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Title: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: lew on January 19, 2018, 03:12:16 AM
As I said in another post, I have a Rebar and a SAK but mostly use the SAK out of habit.  Someone suggested a 30-day challenge so I thought, "why not?"  Today is Day 1.  I am an IT consultant and sometimes have to get my hands dirty installing computers and peripherals.  Today, I installed a printer for a customer.

Printer in the box (and the extra toner cartridge that I didn't open):
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4665/27992312999_9b41d7976c_z_d.jpg)

Opened with the Rebar.  Tried to use the can opener but it is too dull.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4607/38872018755_76ddd87acc_z_d.jpg)

USB extension in a clamshell package.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4698/39739161802_514b7f93c5_z_d.jpg)

Opened with the Rebar.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4675/38872047765_76fd15f4c6_z_d.jpg)

Sorry, no action shots.  I didn't want to ask my client to take pictures while I was charging him.

I have to admit I doubt I'll make it through 30 days, but so far it has kept my SAK out of my pocket.  If I do make it, you're in for some boring stuff!
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Nix on January 19, 2018, 04:19:44 AM
I completed the Rebar challenge back in December. I thought it was a great challenge. Like you, I'm mostly a pocket knife guy and the challenge really got me to warm up to the Rebar. Stick with it! The whole point of the challenge is to get you out of your comfort zone and trying something a little different. I definitely had to adapt, but after a while, carrying the Rebar felt quite routine.

I'm in the middle of a Swiss Spirit challenge right now and....I confess....I sort of miss the Rebar and definitely miss a SAK in my pocket. Old habits are hard to change!

I would think that in your career field you might find the Bit Driver a huge asset with the Rebar:


(https://www.leatherman.com/dw/image/v2/AAMV_PRD/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-master/default/dwe072270b/large/126-removable-bit-driver.png?sw=1000&sh=1000&sm=fit)


Slips onto the Phillips driver and lets you use a myriad different bits. I got one during my challenge (Thanks, Poncho!) and love it.

Hang in there and don't worry if it gets a little dull at times, every challenge has those moments. We'll be pulling for you!  :tu:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Nix on January 19, 2018, 04:21:10 AM
Oh, yeah, I kept my awl/reamer sharp and used that to open boxes--that way I kept my main blade sharper for more serious tasks...like sharpening pencils.  :D
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Glockfan on January 19, 2018, 04:33:34 AM
Nice start. Good luck!
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Obi1shinobee on January 19, 2018, 10:54:05 AM
 :popcorn:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Dutch_Tooler on January 19, 2018, 10:59:06 AM
Good luck with the challenge! Geep up the good work :tu:

:popcorn:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Poncho65 on January 19, 2018, 11:59:10 AM
Great start to this challenge :tu: Good luck as well :cheers: The challenge doesn't have to be exciting just let us know how it does :salute: ;) As Nix has already said, the bit driver adapter is an awesome addition to the Rebar (and many other MTs) as well :like:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: LoopCutter on January 19, 2018, 05:50:52 PM
A great first post with Rebar assisting. 



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Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: ThePeacent on January 19, 2018, 07:29:44 PM
Very nice to see that you finally decided to give the mighty Rebar a try with a proper challenge.

Good start, and enjoy it!   :salute:
We'll do   :D
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: ThundahBeagle on January 19, 2018, 08:32:16 PM
Hey Lew,

I bought a Rebar with leather sheath back in the middle of September and have been belt carrying it near daily ever since. Prior to that, I'd been carrying a SURGE!!! all summer. I, too started out as a Swiss Army Knife guy, and still carry the Super Tinker I bought when I finished high school (30 years ago)

Because I also carry a Leatheman Micra on my keychain, I now rarely have a need for my Super Tinker at awl.

Also working in IT, I find that the can opener or awl are sufficient for cutting tape that seals most boxes. Sometimes I am lazy and use the little nubs on the plyer end of the unopened Rebar nd that works fine. I happen to have it on good authority that the serrated knife will cut your finger all the way to the bone and not draw blood until you look at what you've just done for a few seconds.

The blade and tool locks are a big plus. I think you could leave your SAK at home and do OK
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: SteveC on January 19, 2018, 08:50:40 PM
Hard to beat a Rebar  :cheers:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: ThundahBeagle on January 19, 2018, 09:14:20 PM
Admittedly, though, I would love to get rid of those little lanyard ring and replace it with the box cutter from the Wingman. That thing cuts plastic packaging like butter.

Since the sheath are no longer fit to the tool the way they used to be, those older style lanyard loops that were outside the tool attached via the knurled screws would be fine.
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: lew on January 19, 2018, 11:42:48 PM
The problem with cutting tape with the knife blade is it gets tape glue all over it.  I'll try the awl next time.

Here's Day 2:

Used the file to transfer some eggs into a pan of boiling water for poaching.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4717/39786227451_a00c46fd35_z_d.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4744/24915881087_c520c89f87_z_d.jpg)

Cut open some packages from Amazon.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4700/39786276331_9779397cb0_z_d.jpg)

All day I'm asking myself, "Can I do that with the Rebar?"
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: ThundahBeagle on January 19, 2018, 11:51:39 PM


All day I'm asking myself, "Can I do that with the Rebar?"

...And the answer is yes.

Right. I try to never use a knife blade on tape. Sometimes maybe the little knife of a SAK, or if I'm in  a hurry and have no scissors.

Except for scissors, I find the Rebar up for almost anything reasonable.
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: SteveC on January 20, 2018, 01:46:40 AM
Admittedly, though, I would love to get rid of those little lanyard ring and replace it with the box cutter from the Wingman. That thing cuts plastic packaging like butter.

Since the sheath are no longer fit to the tool the way they used to be, those older style lanyard loops that were outside the tool attached via the knurled screws would be fine.

You can turn the can opener into a package opener pretty easily   :tu:

https://forum.multitool.org/index.php/topic,74693.msg1586916.html#msg1586916
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Nix on January 20, 2018, 02:09:20 AM
I hate getting tape all over my knife edge.  :rant:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Poncho65 on January 20, 2018, 03:35:52 AM
Yeah tape res is the worse :ahhh I tend to use the awl if at awl possible as well :D

Unless... I use my Rebar and I did the same mod Steve did to his :cheers: :like:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: ThundahBeagle on January 20, 2018, 03:37:58 AM
Admittedly, though, I would love to get rid of those little lanyard ring and replace it with the box cutter from the Wingman. That thing cuts plastic packaging like butter.

Since the sheath are no longer fit to the tool the way they used to be, those older style lanyard loops that were outside the tool attached via the knurled screws would be fine.

