Well, the folks at Chijoff+Co, an internationally award-winning industrial design consultancy based in Melbourne, Australia, bet that you’ll jump at the chance to carry their Talon multi-tool when you see all the options they’ve managed to pack on board.
The Talon boasts a grand total of 17 tools (yes, we don’t know how they did this either), and you can customize your options by swapping in assorted hex tools to fit your needs. Philips and flat-head screwdriver tips come standard, and of course they can handle many small repairs as you go about your business. It’s good to have both options, as it often happens that you need the type you didn’t bring with you.
The payload of the Talon includes six assorted sizes of metric wrenches, five traditional imperial wrenches, a high-torque socket, a hex socket, a box cutter, a metric ruler, an inch ruler, a bottle opener and a nifty storage compartment where you can stow two extra hex attachments.
The Chijoff+Co designers worked hard to ensure the Talon fits comfortably in your hand when you’re using it, and the sturdy one-piece construction makes it easy to turn as you tighten a screw or a troublesome bolt. You may even forget that you’re not holding the full-size version of the tool in question.
Having all of these options in one place will probably cut down on the cussin’ when you realize you are away from your toolbox and “just need to…” tighten a screw, adjust a bolt or open a super-secured package. We suspect hikers, bikers, campers, people who fish and off-roaders will be the first to toss these in a pocket, but no doubt everyone would find a such a tool combo useful as they tackle the technical irritations of modern daily life.
Luckily the Talon is an engineering marvel that is both compact and lightweight (it’s 40-percent lighter than titanium, so it won’t drag you down) and made from high-tech composite material favored by aerospace and military manufacturers. It’s patent-pending, so the actual makeup is not disclosed, but the designers say its main component is glass. Sounds strange, but the Tactica team say it’s actually as strong as die-cast metal.
“The main body of the talon is made from a single material, resulting in increased strength, stiffness and badassness,” the designers say. And as we all know, you can never have enough badassness.
Two more features we like: the Talon’s composite material won’t scratch the phone in your pocket or other tech gear, and you can safely carry it on flights when you travel, as it’s TSA-compliant. No more heated discussions when airport security wants to confiscate your Swiss Army Knife.
The Talon has raised way more than its crowd-funding goal, so Chijoff+Co has already put the multi-tool into production. That means the Talon will be shipped in December, just in time for holiday stockings.