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Pry tools seem to be a dime a dozen these days with everyone wanting to get in on the action. Pry tools used to be something only the higher end knife makers made as a way to save users from using their knives in ways they were not intended to be used. Since the Atwood craze, the mafket has been flooded by all kinds of styles and designs. Some are very creative and interesting while others giving you the impression that they are out to make a buck.

In my pursuit of keychain and pry tools that are not mainstream I have come across a hobbyst knifemaker by the name of Andrzej Woronowski. Based in Poland Andrzej makes knives and now pocket tools in his spare time when he isn't working at his day job. When I contacted Andrzej he stated that the examples I saw on his website were ones that he made for customers based on what they wanted in a pocket pry tool. He hadn't anything you could call a standard model of anything that he produces and sells on a regular basis.

We talked back and forth for quite a while and he showed me the conceptual stage for some tool ideas he had and together we bounced feedback off one another to tweak these tools to what would become a final design. Watching the whole process unfold is really amazing; starting with micarta prototypes to the finished products in titanium. Andrzej came up with two final designs, one being a keychain model which has a coffin design and a much larger one he calls a vault opener.

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Both tools are milled out of grade 5 4mm titanium (Ti-6AL-4V). These tools are made out of titanium due to the nature of it being light and having a great deal of lateral strength.

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The big tool is made for imperial hex nuts 4 and 5 mm but also has a 1/4 inch slot for standard hex driver bits. At 4 1/2 inches long it's longer than most pry tools and really lends itself to some major prying. The tool also has a nail puller slot near the pry end. Most nail pullers are small and used for tacks and smaller items but this one is made for standard nails. This tool exudes strength; even though it's as light as a feather the shear size and thickness make it feel like you could tackle anything with it. I think with a cleaver name like vault opener I feel it's very much up to the task. This model comes with standard black O-rings to aid in gripping the tool. Andrzej is toying around with some glow in the dark rings to use as well for customers who like that sort of thing.

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The smaller model is more inclined to be a keychain tool and resembles a coffin. This tool is only 2 1/2 inches long and anodized with a blue in the hexagon design as well as the horizontal slot near the keyring area.

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This has ridden on my keys now for almost a year and has been put to a variety of everyday tasks. The tool iteself is light and I don't realize it's there till I need it. Its plenty robust in spite of it's size and a great little tool to have with you everyday. The only minor thing I can mention is the anodized finish hasn't held up well. I'm not blaming Andrzej because being used as much as this has I am not surprised it's more worse for wear than it is.

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What really gives me an appreciation for these two tools is the quality and attention to detail that has been put into them. Andrzej has a homemade CNC machine that he's using to make these and each one is milled with great precision. The pry tips are angled nicely with the notch cut out. Also the key ring area on the smaller coffin tool is not just a hole in the top of the tool but designed with some flair.

Andrzej is a stand up guy and makes an amazing product. If you would like to own one of these tools; Andrzej Woronowski can be reached at http://awknives.blogspot.com/

Read more: 2015 MTO JackKnife-o'-lantern Contest

Our Multitool.org forum is active and filed with discussion on multi-tools, knives, outdoor gear and more. You'll also find many contests and giveaways each month.

Alright ghouls and gals it is that time of the year again!

Welcome to the 2015 MTO Official JackKnife-o'-lantern Contest!!

1) Carve a pumpkin with EITHER A MULTI-TOOL OR A SWISS ARMY KNIFE (yeah, yeah I said jackknife but I lied) and take a photo of your work.

2) Make a post that starts off with 'My Multitool.org JackKnife-o'-lantern Entry'
Make sure we can see the tool in the photo + your finished 'masterpiece'

3)We will be re-posting the photos and members will have the chance to vote for their FAVOURITE.

3)The winner will receive a fantastic new in box ALOX Cadet shipped to them ;)

You have until October 28th at 8:30pm Forum Time to get your entries in. Then the voting will begin!

Voting will end October 31st at 11:59pm Forum Time

GOOD LUCK!

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Today’s market is filled with off brand Multi-tools, most of them are copies, clones of Leatherman’s butterfly style pliers or Swiss Army knife style pocket knife. The Piranha Multi-tool is an exception, it has interesting design but shockingly, no one claim the credit of designing such tool.