You can turn the can opener into a package opener pretty easily   :tu:

https://forum.multitool.org/index.php/topic,74693.msg1586916.html#msg1586916

But will it still behave as a can opener? I happen to like and use it for its intended purpose
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Poncho65 on January 20, 2018, 04:33:33 AM
Admittedly, though, I would love to get rid of those little lanyard ring and replace it with the box cutter from the Wingman. That thing cuts plastic packaging like butter.

Since the sheath are no longer fit to the tool the way they used to be, those older style lanyard loops that were outside the tool attached via the knurled screws would be fine.

You can turn the can opener into a package opener pretty easily   :tu:

https://forum.multitool.org/index.php/topic,74693.msg1586916.html#msg1586916

But will it still behave as a can opener? I happen to like and use it for its intended purpose

Mine does as I only sharpened it on the angle that was already there :salute: It will dull some after opening a can I am sure but since I never use it for that I don't have any experience of it dulling :D
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Barry Rowland on January 20, 2018, 01:12:01 PM
Outstanding!  I never thought to try that with the file :D. Rebar is my edc at work.  I really need to pick up one for home :dd:   Keep up the great work and have fun!
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: lew on January 21, 2018, 04:27:21 AM
Day 3: Went to the boat show and didn't use the Rebar all day.  Dinner in front of the TV and it dawned on me that the TV tray was wobbly.

Turned it over and discovered a loose screw.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4632/25913929418_277fbc2367_z_d.jpg)

Tightened it with the Rebar.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4701/24915933367_c30e02a662_z_d.jpg)

Whew!  My 3-day Challenge is over!  That was tough.
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Poncho65 on January 21, 2018, 04:37:35 AM
Don't tease us with just 3 days :pok: :ahhh :ahhh :ahhh

Great pics and use :tu: :like:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Nix on January 21, 2018, 04:38:50 AM
Couple days left, Lew. But you're off to a great start!

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: ThePeacent on January 21, 2018, 04:02:15 PM
getting much use out of it.
Good stuff!  :tu:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: lew on January 21, 2018, 10:45:59 PM
Day 4: Watching the playoff game and decided to open a beer.  Could have twisted it off or used my SAK, but this is a Rebar Challenge so I used its can/bottle opener.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4719/38924762775_f7368d05ec_z_d.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4708/39114058494_3453195c2f_z_d.jpg)

Have to say I was disappointed.  The opener seems too small and I had a hard time getting it under the lip of the cap.  Anybody else have this problem?  My Supertool and all my SAKs do a great job.  I'll have to practice a lot in the second half and the next game. :cheers:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Nix on January 21, 2018, 10:56:23 PM
Practice makes perfect.  :cheers:

(I don't recall a problem with the Rebar cap lifter, but with the Spirit cap lifter I usually end up making two 'lifts' to get the cap off. Not sure why. )
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: LoopCutter on January 22, 2018, 01:23:11 AM
Yes, with twist-off caps there is often less gap to get under for leverage. 
I have same trouble with SAK Vagabond’s cap lifter. 

The can opener on the Rebar does work for opening cans. 

Hope your team wins, have a beer for each score!!!


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Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: ThundahBeagle on January 22, 2018, 07:38:45 AM
Day 4: Watching the playoff game and decided to open a beer.  Could have twisted it off or used my SAK, but this is a Rebar Challenge so I used its can/bottle opener.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4719/38924762775_f7368d05ec_z_d.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4708/39114058494_3453195c2f_z_d.jpg)

Have to say I was disappointed.  The opener seems too small and I had a hard time getting it under the lip of the cap.  Anybody else have this problem?  My Supertool and all my SAKs do a great job.  I'll have to practice a lot in the second half and the next game. :cheers:

This is a failing common to every single Leatherman bottle opener I have ever handled. Victorinox bottle openers are far superior, as they catch the edge of the cap immediately. Leatherman has to be set on there just right, and you must lift with your elbow, as opposed to flicking your wrist.

Yay, Patriots!!

G.O.A.T.!!!!

Sorry. 7 + hours later and I'm still up from the game (I'm in New England)
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: lew on January 22, 2018, 03:33:37 PM
Day 4: Watching the playoff game and decided to open a beer.  Could have twisted it off or used my SAK, but this is a Rebar Challenge so I used its can/bottle opener.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4719/38924762775_f7368d05ec_z_d.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4708/39114058494_3453195c2f_z_d.jpg)

Have to say I was disappointed.  The opener seems too small and I had a hard time getting it under the lip of the cap.  Anybody else have this problem?  My Supertool and all my SAKs do a great job.  I'll have to practice a lot in the second half and the next game. :cheers:

This is a failing common to every single Leatherman bottle opener I have ever handled. Victorinox bottle openers are far superior, as they catch the edge of the cap immediately. Leatherman has to be set on there just right, and you must lift with your elbow, as opposed to flicking your wrist.

Yay, Patriots!!

G.O.A.T.!!!!

Sorry. 7 + hours later and I'm still up from the game (I'm in New England)
My Supertool opener is larger and seems to work better.  Agree that Victorinox openers are superior.
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: ThundahBeagle on January 22, 2018, 05:52:42 PM
Ah. I've not yet tried the Supertool one. Too bad we have to go find one of the biggest tools they make to find a serviceable bottle opener.

Meanwhile, my SAKs, no matter how many layers, work smoothly and with little to no thought needed.
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: lew on January 22, 2018, 11:21:37 PM
Day 5: Decided to cut up an apple for a pre-meal snack.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4720/39134510064_ea4db30b48_z_d.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4694/24973818347_d99e990fc7_z_d.jpg)

Had to use the Rebar opened as it can't cut flush to a surface while closed.  Very comforable and stead using the knife this way.  The blade was a little short for the job, but it got it done.
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Poncho65 on January 22, 2018, 11:42:42 PM
Great use and pics :tu: :like:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Nix on January 23, 2018, 04:34:51 AM
 :like:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: SteveC on January 23, 2018, 05:40:58 AM
Fine work on that apple  :cheers:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: lew on January 24, 2018, 01:23:03 AM
Day 6: Staying away from my SAKs so I used the Rebar file as a nail file.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4699/25991007208_ebb9f09505_z_d.jpg)

Batching it tonight so I decided on soup & sandwich.  Had to cut the tape on the lettuce.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4719/38965500795_04cc64b7d9_z_d.jpg)

After dinner, I had to put the lettuce away but it wouldn't fit in the bag whole.  Had to cut it in half.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4743/39832165482_a54811e926_z_d.jpg)

Didn't take a picture of the perfectly halved lettuce head, but it did fit in the bag.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4702/39832173032_bda53f2d7f_z_d.jpg)
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Nix on January 24, 2018, 01:27:10 AM
Nice work. I find the Rebar to be very useful. Used the Spirit wood file to file one of my nails today. Not an ideal tool for the job, but sure trims a broken nail in a hurry.  :tu:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: lew on January 24, 2018, 01:40:30 AM
I'm getting used to it not being the ideal tool for the job but working just the same.  It's the second time I cut something twice as wide as the blade, but this time I didn't think twice.  I ordered a Work Champ because once in a while I want a longer blade, but the short one is working just fine.
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Glockfan on January 24, 2018, 01:48:12 AM
Nice coverage so far, enjoy following these challenges.

