It looks like your average pocket knife, but the CRKT Septimo multi-tool cleverly gives you much more than just a pinball blade. Designed as a combination of compact, ergonomic and feature-rich, this handy little critter was named Septimo (Spanish for “seventh”) after the 7th Special Forces Group that designer Jeremy Valdez served in. Built on his vision of the ideal EDC multi-tool, the Septimo features a fold-out 2.86″ American tanto blade with liner lock mechanism, a bottle opener, a flat and Phillips screwdriver, an adjustable wrench and finally a jar – Breaker tip to get out of tough situations. Finally, you can take your Septimo multi-tool anywhere with a pocket clip, so it’s always close at hand for virtually any situation where you need a handy EDC.
Designer: Jeremy Valdez for CRKT
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The design of the Septimo is not arbitrary. It comes from a place of experience — the kind Valdez wouldn’t wish on anyone. While on combat duty in Afghanistan in 2009, Valdez was involved in a helicopter crash. In the chaotic aftermath, he found that his favorite EDC jackknife failed miserably in real-world applications involving cutting straps/straps, prying hulls apart, and moving debris to extricate his comrades from the blazing, mangled chopper wrecks . This single incident set him on the path to designing the ideal tactical EDC that could be used by pretty much anyone. The Septimo multi-tool was crafted as a tribute to its fallen brothers and sisters in arms, with a design versatile enough to get you out of any mess. The high-friction grip and desert-resistant oxide finish would also help the Septimo serve faithfully even in extreme conditions.
With its tactical black aesthetic, the Septimo multi-tool measures 4.77 inches in length and weighs 4.4 ounces (124 grams), making it both compact and lightweight, yet cleverly versatile for all sorts of scenarios. The American Tanto Blade has a double-edged design perfect for cutting and piercing, and a Veff™ serration at the end of the blade provides a hook point perfect for cutting through paracord, seat belts, etc. The 8Cr13MoV steel blade comes with the same black finish as the rest of the multi-tool, with an oxidized layer that acts as a corrosion inhibitor.
The rest of the tools are cleverly integrated into the Septimo’s handle. The handle itself is aluminum with glass reinforced nylon insert plates for high grip and durability. The Septimo’s aluminum “chassis” features a bottle opener built into its profile that doubles as a thumb grip when using the knife, and right next to it is a hexagonal slot for docking S2 bits to turn your Septimo into a screwdriver that docks flat-head and Phillips bits.
By far the most innovative part of this multi-tool is the tiny but handy adjustable wrench built into the back of the handle. Featuring a movable jaw operated by a thumbscrew, this compact wrench is just as handy and useful as its bigger brother, but fits right in your pocket and works perfectly for smaller hex bits, screws and nuts. The Septimo finishes with a final flair by incorporating a glass breaker tip at the end of its handle, making it perfect for striking tempered glass to instantly shatter it for a quick escape in an emergency.
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