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Kniper throwing knife multi-tool tightens screws and smokes tobacco

Kniper throwing knife multi-to...
Bullseye!
Bullseye!
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The Kniper in its sheath
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The Kniper in its sheath
Winding up for a throw
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Winding up for a throw
Bullseye!
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Bullseye!
Kniper advises standing six to seven paces from your target when throwing
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Kniper advises standing six to seven paces from your target when throwing
Secured to a staff to make a spear
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Secured to a staff to make a spear
The Kniper is made from high-carbon steel
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The Kniper is made from high-carbon steel
A different kind of multi-tool knife
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A different kind of multi-tool knife
The Kniper is available for pre-order for $75
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The Kniper is available for pre-order for $75
Kniper multi-tool throwing knife
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Kniper multi-tool throwing knife
A puff of the Kniper pipe
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A puff of the Kniper pipe
Kniper tool breakdown
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Kniper tool breakdown
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Typically a highly specialized, narrow-purpose tool that the average person would never have a use for, the throwing knife just got much more functional. San Francisco-based startup Urchin Sky equips a simple throwing knife with more than 20 different functions in the form of its Kniper multi-tool. The Kniper combines typical multi-tool elements like wrenches and drivers with not-so-typical inclusions like a tobacco pipe and fork.

Knife-based multi-tools, exemplified by icons like the Swiss Army knife and Leatherman plier tool, are among the most classic and timeless gadgets on the planet. Using a throwing knife as the platform for such a multi-tool is an unexpected twist on this classic format of knife + extra tools. In fact, Urchin Sky calls the Kniper the world's first throwing knife multi-tool.

The Kniper is milled out of a single piece of 420 high-carbon steel and measures 13 x 2.5 in (33 x 6.4 cm), with a thickness of 5.5 mm. In addition to its main role as throwing knife, it offers 21 other tools in the simple, solid-body package. The base of the handle includes a fork (which you probably won't want to actually eat with unless you're extremely desperate), Phillips and flat screwdrivers and a pry bar. The handle body includes a carefully marked hex cutout that serves as a universal hex wrench, an inclinometer, a sundial and a latitudinal finder. There's a bottle and can opener toward the top of the handle.

Kniper tool breakdown
Kniper tool breakdown

The blade includes a multitude of tools, such as serrated and smooth edges, a wire cutter, a closed wrench and a range finder. Easily the most unexpected and interesting, if not useful, of the blade tools is the built-in tobacco pipe. Given the near-universal availability of cigarettes, we can't imagine many people will actually use a nasty-sharp throwing knife to smoke tobacco (though they might use the 420-steel pipe to smoke some other things), but it's an interesting option. The tobacco bowl sits on the broad side of the blade and doubles as a fire bow bearing. One inhales through the cutout near the handle.

A puff of the Kniper pipe
A puff of the Kniper pipe

We've covered many unique multi-tools over the years, including the recent Leatherman Tread bracelet, the Zubin hiking pole multi-tool, and multifunctional axes like the Klax. A throwing knife with built-in smoking pipe may just take the spot for strangest and most distinct, though. Surprisingly enough, there appears to be some demand for such a tool. Urchin Sky says it sold out its first production run and is now offering pre-orders on its second run, with delivery to begin in July. The knife costs US$75 before taxes and shipping.

Source: Urchin Sky

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3 comments
The Skud
I wonder how long before some ham-fisted dill forgets about the 'pointy end' and slashes his hand trying to use the gadgets in the handle?
toolman65
420 steel?
Does this make it the world's first 420 friendly knife?
A throwing knife for stoners. What could possibly go wrong?
Otherwise,
The wrench cut out is way too close to the edge, the fork/screwdriver on the end will poke you and get tangled in your clothing,
Trying to stab something will ensure your hand will travel down the knife, ripping your palm open.
Dustin Cowles
That's not a tobacco pipe.