Here are a pair of unique multi-tools that share a common characteristic. That characteristic is all about the sliding mechanism.Benchmark Pocket Multi-tool.
Benchmark, for those of you who may not know this, is the store label for a chain of hardware stores called Home Hardware. This interesting little multi-tools is something unique that I haven't seen before prior to seeing it in a sales flyer.
Unlike most folders out there, this little guy forms a pencil long bar. When deploying the tool, you simply pull apart the two ends and fold along the plier pivot point.
A side effect of this interesting design results in a very small pair of pliers, as they have to be reduced in size to nestle inside the handles. Furthermore, you do get a limited set of tools. You can tell it is Canadian with the inclusion of a Robertson. Included with that Robertson is a Phillips driver, a bottle opener, a very short knife blade, and a file.Perfect Solutions Pliers Multi-tool.
Keeping with the theme of sliding mechanisms on multi-tools, here is a different take on the idea. The Perfect Solutions Pliers Multi-tool features individual locking sliding mechanisms for each folding tool. The locking mechanism is rather ingenious. Each tool has a pivot button marked red for locked, and green for open. To deploy a tool, simply move the pivot button to the green, and slide in or out the tool. These pivot buttons are spring loaded. Although each tool locks, you only get a very limited count of 4. Furthermore, the tools slide straight out of the handles.Comparison.
Both tools closed.
Both tools opened. Note the larger plyers head on the Perfect Solutions multi-tool. Also note that the Benchmark offers a pocket clip.
Both offer a different take in incorporating a sliding mechanism.