We all own a few multi-bit screwdrivers, and let’s face it: They suck. The bits fall out of the rubber ring around the socket, or they’re in the handle with a cheap plastic door and thin hinge that easily snaps off. And once the bits fall out, they’re probably gone for good. The Tool Pen solves all these problems… and looks good into the bargain.
Bits And Pieces
The form factor, of course, is a pen, a machined aluminum hexagon available in gold, silver, or gunmetal complete with a cap that’s secured with a small magnet. Inside, there are six bits made of carbon steel, and there are spare bits available as well, allowing you to configure it to be the tool you need whether you’re pedaling your bike down the road or just need a screwdriver for around the house.
The bits, of course, are contained within the body of the pen, and truthfully, swapping them out does sound a bit annoying; you’ve got to either pull the bits out one by one and let them fall into the “writing” area, or spill them out the back and feed in the right one. At least there’s a window on the side telling you which bit is which. On the other hand, having had to chase bits around the bottom of a tool box, we’ll take having them contained over that particular convenience.
For some of the tougher jobs, you’re probably going to need a screwdriver with a handle, or possibly a screwgun. But, for most light work that we use a screwdriver for, the Tool Pen seems perfect. It helps that it actually looks good and easily fits in your pocket. Currently, having a screwdriver that won’t mess up your toolbox will run you $45, although you get a discount when you buy more than one.
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.