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Monday, 12 October 2009 22:00

Atwood Bottlebug Review

Written by David Bowen

The absolute lightest tool I have that packs the most punch for its size is the Bottlebug. It’s very thin compared to most Atwood tools but is strong for its weight thanks to the use of high end stainless steels by Crucible. It’s called the Bottlebug because it’s designed to be a very lightweight bottle opener that sports some other functions to boot.

Atwood Bottlebug

Atwood Bottlebug

The Bottlebug is yet another one of those models that features the captive bit system. I am not going to get into details about the bit system this time; you can read my review on the Crawdaddy or the Nibble for a thorough explanation. Being a very thin tool the captive bit system helps maximize the uses of this tool and helping to add some grip at the same time.

Atwood Bottlebug

Atwood Bottlebug

The end of the tool like most Atwoods functions as a pry end and as a flat screwdriver. It does in fact work better than most Atwoods in the flat driver category because it’s not as wide as its brethren. The Bottlebug has never been tested by me as a bottle opener; except for the time I have done testing for a review I don’t need a bottle opener on any of my tools. As a pocket screwdriver the Bottlebug is an awesome little tool, it makes for a good companion when paired up with something like a Leatherman Freestyle.

Atwood Bottlebug

Being made out of 154CM steel the tool in spite of its size can handle quite a bit of stress and torque. There is a reason why Peter chooses these steels for his tools, he must know his customers will use and abuse his tools and he makes sure his tools hold up to the task. The only other thing to mention about the Bottlebug is the end of the tool is tapered and can function as another pry end and can also be used as a substitute Phillips driver. I realize the Bottlebug features a true Phillips in the body of the tool but sometimes I don’t feel like going through the whole process of taking the bit out of its holding cell. The Bottlebug’s second pry surface serves rather well as an impromptu Phillips driver but if you want to do some real cranking on the screw I suggest you switch to the true Phillips.

Atwood Bottlebug

The Bottlebug is quite a nice tool in a package that is so thin and light you won’t even realize it’s in your pocket. It’s the perfect balance of size and weight and a welcomed change from some of the heavier tools that Peter makes. If you looking for the ultimate pocket companion that will be there when you need it and not be a constant reminder that you’re packing something, pick up the Bottlebug and give it a whirl.


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