Last month, we heard about a quirky little multi-tool known as the Ringtool. True to its name, it’s ring-shaped, and features nine tool bits built into its outside edge (it also has a bottle opener in the middle). While it’s proven fairly popular in its Kickstarter campaign, some people just might not be satisfied with 10 tools. If you’re one of those people, you might prefer the circular 24-tool Repair Rebel.
Intended primarily as a cyclists’ gadget, the titanium-bodied Repair Rebel takes the form of a ring, the outside of which is studded with multiple tools – these include nine sizes of hex heads, a T25 Torx head, two types of screwdriver heads, and four sizes of spoke keys. On the inside edge of the ring are eight sizes of hex wrench cut-outs, which can be placed around bolts that need tightening or removing.
The whole shebang weighs in at 85 grams (3 oz), and comes with an elastic cord for fastening it to the underside of a bike saddle – of course it could also just be shoved into a pack, or hung from the outside of one.
While the Repair Rebel is indeed pretty to look at, some people might wonder if its wide, curved shape would limit the types of spaces in which it could be used. According to its Chicago-based inventor, Thomas Smafield, that shouldn’t be a problem. “The round shape allows for a lot more tools to be consolidated into the smallest space possible,” he tells us. “For small spaces, the Repair Rebel may have to be used by performing half turns, but this goes with a lot of other tools that someone might try and use on the same small space.”
Smafield is currently raising production funds for his device, on Kickstarter. A pledge of US$25 will get you a Repair Rebel of your own, when and if they’re ready to go.
The tool can be seen in use in the pitch video below.