PocketMonkey is a surprisingly useful multitool for its minimal size and weight. It weighs 18 grams, is slightly smaller and thicker than a credit card, and is designed to fit into a card slot in your wallet. The PocketMonkey is USA made, TSA compliant, feels good in the hand, and makes me smile every time I look at it.
The manufacturer claims 12 functions for this cute multitool:
- Bottle opener
- Micro screwdriver
- Flat Philips screwdriver
- Phone stand in conjunction with a credit card
- Hex wrenches in five sizes
- Orange peeler or banana peel starter
- Door latch slip
- Earbuds cord wrap
- Letter opener
- Ruler (both English and metric)
- Straight edge which can also be used as a scraper
While the letter opener and door latch slip are not likely to be useful in the back country the other functions are handy and easy to use. Though, the micro screwdriver is not quite micro enough; it could fit into some, but not all the eyeglass screws I attempted to tighten. On the other hand, the micro screwdriver worked quite well for prying small stones out from the soles of my shoes, and the earbuds cord wrap could be used in a pinch as a cord tensioner.
PocketMonkey’s biggest drawback is the lack of any kind of sharp edge or blade. While it was possible to cut dental floss with the slightly sharper area inside the letter opener it was not easy. As a camping tool PocketMonkey paired with a small folding knife would be a fine minimalist option.
I plan to put PocketMonkey in my wallet. He is a cheerful and obliging little guy who will always be there to help, even on an airplane.
Disclosure: Zootility Tools provided SectionHiker.com with a PocketMonkey for review
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