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5 stars for a great product, 4 stars because I'm just not a multitool guy.
on March 31, 2017
Always on my belt. I'm becoming more attached to it as I carry it more.
A couple beefs with the tool:
1. the pliers wiggle a bit- since they slide up from the center. The jaws lock in place so it's not a function thing, it's just a tick unsettling.
2. I'm pretty sure I could bend the handles on the pliers if I really laid into something. Now, realize that I am an assembly mechanic, I work with my hands all day every day; that said, I had much more hand strength when I was an automotive tech. Bottom line, if you're a bruiser and you put a hurtin' on something with these, you may bend them. If you're a normal person or you just refrain from trying to crush things, these will be fine. I'd darn sure rather have these in a pinch than nothing. If you really need a crazy grip on something, go get some Snap On pliers but I can't remember many things I've done as a mechanic where these wouldn't have worked just fine.
3. I KEEP CATCHING THE SHEATH ON FOLDING CHAIRS!!! . . . but that's probably my fault.
4. You have to open the pliers to use anything. . . huge hassle! It's like dial up internet all over again! First World Problems are hard!
What I like:
1. The matte black oxide coating is "stealthy" or whatever adjective you like that conjures up images of you hiding in bushes with this tool and NOT being spotted by enemy searchlights because the tool is non-reflective. . . don't lie, you tell yourself these things too. Tell your wife that, being black, it is both slimming and perennially fashionable, sort of the female equivalent. Realistically, though, the matte finish (probably sandblasted before black oxide) makes these pretty easy to hold onto.
2. Minimalist isn't quite the word to use here, but it doesn't feel like you've got a brick on your belt. Face it, you rarely need a corkscrew (and the pull-type ones stink anyway), you've NEVER needed the awl (except when you made the mental note that it would be good in a fight), the fish-scaler is basically a crummy saw, you pick your teeth with the knife's blade, and the tweezers are too flimsy to do anything. . . this tool has none of those useless accoutrements but the knife is razor sharp, the file has good teeth, the scissors are sturdy, etc.
3. You, or should I say "I," can deploy the pliers one-handed. Pinch the safety releases and flick your wrist, don't let go. I found it to be almost intuitive.
4. The locks work well and are well-designed and easy to use. There are few things I detest more than safety devices that make the device so aggravating to use that you avoid using it. Like modern gas cans! I seriously just unscrew the entire nozzle because I spill MORE gas when I use the safety nozzle than I did when I just had to use my brain! The locks on the pliers and other tools are not like that; they're simple, functional, and as unobtrusive as they can be while not being cumbersome or inconvenient in their functionality. Truthfully, the safety locks are a nice part of the tool, I doubt I'd like it as much without them.
Overall, I like this tool. There are bigger, flashier, and more expensive multitools but what's the point? Ultimately, and in that line of thinking, that's what the four stars are about. Truth be told, my ultimate multitool is a 2,000 lb toolbox. To me multitools are like tablets, by design they never quite go the "whole way" there's always a reason to still have a computer. In a similar vein, as a mechanic I have never found a replacement for a good purpose-built tool; it may only do one thing (other than double as an imprompteau hammer) but it does it well. That's where I'm a with multitools. I own stronger pliers, a faster-deploying knife, a file with a larger surface area, saws for every situation, capped screwdrivers with precisely cut tips. . . but I can't keep my pants up with all those things stuffed in them. . . and I look like a weirdo walking around with a hardware store in my britches.
For my money, I'm as pleased with these multi-pliers as I suspect I would be with any. I could have spent 2-3X as much (easily) for more weight and more tools I'll never use but there's something to be said for having a compact and practical tool. If you're in the market for a multitool, I doubt you'll be disappointed with these and, realistically, you'll probably lose these or buy the "latest and greatest" before these conk out on you; plus, they're significantly cheaper than many of their competitors and they're still made in the USA. As a factory worker, I always like to support other US factories unless it's impractical or unwise to do so.