Tuesday, August 19, 2014

TT PockeTTools TT-Capper Review

A while ago Todd sent me a bunch of goodies, the Ti Spork that I liked (and my office found entertaining), a new multitool, and a pocket hook he calls the TT-Capper.  Pocket hooks are a funny thing, having become popular only in the last few years.  Deryk Munroe did a lot to make them awesome, using a pocket hook design instead of a pocket clip on some of his knives, perhaps to preserve the knife's clean look or to do something a bit differently.  The response was pretty overwhelming as he started making standalone pocket hooks he called Danglers and even released a series of them that culminated in the very impressive design--the Mega Dangler, which transformed the simple stylized hook into a full fledged one piece multitool.

Todd's TT-Capper doesn't quite go that far, and it is probably better for it.  At some point these pocket hooks became giant, complex beasts. I reviewed the GearPull a while ago and it was undeniably cool, but it was quite large.  That, it seems to me, is probably as big and as complex as you want a pocket hook to ever get. The real innovation is to make them slim but still useful.  That's exact what Todd did.

Here is the product page.  The TT-Capper sells for $30 shipped (CONUS).  There are no other reviews.  This review sample was sent to me by Todd and will be given away (see below for more). 

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Twitter Review Summary: Simple and Awesome. 

The TT-Capper is made of 154CM.  Todd has left the tool with a raw bar finish.  It has a generously sized split ring hole, some jimping to help with grip, and a very good one pull bottle cap opener.  The shape of the hook also allows you to attach the hook to the bill of a baseball cap style hat, hence the name "Capper".The hook is long and deep without being silly, and the overall package is quite discrete in the pocket.  I dropped the TT-Capper on my Alox Cadet and carried it around for a while.

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It worked quite well and the Cadet never accidentally fell off.  The bottle opener was redundant on the Cadet, but its ease of use and accessibility made it so that I never used the tool's built in bottle opener--an impressive feat given how awesome the Cadet's bottle opener is.

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There are cheaper pocket hooks out there, like the mass production Tec Accessories P-7.  That comes in around $12 plus shipping, less than half what Todd charges for this pocket hook.  But the built quality here is substantial and the addition of a bottle opener is nice.  Additionally, if you were truly pressed you could use the end of the hook as a flat head driver.  Combined with an uber simple pocket knife, like the excellent Fallkniven U2, the TT-Capper/U2 package would be impressively capable, with about 90% of the functionality of a Cadet with vastly superior materials and ergonomics.  The uber minimalist could also attach the TT-Capper to something like an Aeon and have a very complete kit in just a few ounces.  

If you are looking for a pocket hook, take a look at the TT-Capper. It is an outstanding and simple design.  It is effective and the finish is quite nice.  As with all of the stuff I have seen from Todd the Capper is just a solid, useful tool.  And the price is quite nice, especially in a market where Mega Danglers can't be had for $250.

Comment below and I will pick a comment.  That person will win the TT-Capper mailed straight to their door.  If you live outside CONUS, you might have to chip in for shipping.   

50 comments:

  1. Very cool! I have the Tec P7 which I like, but I've been looking for something not too big with at bottle opener on, to replace it. This might be it.
    The P7 has got fairly sharp edges, and frays the hem of the pocket after extended wear. How is the TT-Capper?

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  2. Really like the size and design of this one, might order one. Luckily Todd ships outside the US for a very reasonable price. Greetings from Italy BTW!

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  3. That looks like a good size. I'd like to give one a try someday, but some of the larger ones didn't look appealing. I wish I could find them in stores around here to get a better feel for the size.

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  4. I have a Munroe style one but it's way bigger than what I'd like to use it for. This however looks like the perfect size!

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  5. Minimalistic without a loss of function. Great design!

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  6. I have been looking for a clip for my black alox cadet, preferably not double the price. I was almost on board with the tec p-7 but had been holding out for a little better looking clip. This one has better size to me.

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  7. TT Pockettools make some really great looking stuff, and I'm constantly tempted to pick something up. I've never used a suspension hook before. I guess they'd be really useful for keys. I HATE carrying my keys as they're so big (why can't car companies make a regular sized key rather than a plastic lump?).

    Maybe it's something you have to try first before you see the benefit. I don't get the "wear it on your hat" thing though. I understand a bottle opener on a keyring, or in your pocket/bag, but on the brim of your cap? Maybe I'm just not hip with modern fashion in gear :)

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  8. If you're camping, I could see it clipped to a hat with a light hanging off the end, to illuminate a surface you're working over. I'm in☺

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    1. Wouldn't the swing-&-dangle effect rule out the usefulness of using it to attach a light to a cap?

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  9. Thanks for the great review. Been holding off on adding to me EDC but now am thinking Capper with OLite I3S EOS and Leatherman Micra is definitely a great carry package.

