The swisstech tech utilikey (6 in 1) is a key-shaped tool which unfolds to offer you 6 functions, listed as follows:
- Flat Screwdriver
- Phillips Screwdriver
- Micro-Sized Screwdriver
- Straight Blade Knife
- Serrated Blade Knife
- Bottle Opener
Made from polished stainless steel, it is roughly the size of a large key. Measuring: 2-3/4” x 3/4” x 1/8" (folded) and weighing only 0.5 oz.
Thoughts and critique:
On paper the swisstech utilikey sounds amazingly usefully with the all the features it offers. However in practice, there are certain things about the design of this multi-tool that make these functions less practical.
To start off with, the features in the utilikey are not easily accessible. To use the various functions, you need to first put down your keychain, use two hands to unclip the tool, remove it from your keychain, use the desired feature and then clip the tool back on. Compare this to say the spyderco bug, which can stay clipped to the keychain and unfolds with ease.
This is one of the reasons why I keep a spyderco bug on my keychain despite having a 'blade' feature on the utilikey. In comparison to the bug, I find the blade on the utilikey to be thick and not very sharp. I have tried to sharpen the blade further, however the edge is still pretty average.
|Straight and serrated knife blade|
When using the multi-tool, care needs to be taken with how you hold it, if you are not careful it is quite easy to cut yourself. This is especially the case when using the bottle opener. The bottle opener feature is fairly small and does not give much leverage. I find to open a bottle, it is easier if you pry it open in 2 or 3 locations. I hope the following video helps to demonstrate, how I use this feature on the utilikey.
|Phillips screwdriver and bottle opener|
|Flat screwdriver and micro-sized screwdriver|
Despite these short comings from the tool, I still keep a utilikey on my keychain as it takes little room and space. The phillips screwdriver is acceptable, and the bottle opener is okay as a last resort. You never know, it may come in handy when you're stuck in a pinch with no other options.
RRP: $11-15 depending on packaging
Similar tools to consider:
Utili-Key® FX 6-in-1 - has a nail file instead of bottle opener
Utili-Key XT 8-in-1 - has a nail file, nail cleaner wire cutter, wire stripper instead of the two blades.