Doc Allen’s VersaTool

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When I am wearing my 5.11 tactical cargo pants, this pocket-sized screwdriver/Allen-wrench with interchangeable bits always goes in the right-hand cargo pocket. I’ll often use the screwdriver of my Leatherman several times a day, but the VersaTool does a better job due to the interchangeable bits (better fit to the screws). Also, the handle can be adjusted to provide additional leverage or to fit tight spots. To get greater torque, you just slide the handle into “T” or “L” configurations. Recently, I used it to reinstall a bathroom cabinet door that the kids somehow managed to detach. My kids are good at dismantling things, so having this on hand saves time and allows me to complete repairs immediately without having to remember to return to them later. In one weekend, I also managed to complete several repairs on my truck without having to grab the tool box. Interestingly, the hex adapter will disconnect and the VersTool will then accept any 1/4″ socket so that it can be used as a nut driver. I do not have enough room left in my pockets for a set of 1/4″ sockets, but I plan on buying a couple more VersaTools, one of which I’ll be dropping in my briefcase long with a spare socket set.

-- John Rigby  

Doc Allen’s VersaTool
$17

Manufactured by and available from Doc Allen