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Gerber Shard Key Chain Multitool Passes Airport Security

Emergency Travel Tool 22-01769

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Gerber Shard Keychain Multitool PassesDesigned as a simple emergency multitool, the Gerber Shard Key Chain Tool also meets one of today's unusual standards -- it will pass an airport security inspection, at least so far.

The Gerber Shard combines seven useful functions in a one-piece tool literally small enough to be a key chain fob. With no obviously sharp points, it needs no sheath to ride safely in your pocket. Made from stainless steel coated with titanium nitride, the Shard resists corrosion and requires no maintenance. The 0.6-ounce tool measures only 2-3/4 inches in length, but that's still enough to provide a grip for the seven basic purposes the Shard handles.

Rotating the Shard in hand gives you two flat-blade screwdrivers, one Phillips-tip screwdriver, a small pry bar, wire stripper, bottle opener, and a hole for either a lanyard or a key ring. In practical terms, there's a lot to be desired that's not found in the Shard, like leverage and convenience. Combination tools like the Shard always make chores like tightening screws more difficult, and the prybar certainly isn't "jaws-of-life" quality. If it's all you have, you may be glad you have it. Otherwise, the only emergency tool you have in your pocket could be that quarter.

With a little imagination, you'll find other uses for the Shard, and the bottle opener will certainly come in handy eventually.

You'll find more functions in the Victorinox Swisscard Lite, but it probably would have to ride in the checked luggage.

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