 :like:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: ThePeacent on January 24, 2018, 01:45:32 PM
The more used you get to it, the quicker and easier. ;)

so far so good! :cheers:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Barry Rowland on January 24, 2018, 01:55:30 PM
Nice job Lew!   :like: :tu:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: lew on January 25, 2018, 01:14:50 AM
Day 7: Delivery came from Amazon; It was my Work Champ!  I was so excited to open it that I tore the cardboard right off the opening strip.  Rebar to the rescue.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4696/39882991481_9c67fd1053_z_d.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4612/39882999281_e102cbdc30_z_d.jpg)

Today was a rough day, so I deserved some Makers on the rocks.  Unfortunately, the plastic sealer that came on the bottle opened to a sharp point on the top, digging into my hand whenever I open the bottle.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4648/39171924024_849f3b0f63_z_d.jpg)

I would usually let it go, but this is a Rebar Challenge.  Rebar took care of it.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4619/39171927354_cb0b99fb2c_z_d.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4603/39171930884_3c142dba8f_z_d.jpg)

BTW, I'm carrying the Work Champ in a Nite Ize Tool Holster Stretch and put the Rebar in my pocket just to see what it's like carrying such a big, heavy tool.  I am NOT using it (the Work Champ).  This doesn't violate the Challenge, does it?
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: SteveC on January 25, 2018, 01:16:00 AM
No  ;)
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Nix on January 25, 2018, 01:58:22 AM
I find that carrying the Rebar in a pocket is easier than I might have expected.

I like the diverse tasks you are using the Rebar to accomplish. And it's amazing how many tasks suddenly seem to have a multitool solution. Of course, when all I have is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail.....

Carry the Champ, use the Rebar!  :tu:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Glockfan on January 25, 2018, 05:06:22 AM
Day 7: Delivery came from Amazon; It was my Work Champ!  I was so excited to open it that I tore the cardboard right off the opening strip.  Rebar to the rescue.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4696/39882991481_9c67fd1053_z_d.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4612/39882999281_e102cbdc30_z_d.jpg)

Today was a rough day, so I deserved some Makers on the rocks.  Unfortunately, the plastic sealer that came on the bottle opened to a sharp point on the top, digging into my hand whenever I open the bottle.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4648/39171924024_849f3b0f63_z_d.jpg)

I would usually let it go, but this is a Rebar Challenge.  Rebar took care of it.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4619/39171927354_cb0b99fb2c_z_d.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4603/39171930884_3c142dba8f_z_d.jpg)

BTW, I'm carrying the Work Champ in a Nite Ize Tool Holster Stretch and put the Rebar in my pocket just to see what it's like carrying such a big, heavy tool.  I am NOT using it (the Work Champ).  This doesn't violate the Challenge, does it?


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Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Poncho65 on January 25, 2018, 11:53:33 AM
I mostly sheath carry but I have poclet carried with no issues :salute: and I also added a clip to mine for poclet carry and it carried really well that way :cheers: :like:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: lew on January 26, 2018, 12:51:27 AM
Day 8: The cable was out so I called Xfinity.  They asked me to tighten all the cables.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4770/28117314989_c7d0a580d2_z_d.jpg)

Not much more for the Rebar.  I cut up an onion when cooking dinner but used a chef knife instead.
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Nix on January 26, 2018, 12:59:18 AM
Right tool for the job.

BTW, yer rockin' this challenge!  :cheers:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Glockfan on January 26, 2018, 02:13:28 AM
Doing good lew!   :tu:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Poncho65 on January 26, 2018, 04:00:09 AM
+1 to what Nix and Glock said :salute: :like:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: lew on January 27, 2018, 04:56:29 AM
Day 9: All day not a single use for the Rebar.  After dinner, I thought, "why not cut up some cheese to go with my wine  this evening?"
 (https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4767/25048143937_73cdafa0e7_z_d.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4722/25048148087_e6bc92974b_z_d.jpg)

It was effortless.  I tried to cut a few slices with my new Work Champ and it didn't do nearly as well.  I really want to love the Work Champ but the Rebar is kicking ass.  I find that a lot of uses for the Rebar blade require the tool to be open as in the second photo.  It is surprisingly comfortable and stable using it this way.
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Glockfan on January 27, 2018, 05:11:48 AM
That cheese looks good :D

Glad your enjoying the rebar!     :like:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: EZrider on January 27, 2018, 07:18:53 AM
Day 4: Watching the playoff game and decided to open a beer.  Could have twisted it off or used my SAK, but this is a Rebar Challenge so I used its can/bottle opener.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4719/38924762775_f7368d05ec_z_d.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4708/39114058494_3453195c2f_z_d.jpg)

Have to say I was disappointed.  The opener seems too small and I had a hard time getting it under the lip of the cap.  Anybody else have this problem?  My Supertool and all my SAKs do a great job.  I'll have to practice a lot in the second half and the next game. :cheers:

Easy fix, leave the tool open as the closed “other half” interferes with the bottle.

Good luck with your challenge!
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Nix on January 28, 2018, 12:06:13 AM
...the Rebar is kicking ass.

Yes, yes indeed.  :cheers:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: JustinCase on January 28, 2018, 01:43:24 AM
Just kicking back on a Saturday afternoon. Salud!
(https://imageshack.com/a/img924/696/zn1EcA.jpg)
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: lew on January 28, 2018, 02:22:13 AM
Day 10: Cleaning out the garage which included this big box.  I cut it up so it would fit in the big trash can outside.  Bonus picture of my foot.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4745/39903744512_4d74baa5a5_z_d.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4677/39225602434_04ed6136ac_z_d.jpg)

Still liking the Rebar.
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Barry Rowland on January 29, 2018, 02:11:09 AM
The Rebar's blade is no slouch when it comes to cutting anything.  In all honesty, it's probably the most used part of the tool for me. 
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: lew on January 29, 2018, 02:57:40 AM
I use it a lot too, but I'm usually not in a position to take a picture.

Day 11: My wife's remote control battery quit working so I had to change it.  Used the small screwdriver.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4615/25085812177_5cc1c2044d_z_d.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4674/25085823287_3454a282ff_z_d.jpg)

Starting to think Rebar rather than SAK when I need a tool.
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Nix on January 29, 2018, 03:46:49 AM
Good save.
 :tu:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Glockfan on January 29, 2018, 01:29:28 PM
I use it a lot too, but I'm usually not in a position to take a picture.