Read more: Review of Piranha Multitool

 

Read more: Review of Piranha Multitool

Parent Category: Miscellaneous Tools

After Gerber’s sliding plier head patent expired, Leatherman decided to try their hand on this particular design, and their first offering is the OHT. It’s a large tool aimed at the tactical/EMT crowd. Leatherman doesn’t say what OHT stands for, but I’m guessing there probably is a One Hand somewhere. It comes with a MOLLE compatible sheath which will also work with belt.

Most parts of the tool are finished with black oxide coating, and handle scales come in either tan or black. Black oxide finish isn't particularly wear resistant, so expect the black to fade with use. The scales are painted stamped sheet metal, despite my initial impression of anodized aluminum.

Read more: Leatherman OHT Review

Read more: Leatherman OHT Review

Lost in a sea of better known competition, the T10 Multitool by IDL Tools is a lesser known, but not lesser quality, contender.

The tool is all stainless steel construction, and held together with peened pins. The tool is 2" (51mm) long, 1 1/8" (29mm) wide, and an incredibly thin 5/16" (including pins. Without them, it's only 1/4" (6.5mm) thick. Weight is 1.7 oz (49g).

Here is the tool folded up.

Read more: IDL Tools T10 Review

Read more: IDL Tools T10 Review

Every now and then I see a cheapo tool, and think “that might actually be worth trying”. Sometimes it’s a huge waste of money, and other times you end up with a very useful tool for very little cost. Several months ago, I saw some details of one of these little tempters, but was unable to actually track one down ..... till about two weeks ago. As soon as I saw it, I ordered it. It arrived only a day or two ago, and figured it would be rude not to review it.

Tools are often based on a particular function, be it pliers, scissors, or sometimes even a flashlight. This particular multitool is based on the humble utility knife, known generically here as a Stanley knife. The fact that this is actually a Stanley FatMax model did give me some confidence, as it is a brand I have had good products from in the past.

Read more: Stanley 4-1 FatMax Review

Read more: Stanley 4-1 FatMax Review

Before I bought the Gerber Mini Suspension-P, I'd never owned a Gerber multi tool, so I wasn't sure quite what to expect.  I've owned a couple of Gerber knives over the years and I was very impressed with them, and I'd had my eye on the Gerber Suspension multi tool for a while now.   (The Paraframe is still, for my money, one of the best pocket knives there is.)

Then recently I saw the Mini Suspension-P at Home Depot for about $10.  The price was right, so I took a chance and bought it.  After carrying it and using it for a couple of weeks now, I have to say I'm a little let down.

Read more: Gerber Mini Suspension-P Review

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These tools are a bit like fraternal twins, at first glance they look nearly identical however they are very capable individuals.  Both tools are lower cost options in the full size category from Leatherman but don’t be misled by cost alone as they are no Ed McMahon to Johnny Carson or Ethel to Lucy.  The Wingman is a trusted friend and companion and the Sidekick a competent multitool ready for a task.  I feel Leatherman nailed these offerings, though not just for the budget minded consumer but for anyone looking for a tool to do exactly what it was designed to do, which is perform.


Read more: Leatherman Wingman and Sidekick Review

Read more: Leatherman Wingman and Sidekick Review

Parent Category: Leatherman Tool Group

When you need pliers on the go a multitool is great to have. But what about when that multitool feels like a brick in your pocket? Sheaths are an option but not everyone wants one on their side and not everyone wears a belt. There are also keychain tools, but the pliers on them are too small for many tasks. So what do you do? You get a Leatherman Mini-Tool.
Read more: Leatherman Mini-Tool Review

Read more: Leatherman Mini-Tool Review

Parent Category: Leatherman Tool Group

Locking pliers are a feature seldom explored by the multitool manufacturers, and not a tool I frequently need – but when you do need them, nothing else will suffice. Gerber entered the fray with the Grappler which features one hand deployable locking pliers (one fixed jaw and one movable one) with anvil style wire cutters. On the outside of the tool are four additional one hand opening tools, which means this was the world’s first full sized multitool where everything can be opened one handed, despite conflicting claims from elsewhere.


Read more: Gerber Grappler Review

Read more: Gerber Grappler Review

Parent Category: Gerber

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