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Carolina Cheapo 3544

Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,341 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Carolina Cheapo
« on: January 15, 2013, 12:20:07 AM »
This one is from Carolina Knife & Tool, a small company that I'd pretty certain is run out of someone's basement- where else would you buy container loads of awful tools and drop ship them to Wal Marts, Home Depots, Canadian Tires and other big box stores so they can put them on end caps in the vain hope that someone will spend $6 on them?  :D



It is a pretty blue color, and the matte black is striking.  Of course, pretty is as pretty does, and this one simply doesn't.



It does have a surprisingly well made Phillips driver for a cheapo though, and if you have big enough paws to wrap around the oversized handles, this one actually isn't too bad. 



It's not going to overthrow any Leatherman tools in your collections, but for $6 this is one of those tools that would be better to have with you than none at all- and trust me, I have more than a few that you'd be better off without!



I bought this one as a set with an equally awful pocket knife- a cheap one handed tactical type folder with matching pretty blue and black handle and a blade that looks like it was designed by the same 5 year old as the one found on the Buck X Tract- which is one of the reasons I could never take the X Tract seriously.  If I find the thing I'll take photos of it.  If not, well, you can thank me later for not subjecting you to it!

Def

Leave the dents as they are- let your belongings show their scars as proudly as you do yours.
No Life Club Posts: 3,785 Why is it doing that?
Re: Carolina Cheapo
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2013, 12:22:45 AM »
Never trust a multitool with a fish scaler (old Chinese proverb)... ::) :D
Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,341 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Re: Carolina Cheapo
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2013, 12:36:45 AM »
Even a Victorinox SwissChamp?  :P

Def

Leave the dents as they are- let your belongings show their scars as proudly as you do yours.
Global Moderator Zombie Apprentice Posts: 10,459 Join us! Embrace the Flicky Faith!
Re: Carolina Cheapo
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2013, 12:58:57 AM »
It was my understanding that at one point Carolina Knife and Tool was a "value" brand for Fiskars.  I have an old pinchy Multiplier by them, the packaging did say Fiskars on it.  I gave one away here a while back as well.  Wonder if it's the same company or if the name was sold a la Schrade.......  :think:

There's no such thing as "Too pretty to carry".  There's only "Too pretty NOT to carry"...... >:D
Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,341 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Re: Carolina Cheapo
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2013, 01:16:30 AM »
I don't know if they were ever any good or not, but none of the ones I have seen were.

Def

Leave the dents as they are- let your belongings show their scars as proudly as you do yours.
Hero Member Posts: 604 Not yer typical toothless abductee
Re: Carolina Cheapo
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2013, 08:11:49 PM »
I found one exactly like this among my old junk when I was cleaning house. It's fairly beat up, with most of the blue paint scratched off, but all the tools are sound, so it seems to have survived some fairly hard use.

"I seen 10 bald eagles in my time, and I kilt 9 of 'em." -Joad Cressbeckler reading from his autobiography.
Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,341 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Re: Carolina Cheapo
« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2013, 09:27:56 PM »
Yeah, drawers really pound on these things...

Def

Leave the dents as they are- let your belongings show their scars as proudly as you do yours.
Wielder of the Bow of Banishment. Admin Team Point Of No Return Posts: 31,606 El Presidente del Fan Club Micky D
Re: Carolina Cheapo
« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2013, 09:38:17 PM »
It was my understanding that at one point Carolina Knife and Tool was a "value" brand for Fiskars.  I have an old pinchy Multiplier by them, the packaging did say Fiskars on it.  I gave one away here a while back as well.  Wonder if it's the same company or if the name was sold a la Schrade.......  :think:

You did indeed. :cheers:  The quality is nothing like as good as on a real Multiplier but a lot better than nothing.  I do wonder if it is still a Fiskar's brand though. :think:

Try not to be the person who blunders around and causes everyone else to get out the way.  Everyone else thinks you're a utter...
Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,341 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Re: Carolina Cheapo
« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2013, 10:16:47 PM »
Fiskars had another cheap brand a while back- I dunno if it was Remington or Winchester, but it was one of the two, and it was horrid.  I think it was Winchester now that I think on it a little.  I have a Winchester nail clipper doodad that is positively awful.

