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A nice homage to a 91-year-old design
A nice homage to a 91-year-old design
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The Metmo can open up to 22mm
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The Metmo can open up to 22mm
Adjusts quickly and easily and then locks in
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Adjusts quickly and easily and then locks in
CNC machined from solid stainless steel
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CNC machined from solid stainless steel
What's a tool in 2020 if it can't open a bottle? You twist a bolt, folks, you need a beer
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What's a tool in 2020 if it can't open a bottle? You twist a bolt, folks, you need a beer
Also operates as a small clamp
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Also operates as a small clamp
The MetMo Grip's creators are making no bones about the fact that it's as much a fidget toy as a tool
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The MetMo Grip's creators are making no bones about the fact that it's as much a fidget toy as a tool
A nice homage to a 91-year-old design
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A nice homage to a 91-year-old design
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A British company has resurrected a 91-year-old adjustable wrench design and created the MetMo Grip, a super-slick looking, fast-adjusting and lockable wrench that also functions as a clamp and looks like way too much fun to fiddle with.

Where a regular adjustable wrench makes you fiddle with a thumb wheel until you've got the width right, this thing slides up and down freely, then locks into place once you release the little black adjuster grip. This makes it look like a super-quick way of getting onto a bolt, and also allows it to function as a small clamp when required.

It's CNC machined from solid stainless steel, with a lightweight 6061 hard anodized aluminum adjuster, and weighs in at a reasonably hefty 300 g (10.6 oz). It handles bolts from 0.5mm up to 22mm in diameter (0.019" to 0.866"). It acts as a bottle opener and a box cutter, hangs easily from a belt hook, and in its fully closed position it acts as a 1/4" bit holder that you can pop screwdriver bits or whatever else into for a little leverage.

What's a tool in 2020 if it can't open a bottle? You twist a bolt, folks, you need a beer
What's a tool in 2020 if it can't open a bottle? You twist a bolt, folks, you need a beer

It also costs UK£99 (US$132), which makes it ludicrously expensive for an adjustable wrench, never mind the fact that my old mechanic friends all shiver at the sight of adjustable wrenches and multi-grip pliers, calling them "butcher's tools, not mechanic's tools" that savage nuts and bolts, rounding them off mercilessly.

On the other hand, it looks like a super neat little mechanical thing to fiddle with, and MetMo is leaning into that fact. Indeed, it's selling the MetMo Grip as much as a "super satisfying desk toy" as any kind of serious tool. And people are certainly responding; it's nailed its Kickstarter target 35 times over and counting. It's a bit rich for us, but more power to 'em!

Check out a video below.

MetMo Grip

Source: MetMo Kickstarter

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3 comments
paul314
Gosh that's incredibly expensive. If you just want the slidey bit for adjustment and fiddling rather than the in-your-face design, your can get a sliding-knob crescent wrench on amazon for less than $8. (I had one decades ago, and it was fun, but it never really locked down.)
Phileaux
Nice to see a simple tool that can be taken apart BUT my 3/8th calibrated torque wrench doesn't cost that much.
Matt Fletcher
Price drives demand, there will be no demand with this price. The design patent on this expired years ago and the cost to make is less than $2. At this rediculous price I say good luck to this kickstart company to getting anyone, besides their parents, to buy one of these.