Day 11: My wife's remote control battery quit working so I had to change it.  Used the small screwdriver.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4615/25085812177_5cc1c2044d_z_d.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4674/25085823287_3454a282ff_z_d.jpg)

Starting to think Rebar rather than SAK when I need a tool.





 :like:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: LoopCutter on January 29, 2018, 08:31:03 PM
Enjoy following your experiences and commentary. 

I too, am a Rebar user, have 3.   Actually started with a ST300 and was told of its smaller model. 
I like the tools and package size, often rides right back pocket opposite of wallet. 

Scissor duty is covered by SAK original style Vagabond. ;)


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Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: lew on January 29, 2018, 11:49:50 PM
Enjoy following your experiences and commentary. 

I too, am a Rebar user, have 3.   Actually started with a ST300 and was told of its smaller model. 
I like the tools and package size, often rides right back pocket opposite of wallet. 

Scissor duty is covered by SAK original style Vagabond. ;)


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Thanks.  My Rebar rides in a Raine Horizontal Knife Sheath that seems made for it.  I don't even know it's there.  I have an original SuperTool, and while it's a little lighter than the ST300, it's still considerably bigger and heavier than the Rebar.
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: lew on January 30, 2018, 03:13:26 AM
Day 12: Went to post today's pics and Flickr.com is down; hope this doesn't disqualify me.  Cut open some clamshell packaging for a new key fob.  I'm really beginning to appreciate the Rebar knife blade.
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Nix on January 30, 2018, 03:14:44 AM
I think yer good. Just post that snap when you can!

 :cheers:

(And, yes, nice knife blade.)
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: LoopCutter on January 30, 2018, 03:41:41 AM
The Rebar’s blade does slice hardy clam shell plastic like butter.
Always worry I will slip, remove a side of finger, create a gap between belly button and a nipple, gash my leg.  So, I took Pedro’s advise and sharpened the can opener and use that as package opener.  Works well for me since I am left handed, feel like better control. 
Just took a few strokes with Wave’s diamond file. 


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Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: lew on January 30, 2018, 03:53:19 AM
I think yer good. Just post that snap when you can!

 :cheers:

(And, yes, nice knife blade.)
Thanks.
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: lew on January 30, 2018, 03:55:01 AM
The Rebar’s blade does slice hardy clam shell plastic like butter.
Always worry I will slip, remove a side of finger, create a gap between belly button and a nipple, gash my leg.  So, I took Pedro’s advise and sharpened the can opener and use that as package opener.  Works well for me since I am left handed, feel like better control. 
Just took a few strokes with Wave’s diamond file. 


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I would just cut my finger off with the sharpened can opener.  BTW, I'm left handed too.
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: LoopCutter on January 30, 2018, 04:06:02 AM
I would just cut my finger off with the sharpened can opener.  BTW, I'm left handed too.

That is so cool, being left handed!

I having hard time visualizing cutting my self with Rebar can opener, maybe poking a digit on right hand, but not cutting or slicing;)



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Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: lew on January 30, 2018, 05:00:12 AM
I would just cut my finger off with the sharpened can opener.  BTW, I'm left handed too.

That is so cool, being left handed!

I having hard time visualizing cutting my self with Rebar can opener, maybe poking a digit on right hand, but not cutting or slicing;)



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Being left handed in a right handed world is a PIA.
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: an0nemus on January 30, 2018, 02:34:40 PM
I would just cut my finger off with the sharpened can opener.  BTW, I'm left handed too.

That is so cool, being left handed!

I having hard time visualizing cutting my self with Rebar can opener, maybe poking a digit on right hand, but not cutting or slicing;)



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Being left handed in a right handed world is a PIA.


Im a lefty might self and just got my Rebar last Sunday. So how do you carry yours daily, in its original pouch?
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: LoopCutter on January 30, 2018, 03:52:00 PM

Im a lefty might self and just got my Rebar last Sunday. So how do you carry yours daily, in its original pouch?
Depends on day and what I am doing or where I am working due to blade restrictions. 

I have a Rebar box sheath that is used for the most part.  Also, a cheap nylon sheath that I belt wear for work that can carry my Rebar or my Wave, and it gets scratched up plenty as I work on concrete.

At home, I often carry in back right Jean pocket, as it balances my back side with wallet in left.  Then it is either without sheath or in  a flat LM nylon sheath.



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Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: lew on January 30, 2018, 04:34:14 PM
Day 12 picture: My wife's key fob battery wasn't bad, the fob was.  Cut open the clamshell case for the new one.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4763/39086734315_aa02231574_z_d.jpg)

Forgot to take the after picture, but the Rebar did an excellent job.
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Nix on January 30, 2018, 04:40:40 PM
If at first you don't succeed....use the Rebar!

 :tu:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: lew on January 30, 2018, 04:46:00 PM

Im a lefty might self and just got my Rebar last Sunday. So how do you carry yours daily, in its original pouch?
Depends on day and what I am doing or where I am working due to blade restrictions. 

I have a Rebar box sheath that is used for the most part.  Also, a cheap nylon sheath that I belt wear for work that can carry my Rebar or my Wave, and it gets scratched up plenty as I work on concrete.

At home, I often carry in back right Jean pocket, as it balances my back side with wallet in left.  Then it is either without sheath or in  a flat LM nylon sheath.



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I carry mine in a Raine Horizontal Knife Sheath I got from Amazon.  Don't even know I'm carrying it.
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: lew on January 31, 2018, 04:41:32 AM
Day 13: Bought some bubble mailers to send out free Vic knives; had to remove the plastic wrap.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4619/39996173401_2a3f26b2bd_z_d.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4747/39996178631_873c1b8307_z_d.jpg)

My new Vic Work Champ had defective pliers (the jaws were missing teeth) and Amazon sent me a new one.  While checking it out, I noticed that the mini screwdriver was screwed into the corkscrew so tightly that I couldn't remove it.  Rebar to the rescue.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4605/39996183011_1c70be9ea7_z_d.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4663/39964885722_e93d7b0aa7_z_d.jpg)

Ironic that I used the Rebar to fix the Vic.
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Nix on January 31, 2018, 05:24:14 AM
I file that under "Cultural Exchange."   :tu:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: LoopCutter on January 31, 2018, 02:24:41 PM
I carry mine in a Raine Horizontal Knife Sheath I got from Amazon.  Don't even know I'm carrying it.
Do you have a picture of this, maybe on the belt. 
This maybe a good option for me when I retire from this job!;)



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Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: lew on January 31, 2018, 04:39:44 PM
I carry mine in a Raine Horizontal Knife Sheath I got from Amazon.  Don't even know I'm carrying it.
Do you have a picture of this, maybe on the belt. 
This maybe a good option for me when I retire from this job!;)



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(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4687/38745832674_eb442de9a8_z_d.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4734/38745896284_28dc581dfd_z_d.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4632/39973367132_6822e9141a_z_d.jpg)

Works with my original SuperTool also.  ST300 may be too thick.
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Nix on January 31, 2018, 04:58:49 PM
Very nice. I like that.  :tu:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: LoopCutter on January 31, 2018, 05:21:18 PM
Thank you, that does appear very functional and a option I had not considered.  !!!


