The EDC Tool Roll is a feature on Jerking the Trigger in which we profile various every day carry worthy tools. The tools shown aren’t multi-tools but rather real tools, that by virtue of their compact size, light weight, usefulness, or unique functionality, can find a place in any range kit, emergency kit, or every day carry bag.
Feel free to comment on the tools that you carry so we can all learn! The discussion on these posts has been very valuable so far.
I’ve owned a Doc Allen’s Versatool for more than 12 years. I bought it while I was in college and have been using it ever since.
The VersaTool consists of 3 main parts and several accessories. There is a bit adapter that allows it to accept standard 1/4″ hex bits. The bit driver is attached to a 1/4″ socket adapter so that when the bit adapter is removed, you can install 1/4″ drive sockets. Finally, the socket adapter is attached to a steel loop for a handle with detents in several positions. This configuration allow the VersaTool to be set up inline like a typical screw driver, like a t-handle screw driver, like an offset handle screwdriver for the most torque, or fold neatly in half for storage.
Even after all this time, I still like this tool. It packs small thanks to its folding design but it can still offer reach similar to a full size screwdriver if you use the extension. The offset handle position is angled slightly which makes it comfortable and easy to put a lot more torque into a faster than you typically can with compact bit driver. The ability to use sockets is a huge plus.
The tool also includes a number of bits in a bit carrier, a bit extension, and a small black pouch to carry it all. The quality seems to be very good. Everything is made of steel and mine still works like new after 12 years.
Where to Buy: I purchased mine from CountyComm. They only carry the “Pro” version but the only difference appears to be the addition of some extra bits and another bit carrier. The price is right at less than $11 and I can never resist picking up a few other gadgets when I order from CountyComm.
Alternatives: I carry my Fix It Sticks (click to read about them on The EDC Tool Roll) more often than any other dedicated driver now. I like the ability to store 4 bits on the tool and switch between them extremely quickly.
Do you have a compact driver that you prefer? Tell us about it below.