaws, primarily those covers which don't open as far as they might to make extracting the tools a comfortable process. And the supplied chain you use to fix the Scarab to your keychain gets in the way too often. You can take it off, in which case you can't attach the gadget to your keys.
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Re: Airport Security
Lock your tools away in your check-in luggage, then there's no need to mail it home, have it binned etc.
If it gets nicked out of your luggage en route, then that's what travel insurance is for.
As for the Scarab and KeyTool, wouldn't you just remove these from your keychain before travelling? I would.
I'll stick with my Swiss Army Cybertool
It's also my bottle opener and cork screw* as well as my server room took kit. The only disadvantage is I have to check it in (and that means having checked in luggage which is not always desirable).
* Kudos to Victronix for recognising your average travelling computer geek is also a drunk.
Sound little tools, but I can see plenty of them being left at the security desk because people forgot about them before flying. Pity.
Sorry mate, but
it you're going to compare over-zealous airport security staff with one of the most feared and reviled security services of the cold-war era, you could at least get their name right: Stasi.
Dont Foget about them!!!
I had a scarab.. and Bl**dy useful it was too, only trouble is I forgot it was on my key chain when I was flying.
Result I had the Starssi at the airport remove it cos I might try and disassemble the aircraft in flight....
Guess that would be the result if you had the KeyTool too..