Outdoors

18-function multitool wrenches gear, starts fire and plenty more

18-function multitool wrenches...
The Caliber X pops the top after a hard day's work
The Caliber X pops the top after a hard day's work
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The Caliber X wrench adjusts up to 20 mm to tighten all kinds of bolts
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The Caliber X wrench adjusts up to 20 mm to tighten all kinds of bolts
The Caliber X pops the top after a hard day's work
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The Caliber X pops the top after a hard day's work
The Caliber X measures just under 6 in long
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The Caliber X measures just under 6 in long
Putting the Caliber X can opener to work
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Putting the Caliber X can opener to work
Caliber X strapped to a backpack
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Caliber X strapped to a backpack
The two-sided file works on metal and wood
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The two-sided file works on metal and wood
The Caliber X sparks a fire
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The Caliber X sparks a fire
Caliber X nail puller
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Caliber X nail puller
Caliber X pry
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Caliber X pry
Caliber X rope cutter
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Caliber X rope cutter
Caliber X saw
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Caliber X saw
The Caliber X screwdriver can be joined by three onboard bits
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The Caliber X screwdriver can be joined by three onboard bits
The Caliber X knife in wood-slicing action
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The Caliber X knife in wood-slicing action
Caliber X chisel
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Caliber X chisel
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Built to travel with tinkerers and DIYers from garage, to work, to distant outdoor spaces, the new Caliber X from Tools Mule takes a different tack on multitooling. The compact, skeletal chassis disguises an 18-function, wrench-out build meant for everything from Saturday afternoon BBQs to all-out wilderness survival.

Tools Mule isn't blazing a never-before-seen trail, but it is taking the road less traveled with a multitool based around a wrench. Unlike some wrenches that happen to have a bunch of folding blades and implements stuffed awkwardly in their handles, the Caliber X appears to be more thoughtfully integrated into an ergonomic design.

The wrench appears thinner and lighter than the average adjustable wrench, meaning it shouldn't be such an awkward counterweight when operating the flip-up tools at the other end. Or so it looks to the naked eye.

The Caliber X screwdriver can be joined by three onboard bits
The Caliber X screwdriver can be joined by three onboard bits

Made from stainless steel for toughness, the Caliber X weighs in at 8.8 oz (250 g). Beyond the wrench, it brings more than a dozen additional tools, some of which you wouldn't expect from a pocket multitool.

Our personal favorite, useful for everything from lazy, beverage-and-stargazing campfires to tense survival fires, is the fire-starter rod. Strike it with the back of the 3-in (7.6-cm) serrated blade and let the sparks fly (after you cut some kindling with the included saw).

Caliber X saw
Caliber X saw

A tiny hammer on the side of the large wrench jaw is good for knocking in a thin nail or maybe pounding a tent stake into the ground. A nail puller pulls the nail right back out if you misaligned it.

Other handy tools include an awl with a hole for sewing, a can opener, a wood/metal file and a rope cutter. The screwdriver works with standard bits and extensions, and the Caliber carries up to three bits at a time. And of course there's a bottle opener ... readily available on the outside of the skinny wrench jaw.

Here's the full list:

  • Adjustable Wrench
  • Serrated Knife
  • Screwdriver
  • Bit Holder
  • Saw
  • Bottle Opener
  • Wood Chisel
  • Rope Cutter
  • Can Opener
  • Hammer
  • Nail puller
  • Fire Starter
  • File
  • Pry
  • Awl
  • Wire Bender
  • Center Punch

Tools Mule is raising funding on Kickstarter now, offering the Caliber X at pledge levels of US$75+. It's more than doubled its goal with over a month left to go. Deliveries will begin in February 2021, if things move according to plan.

Source: Kickstarter

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4 comments
paul314
If only their marketing push weren't so thoroughly offensive and aimed at insecure men.
Kpar
The replaceable bits are an important touch. Those wear out quickly, which would degrade the usefulness of the tool as a whole.
buzzclick
Another multitool? I've had my share of Swiss army knives and a Leatherman. Ya gotta have pliers. Wire is one of the most handy things to have on hand. Still, it looks like a quality unit.
ljaques
Why is every tool on the market putting an antiquated bottle opener on each of their tools? I haven't used one in at least 35 years now. That said, as an auto mechanic in me yout, I used to carry a 4" adjustable wrench (ground to open to 9/16"), 4.5" channel lock pliers, a Victorinox Classic SD knife, and a shirt-pocket screwdriver. My EDC is stocked with those instead of a multitool because I can use multiple tools at once, the worst drawback of a multitool. Wrench, pliers, knife, and screwdrivers MAKE a tool kit.