I seem to recall the Remington tools not being a whole heck of a lot better.

Def

Leave the dents as they are- let your belongings show their scars as proudly as you do yours.
Wielder of the Bow of Banishment. Admin Team Point Of No Return Posts: 31,606 El Presidente del Fan Club Micky D
Re: Carolina Cheapo
« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2013, 10:28:58 PM »
I do remember hearing years ago that Winchester was a cheaper alternative to Gerber.  Now I know that's not quite right, but it does make sense if they were/are another Fiskar brand.

Try not to be the person who blunders around and causes everyone else to get out the way.  Everyone else thinks you're a utter...
Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,341 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Re: Carolina Cheapo
« Reply #10 on: January 15, 2013, 10:42:19 PM »
Yup, if you want to be convinced of the high quality and reliability of the Suspension, check out a Winchester...

Def

Leave the dents as they are- let your belongings show their scars as proudly as you do yours.
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 7,909 Any tool is better than nothing. Some not by much
Re: Carolina Cheapo
« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2013, 10:45:23 PM »
Kinda makes it all relative, doesn't it?
No Life Club Posts: 2,791
Carolina Cheapo
« Reply #12 on: January 16, 2013, 01:43:00 AM »
Quote
Never trust a multitool with a fish scaler (old Chinese proverb)... ::) :D

Hey! My first plier based multi tool when I was a little kid had a fish scaler on it! (But it was a pst clone for $5 at target) Well, that explains a lot!

Edit: sorry if that quote came through weird used the quote feature on tapatalk

fixed quote- Def
« Last Edit: January 16, 2013, 01:52:53 AM by Grant Lamontagne »
Hero Member Posts: 604 Not yer typical toothless abductee
Re: Carolina Cheapo
« Reply #13 on: January 16, 2013, 03:13:53 PM »
On close inspection, this isn't such a bad tool.  The tools are on the outside, and don't all come out together as on other cheapies. I think it shall be my first serious modding project.  First thing to go will be the blue finish - not too fond of that.

"I seen 10 bald eagles in my time, and I kilt 9 of 'em." -Joad Cressbeckler reading from his autobiography.
Hero Member Posts: 604 Not yer typical toothless abductee
Re: Carolina Cheapo
« Reply #14 on: January 16, 2013, 03:15:11 PM »
Please forgive the double pic. -No idea why.

"I seen 10 bald eagles in my time, and I kilt 9 of 'em." -Joad Cressbeckler reading from his autobiography.
No Life Club Posts: 2,877
Re: Carolina Cheapo
« Reply #15 on: January 16, 2013, 05:18:00 PM »
  First thing to go will be the blue finish - not too fond of that.

An' second thing to go will be your temper, as it's launched in the general direction of the trash bin  :D

I don't claim to know it all, but what I do know is right.
Hero Member Posts: 604 Not yer typical toothless abductee
Re: Carolina Cheapo
« Reply #16 on: January 16, 2013, 05:50:13 PM »
  First thing to go will be the blue finish - not too fond of that.

An' second thing to go will be your temper, as it's launched in the general direction of the trash bin  :D
I assumed that at first, but after the reading the OP, I went to the junk drawer and started examining it with renewed fascination.  The tools seem quite good.


I think it may have earned a place in my MT tool collection instead the ol' junk drawer.

"I seen 10 bald eagles in my time, and I kilt 9 of 'em." -Joad Cressbeckler reading from his autobiography.
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 7,909 Any tool is better than nothing. Some not by much
Re: Carolina Cheapo
« Reply #17 on: January 16, 2013, 08:33:29 PM »
I think it may have earned a place in my MT tool collection instead the ol' junk drawer.

