888 Professional Coptool

May 8, 2010

coptool

Evolution of the Perfect Carry Knife

After almost a  year of  daily carry, I feel ready to review the Coptool.

The Coptool is a combination of a straight edge knife, serrated knife, scraper, pry bar, and seat belt cutter. The scraper end could function as a makeshift screwdriver when nothing else is handy. The tool hovers around 2 ounces and is 3 in. closed. With that weigh and length, it can be attached to a keychain and go unnoticed in a pocket.

The blade is 440C. While it appears sturdy enough, I just can’t shake the feeling it could snap under pressure of heavy prying, but then I doubt I have sufficient leverage with the short handle to apply that much force.

I’ve used it mostly as scraper and after all this time, it has maintained its edge. Initially when I received the Tool, I had concerns that the knife edge may be too sharp in the vicinity of the scraper edge and lead to cuts while using the Tool in prying or other non-cutting functions. So far those fears are unfounded.

I believe the scraper end should have been a true chisel point as opposed to ground on both sides but there’s probably a method to the madness which I haven’t figured out.

I’ve also used it to cut through taped  boxes. The straight edge isn’t that sharp for this purpose but it is adequate.

For prying, it’s done an adequate job of shifting and opening some stubborn drawers in a steel filing cabinet and opening some paint cans. Neither activities have put a scratch on the blade.

I haven’t had to use the seat belt cutter. I glad, because God willing, I never have to.

Dislikes:

  • It’s expensive for what it is.  At the time when I purchased it, retail price was just shy of $50. Compare it against a Leatherman, Gerber, SOG or other multi-tool. You’ll get a lot more for your money buying those.
  • The retail price just dropped to around $35…not a dislike, but a hate! I tend to think introductory prices are lower.
  • It’s designed in the US but made in China per designer spec. The price may include research and development but for the price, it should be made in the US.
  • There are no scratches on the finish after months of sitting in the pocket but the anodizing has worth thin in spots but seems to have halted.

You would think that with all the nits I would say don’t buy it, but I feel that short of defensive use, this is as close to perfection as it gets for my daily needs. I think the search is near an end…


Kershaw Ken Onion 1550ST

February 6, 2010

Evolution of a Perfect Carry Knife.

Short of a switchblade, this is about as fast as a one handed opener available with the speed assisted opening.

While the handle is more ergonomic than knives of the past, it still could be improved.

The knife strictly on appearance would probably fall into the tactical category but with its relatively light duty construction, it does not transfer any confidence as a fighter. Truly it does serve as a convenient pocket knife that can be rapidly deployed one handed much like a box cutter.

It’s not an everyday carry. Why? It’s politically incorrect having a serrated edge, being all scary black, and having a fast opening action.  However I will carry it on evening walks.


Cold Steel Trailmaster

December 30, 2009

This is knife!  That’s what Crocodile Dundee said and so did Cold Steel. The blade is 9-1/4 in. long and 1/4 in. thick at the spine.

This is what Cold Steel calls a second, not quite perfect cosmetically.  I’d love to be able to get a razor sharp edge as they always do on their blades. This one has been sitting in my collection for way too long…


Wusthof 8″ Grand Prix Chef’s Knife

December 13, 2009

What is it about knives that’s so fascinating? Why do kitchen knives generally cost less than pocket folders with the exception of ones like Wusthof?

I’ve had this for a number of years but I haven’t used it.  Why?  Because I’m neurotic about keeping knives factory razor sharp and because I truly suck at resharpening knives.  Anyone else a klutz like me but has found a way of foolproof way of resharpening knives back to factory sharp short of taking it to a sharpening center or sending it in?


Victorinox Fibrox

September 7, 2009

Cook’s Illustrated tested a variety of big name chef’s knives and highly recommended the 8 in. knife from Victorinox. Reportedly it’s razor sharp and keeps an edge well. I suck at sharpening knives.

So I finally picked up one. I’ll let you know how it holds up after several months.


Cold Steel Mini-Pal

August 8, 2009

Photo from Coldsteel.com

Evolution of a Perfect Carry Knife – Part 5

I don’t recall mine having a hole in the bolster. Well, why don’t you just pull yours out and look at it?  Funny story to that…

I bought one several years ago and carried it for awhile on the keychain. I really liked it but had concerns with how it would be viewed by those lording over us. Eventually I relegated the Pal to a briefcase that I took to work daily. Other than using it to cut open boxes. I never thought much about it which is unfortunate because one day I took my briefcase traveling…to the airport…through security…

Things were going well until a TSA screener called his supervisor over. They looked at the monitor for awhile and then pulled out my briefcase and asked who owned it. I raised my hand, thinking they were concerned about the electric razor I had in it.  The supervisor asked if he could open up my briefcase. I said yes.  He pulled out the Mini-Pal… Oh, Oh. That wicked serrated edge, only about 1-1/2 in. long was politically incorrect. Now was I? I look the farthest thing from someone who would wage Jihad.

He asked me to stand aside and not touch anything. Five minutes later he came back after conferring with his manager. They didn’t know what to think of it, if it was a martial arts weapon or not.  They decided I was not a threat and let me go through with a strong warning that police could have been called. I apologized for my ways and thanked him.

The Mini-Pal was a neat little tool made of high quality steel with a commensurate quality finish. Being a fixed blade, it felt sturdy and solid. The handle, although small, fit in the palm well and provided for a secure and comfortable grip.  I liked the serrated edge because it retained the ability to cut well even after repeated use. All this time I never realized I was a national threat to the innumerable boxes I cut open.

While the Pal was taken by the TSA agent who in turn probably made it part of his personal collection, I have to say that I really don’t miss it. I wish I still had it but I won’t be getting a replacement as I have a whole lot more cutlery that’s cheaper, more versatile, and less of a perceived threat. That’s a good thing because I like to avoid prison and butthole violations.

The search continues…


County Com Prybar

July 7, 2009

prybar

Evolution of a Carry Knife?

OK, so this isn’ t a knife but it was still part of the search to find a tool that could be carried all day and that I would use on occassion.

This pocket sized pry bar from County Com cost $5 but they tack on $7 for shipping and handling. Yeah. Shame on me. I wanted this bad in my quest and they go to the bank thinking there’s one born every minute. I paid for the minaturization. Go to the hardware store and you can find a larger sized prybar for $2.

I carried this for 6 months and the truth is that I couldn’t really find a use for it. I had to go out of my way to attempt to use it as a screwdriver, to pry open an out of an alignment metal filing drawer, and to use the sharpened chisel end as a knife. Now this tool sits in my travel kit.