Surefire Crank Folding Utility Knife
Published on 12/16/2011
By Billy Brown
You want a multitool for emergencies, but most multitools sport a bunch of features you'll never need outside of your garage. Carrying one of those in your pocket makes you look like you're smuggling a bar of soap.
If you don't want to cram a 2-pound brick into your front pocket, Surefire's got you covered. Surefire's Crank Folding Utility Knife packs five tools in a package that's 1/2-inch thick. Surefire saved space with the Crank by integrating the tools into the body itself, eliminating the need for tools that fold into the Crank's frame. The aluminum casing can be used as a flathead screwdriver, a cord/seatbelt cutter, a bottle opener, and 1/4-inch hex wrench. The screwdriver design is particularly cool - it's actually a pair of slots that you slip coins into. You use the coin as the screwdriver's head and the knife as the handle. It's not as easy as using a proper screwdriver, but it's a heck of a lot easier to carry in your pocket. Oh right-it's a knife, too. The Crank also sports a 3-inch stainless steel blade that locks and unlocks with a flick of the thumb.
The end result of all this creativity is a multi-tool that weighs just over 3 ounces and can fit into that formerly useless fifth pocket in your jeans. You know, the one that's inside one of your hip pockets? There's a reason for it now. You're welcome.