A bit different from the multi-tools we normally review, the Bar10der is a multi-tool designed for bartenders or anyone that enjoys making drinks. Created by Quench Products which was found in 2012 in New York City, they specialize in products to make it easier to mix drinks.
Apart from the jigger and muddler tools that can’t be fully hidden the Bar10der looks fairly similar to a regular multi-tool. Built from stainless steel for durability and ease of washing its size and weight are close to standard multi-tool so it’s easily portable. It’s also available in 5 different colours grey, blue, green, orange and purple so you can colour coordinate with your bar.
Here’s a list of the tools on the Bar10der, along with a description what each one does for the non mixologists reading.
The muddler – Crush fruit, herbs, spices and more to extract.
The reamer – Add freshly squeezed juice from your favorite fruits.
The channel knife – Create twists and other garnishes.
The jigger – Get a perfect bar measurement every time you pour.
Zester – Capture the tang and aroma of citrus fruits.
Knife- Slice and dice ingredients and garnishes with the 4 inch (10.16 cm) blade.
Stirrer – Blend cocktails thoroughly; expands up to 6 inch (15.24 cm).
The strainer – Separate ice from liquid as you pour.
The corkscrew – Uncork your favorite bottle of wine.
The bottle opener – Pop the top off a beer or mixer.
If you’d like a more visual guide Quench’s video on Youtube provides a good look at the tools in action.
The rubberized handle allows for a good grip when using the Bar10der. The knife is impressively sharp and shouldn’t have any problem cutting through anything you need when making a drink. The stirrer which can expand to 15 cm is every useful and folds away smoothly. Some of the tools prove less than useful though with the strainer being very small it somewhat prevents its usefulness. One thing that should be added from regular multi-tools is the ability to lock the tools open as vigorous use can see the tools on the Bar10der sometimes closing themselves in the middle of doing something.
The Bar10der is a unique product (while in sure you could make a cocktail with your Leatherman Wave, I wouldn’t recommend it) so it’s hard to draw comparisons with. However in use the Bar10der performed well and is much more convenient than carrying a whole lot of cocktail making tools with you. While a professional bartender will probably find the Bar10der too basic for their needs, if you’re looking for something to add to your personal bar or a looking for a gift for friend or family member who is a budding mixologist the Bar10der is recommended.