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I think everyone should keep a few basic tools with them all the time. They make life more convenient and they might save your life in an emergency. However, there are a lot of folks who do not want to add any weight or bulk to what they already have to carry around.

The KeyTool made by True Utility takes minimal to a new level.

True Utility KeyTool

The KeyTool is designed to wrap around almost any key on your keyring. It adds less than a millimeter of thickness and less than an ounce of weight. For that you get a line cutter, three sizes of slotted screwdriver, a bottle opener, a nail file, and tweezers. That would not be my ideal choice of features for an "only-one" tool, but it isn't bad.

I tried mine out around the house and found that all of the features worked fairly well. It would not stand up to heavy use, but it was tougher than I expected. In an emergency it would probably take some damage, but might still get the job done.

The other advantage to the KeyTool is price. I paid $7.95 for mine from Vat19.

If you are willing to carry just a tiny bit more I would recommend the Swiss-Tech Utili-Key instead.

Swiss-Tech Utili-Key

It offers a real blade and a Phillips screwdriver, which I find makes it significantly more useful. But if adding another "key" to your pocket seems like too much, the KeyTool was designed for you.
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