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Wednesday, 03 July 2024 00:37

The Multitool Mindset

The Multitool Mindset

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Multitools amaze me.  It’s not the details of any given tool that amaze me but the main idea behind all of them: response.  We are the kind of guys who do something about something we can do something about.  That’s the Multitool Mindset.

Responding to an emergent situation is the purpose of a Multitool.  The details of various makes and models can be (and are) debated endlessly, and I suspect many of us find them all wanting in some way.  Some of us collect Multitools, and I’m always delighted to see the development of the designs and the possibilities they reflect.  But what we all probably agree on is that carrying a Multitool (or multiple Multitools) makes us able to respond to emergent situations.  If we have a few basic implements with us, we can solve a problem or just make something a little easier to handle.  From saving steps to saving lives, we can respond to situations.

I grew up in farm country, where almost everyone works with their hands.  Many carried a pair of pliers in a scabbard on their belts, usually right in front of a folding knife in a sheath.  Some would have a screwdriver or adjustable wrench in the scabbard with the pliers, surely because their circumstances required it.  The foundation for the plier-based multitool emerged from guys like this, who went far from home to see to things and needed to be able to act when they got there.  I myself carried pliers and knife on my belt for many years, first on farms and then on my first job in a factory.  When I started college, I carried a Swiss Army Knife in one pocket and a small ViseGrip in the other.  It was logical to me to do so.  My surroundings and purposes changed, but the Multitool Mindset remained. 

When the early mass-market, plier-based tools came out, I felt as if the collective consciousness actually existed: someone finally united the SAK and the pair of pliers.  My first was a Leatherman SuperTool, and l’m still in awe, really, about the thought behind it.  I was a graduate student at the time, and many people asked why I needed it.  They didn’t get it.  They didn’t have the Multitool Mindset.  I needed to be prepared to respond.  It wasn’t a specific problem that I could reasonably assume would happen.  It was feeling ready, period.  Being in classrooms, rather than fields or factories, did not remove the Multitool Mindset. 

That’s because having a Multitool not only allows for the practical matters but also leads to a sort of vision.   Having the means to do something leads to seeing things that may otherwise be unavailable.  It’s an extension of preparedness and a part of the Multitool Mindset.  An expanded ability to respond undergirds an expanded ability to conceive of responses…if you have the Multitool Mindset. 

The Multitool Mindset melds practicality and innovation.  The design of the tools attests to that.  We users of Multitools also embody it; in fact, Multitools exist because of folks like us-like the mechanic who raised me, the Boy Scout troop I was part of, the farmers I worked for, the factory workers I labored beside, the soldiers I served with, the the good people of Multitool.org. 

We may prefer one brand over another, one design over another, or one EDC approach over another, but our ultimate purpose is the same.  We see the sense in being ready to respond to a situation, to formulate an innovative solution that may not otherwise have occurred to us, to do something about something we can do something about. 

That’s the Multitool Mindset.

Published in Blog
Friday, 05 May 2023 04:15

Camillus Inject

Camillus knives is one of the oldest knife  companies in United States and has been around since 1876. They unfortunately filed for bankruptcy is 2007 and was purchased by Acme United. They no longer make their knives domestically with the exception of a few fixed blades. Since the Acme relaunch of the brand, they have produced quite an array of mostly budget offerings. That's not a bad thing as long as materials and quality are decent.

One of those budget offerings that we are looking at today is the Inject Folding Knife. The Inject caught my eye because it includes two pocket sized tools included in the handle. The company does have a full sized multitool available but it's simply a rebrand from another manufacturer and not unique to Camillus.

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