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Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: lew on February 01, 2018, 12:35:50 AM
Day 14: I finally got around to putting the key fob replacement on the keychain.  The keychain is tiny and the fob is very thick, and I couldn't spread the keychain wide enough with my fingernails.  Enter the Rebar.  On the first picture, you can see the spread keychain tip at the very top (or bottom) of the fob.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4630/39302334834_cc85b0aa63_z_d.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4759/26139019158_feb7db753a_z_d.jpg)

Pretty lame, but I DID use the Rebar today.
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Nix on February 01, 2018, 12:51:29 AM
I'm going to request a halfway-done review for tomorrow.

I found that the Rebar really began to grow on me after two weeks use. I'm normally a pocket-knife (read SAK) kinda guy, and I had my doubts about using just a multitool for a month. But after two weeks, the Rebar started to fill that pocket knife role....and more.

So, now that you are halfway finished the challenge, what are you impressions?   :think:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: lew on February 02, 2018, 12:41:20 AM
Day 15: Cooking dinner and decided to use the Rebar.

Had to get the pork tenderloin out of the wrap.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4670/40011367971_f01f7dc181_z_d.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4662/39980131372_8a84c2d512_z_d.jpg)

Opened a can of corn.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4616/40011382851_0673aa0c73_z_d.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4694/40011388721_bc13bf888f_z_d.jpg)

I may do a halfway done review later, but right now I have to eat.
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Poncho65 on February 02, 2018, 01:19:58 AM
Catching up with you on this and I have to say I am glad you are getting on with the Rebar :salute: Great uses and plenty of great pics as well :like:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: lew on February 03, 2018, 02:02:18 AM
Day 16: Dinner tonight includes steamed vegetables.  The knob on the timer broke a long time ago and I usually use a kitchen knife to turn it, but I haven't used the Rebar all day.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4657/25177673247_6498a2810c_z_d.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4663/25177678087_6f12e0f865_z_d.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4694/25177683007_6708e10017_z_d.jpg)

You can't see it, but in the 3rd picture, the "on" light is on.

My impressions at the halfway point:

I'm getting used to the Rebar.  The other day, I needed some pliers and reflexively reached for it; first time I didn't have to think about using it.  As far as the tools go, I have mixed feelings.  I love the blades, can opener, all the screwdrivers, the awl, and the pliers.  Haven't tried the saw, but I tested the file and the hole for your thumbnail gets in the way.  Other than that, it works great, but I think it would have been better if there was just a notch.  Don't like the bottle opener; I have to force myself not to reach for a SAK.  All in all, it's a great tool and perfect when paired with a SAK.
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Glockfan on February 03, 2018, 03:57:18 AM
 :like:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Nix on February 03, 2018, 05:46:57 AM
Strong work, so far!  :cheers:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: ThePeacent on February 03, 2018, 12:14:55 PM
very good follow-up!
 :tu:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: lew on February 04, 2018, 03:46:35 AM
Day 17: I had to replace the light fixture in my office.  I used the Rebar knife, pliers, and inline phillips.

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(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4767/39359049504_a02124d74e_z_d.jpg)

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(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4707/39359065884_febfecb5b1_z_d.jpg)
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Nix on February 04, 2018, 04:09:03 AM
Good job, lew.

These multitools really are handy!   :tu:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Poncho65 on February 04, 2018, 05:43:06 AM
Great use right there :like: :like:

:nanadance:       :nanadance:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: zoidberg on February 04, 2018, 07:21:26 AM
Finally got around to reading this thread, keep up the good work lew.   :tu:   :like:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: lew on February 04, 2018, 08:36:13 PM
Day 18: First, a story to explain the pics.  I went to a funeral Friday.  I was wearing slacks and a sport coat and didn't want to belt carry anything or have bulges in my slacks, so I left my Rebar and Workchamp in the car and carried my old Climber.  It occurred to me that the way I carry (Rebar in a horizontal pouch, SAK on a homemade belt clip) works fine with jeans but not with slacks.  I ordered a P-7 pocket clip for the SAK thinking it would be less conspicuous.  Then today, I was throwing out some old picture hangers and remembered a Youtube video.  I decided to make a homemade pocket clip.  Here's the story in pictures.

The Rebar with before and after picture hangers.  The top one has been shaped with the pliers.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4707/28303243819_95544846b8_z_d.jpg)

The finished product.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4669/28303249019_18e18e8833_z_d.jpg)

Pocket clip in action.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4627/28303253099_e40803ea97_z_d.jpg)

Much less noticeable than the homemade belt clip.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4620/26028198758_685e61c678_z_d.jpg)

It works great!  Hard to imagine the $12.00 P-7 working better, but it has already been shipped.  I'll probably use it when it comes but it was fun making this one with the Rebar.
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Nix on February 04, 2018, 08:41:58 PM
Very nice!

I may have to give that a try.  :cheers:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: LJUSMC on February 05, 2018, 08:45:52 AM
What exactly is the rebar challenge? I assume it’s to only use that one tool for 30 days?


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Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Poncho65 on February 05, 2018, 11:56:58 AM
What exactly is the rebar challenge? I assume it’s to only use that one tool for 30 days?


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That and you have to take and post a pic everyday for those 30 days :salute:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Poncho65 on February 05, 2018, 11:57:49 AM
Nice carry options Lew :cheers: :like: :like:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: lew on February 06, 2018, 03:22:50 AM
Nice carry options Lew :cheers: :like: :like:
Thanks!
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: lew on February 06, 2018, 03:24:37 AM
Very nice!

