Leatherman 831189 Squirt PS4 Red Keychain Tool with Plier
Along with the Swiss Army brand, Leatherman is at the front of the pack when it comes to making multi-tools. While many of their pocketable helpers run big and bulky, this "squirt" model gives you three screwdrivers, wire cutters, scissors, a knife, tweezers, and—of course—the trademark pliers all packed into 2.25 inches and weighing in at 2.4 ounces. Available on Amazon; $42.
Tool Logic Credit Card Companion
When it comes to compact convenience, it's hard to beat something that slides into your wallet like a credit card. That's exactly what this slim, feature-packed little multi-tool does. It has a two-inch serrated removable blade, plus a bottle and can opener, magnifying lens, compass, ruler, toothpick, and tweezers—all packed into a super-tough ABS plastic frame. Available on Amazon; $24.
Photon II LED Keychain Micro-Light
Trusted and used by shuttle astronauts, this powerful flashlight is good for any job—at home or out of this world. And with its under-$10 price tag, there's simply no reason not to add this powerful helper to your keychain. Bonus: Its replaceable lithium battery is good for 12 to 14 hours of use. Available on Amazon; $9.
This handy little gizmo wins major points for creativity. It packs three kinds of screwdrivers, both straight and serrated cutting edges, and a bottle opener into a key—just like the one you use to open your front door. With this "utili-key" clipped on your keychain, you'll always have with you everything you need to tackle life's little challenges. Available on Amazon; $10.
Gerber Exchange-A-Blade Pocket Knife
Pocketknives tend to slowly go dull over time. Unless you're good with a sharpener, they lose their effectiveness. This compact knife solves this problem by letting you swap out the blades just as you would with a utility knife. The blade locks in the open position for safety, and you can use the clip to hold your cash or attach the knife to a pocket. Available on Amazon; $18.
Yup, you read that right. OK, so it's really only the chain part of a chainsaw, but that's all you need, isn't it? Light nylon handles attach to a chain with razor-sharp blades that cut in both directions. Wrap the chain around a branch, grab the handles, and pull back and forth—you can slice through a three-inch limb in 10 seconds. Available on Amazon; $35.
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This beautifully designed gadget would make a great gift for the camper in your life—even if that's you. At first glance, the Hobo Knife looks like a typical pocketknife. Disassemble it, however, and you have a fork, spoon, and knife ready to enjoy a campfire meal. The tool uses a "slot and tab" mechanism that enables it to come apart and go back together quickly and easily. Available at Best Made; $26.
"Split Pea" Super Small Lighter
This minuscule waterproof lighter can create a blaze for you in an instant. Like larger lighters of its ilk, it relies on a flint and lighter fluid (which you'll need to replenish as needed). Simply roll the wheel, and you have a reliable flame to light some kindling—or candles, if that's what the situation calls for. Available at CountyComm; $14.50.
Speaking of fire, another easy way to get a flame going is to use a match. But because they're susceptible to even a splash of water, matches can fail when you need them most. Fortunately, this nickel-plated match safe, produced from an original 1900 patent, will keep them dry for you. Plus, the rough sides are perfect for striking a matchstick. Available at Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.; $10.
Tiny "Deuce" Buck Knife
From one of the iconic manufacturers of knives in America, this traditional folding pocketknife measures a modest 2-5/8 inches, small enough to carry in a shallow front pocket. The best part? As with all Bucks, its three straight-edge blades come with a lifetime warranty. Available on Amazon; $23.
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