Two contenders arrived yesterday, one of which being this one, which is why I am posting in this thread.
What can I say? It's a design from our own Tofty, so we know it's useful, or at least it probably would be if it was made correctly. The casting on this example is slightly
better than the one in the picture, and most of the parts at least line up. Unfortunately I don't see them listed in his shop on Shapeways
any more, so I can't get an original to compare this one to.
This one also comes with a small split ring and a flathead driver, which annoys me quite a bit, as you will see from the following photos:
The supplied bit is 4.01mm wide, and the on board flathead is 4.3mm, which means there is less than 1/3 of a millimeter difference between them. For those that don't know how big a millimeter is, well, a US Dime (not to be confused with the Gerber Dime) is about 1mm thick, so imagine less than 1/3 of that thickness in the difference.
Which makes you wonder why the hell they bothered. Apparently whoever cast this thing together couldn't be bothered to at least give me a larger flathead to add versatility.
Setting that aside though, I can see this small unit having some use- as I said, it was designed by an MTO member who has a gift for design.
As such, I expect it to be more useful than many in the challenge, although I don't think I like the idea of carrying it on the split ring- that seems like it might hamper the usefulness of this tool. I think a small kydex holster would be more effective.
Given that this one is designed by our old pal I'll give it points for function, but the cheap casting loses ground for it, the included carry method leaves something to be desired and the screwdriver bit is, well, let's just say it's an insult.
But, as Tofty is not actively selling it, I am thinking that pending any major issues in use, this one might
just be another winner in the Five Dollar Challenge. Unless the poor casting fails and it falls apart during use....
Which, in the Five Dollar Challenge is always a possibility!