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DoohicKey vs Brewzer
on 18 February 2015
The DoohicKey is a keyring multitool aimed at the same market niche as the Leatherman Brewzer. The DoohicKey is somewhat cheaper than the Brewzer, but they both have their strengths and weaknesses.
The DoohicKey is pretty much the same length and thickness as the Brewzer, but is a bit wider, and the carabiner gate also makes it a bit bulkier to carry on your keyring. On the other hand, the carabiner feature does mean you can detach it more easily than the Brewzer, so it’s both a pro and a con. The bottle opener on the DoohicKey is more efficient than the one on the Brewzer, largely because it is positioned further towards the working end and thus gives more leverage. The flat end of the DoohicKey is so wide (10mm) that it’s pretty much useless as a screwdriver, but does make a good pry bar for prising paint cans open etc. One edge of the pry bar end is tapered down to make a box opener, but the box opener on the Brewzer works better. Sometime or other, I’ll grind a curved notch into the DoohicKey to make this feature work more like the Brewzer. The DoohicKey has two ruler scales, running to 1 3/4” and 40mm – not huge, obviously, but maybe handy for measuring screw lengths. The other feature the DoohicKey has which the Brewzer lacks is a three-position spanner cutout, for 1/4”, 5/16” and 3/8” nuts. Too bad Nite-Ize doesn’t make a metric version – the 1/4” can be used to turn hex bits, but the DoohicKey would be altogether more useful for non-Americans with 6mm, 8mm and 10mm sizes. Finally, the Brewzer’s satin finish is a bit classier than the DoohicKey’s brushed finish in my opinion, but this is really a matter of personal taste.
Overall, if I had to choose one or the other tool, my preference would be for the Brewzer, but the DoohicKey is a worthy contender.