There’s plenty of times when a problem presents itself, but getting the tool box simply isn’t an option or excessive given the situation; tightening a table leg, prying open a stuck door, etc. That’s when the mighty multi tool comes into play. The market is pretty saturated with EDC tools meant to act as jack of all trades and masters of none. One day while checking out the latest options, I came across Wise Men Company Wise Guy Pocket Tool and found it’s unique design instantly engrossing.
The Wise Guy weights in at a hefty 12 ounces, and is made of D2 steel. According to SteelExpress:
D2 is an air hardening, high-carbon, high-chromium tool steel. It has high wear and abrasion resistant properties. It is heat treatable and will offer a hardness in the range 55-62 HRC, and is machinable in the annealed condition. D2 steel shows little distortion on correct hardening. D2 steel’s high chromium content gives it mild corrosion resisting properties in the hardened condition.
This model has a powder coat finish and this particular finish is gunmetal gray. Tools include 3 box wrench sizes, a 1/4″ bit driver, a cap lifter, mini prybar, and a knuckle protector. There is also a Dewalt Philips/Flathead bit secured with 3 O rings.
First, let me mention the kydex belt clip because in my opinion you pretty much need to order it along with the Wise Guy. It allows for inner or outer waistband carry depending on your preference. It’s secure, and holds the tool nicely. Unless you’re carrying in a bag or your own pouch, the Wise Guy would be very uncomfortable in your pocket alone.
I really like that the screw bit can easily be swapped out for any standard dual end bit to suit your needs. You can swap it for hex, torx, etc. It can be placed through the hex opening and you have great corkscrew type leverage for fastening. The box wrench slots are useful but only on spacious applications due to the design. If a bolt is up against anything like a corner, forget about it.
The prybar works great, it’s saved my tender fingernails plenty of pain popping open battery covers and even getting the tire off my bike rim. One of the more striking features is the knuckle guard. Now, this is NOT intended to be used as a weapon, but if you’re in a tough spot, I’m sure your imagination can come up with how this might be useful. Aside from that, it does help with leveraging the tool and controlling it as you work.
Wise Men did a great job machining the Wise Guy. The smooth, rounded edges are very clean and since it was milled from a single block, there are no unsightly seams. It’s such an out of the box design that it gets attention. People don’t even know what it is until they see it in action and I like that.
At 85 bucks, you have a lot of great options for multi tools – so do your homework and consider your most frequent end uses. The unique design is a breath of fresh air in a stale market. The prybar and screwdriver really deliver and for that the Wise Men Wise Company Wise Guy Pocket Tool is on my belt, but because of certain limitations it is complemented with my Leatherman.