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Not quite everything i could hope....
on September 15, 2007
I got this because I was looking for a small, lightweight multi-tool to handle the "bigger" jobs that I could easily stash in my camping backpack. I'll break the review down by tools:
Compass: Your typical extra small "survival" compass. Better than nothing, but I wouldn't prefer to have to rely on it. Since I pack my own "real" compass and have a "survival" compass in a survival kit already, this was not really needed.
Shovel: The main reason i was on the lookout for a tool like this. Its actually smaller than I thought, having a scoop of about the size of your hand. In hindsight, that seems to work fairly well and its small size actually works in its favor as you can use it as a shovel or light axe.
Saw: Ehh...Has a several inch long blade that I wouldn't trust on anything more than an inch or two thick (though expecting anything more from a tool like this is too much IMO). I kept it in the kit since it weighted so little, it can't hurt.
Pick: Ironically the one thing I've fairly positive about. Smallish, but very solid. Bites into harder earth very nicely and can be used as a tent stake, tie-down, or any other number of uses.
Axe/Hammer: A REAL let down IMO. The "head" is perhaps 2-3 inches at its widest point, and due to the light weight has almost no heft. This translates into almost no cutting force while swinging, and the short shaft doesn't help either. The hammer back is nice, but I think it'd really only end up being the piece of metal you'd hit with a rock to split wood or chop a branch.
Carry Pouch: Typical light-weight nylon. I could seeing it wearing and fraying in a couple years, especially after solid use.
Miscelaneous: My handles also came with some rust on the interior and the liquid from the compass drained. Wasn't worth the hassle of returning (besides I wanted to use it that weekend).
Overview: Its really not a BAD product, but it is cheap and I think it shows it in several areas. Looking to outfit a Boyscout for a quick weekend trip? This would be right up that alley (especially if they dont plan on chopping some serious wood) as its cheap, light-weight, and if its gets worn/lost in a year or so its not a big deal. If you're looking specifically for an axe or shovel (especially a good quality one), I think I would just buy two tools