Most of the multitools we see on the market are from the big three; Leatherman, SOG and Gerber. There are other companies that produce tools as well but are not what I consider key players. Columbia River Knife and Tool (CRKT) is one of those companies and they seem to wow us with innovative designs but never stay in the limelight long enough. CRKT produces a lot of in house designs but I consider them more of a publisher. They collaborate with a lot of knife designers and as a result they able to give us innovative designs at affordable prices.
We couldn't do Keychain Week at Multitool.org without a look at the Multitool.org version of the Raker Ring Tool. This version was hand made by CRKT designer and Forged in Fire repeat contestant (and fan favorite!) Ray Kirk!
It's keychain tool week at Multitool.org!
While many of these are branded with the Jeep logo, I've never been able to determine if they were a legitimate Jeep product, or just another attempt to capitalize on an established brand.
We see a lot of tools oriented to military and emergency workers, but what about a tool dedicated to having a good time? For that, you need the Triple Play from Columbia River Knife and Tool (CRKT).
Another one you may have missed is the Cicada, designed by Dana Bainbridge and Joseph Sundby for Columbia River Knife and Tool (CRKT).
Today's tool is another interesting one- originally called the Ta-Bar tool after it's designer, Raleigh Tabor, the name was changed to the Spare Tool for production so as not to upset another well known knife brand!
With so many plier based multitools on the market, the Guppie from ID Works (produced by CRKT) with its adjustable wrench was achieved needed change.
It should be obvious that this is not the regular Zilla Tool from Columbia River Knife and Tool. This is a special edition model made for Sports Authority, with red handles.
For those that don't know, the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoors Tradeshow (SHOT) sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) is the largest industry tradeshow in the world for the outdoors community, and it is an event on par with the Superbowl and World Cup rolled into one for the folks that like to get dirty and smell the fresh air.
This year we sent our correspondent Kampfer to poke around SHOT and report back to us on what was new and noteworthy. Here's a list of what he came up with:
General Thoughts and Observations
What kind of people would write collect and review multitools? Quite simple really- we are designers and do-ers, outdoors types and indoor types, mechanics, doctors, problem solvers and problem makers. As such, we have, as a world spanning community, put every type, size and version of multitool, multifunction knife, pocket knife and all related products to every test we could manage in as many places and environments as there are.