I can’t count the number of Victorinox Classic pocket knives I’ve lost to TSA. It’s disgusting.  But, I hate traveling without a tool to take care of all those odd jobs that spring up. Thanks now to the latest gadget to grace my pockets, I’ll never lose another tool in those TSA lines. The PocketMonkey is a credit-card sized, 1 m.m. thick, hardened-steel multi-tool that does a dozen different things…and does them well.

Pocket Monkey is the same size as a credit card

Pocket Monkey is the same size as a credit card

Despite its compact size, this thing really can come in handy.  I used the letter opener, bottle opener and mini screwdriver within the first two days I began carrying this thing.  Hang on Monkey, we’re gonna be going places together. And it’s permitted by TSA.

Here’s a wrap-up of all the jobs this little guy is ready to perform:

Bottle Opener

Why carry a bottle opener on your keychain? That’s bulky. Keep one in your wallet instead!

Flat Screwdriver

One of the most commonly needed tools – now in your back pocket! Need we say more?

Micro Screwdriver

They’re on eyeglasses, keyless vehicle dongles, and kids’ toys. Tiny screws are everywhere. Prepare yourself for when you are on the go!

Door Latch Slip

Locked your keys inside? That means the deadbolt isn’t thrown! Use this latch slip to open locked doors without protective edging or specialty latches.

Letter Opener

Talented letter-openers are in short supply. Chances are, you struggle to even shred open your mail. With a letter opener stored in your wallet and always within reach, you can now make quick work of your mail pile.

PocketMonkeyHex Wrenches

5 sizes of standard English hex-bolt/nut wrenches nested into one another. Slip the tool over a bolt-head and slide sideways until you find the right size. Convenient and easy to use!

Phillips Screwdriver

A flat Philips screwdriver?? That’s right! The cross blade isn’t the key to the Philips head pattern. It’s the angled tip. This novel 2-D Philips screwdriver works!

Orange Peeler

Three in four adults struggle with a chronic condition known as cannot-peel-an-orange-itis*. This debilitating condition is the cause of much embarrassment. Say “no more!”. PocketMonkey is a proven cure and peels oranges with ease!

Banana Nicker

Ever tried quickly snapping the top off a banana to start peeling? It usually gets mushed instead. Use the peeler to nick the top and peel with ease.

Ruler

Sometimes all you need to know is the difference between 3/16ths and 1/4 of an inch. Now you can measure those small details that life throws at you.

Straight Edge

Draw with it. Scrape with it. Chop with it? What uses can you dream up?

Phone Kickstand

Insert your credit card to make a stand for your touch phone. Work on your phone at a comfortable angle and still have one hand free! (Author’s note:  this only worked for me when I used my thickest credit card.)

Give PocketMonkey a try – you’ll be making a new friend.

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