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Spyderwrench

Discussion in 'MultiTools and Other Pocket Tools' started by JonSidneyB, Apr 3, 2006.

  1. flashlight

    flashlight Empty Pockets

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    Yes but there is no mention whether this will be a newly re-designed Spyderench or just the AUS-8 one. :yawn:
     
  2. copykat

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    correct but i'm going out on a limb here assuming that the AUS-8 is already out so
    that leaves the possability that there could be a newly redesigned on on the way.
    just seems like thats not enough change for spyderco. seems more like someone just filling a demand quickly but
    it wouldn't be the first time i was wrong and I don't mind it.
    I'm holding off till i here from them.
     
  3. flashlight

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    Either way, it'll be good to have them available again. :)
     
  4. Bob Lindell

    Bob Lindell Loaded Pockets

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    Does that say "Taiwan" under the Spyderco name on the blade...?
     
  5. copykat

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    it appears so. Were the original one made in the US?
    i think i did hear the "new" ones were going to be produced over seas which may mean that this is a new one.
    doesn't jive with what the factory told me.
    maybe i will emai that pic to the factory to see waht they say about it.
    They may have let a few slip out before publicly announcing it.
    that could mean that the only difference on the new ones is the blade steel.
     
  6. Bob Lindell

    Bob Lindell Loaded Pockets

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    That't the problem with this :censored: forum... I've got an old SOG Power Plier, 1st generation I believe. I'd been thinking for a long time about a new something and then find this forum. A SpiritPlus with Ratchet is now on my belt daily. Then I find this thread. Yesterday: "Oh yeah, that's cool..." Today: "Hmmm... You know, I want that thing...."

    Arrgh
     
  7. WillAdams

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    I finally broke down and bought one off eBay (the version from Taiwan) --- some thoughts/observations:

    - when split into two tools its: adjustable wrench and screwdriver/knife unit --- the plier functionality is lost since it's one half of the pliers which come off at the slip joint
    - the file/screwdriver changes from a flat head/Philips to a Philips / rounded point (awl? indentation tool?)
    - the magnet for the bits is installed externally from the side --- not sure why it wasn't slipped in from the end
    - the larger parts at least were cast, and that's not machined off --- I like investment cast tools and their texture, so a nice aspect for me. There are a few areas where material was relieved in the mold to lighten it, but the design is so mechanically involved that there aren't enough to make that a conscious aesthetic aspect
    - the lock for the blade is on the back and quite close to where one would put pressure when holding it
    - the bundled bits seem to rust easily (that's why mine was on sale, left in a Kayak over a summer) --- replaced them with some odd ones I needed, so no huhu
    - the plier design is odd, with one part being half the width of others
    - the adjustable wrench functionality is quite nice --- way better than the Gerber Myth archery tool it's replacing in my bag

    If the removed part retained the pliers functionality and there was a wire stripper/cutter functionality it would be an _amazing_ tool and would probably displace my Rangerwood 55 from my pocket (if the knife lock were safer).
     
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  8. Yablanowitz

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    Just FYI, I've had one for a decade or so and used it extensively and I've never had a problem with the lock. I agree the pliers are weird, but they are the way they are for a reason. Frankly I find the pliers next to useless, but the other features more than make up for that deficiency, at least for me.
     
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  9. 0dBm

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    I’ve owned one for so long that I have forgotten about it. I don’t remember how I acquired it. I do remember that I found it to be at best a novelty device that is quite an exercise in engineering.

    Yes, a lot of thought went into the design, and I discovered that I needed a lot of effort to use it. The last time that I used it, one of my underlings saw my frustration and simply handed me her Leatherman. At that moment, it became a paperweight!

    It makes for a terrific conversation starter tho!☺️
     
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    It is the only multi-tool I have that can handle a #3 Phillips screw without damaging either the tool or the screw. Sal told us it was designed by the same guy who designed the navigation system for the Mars Rover. That's a level of engineering you don't trip over every day.
     
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