I may have to give that a try.  :cheers:
Thanks.  Got my P-7 today and I'm going to use it just because I paid for it, but I actually think the homemade version works better!
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: lew on February 06, 2018, 03:35:16 AM
Day 19: Got my TEC P-7 suspension clip today.  Using the Rebar to measure different Sbiners to decide which one to use.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4676/39396768674_013d020bc9_z_d.jpg)

I really like the P-7, but not $12 more than my homemade clip.  Too late now.
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: an0nemus on February 06, 2018, 04:50:47 AM
Day 13: Bought some bubble mailers to send out free Vic knives; had to remove the plastic wrap.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4619/39996173401_2a3f26b2bd_z_d.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4747/39996178631_873c1b8307_z_d.jpg)

My new Vic Work Champ had defective pliers (the jaws were missing teeth) and Amazon sent me a new one.  While checking it out, I noticed that the mini screwdriver was screwed into the corkscrew so tightly that I couldn't remove it.  Rebar to the rescue.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4605/39996183011_1c70be9ea7_z_d.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4663/39964885722_e93d7b0aa7_z_d.jpg)

Ironic that I used the Rebar to fix the Vic.


Were you the guy who asked in the Swiss Army Collectors FB page about how to remove the miniscrewdriver from the corkscrew?  :D

----

Even though I dont use my Rebar much, it has been in my bag since I got it and feel confident having it nearby.
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: lew on February 06, 2018, 01:42:16 PM
Day 13: Bought some bubble mailers to send out free Vic knives; had to remove the plastic wrap.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4619/39996173401_2a3f26b2bd_z_d.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4747/39996178631_873c1b8307_z_d.jpg)

My new Vic Work Champ had defective pliers (the jaws were missing teeth) and Amazon sent me a new one.  While checking it out, I noticed that the mini screwdriver was screwed into the corkscrew so tightly that I couldn't remove it.  Rebar to the rescue.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4605/39996183011_1c70be9ea7_z_d.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4663/39964885722_e93d7b0aa7_z_d.jpg)

Ironic that I used the Rebar to fix the Vic.


Were you the guy who asked in the Swiss Army Collectors FB page about how to remove the miniscrewdriver from the corkscrew?  :D
No, I actually figured it out myself.  Thanks for asking.
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: lew on February 07, 2018, 04:50:45 AM
Day 20: My wife bought a HUGE clock after watching HGTV.  I was going to mount it on the wall, but I dropped it!  It bent the hands pretty bad.  Enter the Rebar.

Bent hands.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4613/39228139555_64df558dd4_z_d.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4607/40094465382_11dd3a766a_z_d.jpg)

Took off the brass nut holding the hands on, straightened the hands. and reattached the brass nut.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4616/26253406078_5231728d02_z_d.jpg)

Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Nix on February 07, 2018, 04:51:42 AM
Nice save, lew!

Did Mrs lew notice?   :whistle:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: lew on February 07, 2018, 05:00:02 AM
Nice save, lew!

Did Mrs lew notice?   :whistle:
Haven't told her yet.  Should I? ???
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: LoopCutter on February 07, 2018, 05:01:04 AM
Nice save, lew!

Did Mrs lew notice?   :whistle:
Haven't told her yet.  Should I? ???
No!


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Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: lew on February 07, 2018, 05:04:02 AM
Nice save, lew!

Did Mrs lew notice?   :whistle:
Haven't told her yet.  Should I? ???
No!


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Thanks.  If she finds out, I'll tell her YOU told me not to say anything!
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Nix on February 07, 2018, 05:12:00 AM
 :whistle:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: an0nemus on February 07, 2018, 08:46:16 AM
 :dwts:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: zoidberg on February 07, 2018, 08:59:07 AM
 :rofl:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Poncho65 on February 07, 2018, 11:55:05 AM
If she doesn't notice then mum is the word :angel:

Great fix :like:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: LoopCutter on February 07, 2018, 12:51:30 PM
Wow, look at that BUS coming toward me!


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Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: lew on February 07, 2018, 06:18:53 PM
Wow, look at that BUS coming toward me!


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She noticed and boy is she mad.  You guys are safe, though.  I manned up and took the hit.  Maybe I'll use the Rebar to break out of the doghouse.
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: LoopCutter on February 07, 2018, 06:24:38 PM
I was ready to take the hit:(
All that training (42 yrs married), and mental preparation, oh man, till next time!


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Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Nix on February 07, 2018, 07:17:06 PM
Oh, yer glad the Rebar has a good file now...... :rofl:

I find a small box of chocolates works wonders.   :pok:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: lew on February 08, 2018, 04:08:25 AM
Day 21: My son had borrowed my tools and the socket set was a little rough.  Decided to take out the sockets and clean everything but the ones close to the edge have to be pried out.  I always used my Mountaineer but this is a Rebar Challenge.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4706/39245195485_1aa3b9638f_z_d.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4604/39245199365_376a7413e0_z_d.jpg)
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: sir_mike on February 08, 2018, 04:39:43 AM
Day 19: Got my TEC P-7 suspension clip today.  Using the Rebar to measure different Sbiners to decide which one to use.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4676/39396768674_013d020bc9_z_d.jpg)

I really like the P-7, but not $12 more than my homemade clip.  Too late now.

You can basically get the same clip from an online place for less than $1 each.
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Nix on February 08, 2018, 04:58:59 AM
Nice alternative use of the driver, lew!
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: lew on February 09, 2018, 04:07:16 AM
Day 22: Having squash and onions as part of my dinner tonight.  Pics show cutting the squash; onion came later.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4672/39449425234_9a720cb3df_z_d.jpg)

For some reason I feel the Rebar is more comfortable this way when doing repetitive slicing tasks.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4655/28380411959_e3f0437359_z_d.jpg)
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: LoopCutter on February 09, 2018, 04:28:50 AM
Day 22: Having squash and onions as part of my dinner tonight.  Pics show cutting the squash; onion came later.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4672/39449425234_9a720cb3df_z_d.jpg)

For some reason I feel the Rebar is more comfortable this way when doing repetitive slicing tasks.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4655/28380411959_e3f0437359_z_d.jpg)
I do as well.  Extend the handle on my ST300 also.   

Extend the Serrated blade and you have weapon. 


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Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Poncho65 on February 09, 2018, 12:13:14 PM
Day 22: Having squash and onions as part of my dinner tonight.  Pics show cutting the squash; onion came later.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4672/39449425234_9a720cb3df_z_d.jpg)

For some reason I feel the Rebar is more comfortable this way when doing repetitive slicing tasks.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4655/28380411959_e3f0437359_z_d.jpg)
I do as well.  Extend the handle on my ST300 also.   

Extend the Serrated blade and you have weapon. 


