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Swisscard Pocket Tool: A must for every purse or wallet
The multi-tool that is the size of a credit card
I have one of these and I've bought several for other people as gifts. I love to be organized and prepared for every eventuality and with this in my purse, I'm pretty sure that I will be.
Made by Victorinox - the people who make the famous Swiss Army knife - this is quite an amazing item. If I don't use it every day, then I certainly use it once a week and I love the way that I have so many handy tools ready to use.
There was a time when I carried a Swiss Army knife at all times but it was just too bulky and heavyweight for carrying around daily. And it's not really a knife that I need - I need useful items such as scissors, a nail file, a magnifying glass, a pen .... Swiss Army knives are great if you're camping or fishing but my needs tend to be of a more of a business, city-style type.
Great for the girls
Even when you're going out with the tiniest possible clutch, there's always room for this little beauty. In these circumstances my most likely 'emergency' is going to be solved by the nail file, the scissors or often, the magnifying glass.
Then, there are situations where I don't even take a purse. This slips easily into the pocket of even your tightest jeans.
Just as good for the guys
My friend Tim is a great one for paddle-boarding, jet-skiing and kayaking and takes his Swiss Card with him.
He uses a waterproof bag that he wears around his waist that also contains his cellphone and a few other bits and pieces. (See below)
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Tim keeps his Swiss Card and cellphone in this bag when he's out enjoying water-sports. It's just as handy for the beach.
I'm planning to get one of these myself because carrying a purse or handbag around all the time can be a nuisance. One of these keeps your hands free and yet keeps everything just where you need it. The fact that it is waterproof is an added bonus.
Features Let's start with the ruler
- The ruler - the card has two rulers, one in metric and one in imperial. I like that because being from England, I think in centimeters but the USA still uses inches. It amazing how often I need to measure something and no-one needs to carry a full sized ruler around.
- Scissors - these aren't amazingly sharp but cut well through paper, light card, string, ribbon and so on. They'll deal admirably with stray threads (from a hemline for example) or I've used them to take cuttings from soft-stemmed plants when out walking.
- LED light - this is fantastic and has so many uses from reading menus in dark restaurants to rooting round in the bottom of my purse to find a lipstick. It is powered by a tiny watch battery that's easy to replace yourself.
- The blade - don't expect this to be a super-sharp knife because it isn't. In fact, the manufacturers describe it as a 'letter opener'. I've found it useful for many things -including impromptu picnics!
- Screwdrivers - there are four. Scroll back up to the image and see the almost square piece of metal. This has a screwdriver on each of its four corner, two regular and two philips. Incredibly useful, even to me.
- Magnifier - great for my old eyes. The last time I used them I had a splinter in my finger that would have been impossible to locate without the magnifier.
- Tweezers - the splinter was dealt with by the tweezers but they are handy for so many other tasks - even the odd recalcitrant eyebrow hair!
- The pin - was also useful for the splinter. But I find that it's great to use for dealing with the awkward wifi button on my computer, and getting gunk out of small crevices such as my laptop keyboard.
- The ballpoint pen - there's not a lot to say about a simple pen except that it's astonishing how often I have to use it and it's so much easier than carrying a full-sized pen in my purse that invariably leaks ink.
Note: I 'lost' my first one when it was confiscated by airline security. I believe security is a little less stringent today but you might want to make sure that it's not in your purse when you go through the scanners!
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© 2013 Jackie Jackson