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Can't live without it!
on September 2, 2010
I've had a Utili-key for years and years and have given many of them as gifts. It is a simple, elegant, why-didn't-I-think-of-that kind of thing, and if you're like me, you will use it often.
The little knife is SHARP and the screwdriver tips are the right size for messing with a computer or your glasses. No, you're not going to accomplish a three-hour project with just this tool, but when out and about, it will turn you into Miracle-Fixit-Mom in the eyes of your kids. :-) The bottle opener can be damned handy on a camping trip or at a party.
It can be a nuisance to open it to get it off your keyring. It closes TIGHT. Given how sharp that blade is, though, I think the correct difficulty has been chosen. I've had my first one for probably five or more years now and it's a little easier to open, but not much... they don't get sloppy over time. The greatest thing about it, of course, is that you always have it with you whenever you have your keys.
One good or bad thing... it's easy to forget and take it on the airplane with you. TECHNICALLY, this is illegal; it's a blade. Functionally, it looks like a key to you, the TSA screeners, and everyone else. Please don't ruin things for the rest of us by freaking out out loud when you realize that you've left your Utili-key on your keyring and they're going to throw it away. Yes, they will, IF you call attention to it. If you keep quiet, you will walk right through security, because the x-ray screener will see a handful of keys and will send them right through. Be cool, and don't become a terrorist with your Utili-key!