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  1. Guillermo Ruiz Buenrostro "Quoth, the Raven" says:
    38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    A handy little tool for emergencies, September 6, 2008
    Guillermo Ruiz Buenrostro “Quoth, the Raven” (Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico) –

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    I like to do small thing at home: an extension cord for my phone, moving the cable, tv and set top box, hanging pictures on the wall, adding a computer to the network without a hanging wire, those kind of stuff. And I wanted a small tool to do that without carrying a full tool box.

    And I saw this tool, and, based on the price, I said, “What the hell, let’s give it a try.” A warning for those guys living outside the USA: customs duties and taxes are quite expensive, I ended up paying 55% of its value because this tool is made in China, and subject to compensatory quota.

    The tool is quite light and handy, but not perfect. The hammer is strong enough to put a nail in a brick wall, and the nail claw can remove small nails, but don’t expect them to be able to remove a concrete nail. The pliers can remove small nuts and bolts, but they can’t be opened that much and the inside space isn’t that great. I wasn’t able to cut a 12-gauge wire, by example, because I couldn’t open the wire cutter enough; little problems with 14-gauge wire if the insulation was big enough; and no problems for telephone wiring. The knife is sharp but maybe a little short, the serrated blade doubles as a sharpener and a flat screwdriver, the can and bottle opener has two wire strippers.

    However, there are two tools that are almost useless. There is a small flat screwdriver and a small Phillips screwdriver, located around the middle part of the tool, that are simply too short: the flat one is blocked in it’s reach by the hammerhead, the Phillips one is blocked by the pliers’ handle. They would be useful if they were either longer or located at the bottom of the tool.

    So it’s not a perfect tool, but it may be useful when you don’t have a toolbox in hand. Certainly it had been useful for me, but far from perfect.

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  2. Stephen Mann says:
    11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    I’d Give This Novelty A Miss If I Were You, December 3, 2012
    Stephen Mann (NY, USA) –

    This review is from: Sheffield 12913 Premium 14-in-1 Hammer Tool (Tools & Home Improvement)

    My wife bought me one of these because I saw one hanging on a hardware store wall one Christmas and fell about laughing. It is about the most impractical multi-tool of which I could ever conceive. There was another made by the same company that had an adjustable wrench poking out of one end hanging next to it.

    What this is, for those who’ve never seen the full-sized item, is a miniature Fencing Tool, intended for people servicing wire fences miles from anywhere and traveling light. The pliers are for pulling fence-staples mainly, the hammer for knocking them in again. The cutters are for fence wire. The full-sized ones rarely have extra blades though, and are as long as a regular hammer.

    I’ll start with the good.

    Made of stainless steel. Looks pretty (and hysterically funny). Nice belt pouch.

    That’s about it.

    The bad:

    The hammer is impractically short to be of any use, plus you’ll be smashing your knuckles into whatever you are hammering against if you aren’t careful since they will poke out further than the hammer head’s working face.

    The springs on some blades are too tight. Getting those blades unfolded may cause you to fold a thumbnail back.

    The can-opener blade is blunt. I reground mine and it took hours to do by hand.

    The straight blade is blunt. I reground mine over the course of one evening using a Smith’s TRI-6 Arkansas TRI-HONE Sharpening Stones System and it is properly sharp now.

    The serrated blade is wickedly sharp, but has been melded to a file. Whatever you use it for will have bits of whatever you’ve filed left in it if it is meat-like. Steak au Iron Filings. Mm-mm gooooood. Not only that, the chances of losing bits of your hand to the blade while filing are very good, and it always gives a pang in my nether regions when I look at the blade as all my tender bits try and pull inside my body in terror.

    The screwdrivers are OK, but the flat head one requires opening one of the other blades to deploy it.

    When in the belt pouch it sticks out, and will tend to do so on the claw side. The claw side will catch in anything it comes next to: clothes, vegetation, expensive paint on other people’s cars and so forth. You won’t be wearing this.

    Look, I’m a well-known multi-tool nutjob around my place of work. They’ve seen me carry my Swiss Army Knife, Leatherman 830040 New Wave Multi-Tool with Nylon Sheath, Leatherman 68010101K Crunch Pocket Multi-Tool with Leather Sheath and Leatherman 931014 40-Bit Assortment for Leatherman Bit Drivers around on what has become known as my “utility belt” for years now, and these are just the ones I care to be seen carrying (largely because they are the most thunderingly useful things to have in a pinch – all my tools have faced the Test of Usefulness).

    But I drew the line at this one. I brought it in and showed it around to general laughter, then demonstrated just how much worse it was than was suggested by its appearance. A hammer that would cause one to punch the thing being fixed, a blade so blunt it could be safely sawed against flesh.

    It is a novelty item, and one that could cause injury by its shortcomings in my opinion. Blunt knives are dangerous, more so than very sharp ones.

    You want to give a young teen a knife they won’t hurt themselves using? Give them a Swiss Army knife, or a good quality Jackknife. You want a multi-tool with pliers? Browse the selection of Leatherman products (some of which, like the Wave, need care in use to avoid self-injury due to their own design issues). These are the yardsticks against which such tools should be measured. If you need a hammer in addition to these, buy a small hammer.

    But if you want to give a knowledgeable tool-type a laugh, give them one of these. It is a clever novelty in its own right.

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  3. Benjamin W. Anderson says:
    9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    fun and quirky multitool, September 22, 2009

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    This thing has gotten a few heads turned. I like it. Not very sharp blades and the steel is sub-par, but with some sharpening it really shines. It doesn’t really replace any tools, but for the price it can be a decent backup for a toolbox. Some advice: sharpen the blade, it comes very dull, but with sharpening it can be somewhat useful.

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