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That is also how I use the blade on the Rebar :tu: Great pics and uses lew :like: :like:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: ThePeacent on February 09, 2018, 02:00:26 PM
Day 22: Having squash and onions as part of my dinner tonight.  Pics show cutting the squash; onion came later.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4672/39449425234_9a720cb3df_z_d.jpg)

For some reason I feel the Rebar is more comfortable this way when doing repetitive slicing tasks.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4655/28380411959_e3f0437359_z_d.jpg)

wowza! Never ever seen a yellow squash in person here, at any store. :o
Looks really weird, but awesome!  :tu:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: lew on February 10, 2018, 05:10:56 AM
Day 23: Enjoying a fine bottle of wine.  Opened with the Workmate.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4667/40145664612_e3068c983f_z_d.jpg)

Oh, wait, this is a Rebar Challenge..... :o

Had pizza and it was too hot  and the crust was droopy.  Cut into pieces with the Rebar.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4752/40178680531_05b1d407cf_z_d.jpg)

Sorry about that.  Friday night, a friend with expensive red wine, carrying a Rebar AND a Workmate.  I was confused.
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Nix on February 10, 2018, 05:18:36 AM
Looks like the Workmate was the star of the show, but you did get that Rebar in there.... Well done!  :tu:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: alexanderre on February 10, 2018, 10:16:26 AM
Day 23: Enjoying a fine bottle of wine.  Opened with the Workmate.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4667/40145664612_e3068c983f_z_d.jpg)

Oh, wait, this is a Rebar Challenge..... :o

Had pizza and it was too hot  and the crust was droopy.  Cut into pieces with the Rebar.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4752/40178680531_05b1d407cf_z_d.jpg)

Sorry about that.  Friday night, a friend with expensive red wine, carrying a Rebar AND a Workmate.  I was confused.


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Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Poncho65 on February 10, 2018, 11:56:38 AM
Well the Rebar wasn't up to that task :ahhh :D
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: lew on February 10, 2018, 03:35:57 PM
Well the Rebar wasn't up to that task :ahhh :D
Rebar probably was, I wasn't.  If I was stranded on a desert island and only had a bottle of wine and a Rebar, I think I could get it open.
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: lew on February 11, 2018, 12:22:36 AM
Day 24: Made poached eggs and English muffins for the missus this morning.

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Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Nix on February 11, 2018, 01:29:39 AM
Eggcellent!


(sorry 'bout that.  ::))
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Poncho65 on February 11, 2018, 03:53:11 PM
Well the Rebar wasn't up to that task :ahhh :D
Rebar probably was, I wasn't.  If I was stranded on a desert island and only had a bottle of wine and a Rebar, I think I could get it open.

On a desert island I could make a lot more work with the Rebar :D :tu:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Poncho65 on February 11, 2018, 03:53:28 PM
Eggcellent!


(sorry 'bout that.  ::))

+1 and  :rofl:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: lew on February 12, 2018, 03:10:02 AM
Day 25: Went to the dump, wife filled up the truck with empty boxes.  Used Rebar to cut them up so we had more room.

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Just took a picture of the first box.
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: lew on February 12, 2018, 02:57:58 PM
Day 25: Went to the dump, wife filled up the truck with empty boxes.  Used Rebar to cut them up so we had more room.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4676/40214471161_9c39938835_z_d.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4744/40214477291_b72fbd785c_z_d.jpg)

Just took a picture of the first box.
Just noticed the Rebar isnt in the picture from yesterday. Am I disqualified?
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Nix on February 12, 2018, 03:00:12 PM
Probably not. Afterall, you did post a pic of the Rebar's work.

But to play it safe, you might want to photoshop the Rebar into one of the pictures.....  :whistle:  Who would ever know?
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: LoopCutter on February 12, 2018, 05:06:08 PM
Day 25: Went to the dump, wife filled up the truck with empty boxes.  Used Rebar to cut them up so we had more room.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4676/40214471161_9c39938835_z_d.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4744/40214477291_b72fbd785c_z_d.jpg)

Just took a picture of the first box.
Just noticed the Rebar isnt in the picture from yesterday. Am I disqualified?
I see it!!!!  That plastic lid on top of your Rebar as the pic was snapped.  ;)


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Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Poncho65 on February 12, 2018, 07:57:14 PM
Put a couple different pics in today and we will call it evensies :D
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: lew on February 13, 2018, 03:53:55 AM
Day 26: Making dinner with the Rebar: Pork tenderloin on the grill, steamed vegetables.  Didn't take pic of the pork.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4666/40201939842_da91ac1384_z_d.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4623/40201986482_87fb3e0cab_z_d.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4619/40201996612_630fe4ca73_z_d.jpg)
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Nix on February 13, 2018, 05:03:21 AM
Back in the game.  :D
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: alexanderre on February 13, 2018, 08:53:41 AM
Day 26: Making dinner with the Rebar: Pork tenderloin on the grill, steamed vegetables.  Didn't take pic of the pork.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4666/40201939842_da91ac1384_z_d.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4623/40201986482_87fb3e0cab_z_d.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4619/40201996612_630fe4ca73_z_d.jpg)

No [pik] - no [pɔːk]
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: lew on February 14, 2018, 01:57:36 AM
Day 27: A package came from Amazon that I didn't order.  I hope my wife bought me a knife for Valentines Day to replace the Kershaw 3810 I gave to my son! :drool:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4602/40209535702_4e7175a3d4_z_d.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4651/26381687118_2af778f5ed_z_d.jpg)

Crap!  Just some hair stuff for her. >:(
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Nix on February 14, 2018, 03:42:28 AM
Surprise!

At least the Rebar was there when you needed it.  :cheers:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: lew on February 14, 2018, 04:00:30 AM
I'm getting REAL used to using the Rebar.
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Obi1shinobee on February 14, 2018, 04:15:02 AM
 :like: :like: :like: :like:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Dutch_Tooler on February 14, 2018, 08:40:19 AM
The Rebar is a nice do-it-all, isnt'it? :like:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Poncho65 on February 14, 2018, 12:00:05 PM
Gotta love the Rebar :cheers: Nice to see you getting along with it so well :cheers: :like:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: lew on February 15, 2018, 03:12:10 AM
Day 28: I was at a hardware store buying fasteners and they had to be the exact size.  I asked the salesman to measure them and he got out his tape measure.  I said in millimeters.  He said he would find someone with a metric tape measure and I said never mind and got out the Rebar; the salesman was dumbfounded.  I NEVER thought I would use the ruler.  No pics from the hardware store but here's one next to my wife's Valentines Day present.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4660/40273310791_dc1fb001bb_z_d.jpg)
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Nix on February 15, 2018, 05:39:50 AM
It's odd how difficult it can be to find a metric ruler. I know we in the US don't have a metric standard, but, these days, metric measurements come up all the time!

Well done, Rebar. Again.
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Don Pablo on February 15, 2018, 10:53:33 AM
 :like:

Let’s hope that the american imperial system dies soon, along with that silly Fahrenheit.  :whistle:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Dutch_Tooler on February 15, 2018, 11:02:25 AM
:like:

Let’s hope that the american imperial system dies soon, along with that silly Fahrenheit.  :whistle:
Yup. It's ... strange  :think:... to see such a revolutionary country (successfully breaking free from British oppression and all, back in the day) still clinging to outmoded and incongruous units of measure...

