Tuls: multi-purpose tools you can carry in your wallet
By Dave Parrack
August 11, 2013
The creators of Tuls know they're not creating the perfect tools for individual jobs. Instead, their philosophy is that the "best tool for the job is the one within reach," so while having a single-purpose tool for every job is the dream, the reality is something altogether more practical.
Tuls is a "collection of compact, well-designed, card-sized tools" that are flat and small enough to be carried either on a keychain or in a wallet or handbag. They're not designed to replace the collection of tools you may have waiting at home, but are instead designed to offer an always-to-hand alternative.
Each of the Tuls is crafted from 18-gauge stainless steel, laser-cut to ensure uniformity. The makers claim they're "about as thick and rigid as a US dime." The exact dimensions of each of the Tuls is 3.35 x 2.1 inches ( 85 x 54 mm) with a weight of around 1 oz (28 grams).
There are four Tuls, each with multiple functions sorted into complementary sets. These sets are fixing, measuring, listening, and opening.
Stan is designed for smartphone users, with places to wrap cables as well as a slot that turns it into a very basic stand for mobiles up to 10 mm thick. Lucy features a collection of wrenches as well as a hex drive, tire spoon, and a pry bar. Roul features metric ruler, a metric square, a protractor, and a drill guide, amongst others. Opie is, quite simply, a bottle opener.
Each individual Tul is priced at US$22, so getting the full set of four Tuls will cost $88. The Kickstarter campaign had a very small goal of just $1,500, and has already raised many times that target. Funding will end on September 10, but Tuls will then be added to the Onehundred Shop alongside the company's previous crowdfunded product, Pucs.
Each of the four Tuls is introduced in the Kickstarter campaign video below.
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