Separate not a man from his techie tools

I have a request for intelligent people around the world. Can we please agree that tiny little multi-tools like my SOG Crusscut are in no way dangerous weapons? Certainly, they are no more so than all manner of items (from pens to umbrellas) that are legitimately carried into all manner of places.

As one of the items that I carry around virtually everywhere, I am quite reliant upon it: particularly the scissors, screwdriver, bottle opener, and ruler. When I am forced to not carry it, usually because of travel, I frequently find myself frustrated and annoyed. The same should go for the Leatherman Micra and similar tools. Gram for gram, these little things are up there with LED headlamps, in terms of usefulness in varied circumstances.

PS. This minor tirade was prompted by this lengthy article on survival equipment, written by Neil Andrews. Judging by his ‘modules,’ he is the fellow to know in the event of a massive natural disaster or zombie attack.

Author: Milan

In the spring of 2005, I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in International Relations and a general focus in the area of environmental politics. In the fall of 2005, I began reading for an M.Phil in IR at Wadham College, Oxford. Outside school, I am very interested in photography, writing, and the outdoors. I am writing this blog to keep in touch with friends and family around the world, provide a more personal view of graduate student life in Oxford, and pass on some lessons I've learned here.

4 thoughts on “Separate not a man from his techie tools”

  1. The Schneier line, that the prohibition of such things is about fostering the illusion of security rather than creating real security, is probably correct. That said, it would probably be simpler to just put such things into checked baggage for now.

  2. I had my doubts about “techy” but this is just too funny:


    cranky: easily irritated or annoyed; “an incorrigibly fractious young man”; “not the least nettlesome of his countrymen”

    I am guessing that techie is what you meant.

  3. Those pictures don’t really convey a sense of scale. How long are the things, end to end?

  4. Those pictures don’t really convey a sense of scale. How long are the things, end to end?

    About an inch. Shorter than an adult’s thumb, with the blades inside thus even shorter.

    Re: Techy, Techie

    Yes. Fixed.

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