The Toolcard Pro & Bit Vault
Two EDC tools to make everyday life a bit easier.
The first thing to consider when looking to purchase a multitool is, do you want one that you will wear on your belt or are you looking for something more compact and light to just put it in your pocket. Many different models can easily be carried in a pocket, but they may not include all the tools you want. Try to really think about what you want compared to what you really need and then start looking at the different choices you have.
You could always consider looking at two different multitools that serve different purposes. You may want one for everyday carry (EDC) and a completely different one for your outdoor adventures. You may decide that you just want a compact, light multitool with only the essentials that you could attach to your key ring or throw in a purse. You may be looking for a multitool that will include all the necessary survival tools and accessories if you are backpacking or going on a long kayak trip. Many of us like to have a small knife in our pocket or attached to our car keys and also have a full-blown multitool with all the tools available in the truck or backpack for those emergencies that come up once in a while. It's nice to know that you are prepared for these kinds of situations.
The Toolcard Pro
Today we are going to look at a light pocket version called the Toolcard Pro by Lever Gear that also doubles as a money clip. Mike, CEO of Lever Gear says "I designed the Toolcard Pro because I wanted to be prepared with some essential tools, but didn't like the extra bulk of traditional multitools.". Being a minimalist myself, I was intrigued at the idea of having a simple card sized tool close by for simple tasks.
When it arrived, I was surprised at how light it was. There are some 40 different functions it can perform, and the 420 stainless steel will keep it from getting damaged during use, but also keeps rust at bay.
What's it good for?
We need to be realistic here as the Toolcard Pro was not designed as a full multitool replacement or any heavy-duty work. I see it as a light EDC basic duty tool to help make things a bit easier around the house, office, or garage. Opening boxes and beers, tightening loose nuts, bolts, and screws, simple small measurements, drawing lines and circles, an edge for cutting straight lines with a knife, it does have a cord cutter, but I was not able to anything with it as it's pretty dull. The money clip does work, but I would be a little nervous having that metal around a chip on a credit card. It does come off quickly, and for me, I took it off and tossed it in the drawer. I keep the Toolcard on my desk in my photography studio where I do most of my work, and surprisingly I do reach for it quite often.
The Bit Vault
At first, I was a little confused as to what this was for. Mike (CEO) calls it a "super portable bit driver" and "carry small gear without added bulk." Ok, I can see that and while it does come with removable dividers, is waterproof and can hold 6 bits, but it only came with two despite the picture on the back of the box showing it full - I would have like to see it include 2 each of a star/allen, flat & phillips bits to fill the 6 slots provided. You can carry other items, but they would have to be very small. If you worked in tech/computer repair, you could get a couple small specific bits and a couple of spare screws - I'm always losing mine!
What I liked
- 40 different tools
- 420 Stainless Steel
- Removable Clip
- Light & Thin
- Rounded Edges
- Multiple Colors
What I did not like
- Cord Cutter will not cut
- Too many nut/bolt tools
- No cutting tool
What I liked
- Is waterproof
- Good size for pocket or key chain
- Removable dividers
What I did not like
- The release clips are hard to pinch to open the tray
- You have to pinch the release clips to close and lock the tray
- Can't open with one hand
- Can't open with gloves
- Loaded will be heavy for keys
- Only 2 bits