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August 28, 2012

19-in-1 Keychain Multitool



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I have a Victorinox SAK from back before they mostly sold nail grooming kits masquerading as survival tools, and while I like it quite a bit it is extremely heavy and the blade doesn't hold an edge well at all.

I'm glad that they've slimmed down the classic SAK a bit--mine is from the era where they still had an awl, random useless hook tool, and corkscrew--but I appreciated the tiny saw, the two knife blades, and the can opener. The dual blades were especially helpful given the aforementioned propensity to go dull; I could use the small blade for whittling and other things likely to dull it quickly, and save the large blade for when I truly needed something sharp.

Nowadays, I see no reason to carry a SAK classic when the Leatherman Squirt is only slightly heavier and has twice as many tools, all useful (it's worth the price just by itself to have a small pair of pliers in my pocket at all times, and if you get the Ps4 version you don't have to choose between pliers and scissors, though I will admit that the scissors on the Victorinox are superior in almost every way).

Posted by: Nathan | Aug 29, 2012 10:15:00 AM

missing something - no comments please

Posted by: sherlock | Aug 29, 2012 3:48:38 AM

maybe y'all would find this handy

Posted by: sherlock | Aug 29, 2012 3:47:11 AM

I have one of these on my keychain right now, as a matter of fact. Probably not for long though.

The "hand drill" is absolute rubbish. If it were harder metal, sharper, and better quality all around it would be brilliant as a screw extractor for stripped screws. Instead, I have yet to find an actual use for it.

I have yet to find a great use for this tool. I'd gladly pay twice the price for something with good-quality driver heads (instead of the junky rounded-tip Phillips-head drivers). It's extremely awkward to use; you'd think that the ability to twist the driver to a 90-degree angle and torque with your wrist while pressing down would help extract those stuck screws, but the thing always tries to fold up on me whenever I put any pressure on it.

It also weighs a ton, which isn't helpful for an every-day carry item.

I carry a small plastic driver with four bits (two on each end) that's about the size of a pen, and weighs about as little. I also carry a Leatherman Squirt Ps4, which has a pair of pliers, in addition to a perfectly serviceable blade and a small pair of scissors. Between these two items, I find myself never needing this heavy, awkward hunk of metal (which I think weighs more than the other two combined).

In short: this tool looks promising, but in the end I cannot recommend it.

Posted by: Nathan | Aug 28, 2012 1:21:40 PM

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