At first glance, the mininch WRENCHit, which I’m just going to write out as WrenchIt, looks like one of those slim box cutters, but that’s far from its function. The WrenchIt is a multi-sized box end wrench tool that takes up a fraction of the space of a single wrench or adjustable wrench.
It’s designed as an EDC (everyday carry) multi-sized wrench that can easily slip into a pocket, bag, pencil cup, or other place where full-sized tools don’t normally go.
The WrenchIt has a “pop a point” design, similar to the Tool Pen we posted about in July of 2014. The WrenchIt is actually from the same company, and has exceeded its Kickstarter goal. The Kickstarter campaign is still ongoing, as of the time of this posting, and is set to expire on April 21st, 2016.
Back to the “pop a point” design… you take the rearmost tool, and insert it in the front of the tool, pushing the other individual sections backwards. You keep doing this until the desired tool selection is in the forward position. Do a quick search for “pop a point pencils” to see where this type of tool swapping seems to originate from.
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Each WrenchIt tool can carry 5 individual wrench sizes, with some of the sections featuring additional functions, such as spoke wrenches or a bottle opener hook, or multiple smaller wrench sizes.
Most of the wrench size options are metric, but there’s also the option for 3 different imperial wrench sizes.
- Bike Set with 5 tool components for $30
- Full Set with 10 wrenches and tools for $38
All of these options include a pouch. There are also bundle sets, some of which also include a Tool Pen, and multiple WrenchIt quantity bundles.
The inventors expect for the full retail price for the full set to be $55.
More Info(via Kickstarter)
This looks to be a neat EDC multi-size wrench tool, and I wish it were available with a greater range of imperial wrench sizes.
The pricing seems to be pretty decent too, for what it is. I guess? The inventors mention the need for stamping dies in the Kickstarter campaign, and that the sleeve and individual tools are all made from SUS 420 stainless steel with a sandblasted finish.
This isn’t quite for me, but I can appreciate the elegance of the design.
I wonder how well it holds up to high torque applications. I’m guessing that, if the going gets tough, it’s time to reach for a sturdier tool. But it still looks great for casual tightening tasks, or if you need a compact and lightweight tool on-the-go, such as when mountain biking.
But for biking, maybe only the spoke wrenches and bottle opener will be useful.
What I’d like to see is a revised biking design where you get a spoke wrench tool, bottle opener (why not?), 1/4″ hex wrench, and 2 slightly thicker tool attachments with 1/4″ insert bit storage. Why? Because a 5 mm hex bit is far more useful than most smaller box end wrench sizes.