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Blame it on Bob 6919

Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,299 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Blame it on Bob
« on: February 12, 2008, 02:26:05 PM »
Most of the time folks blame me for multitool and/or SAK purchases, but this time I get to blame someone else!

Thanks to Bob I managed to get this absolutely exquisite French made multitool called a Depanneur.



It's a slip jointed plier design and features non locking blade and can opener, and that's about it.  It came in a nice leather sheath with no belt loops or any other tie down or attachment points.



Bob told me these were manufactured in the 80's, but I have to wonder about that as this one is brand new- in fact, I have bought brand new tools that aren't in the same exceptional shape this one is in.  The chrome is absolutely perfect, no scratches or pits- even the spring for the handle is in absolutely pristine condition, without a hint of rust or corrosion on it anywhere.  It looks as if it had just rolled off the assembly line and been hand delivered to me!



The quality is pretty darned high on this one, at least on par with many US manufacturers, and looks like a good option for you Knipex plier guys!

Def

Leave the dents as they are- let your belongings show their scars as proudly as you do yours.
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Re: Blame it on Bob
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2008, 02:30:29 PM »
(shields eyes) Looks interesting, how's it compare (weight wise) to some other tools we know? because it looks heavy for it's size.

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Re: Blame it on Bob
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2008, 02:39:03 PM »
Somewhere in the deep recesses of my mind,I seem to recall that something a little less polished is issued in the French military.Definitely an uniquely French take on multi-tools.

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Re: Blame it on Bob
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2008, 03:01:08 PM »
gotta luv the standard screws, "Old World French" cooking  :pok:

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Re: Blame it on Bob
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2008, 03:57:55 PM »
Will the handles pinch your palm if the plier jaws slip off the fastener?

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Re: Blame it on Bob
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2008, 04:33:27 PM »
Somebody posted a picture of that sometime last year - probably in that wild fit of posting one night.  Looks very nice (in my best Borat voice).  :)
Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,299 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Re: Blame it on Bob
« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2008, 05:09:58 PM »
I'll take some comparison pics this afternoon.  I'll also weigh it and add it to the Comparative Multitool Weight Chart too. 

Def

Leave the dents as they are- let your belongings show their scars as proudly as you do yours.
Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,299 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Re: Blame it on Bob
« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2008, 08:10:07 PM »
Here it is next to the Spirit:



The weight is pretty decent at 4.82oz (136.6g) without the sheath, or 157.7g (5.56oz) with.

Def

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Re: Blame it on Bob
« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2008, 10:23:27 PM »
That actually is a slick little unit. After kinda making fun of the older mutant tools they are starting to grow on me and I think I will start looking into them more.

Thanks guys ::) You are making me poor. :ahhh

S
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Re: Blame it on Bob
« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2008, 10:24:54 PM »
I really like that, it's a nice, simple and clean design :)

Give in, buy several Farmer's!!!!!!
Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,299 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Re: Blame it on Bob
« Reply #10 on: February 12, 2008, 10:52:15 PM »
The good news on this one is that I paid very little for it.  I think around $30 or so?  I can't remember for sure, but I recall it being quite affordable, and I was very happy with the condition it was in.

Def

Leave the dents as they are- let your belongings show their scars as proudly as you do yours.
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Re: Blame it on Bob
« Reply #11 on: February 12, 2008, 10:58:35 PM »
The good news on this one is that I paid very little for it.  I think around $30 or so?  I can't remember for sure, but I recall it being quite affordable, and I was very happy with the condition it was in.

Def
Got yourself a bargain there mate :)

Give in, buy several Farmer's!!!!!!
Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,299 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Re: Blame it on Bob
« Reply #12 on: February 12, 2008, 11:11:14 PM »
I know... but with the SHOT Show looming I was leery of putting big cash on it!  I got lucky- the only other one I'd heard of ran around $200 or so!

Def

Leave the dents as they are- let your belongings show their scars as proudly as you do yours.
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Re: Blame it on Bob
« Reply #13 on: February 12, 2008, 11:16:17 PM »
How good does the can opener work?