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  10. I'm glad to see you posting again. I have been waiting for a new review- I like the site. Count me in for the giveaway, please!

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  11. Tony,

    Thanks for bringing attention to this. I got the TTI Chopper, based on your review, and love it.

    I currently use a Tec Suspension Clip with my Fallkniven Gentleman's Knife, and it's pretty good, but do miss having a bottle opener on me. Both from a functionality and looks standpoint, this may well be the perfect upgrade.

    Thanks again!

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  12. Not that I am any sort of designer, inventor, or expert but a couple more enhancements would make it more interesting. For the flathead end the addition of a notch to make it miniature prybar would be nifty. For the curvy end machining a phillips head screwdriver would be handy. This, of course, would be more labor intensive and would ruin an already simple and clean aesthetic design for a little extra functionality. It might, also, carry and deploy from the pocket a little bit more uncomfortable though. A nifty little tool nonetheless. Thanks for the review.

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  13. Thanks for bringing smaller danglers/hooks into the spotlight. The novelty of larger pieces certainly wears off once you realize that they're too big in use to be practical.

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  14. With the exception of my wallet and cell phone, nothing I carry rides at the bottom of a pocket anymore. I love belt loop hooks and danglers as they allow for gear to hang out of the way while also making them super accessible. Thanks Tony!

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  15. It would seem to me the ribbing on the back would end up wearing out pockets, is this true?

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  16. Great looking tool, but at $30 I have a hard time justifying that purchase. Maybe once the idea of pockets hooks become more popular the price will decrease.

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  17. I wouldn't mind trying out a pocket hook.

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  18. Excellent pocket hook, beats the P-7 for me.

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  19. Tony, what's the weight on this pocket hook?

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  20. I wouldn't mind. I love TT' stuff.

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  21. This reminds me of my Pangea Pickpocket Alpha, which I love. I'd love to have one of these to try out, and perhaps give to the wife to replace her P-7. Thanks.

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  22. I love Todd's tools and have a bunch of them. Thanks for reviewing them!

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  24. I currently use the P7 and it serves its purpose well, but I would love to try out this sturdier looking clip.

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  25. Interesting pocket tool.
    As always great preparation and research on your product reviews.
    However, not so much with this written review but with several of your latest the proof reading errors detract a lot from all your hard work. I will again offer any help if you will accept it.
    I may have ruined my chance of getting "picked" for the freebie but offering this constructive criticism means a lot and I am sure your readers now and in the future will appreciate your improvements. I'll be happy to give you details on how to call/write if you seriously consider my help. Leaving on a high note, I look forward to all your reviews and have taken your recommendations and purchased knives and flashlights based on your research and recommendations. Thank you.

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  26. Looks like an amazingly well made product that i would love to add to my EDC!

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  27. Neat concept and the bottle opener is very appealing in particular. I tend to carry a dedicated knife and enjoy good beer - so I'm almost always digging around for an opener - adding a new carry option and opener is a practical solution!

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  28. I've been thinking about picking up something along these lines to clip carry a GEC and I really like the added functionality of this design. And really $20ish bucks isn't much for something well made. Nice review, thanks!

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  29. I'd like to see more OPMT reviews. Well done.

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  30. These look great for dangling boulders, cars or 747's from your pocket if you are so inclined.

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  31. Might go well with a Strider PT or other knives with no clip.

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  32. Looks like it'd go great with a cadet. The lack of a pocket clip always bothered me.

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  33. 154 CM for the tool? Seems exotic for carry device without significant stress..shear..strain and the like. Maybe aluminum or similar metal (plain 420 stainless) would reduce the price point enough to warrant serious consideration...afterall the clip may be more expensive than the knife it is carrying.

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  34. 154CM steel for a dangler? Priced at $30 a piece? Really? ;-)

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  35. I don't think I'd pair it with a knife but with a small flashlight it might be just the ticket.

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  36. I like it. Simple yet effective. I look at all the overbuilt and overly "multi-tooled" devices and wonder why it took so long to come up with something so seemingly simple.

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  37. It would be perfect with a quantum d2. Thanks for the chance.

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  38. I can't wait to get on so I can carry my cadet hands free by clipping it to my baseball cap. I k ow it will hang down in front of one eye but tht will act as a fly teller plus I can just reach up to get it. Only prob is it nights swing into my eye so I will have to wear my steampunk gogges which are like welder sg goggles. This is so good it makes me happy.

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  39. Thanks Tony, love how you cover so many different types of items for the community.

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  40. Good review. I'm a huge fan of pocket danglers. I'm debating whether to get the TT-Capper or the P7. For what it's worth, I second the notion of more OPMT reviews. Keep up the good work. -EM

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  41. So the point is to hook something like an SAK to the split ring hole, then slip this onto your pocket (with the split suspending it in your pocket) right? Would be interesting to see pics of this in pocket.

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