Whether in the woods, the fields, or around the homestead, the value of a pocketknife is undeniable. Of course, multi-tools are also useful, but most have a definite preference, either preferring the broader utility of the latter, or finding the singular purpose of the former more appealing. True Utility has sought to bridge this gap, with their new SmartKnife+. Keeping cutting the tool’s primary purpose, the company has nonetheless added some extras, which can carry a user far beyond standard capabilities. It may not entirely be a multi-tool, but its uses far exceed a standard pocket knife.
The primary philosophy behind this product is, whether a user actually employs these additional functions or not, it doesn’t take away from the original function of being a knife. This knife houses a bottle opener, a .25-inch bit driver with a Phillips bit included in the magnetic bit storage, three flathead screwdrivers, 6mm-14mm wrenches, wire strippers, a pry bar, a 2-inch ruler, and a 5-centimeter ruler. All of this is housed in the high-grade stainless-steel frame.
The 2.375-inch partially-serrated blade is 420 stainless steel with a black-oxide coating, more than enough for daily tasks. This steel material is easy to sharpen and will offer some rust prevention. When folded, the flipper acts as a flathead screwdriver or small prying tool, while the opposite is a bottle opener. On the butt of the knife is a small pry bar and two additional flat head screwdrivers. Just above the pry bar is the .25-inch bit storage. The .25-inch bit driver is accessible at the top of the handle when the knife is closed, while the metric wrenches sit in the middle of the handle. Thus all these features are arrayed in such a way, as to not subtract from the knife’s main task: being a cutting tool.
When closed, the SmartKnife+ measures 4.375-inches long, half and inch wide, and 1.625-inches tall. A tip-down pocket clip is included, for easier accessibility. For more information, please visit trueutility.com. MSRP: $34.99
A humble homesteader based in an undisclosed location, Lars Drecker splits his time between tending his little slice of self-sustaining heaven, and bothering his neighbors to do his work for him. This is mainly the fault of a debilitating predilection for fishing, hunting, camping and all other things outdoors. When not engaged in any of the above activities, you can normally find him broken down on the side of the road, in some piece of junk he just “fixed-up.”