The Crono N5 features a screwdriver, bottle opener, fish scaler, fork, square, bradawl and sewing, knife blade, nail drawer, scale, hexagon and screw wrench, which means it’s a true multi-tool that can handle a myriad of situations abroad. The knife comes nice and sharp, advertised to cut like butter, with a blade length of 2.36-inches. The Crono N5 weighs in at 41-grams, measuring 3.74” x 0.63” x 0.23”, so it can be used as an everyday use knife and can be carried in a pant’s pocket without issue, and with little notice.
Next, Swiss Advance has taken liberties with the traditional BBQ tongs, making them similarly to the Crono, as they are two stainless steel pieces that interlock to create a bendable tool, perfect for backpackers. It’s a simple design that saves a whole lot of space, while giving the user a dynamic tool for cooking at home or abroad. The BBQ tongs work well, though I would like to see a larger version to be used over larger fires, because I often camp with friends and family and would love to use them for larger projects. The Thyla BBQ tongs weight in at 78-grams, and measures at 9.88” x 1.02”.
Finally, the Arcto is Swiss Advance’s salt and pepper shaker, which is an improved design over most traditional shakers, because it opens and locks with a click, providing a splash proof, easy to use tool for keeping spices and herbs fresh when traveling abroad. Some trips are destined to be wet, depending on the weather, the season and the region of course, and so the Arcto keeps with their lightweight theme by offering the user an easy way to store and carry salts, peppers, and other spices, without worrying that the shaker will spill inside luggage or stick because of humidity. The Arcto container weighs in at 45-grams, and is about 2” x 2”.
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Article written by Brandon Scott / Eye & Pen – Photos by © Swiss Advance.