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Windeler takes its modular magnetic multitool to the next level

Windeler takes its modular mag...
The latest additions to the Windeler modular magnetic multitool family
The latest additions to the Windeler modular magnetic multitool family
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The new Minim knife is more of a proper ultralight folder that can be carried on its own or attached to a Windeler multitool stack
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The new Minim knife is more of a proper ultralight folder that can be carried on its own or attached to a Windeler multitool stack
The new scissors give Windeler multitools more precise cutting and trimming power
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The new scissors give Windeler multitools more precise cutting and trimming power
Windeler's breakaway design lets users handle tools individually and use multiple tools at once
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Windeler's breakaway design lets users handle tools individually and use multiple tools at once
The pliers fold away into their legs and magnetically clip lclosed
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The pliers fold away into their legs and magnetically clip lclosed
The Windeler pliers make a natural base for stacking other tools atop
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The Windeler pliers make a natural base for stacking other tools atop
Windeler's new scissors
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Windeler's new scissors
The Minim knife measures just over four inches tall and under a quarter inch thick
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The Minim knife measures just over four inches tall and under a quarter inch thick
The Windeler Minim has a LC200N steel blade and buyer's choice of steel or titanium handle
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The Windeler Minim has a LC200N steel blade and buyer's choice of steel or titanium handle
The stow is a quick, easy-stashing tool wrap for Windeler singles or multitools
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The stow is a quick, easy-stashing tool wrap for Windeler singles or multitools
The Stow closes with magnetics and protects tools with a soft interior fabric and tough Cordura exterior
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The Stow closes with magnetics and protects tools with a soft interior fabric and tough Cordura exterior
Windeler multitool stack
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Windeler multitool stack
Windeler owners can make their ultimate tool for all types of everyday carry or mix and match tools for different activities
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Windeler owners can make their ultimate tool for all types of everyday carry or mix and match tools for different activities
The latest additions to the Windeler modular magnetic multitool family
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The latest additions to the Windeler modular magnetic multitool family
All four of Windeler's new releases, box not included
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All four of Windeler's new releases, box not included
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Back in 2020, Windeler showed a slick magnetic multitool system, a modular family of single implements designed to stack and carry together as customized tools adapted for any task or adventure. At the time, the lineup largely comprised simple implements like drivers and wax combs, but now the company has developed some more complex tools that can work alone or with others. Available add-ons like the pliers and scissors let the Windeler multitool more readily compete with multitool offerings from name brands like Leatherman and Victorinox.

Along with getting production underway and shipping units out to its original Kickstarter backers, Windeler has spent the past two years collecting feedback. It shortlisted the most requested new tools and features and developed them out for a second Kickstarter campaign, running now. Several of the second-generation implements work and carry seamlessly as standalone tools but also make ideal base pieces for a new or existing magnetic stack.

The new Minim knife is more of a proper ultralight folder that can be carried on its own or attached to a Windeler multitool stack
The new Minim knife is more of a proper ultralight folder that can be carried on its own or attached to a Windeler multitool stack

The new Minim knife might be the best example of Windeler's standalone-or-stack design. The original Windeler family had a folding blade, but it was an open-topped design that didn't carry particularly well outside of the stack. The Minim is a more traditional slip-joint folding knife, in which the blade folds safely away in the handle. Measuring just 4.1 in (10.2 cm) tall and 6.2 mm thick, the ultra-slim Minim carries lightly and comfortably on its own but can also be carried along with other Windeler implements using its built-in Polynetik magnetic connector. Either way, when you need it, it detaches and works like any folding knife. It comes in both titanium- and steel-handle options and has a 2.9-in (74-mm) LC200N steel blade.

Another tool that stands on its own or stacks with the team, the 8-mm-slim pliers feature a folding design that collapses the pliers into their own legs. Unlike in fixed multitools with integrated pliers, the Windeler pliers detach from the greater multitool stack so they can be used at the same time as other tools. Windeler shows an example of holding a stuck nut steady while loosening the bolt with a hex key, something you wouldn't be able to do if both your pliers and hex wrench were fixed components in the same tool.

Windeler's breakaway design lets users handle tools individually and use multiple tools at once
Windeler's breakaway design lets users handle tools individually and use multiple tools at once

The final new implement Windeler has readied is a pair of scissors. Since the pointy end of the scissors remains out and doesn't fold away safely, as in the Minim knife and pliers, users probably won't want to carry this particular tool alone. But like the others, it's designed to stack into a Windeler multitool, where the pointed scissor ends can nest away more safely.

Windeler also introduces the Stow into the mix. The magnetic-close Cordura tool wrap works to hold and carry single tools or multitool stacks. The small version holds one to four tools, and the large holds four to eight.

The stow is a quick, easy-stashing tool wrap for Windeler singles or multitools
The stow is a quick, easy-stashing tool wrap for Windeler singles or multitools

Windeler is running its Kickstarter now, offering both single tools and multitool packages. Early bird pledge levels run £16 (approx. US$22) for the small Stow, £17 ($23) for the large Stow, £29 ($39) for the scissors, £39 ($53) for the pliers, £73 ($99) for the steel Minim, and £95 ($129) for the titanium Minim. The Minim, pliers and scissors can be packaged together into a stack for pledge levels starting at £139 ($188).

The campaign is already a runaway success, having raised over $130,000 on a $10K goal, and if everything else moves along without a hitch, Windeler will begin shipping the new tools in November 2022. The campaign runs until March 4.

Source: Windeler

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Eddy
In all my time I have never seen anyone actually use one of these high-priced multi-tool gismos. None of my friends would venture into an outdoors adventure without a full-sized tool kit. The exception being a bushwalker who cannot afford these anyway otherwise he would have a 4 wheel drive.
Trylon
@Eddy, these aren't just for outdoorsmen. I'm a city slicker and find my SOG Q3 multitool quite handy in various everyday situations. It's also very easy to carry in my pocket. No way I could carry a full-size tool kit with me everywhere.

I like this concept, but not wild about the insane cost.