For those of you who camp often, you know it's not unusual to forget something incredibly important, such as a can opener for opening food, or a compass in case you lose your way on a hiking trip. Fortunately, there is one little tool that can slide right into your wallet that can eliminate a ton of problems for you on your camping trip. This handy little piece of stainless steel is the Credit Card Multitool.
* Product and/or service provided for review without cost. As always, all opinions are my own.
When I first received this tool in the mail, I was pretty amazed with it's size, mainly because of how many functions it has.
The Credit Card Multitool, literally the size of a credit card, features the following tools:
- Can Opener
- Knife Edge
- Cap Opener
- 4 Position Wrench
- Butterfly Wrench
- Saw Blade
- Direction Ancillary Indication
- 2 Position Wrench
- Lanyard or Key Ring Hole
For reference, check out the two images below. The first features the numbers of the functions, and the second image shows where to find each function on the tool.
What I love about this little Credit Card Multitool is that it comes with a black case (to prevent injury from the saw or knife edge) that you can slide right into your wallet or even your pocket.
Who knew that such a small piece of flat metal could be so functional?
The function that really fascinated me was #9, the Direction Ancillary Indication. I wasn't sure exactly what that was, so I did a little research.
Apparently, if you follow the steps below, you'll be able to figure out which direction is north and south using the tool.
- Place the tool on a flat surface, particularly the case that comes with it. This seals it so that when you add water, it doesn't just flow out of the bottom (like it would on an uneven surface).
- Add a couple drops of water in the hole of the Direction Ancillary Indication tool.
- Magnetize a piece of metal—you can use a metal shaving, a pin, a small needle—by using a magnet. Apparently you can also use your hair to magnetize it, although I have yet to try this out on my own.
- Place the piece of metal onto the water very carefully. It should float.
- Watch the piece of metal align with the north and south poles.
How neat is that?!
Now, do I think this tool could save your life? Potentially, but unlikely. It's not fresh drinking water, it's not food, and it doesn't contain a fire starter, so it's not going to save you all on it's own. However, having this Credit Card Multitool survival piece is better than having absolutely nothing at all.
I definitely recommend this for survival enthusiasts, hikers, hunters, and even those who enjoy primitive camping. All in all, for 11 tools, you're paying a total of $13.99. Not bad, if I do say so myself! If you're lucky, you may even be able to find it on sale!
Head on over to Amazon to purchase your Credit Card Multitool.