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Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,299 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Re: Blame it on Bob
« Reply #14 on: February 12, 2008, 11:20:30 PM »
I dunno- I haven't tried it yet.  Given it's ultra pristine condition, I don't know if I ever will try it out either! :P

Def

Leave the dents as they are- let your belongings show their scars as proudly as you do yours.
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Re: Blame it on Bob
« Reply #15 on: February 12, 2008, 11:27:32 PM »
Ahhh go on. Tools WANT to be used. They LOVE being used. They hate being safe queens.  Sitting and just looking pretty makes tools sad. You don't wanna make your tools sad do ya?  :pok:

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Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,299 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Re: Blame it on Bob
« Reply #16 on: February 12, 2008, 11:28:56 PM »
Yeah I know... the only thing that irks me more than the first scratch on a pristine tool is not making the first scratch on e pristine tool! :D

Def

Leave the dents as they are- let your belongings show their scars as proudly as you do yours.
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Re: Blame it on Bob
« Reply #17 on: February 13, 2008, 01:40:38 AM »
You got a nice one there Def, I don't mind one bit taking the blame for it! :) 

By the way, if anyone is wondering about those pictures Def posted, you need to see this tool to understand. The chrome plating is so polished and shiny that it is about impossible to get a decent photograph! It's obvious that a lot of hand work and polishing went into them.



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Re: Blame it on Bob
« Reply #18 on: February 13, 2008, 01:57:34 AM »
I believed that tool is not made of SS steel. I guess it is made of chrome-vanadium steel. Most tools made of chrome-vanadium steel are chrome plated.

Eddie
Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,299 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Re: Blame it on Bob
« Reply #19 on: February 13, 2008, 03:35:23 AM »
It probably is chrome vanadium- the polish on this thing is unbelievable!

Def

Leave the dents as they are- let your belongings show their scars as proudly as you do yours.
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Re: Blame it on Bob
« Reply #20 on: February 13, 2008, 03:46:49 AM »
The three-position pliers are rather unusual for a multitool don't you think?

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Re: Blame it on Bob
« Reply #21 on: February 13, 2008, 03:53:04 AM »
I'd like to see a "traditional" folding plier design with slipjoint pliers.  Especially the Swisstool...I hate the fact it doesn't open as far as some other tools :P

That looks like a cool tool though Def...you know you want to try that can opener... >:D

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Re: Blame it on Bob
« Reply #22 on: March 08, 2008, 04:29:22 AM »
(Took me awhile to find where I'd stashed this one)

The current reincarnation of the Le Depanneur that Def has is this glow-in-the-dark model from Wichard. It is still made in France, and still has an adjustable plier head. (Although there are now only two adjustment positions instead of three) Wichard is a big supplier of hardware to the boating industry.





In order to be certain of having the right tool for every job.........one must first acquire a lot of tools
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Re: Blame it on Bob
« Reply #23 on: March 08, 2008, 04:48:34 AM »
One day, when $100 becomes pocket change to me, I'll get a nice Wichard or two.

Bob of course, just happens to have a few in his collection.

« Last Edit: March 08, 2008, 04:51:10 AM by Nomad »
Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,299 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Re: Blame it on Bob
« Reply #24 on: March 08, 2008, 08:56:02 AM »
I can't speak for Bob's (that glow in the dark is awesome!) but mine ran all of about $30 with shipping added in.

Def

Leave the dents as they are- let your belongings show their scars as proudly as you do yours.
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Re: Blame it on Bob
« Reply #25 on: March 08, 2008, 03:52:04 PM »
$38.00 for the Wichard model. Choice of black or flourescent handles.

Wichard actually produces quite a line of boating knives and tools, many of them with flourescent handles: http://www.proboat.co.uk/category.asp?dep=1&cat_id=34

In order to be certain of having the right tool for every job.........one must first acquire a lot of tools
Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,299 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Re: Blame it on Bob
« Reply #26 on: May 24, 2008, 09:09:59 PM »
I moved this in here so it didn't look quite so empty! :P

Def

Leave the dents as they are- let your belongings show their scars as proudly as you do yours.

 

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