A smooth stainless-steel case, a fold-out knife and scissors, and a Bic lighter wedged inside — that’s the basic outline of the LighterBro, a unique product new this past fall.
LighterBro LLC is a small company in Santa Barbara, Calif. Its namesake product costs just $9.99 and offered surprising functionality in my test.
It has a small “Japanese Katana”-inspired blade with a squared-off tip. I shaved off some arm hairs to test its sharpness out of the box.
The scissors folds out and has a spring function for snipping. Paper was easy to cut in a straight line.
On the bottom, the LighterBro has a gap made to work as a bottle opener. The knife tip doubles as a small flathead screwdriver. All components are made of steel.
Then, serving as the handle for the tool, a standard Bic lighter slides inside. It fits tightly and cannot fall out.
With the inexpensive product — $9.99 + $1 for the lighter — you have a tiny pocket tool that can be used as an everyday-carry item or for outdoor survival situations.
For its price and its small size, not to mention the fine functionality of its simple components, the LighterBro got my thumbs-up very quick.