- Published: 25 April 2016
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/