Saturday, February 21, 2015

Survival Tools: 11-Function Credit Card Multitool

If you've followed my blog for awhile, you know that my family and I love to go camping. We've been to Grand Lake St. Mary's, Hueston Woods, and Hocking Hills so far, and hope to continue on our camping journeys as time goes on.

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
  • Screwdriver
  • Ruler
  • 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.

  1. 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).
  2. Add a couple drops of water in the hole of the Direction Ancillary Indication tool.
  3. 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.
  4. Place the piece of metal onto the water very carefully. It should float.
  5. 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.

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  1. I've got something like this in my wallet. I got one from someone who didn't want it. Their loss, my gain.

  2. Amazon sells 2 of them for $1.85. Thank you for giving better directions on how to use the Direction Ancillary Indicator. I went to several web sites and they all gave the same instructions that was missing some words. Phrases such as "...the plastic sleeve that comes with." alerted me that they all used the same directions since they ended the sentence with "with". I was left thinking with what? All the directions said to first rub wire through your hair, the magnetizing procedure involves rubbing metal against a magnet, then rub the magnetized hair-rubbed wire on the water. Your instructions made it clear that you magnetize the needle by EITHER a magnet or by using your hair. On one of the survival shows, they didn't have this tool but they knew that there was some kind of magnet in the ear buds that had been left for them. Then they magnetized a small piece of wire. Since they didn't have the tool to lay the wire on, they got a long piece of hair from one of the survivalist, then they hung the metal by the piece of hair. The needle then alligned itself N/S. They just had to figure out which direction was north.


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