Schrade Keychain Pry Tool
« on: November 03, 2016, 11:46:39 PM »
Pry tools and one piece tools have been all the rage for years now and not only is the market flooded with them but one can find multiple on Kickstarter alone that are awaiting funding. Guess you find a cash cow and jump on the bandwagon. Schrade who was bought by Taylor Brands back in 2004 hadn't had a pocket tool in its lineup. Since the acquisition TB has re-released classic items from the Schrade past as well and produce items for the current market.
Schrade released its first version of the titanium pry tool back in 2013; it sold pretty well but not to the tune Schrade was looking for. Schrade made several changes to the design and released an updated version to their pry tool.
The Scharde keychain pry tool is made out of stone washed 6AL-4V Titanium. Titanium is a great medium for this style of tool because of its durability and weight in comparison to traditional steel. Titanium also has non magnetic properties and is corrosion resistant. Titanium also has great strength in regards to lateral strength which is why a lot of pry tools are manufactured from it. Plus titanium is just a plain cool material.
Coming in at 3.46 inches the Schrade tool features a strap cutter which is great for cutting cordage or parcord rather than pulling out your blade. Titanium doesn't hold an edge as well as steel but sharpens relatively easy.
The bottle opener works well and serves its purpose; the flat head driver works pretty good but I would use it hard hard because titanium runs a risk of twisting or showing signs of wear when being used in a twisting motion.
The pry end/scraper really works well on this tool due to the width of the prying area and the bevel of the pry surface. I'm able to pull up nails and lift some heavy stuff without any signs of issues from the tool.
What I love the most about this tool is the wrench driver that accommodates sizes 1/4", 5/16", 3/8", 7/16", 1/2" and metric 5, 6, 8, 10, 13, as well as 1/4 for using hex bits or nuts of that size. The sizes they've chosen cover a wide range of standard sizes you would see everyday. Wrenches like this have been around a long time and are called alligator wrenches. They never really disappeared from the market but have become popular again due to the pocket tool boom.
This tool is packed full of features and disappears in my pocket due to the thin profile and weight. There are other comparable models out there like the Leatherman Piranha but I choose this one more often due to those characteristics I mentioned. The Schrade Keychain Pry Tool is priced reasonable compared to other tools in this category and would make a great addition to your edc multitool.
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