As I am a nerd, and a former Boy Scout, I love having multi-tools in my pockets. They’re useful for any number of reasons, of course, ranging from opening boxes to minor fixes, and it’s nice to be ready for anything. But multitools are really “configurable”… at least until the Switch.
The Tools You Need, When You Need Them
Let’s face it, most of us don’t need half the tools on pocket knives and multitools. Screwdrivers? Sure. Cutting edge? Always handy. But urban dwellers rarely need a wood saw, and frequent flyers need a tool that doesn’t have a knife blade on it, thanks to the TSA being more or less insane. Switch essentially lets you build your own multitool, by giving you all the parts and making the system easy to assemble.
The Switch comes with two halves, slotted caps on either end, and each tool that you can use: A blade, a wood saw, a serrated blade, a bottle opener/flathead screwdriver, a micro flathead screwdriver, a micro Phillips screwdriver, a file, a Phillips screwdriver, a set of pliers, scissors, an LED flashlight, and a mirror/tweezer/pick/pen. Just put in the tools you’ll be the most likely to need, cap it off, and chuck the rest in a drawer with the handy foam-lined case it comes with. If you need to reconfigure your Switch, the caps come off with the twist of a quarter for easy realignment.
A True Multi-Tool
The only downside to the Switch is that it’s a little bulky compared to other tools, a necessity to make the system interchangeable. On the other hand, being so configurable, and being able to tweak the tool set in your pocket as you see fit, is so handy it’s hard to see the size being much of a downside. You can get the Switch from ThinkGeek for $90.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.