« on: June 12, 2014, 07:57:10 PM »
I picked this one up a couple of weeks ago at Princess Auto for a whopping $4.99. It looks like a cheap copy of a Freestyle.
What's that I hear? You are saying "But Def, that looks more like a Skeletool or Style since it has a carabiner! The Freestyle doesn't have a carabiner or screwdriver!" And you'd be right to say that.
Freestyle has no screwdriver or carabiner, but the original pre-production version had both, as these pics from SHOT 2008 will reveal:
This particular copy has a solid mount screwdriver like the pre-production Freestyle, although the screwdriver in this case is a Phillips and not a bizarre modified flathead that should also fit some/most Phillips screws like the one Leatherman put on the Freestyle.
The info card in the clam pack also makes some interesting claims:
Saw? I need to see this! See saw:
Really? The front of the bottle opener has a few chunks taken out of it and they classify that as a saw? Wow.
The blade is at least stylish and not the usual generic blade X that you find on these kinds of things. It seems reasonably sharp out of the pack, but I imaging that would change quickly if it had to cut its way out of the packaging.
And, this monstrosity also comes with a "sheath" although I am tempted to take the "H" away and just refer to it as a piece of sheat.
The good news is that this thing actually does have a fairly good amount of snap right out of the package. We'll see if that lasts any time mind you, but it actually feels like it might be almost useful. For a few minutes. For light tasks. Maybe.
Overall I guess it was worth $5, but then that might just be because I don't drink coffee and there wasn't a Starbucks nearby. If there was and I did I think my $5 would have ended up somewhere a lot more useful.