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We love multitools of all shapes and sizes here at Review Geek. We’ve recommended around everything from a full size Leatherman down to a jumped up bottle opener. Now, let’s take a look at credit card multitools.
Let’s be serious for a second. Credit card multitools are, more than anything, a novelty; something you can show your friends or break out when someone needs a bottle of beer opened or a single screw unscrewed. You shouldn’t be relying on these for day to day stuff or as your only option in an emergency. If you want something small and genuinely useful, check out our best pocket friendly multitools. On the other hand, if you want something cool to keep in your pocket and maybe use occasionally—and there’s nothing wrong with that—then these are the ones we recommend.
The PocketMonkey is a thin, stainless steal credit card tool with attitude. It’s got 12 tools:
The PocketMonkey gets points for just being a little bit different and not taking itself too seriously. The phone kickstand is a nice touch but who on earth needs an orange peeler on them at all times?
The Lever Gear Toolcard Pro pulls the usual multitool trick of listing everything as a tool but even still, its claim to 40 individual tools is pretty impressive—and comically brazen.
I’m not even going to attempt to list the full complement, but the main things the Toolcard Pro has are:
If you find yourself comparing cards with your friends, the Toolcard Pro is for you. Otherwise, it’s just an awkward to use wrench.
The Wallet Ninja 18 in 1 is slightly more conservative than the Toolcard Pro and only boasts a grand total of 18 features. What’s there, however, seems just as useful. You get:
It’s altogether a quite respectable collection and the Wallet Ninja also has the same sense of fun as the PocketMonkey. Credit card multi tools aren’t something you should take too seriously, after all.
Credit card multitools aren’t something you should take too seriously, that is, unless you’re Victorinox. The Swisscard Lite has all the personality of a brick. A very functional brick. It’s a serious multitool for serious wallets.
Rather than try and cram as many tools as possible onto a thin sheet of metal, the Swisscard is actually a thicker, plastic holder for some of Victorinox’s classic tools. You get:
If I was forced to pick the most functional credit card multitool on this list, it has to be the Swisscard. It’s thicker and less fun than the rest, but the tweezers, small blade, scissors, pen, and torch are all actually pretty functional. It’s more of a flat Swiss Army Knife than anything else.
An ax. In your wallet. You can’t be more prepared for a zombie apocalypse than that. Sure, you need a haft and some cord or cable ties, but in theory, if the worst did happen, you could be out cracking skulls—or chopping wood—in no time with the Survco Credit Card Ax.
The Credit Card Ax also has a few more features. The ax’s counterweight doubles as an arrow head—bow, arrow, string, and skill not included—while the rest of the card has the usual mix of wrenches, screwdrivers, and bottle openers, as well as a saw and seat belt cutter.
If you’re ever in a situation where you’re relying on an ax that fits in your wallet, things have gone seriously wrong. Personally, I’d probably crawl into the nearest hole and cry, but if you’d rather fight, the Survco Credit Card Ax is for you.
Credit card multitools really aren’t something you’re going to get a lot of use out of every day, but they are fun to pull out on occasion to show off, win a bet, or just play around with. Have we missed your favorite? Let us know in the comments.
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