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The Next Big Thing in Hand Tools

by Gerry Fung

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Above: The many functions of Shopro's Multi-Tool.

Swiss Army knives have always been the craze due to their durability and versatility.  However, a Swiss Army knife was designed for general outdoor use, and not with the handyman in mind.  A Swiss Army knife isn’t much use, for example, when you need to hammer a nail into a piece of plywood.

For heavy duty jobs, you need to keep a more sophisticated tool, such as a multi-functional hammer.  There are multiple variations of this tool, but the main idea is that it provides a handyman an alternative tool whenever he is separated from his tool-box and tool-belt.

Disguised as a small hammer, multi-functional tools can also be used as shop-quality pliers.  Both the hammer head and the handle are able to separate into two sections.  When torque is applied to the two sections of the handle, a firm gripping motion is transferred to the jaws.  In addition to the hammer and pliers, multi-functional tools, such as the Shopro Professional 11-in-1 multi-functional tool, usually include a nail puller, slotted and Phillips screwdrivers, and an assortment of saws, knives, and files.

The Shopro multi-functional tool is actually unique in that it provides far more functionality when compared to any other tool that I’ve examined.  Approximately the size of a small remote control, Shopro's unit is quite small and portable.  For example, in addition to the pliers and hammer head, Shopro proudly boasts that their multi-functional unit provides the following 11 functionalities:

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Above: Shopro's multi-functional tool replaces 11 distinct tools.

  • Regular pliers
  • Hammer head
  • Small slotted screwdriver
  • Large slotted screwdriver
  • File
  • Serrated Saw
  • Large knife
  • Nail puller
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Bottle opener
  • Small knife

For more information about Shopro’s multi-tool, please go to CDM Tool Sales.

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