Carradice have a reputation for using old-fashioned materials in their products, although I'm still waiting for them to produce a pannier woven from the beard and leathery skin of ancient audaxers. However, using bamboo for the sideplates of their 8 in1 multi-tool is more than just a refusal to acknowledge the existence of such modern fripperies as plastic and aluminium. It's hard wearing, gives a very comfortable grip and should age nicely, developing a pleasing patina by the time you come to hand it down to your great-grandchildren. At a pinch you could always feed it to a starving panda, although they'd probably choke on the crisply edged crome-vanadium tools.
You get the usual array of widgets:- 6 hexes in 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5 and 6mm plus screwdrivers in both Philips and flathead flavours. There's no 8mm hex or T25 bit (you need to upgrade to the 10 in 1 tool to get those) and the tool-to-weight ratio is on the low side as this is a hefty wee lump. For comparison, the BBB multitool I tested last year weighs the same but does quite a lot more, although the Carradice is better quality.
All in all, if you don't fret too much about weight and are happy with just the basics then this is worth considering.
A simple tool, nicely made.
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Make and model: Carradice 8 in 1 multitool
Size tested: n/a
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Blurb - "The Carradice Multitool has elegant laser-etched wooden side arms made of hard-wearing bamboo to give a comortable grip when in use. All of the tools are made of chromium-vanadium alloy steel for durability and performance. Tools included are: 6 hexes in 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5 and 6mm Cross head screw driver Flat head screwdriver Length:70mm weight: 128g"
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Possibly - although I prefer something with more tools
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Age: 40 Height: 5\' 8 Weight: er....86kg
I usually ride: GT Rave - singlespeed conversion My best bike is: Guess SC1 scandium
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed,