Having a functional multitool by your side at all times is a necessity. Just ask MacGyver. But if that multitool can be ultra-small and fit right on your keychain, even better. The Gerber Dime Travel is a keychain tool designed for travel, that can go anywhere you do – including those situations where blades can’t go, like a plane; there is no blade on this tool.
The Dime Travel measures 4.3” long open and 2.8” closed and weighs only 2.2 ounces. It built entirely from stainless steel. Despite it’s compact size, it features 11 tools – a spring-loaded needlenose plier, regular pliers, wire cutters, tweezers, bottle opener, a file with both coarse and fine edges, a zipper pull hook, scissors, flathead screwdriver, cross driver, and a lanyard. All the basic tools you could need, minus the blade.
While you may miss the blade every once in a while, the added convenience and ability to take the knife with you wherever you go should make up for it. The only tool we’re not really sure about is the zipper puller; unless it’s a seriously heavy-duty zipper, we can’t really think of any reason to take out a tool when pulling hard will break it.
It’s not the toughest multitool in the shed, nor the most tricked-out. Don’t expect it to handle the really tough jobs. But the Gerber Dime Travel is very small, light and versatile, which is what you need from it most. And to top it off, it’s pretty cheap; you can grab it on Amazon for under $15. If you constantly find yourself jetting around and need a multitool that will pass muster with the TSA, it’ll do the trick.