Contender 9 was the next one to show up in my mailbox, and let me tell you, it is really a stand out tool in my mind.
This thing is so tiny and flimsy that I don't understand how anyone could claim it was, even jokingly, a survival tool. I mean it. It sort of reminds me of the CRKT KISS knife, only without any of the things that make the KISS knife great- things like a lock for example, or a designer that didn't have his head lodged firmly in his rectum.
This is also smaller than the KISS knife, and has several more "features" like three wrench cutouts and a bottle opener cutout. Instead of a pocket clip it has a carabiner of sorts that acts like a carabiner when you fold the blade. But, to remove the knife from your keys you need to open the blade, which really isn't safe IMHO. Maybe 99% of the time it is well enough, but how many times have you pulled a knife out of your pocket and used it without giving it a second thought? Situations like that are likely to cause some of your precious blood to fall out with this knife.
It also doesn't seem to stop in the open position- there is a very small folded lip that is supposed to stop it when it hits 180 degrees to the handle, but it seems to be there largely for show, as with the slightest pressure the blade is happy to continue on it's round trip around the pivot.
Because of this I am not sure I feel comfortable using the blade for anything even remotely heavy, for obvious reasons.
Since the bottle opener and wrenches can't be used with the blade closed, they don't really instill a lot of confidence either.
Of course, the functionality of the wrench cutouts (which measure 9.35mm, 7.76mm and 6.79mm) was in doubt anyway, as I don't like gripping a sharp edge as a handle and using it as leverage to turn a nut. Call me old fashioned if you like, but I prefer to keep the red stuff inside my skin whenever possible.
I am inclined to consider this one a fail based on my initial impressions- in fact, I would have also called this a failure in the $2 Challenge as I don't believe it is even worth that much. But, as I have been wrong before, and fully expect to be wrong in the future, this one will go through all the same testing criteria that the other tools in this challenge do. I just find it very difficult to think a tool that has failed handling
will succeed in actual use.