(Oops - I'm blacklisted now :D)
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Poncho65 on February 15, 2018, 12:01:14 PM
It would cost to much money now to move away from it I think :facepalm: Plus it doesn't seem all that silly to me :shrug: :D
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Poncho65 on February 15, 2018, 12:02:03 PM
Nice job with the Rebar ruler, lew :cheers: :like: :like:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: lew on February 15, 2018, 10:07:36 PM
Day 29: A couple of months ago, I was rearranging my office and the printer stand attached to my desk was ripped off.  Decided to remove the remaining l-bracket so I would stop digging it into my leg.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4627/26415616738_11fca36252_z_d.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4671/40288229001_4d41ced7f1_z_d.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4743/26415634958_670efa5783_z_d.jpg)
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Nix on February 15, 2018, 10:28:42 PM
That's just a good old-fashioned safety precaution.   :salute:

Rebar taking care of business, again.  :tu:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Poncho65 on February 16, 2018, 03:30:20 AM
1 more day :ahhh :ahhh :ahhh :cheers: :like:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: ReamerPunch on February 16, 2018, 12:37:16 PM
Nicely done lew!  :like:
The Rebar is so nice. Instant classic.  :dd:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: LoopCutter on February 16, 2018, 03:56:05 PM
Nice challenge, one more post for day 30.

Just to think that just over month ago, the Rebar was new, you were wondering how it would measure up to your trusted SAK.

Thank you for sharing this journey, well done. 


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Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Poncho65 on February 16, 2018, 05:20:42 PM
Can't wait to hear your thoughts in it as well :salute: It is one of my favorite tools and I have had it with me a few days this week :cheers: I could carry just it and be content for sure :tu:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: SteveC on February 16, 2018, 09:40:48 PM
1 more day :ahhh :ahhh :ahhh :cheers: :like:

Nicely done !
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: lew on February 16, 2018, 10:54:49 PM
Day 30: Opened a box and cut the top off so the contents would be easy to access (no pics).  Cooking burgers tonight so I thought I would get the onions ready early.

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Only one slice as I'm the only one who puts onions on my burgers.

My opinion of the Rebar after 30 days?  I like the size/weight and the way it fits perfectly in the belt sheath I got for it; I don't notice it a bit, and when I take it out, it feels like it was made for my hands.  Having all the tools inside the handle made it a little awkward at first to deploy them, but after 30 days, I prefer this design, and I can get them out as fast as my SAKs.  I love the pliers, cutters, blade, screwdrivers, and can opener.  I like that all the tools lock.  I prefer the Rebar screwdrivers to the SAKs because the unpolished finish seems to get a better grip.  As for the can opener, it's great for cans but not so great for bottles.  It works, but you have to work at it.  I don't like the thumb hole in the file.  One of the tests I did was file the head of a nail with the Rebar, Mountaineer, and Workchamp.  The file works great, but the nail head kept falling into the thumb hole; not a great design.  As I said, I love the blade but wish is was a little bigger.  I didn't use the saw or the sheepsfoot blade but I'm sure they work fine.

Conclusion: This thing has earned a place on my belt.  I know it's not the glamor boy in the Leatherman line, but I prefer the old school design of the Rebar and ST 300.  I'm going to carry it and my Workchamp for a while and see if they are a good fit.  As I said in another thread, I should have gotten the Outrider as the file, pliers, and #2 Phillips on the Workchamp are redundant if I am going to carry both.  If I didn't "need" a larger blade, a small Phillips, scissors, tweezers, and a toothpick, the Rebar would be the only tool I would carry.

I'm glad I took the Challenge.  I was programmed to reach for my SAK when I needed tool.  For example, need to tighten a Phillips head screw?  Get the SAK and use the can opener.  Now, I'm comfortable with the Rebar options.  Need to measure a metric screw?  Get out the Rebar.  Pliers?  Rebar.  I would recommend the Rebar to anyone who is looking for a great multitool and isn't dazzled by one hand opening blades on the outside.
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Nix on February 16, 2018, 11:03:28 PM
 :clap:

Well done!  A great challenge, done well.   :tu:

The REBAR became my favorite multitool after doing this challenge. Easy to carry and hugely capable, it shot right to the top of my favorites list. I'm really glad you undertook this challenge and developed a new option in the multitool armory.

 :clap:
Title: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: LoopCutter on February 17, 2018, 02:44:17 AM
Great report to the adaptation to your Rebar.

I know you had reservations has you felt you were always going reach for your SAK first, and afraid the Rebar would be the stepchild in your selection  for carry.  So glad you accepted the challenge and saw it to completio

I had taken a ST300 challenge first when learned there was a smaller version.  Now have 3 Rebars to choose from.  Add my 58mm Vagabond, scissors are there, or with my Micra.

Great job completed!


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Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: sir_mike on February 17, 2018, 04:15:34 AM
Great review!   :tu:

The Rebar IMO is a very underrated MT.  You cannot beat the price and its size vs the tool set and build quality on it!

Now if they just made a pocket clip for it like the Kick had, it would be great!
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: zoidberg on February 17, 2018, 09:29:48 AM
Yeah excellent thread mate.   :tu:   :like:   Congrats on earning your first merit badge.   :cheers:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: ReamerPunch on February 17, 2018, 09:46:04 AM
Congratulations on getting the badge.  :cheers:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Poncho65 on February 17, 2018, 12:01:08 PM
Twas a great thread and congrats on the badge :salute: :like:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: an0nemus on February 17, 2018, 02:28:09 PM
Congrats, Lew! Reading your reflection after 30 days made me admire my Rebar more
Title: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: LoopCutter on February 17, 2018, 02:36:59 PM
Congratulations for the badge, you are now “Deputy Lew”  with your trusty Rebar at your side


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Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: SteveC on February 17, 2018, 02:57:37 PM
Great challenge and thread !  Congrats on your badge   :cheers:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: Dutch_Tooler on February 17, 2018, 03:29:35 PM
Great challenge and thread !  Congrats on your badge   :cheers:
+1!
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: ThePeacent on February 18, 2018, 04:14:24 PM
I enjoyed this thread, great challenge and follow-up. Your thoughts are shared with many, the Rebar is among LM's best (arguably the best) tools especially for the price  :tu:

congrats on your badge too!!  :salute:
Title: Re: Lew's 30-Day Rebar Challenge
Post by: lew on February 18, 2018, 05:38:10 PM
Thanks, guys, for all the positive comments. :cheers:  I used the Rebar for something every day and discovered that while it's not always the best tool for the job (food prep for example), there are not many jobs it can't do.