Columbia River Flux Tools
Columbia River Knife and Tool comes up with some of the most creative items in the world. The new Columbia River FLUX tool is one of their best. This tool is built around a frame and you can put various tools on each side. They offer a folding knife, a wine tool, a computer flash drive, a flashlight, a bit driver and more. You can combine the FLUX into just the tool you may need for a particular day. It’s very clever.
Here is the full sales pitch from Columbia River Knives and Tools.
Columbia River describes this item as follows:
Here at Columbia River Knife & Tool (CRKT) we’re inspired by great design. Our I.D. Works products are not tools you will find anywhere else. We’re motivated by design that is both inspired and functional, as created 500 years ago by painter, sculptor, architect, and inventor Leonardo da Vinci, who said “observe everything” in nature. We’ve partnered with the best and brightest designers of today who share this vision of putting functional art in your hand. They are organic and ergonomic shapes, sometimes whimsical, always useful. These unique tools make up our growing I.D. Works line. Put them to use, enjoy them, and always remember what inspires you!
Our Flux modular tool system is another creative design by Launce Barber and Tom Stokes as a part of our I.D. Works tool family. It is a lightweight, high-tech system designed for people with active outdoor lifestyles.
This exciting system was named the 2009 Most Innovative Imported Design at the Blade Show in Atlanta, Georgia, when it was first displayed in May of 2009.
At the core of the Flux system is the lightweight aluminum carabiner chassis which allows tools to be quickly selected, attached, and clipped on clothing and gear. Two chassis are available; one with dual rails which will hold any two Flux tools, and one with a single rail which provides a carabiner for any single Flux tool. Note: Flux carabiners are non-weight-bearing and must not be used as a climbing aid.
The Flux system ia available in value clampacks which include two tool components and a double chassis. The GoNerd Pack (Flux Driver and Flux Flash Drive) is aimed at those in the high tech world who might be swapping out a hard drive at one moment, and transferring data at the next.
Flux Driver. This hex driver functions as a standard screwdriver and as a T-handle driver, depending on where the bit extension adapter is placed. It includes three hex bits (one Phillips, two flat) which each have small ball detents to hold them securely in the driver handle until needed. The Driver’s utility is enhanced by a small L.E.D. work light near the tip to light the work space.
Flux Flash Drive. Everyone today needs a flash drive to transfer files. Just press the button on the Flash Drive holder, and the 2 GB Micro SD USB Flash Drive flips out for instant use. There is also a small storage compartment in the handle which will hold extra memory cards.
Using the Flux system, the lightweight tools are easy to select and carry for any activity. Just “pick and click” the tool you need.
About the Knife Designer
Launce Barber is dedicated to discovering great design ideas by using the most fundamental tool we all share in common–our creative minds. His focus is to produce innovative and creative design by discovering elegant new solutions for old problems. He feels that it’s very important to partner with individuals and companies that are leaders in their industry and understand and share his long-term vision for a product. Product design is not static even after the product hits the store shelves–it’s dynamic. Launce and his long time engineering and design partner, Tom Stokes, have won numerous awards for product design including the prestigious international iF Product Design Award Silver 2004, Most Innovative Import Design of the Year (Blade Magazine 2003), Best in Show (SHOT Show 2003), Best Buy of The Year (Blade Show & International Cutlery Fair 2007), SHOT Show’s Best (Army Times 2007), 2008 IWA International Knife Award, and 2008 Blade Show Accessory of the Year. Launce and Tom’s design collaborations and vision brought life to the I.D. Works line.