This tool review is part of a Challenge, where I was asked to see what the best tool I could get for $5 was. Here's a link to that challenge to see all the competitors.https://forum.multitool.org/index.php/topic,75094.0.html
The first of the Used Classics I'm going to review probably won't be the official competitors, but I thought deserved mention. I won the pair as a lot on ebay, for $9.24, or $4.62 each.
It seems fairly repeatable to get these at about this cost. It was impossible for me to find a single one for under $5, due to shipping cost, but the more you get as a lot, the more you can get the individual price down, on average.
At one point, in another thread, I said that the Vic Classic SD MIGHT be the most useful multitool by weight, ever. I stand by that. And if you get a GOOD used copy, it is an unbelievable deal.
Minus scuffs on the scales, these two are both in essentially new condition.
I want to focus on two functions. The blade and the scissors.
The Blades were both receipt-paper cutting sharp when I received them. No sharpening needed. They are going to handle all of your day to day small cutting tasks. They're not going to cut down a tree. Understanding the limitation of the small blade, these are really good.
The Scissors, though... This is the real miracle of these tools.
For those who've never read any of my stuff, I made a rating system for multitool scissors. Here's the thread.https://forum.multitool
Here's a summary of the scale:"The materials tested were paper, corrugated cardboard, T-shirt, The seam portion of old khakis (4 layers thick), suede leather, PETE plastic bottle (as a stand-in for blister packaging), Cardboard box (non-corrugated), heavy gauge screw-on plastic lid (from a container of ‘country time lemonade’, about 1mm thick), and 550 paracord. I scored these in one of 4 caregories: Fail (-1), Barely Adequate (+0), Pass (+1), Pass with distinction (+2)"
How did these do?
Pass with distinction: Paper, T-Shirt. 550 Paracord, Khakis, PETE. +10
Pass:Non-corrugated Cardboard, Suede +2
Barely Adequate: Corrugated Cardboard +0
Fail: Heavy Plastic -1
Total score: +11
The 'pass with distinction' on paper, t-shirt, and PETE is because it will 'push cut' through the material, making long running cuts without having to work the jaws. That is really good with paper. It's INSANELY good with PETE and almost unheard of with t-shirt.
The 'pass with distinction' on the 550 paracord and khaki seam is because it will cut through either with a SINGLE SNIP. These TINY little scissors will take a 4-layer thick seam of khakis in ONE cut.
And here's the complete kicker. They do it LEFT HANDED. A lot of scissors are much worse left-handed than right-handed. The Classic's scissors work the same with either hand.
The only limitation on them is against Corrugated cardboard and heavy plastic, where the small size of the scissors prevents good leverage on the blades.
Both of the tools I got will perform like this.
If you came to the $5 MT Challenge to find a good... no, make that perfect, pair of scissors, then go get a good used Classic, and you're done.
I have other copies of the Classic headed my way that will be the 'official test copy'. But these met the price, so I figured I'd give them a mention.