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"TTTk" puts MacGyver in an Altoids tin

Escape My Head: TTTk, Travel Tinker Trouble Kit

Justin has been working on a "Travel Tinker Trouble Kit" (TTTk, natch), which he conceived "to provide access to a variety of tools and supplies at a moment's notice." The initial list included:

  • A small Swiss Army Knife with the plastic removed to save space (the usual tools, knives, screw drivers, scissors, files, ect...)
  • The tiny ball point pen from the above knife, used to sit in the side cover but was inefficient there.
  • Mini Sharpie marker.
  • Lock Picking Set, Tension Wrench, Rake, Diamond Pick.
  • LED light, from an old headlamp.
  • Folded piece of sand paper.
  • Paper clips.
  • Rubber bands.
  • Zip ties.
  • Dental Floss.
  • Strike anywhere matches.
  • Pills, sleeping, Clariton, Decongestant.

Not bad for fitting into an Altoids tin! And it continues to evolve.

(Do watch your ass on carrying lock-picking tools. Laws vary. Rubber bands and sand paper, however, are still legal in most states.)

Vinnie's picture

needle and invisible thread/lowish weight...

needle and invisible thread/lowish weight fishing line. there's a good size that can handle a reasonable sized fish and works nicely for reattaching buttons. I know it by feel and not by graded size, unfortunately. It's bigger than standard sewing thread, but smaller than, say, what you'd take shark fishing in the pacific.

several of my pocketknives came with small lenses




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