See, here's the funny thing. I never segregated my junk MTs from the rest. I just have them sorted, like Leatherman, Vic, etc., and then junk. But they're all in one handy location. :D
Hero Member Posts: 604 Not yer typical toothless abductee
Re: Carolina Cheapo
« Reply #18 on: January 16, 2013, 08:35:38 PM »
I think it may have earned a place in my MT tool collection instead the ol' junk drawer.

See, here's the funny thing. I never segregated my junk MTs from the rest. I just have them sorted, like Leatherman, Vic, etc., and then junk. But they're all in one handy location. :D


I'm thinking of getting a Pelican case with special cutouts for each tool.  Now that just seems crazy, doesn't it?

"I seen 10 bald eagles in my time, and I kilt 9 of 'em." -Joad Cressbeckler reading from his autobiography.
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 7,909 Any tool is better than nothing. Some not by much
Re: Carolina Cheapo
« Reply #19 on: January 16, 2013, 08:39:08 PM »
I'm not sure if you're collecting, or trying tools out. if you're collecting, a pelican case would be fine. For me, I tend to go through tools (get them, try them out, trade them away). So a case with slots for specific tools wouldn't work for me.
No Life Club Posts: 2,877
Re: Carolina Cheapo
« Reply #20 on: January 17, 2013, 02:39:21 AM »



I'm thinking of getting a Pelican case with special cutouts for each tool.  Now that just seems crazy, doesn't it?

There are somethings that one should never admit too.............NOT EVER!

I think you may have just overstepped the mark   :rofl: :D

I don't claim to know it all, but what I do know is right.
Hero Member Posts: 604 Not yer typical toothless abductee
Re: Carolina Cheapo
« Reply #21 on: January 17, 2013, 03:04:41 AM »



I'm thinking of getting a Pelican case with special cutouts for each tool.  Now that just seems crazy, doesn't it?

There are somethings that one should never admit too.............NOT EVER!

I think you may have just overstepped the mark   :rofl: :D
Good thing I caught myself in time.

"I seen 10 bald eagles in my time, and I kilt 9 of 'em." -Joad Cressbeckler reading from his autobiography.
No Life Club Posts: 2,877
Re: Carolina Cheapo
« Reply #22 on: January 17, 2013, 03:22:08 AM »



I'm thinking of getting a Pelican case with special cutouts for each tool.  Now that just seems crazy, doesn't it?

There are somethings that one should never admit too.............NOT EVER!

I think you may have just overstepped the mark   :rofl: :D
Good thing I caught myself in time.


Each to his own is what I say

Please go ahead.

In times of austerity we could all do with a laugh.  :drink:

I don't claim to know it all, but what I do know is right.
Turd Bucket No Life Club Posts: 2,633
Re: Carolina Cheapo
« Reply #23 on: January 17, 2013, 07:36:49 AM »
Carolina knife and tool is a division of fiskars and gerber. Many of the winchesters tools I have boughten say produced by Carolina knife and tool on the box and the address is the same as gerber.
Hero Member Posts: 604 Not yer typical toothless abductee
Re: Carolina Cheapo
« Reply #24 on: January 17, 2013, 10:03:57 PM »
Can anyone recommend the right sandpaper to get rid of that awful blue paint?

"I seen 10 bald eagles in my time, and I kilt 9 of 'em." -Joad Cressbeckler reading from his autobiography.
Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,341 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Re: Carolina Cheapo
« Reply #25 on: January 17, 2013, 10:11:15 PM »
I'd probably just use steel wool or a wire wheel on a Dremel Tool.

Def

Leave the dents as they are- let your belongings show their scars as proudly as you do yours.
No Life Club Posts: 2,877
Re: Carolina Cheapo
« Reply #26 on: January 18, 2013, 04:17:09 AM »
Can anyone recommend the right sandpaper to get rid of that awful blue paint?

It ain't the paint that's awful  :ahhh


I don't claim to know it all, but what I do know is right.

 

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