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True Christmas Special
« on: January 15, 2013, 10:10:33 PM »
These are the tools mentioned on another thread, they were for sale in a well known home furnishings store for £6 in a waterproof plastic case. I am using the case elsewhere, it was quite good, but the tools are too embarrassing to even give away.



You'll be familiar with the little keychain tool, these have been around for a while and I really like the idea of the form factor. If there was a well engineered version around I would consider getting one. The carabiner tool looks ok at a glance with anodised sides...



...and at first you think you're getting a good tool load, but then you spot the useless cross head driver on the end and realise there are only 2 blades among all that metalwork!




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Re: True Christmas Special
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2013, 10:27:05 PM »
I'm glad you mentioned this- a couple of years ago we were approached by the folks at True Utility and they wanted to do some promotions here.  For some reason or another it never went anywhere, and now I guess I'm glad for that.

Def

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True Christmas Special
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2013, 10:28:28 PM »
I'm glad you mentioned this- a couple of years ago we were approached by the folks at True Utility and they wanted to do some promotions here.  For some reason or another it never went anywhere, and now I guess I'm glad for that.

Def
Ohh, I remember those guys.. ::) :D


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Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,460 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Re: True Christmas Special
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2013, 10:34:38 PM »
Yeah, initially they signed up here with three different accounts and held conversations with each other about how great True Utility Tools were.  At the time I thought if they were too cheap to advertise properly then what does that say about their products?

Still, I'd give them the benefit of the doubt- I have sent emails asking if they were interested in doing something for one of our anniversary giveaways or sponsor one of the UK Meetups and I don't even get responses anymore.  I can't say as I'm surprised they don't want to hand out freebies if the products are that bad.

Def

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Re: True Christmas Special
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2013, 10:41:53 PM »
Well... MY totally unbiased view of LYNN brand multitools is that they're SO awesome.

Isn't that right, Lynn?

It SURE IS, Lynn... and might I say, you're looking super-awesome today!

Why, thank you.

 :D

Thanks for the heads-up. I don't think we have those around here, but as I'm a sucker for cheapos, it's good to know what to avoid. The one with the carabiner looks deceptively like something useful, although swisstech got my $5 and I'll never buy another floppy scarab again.
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True Christmas Special
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2013, 10:44:36 PM »
I can add that the blades are quite blunt, the file on the small scarab tool has only a 1/2" of actual file and the star head driver is misshaped, its more like a T head really. The little pliers are not bad and are spring loaded.

These are more of a lost concept as I really like how the handles swing around and lock the pliers shut making a neat comfortable little coin shaped pocket tool. The scarab design is quite novel.. if only they hadn't made it out of cheese!


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Re: True Christmas Special
« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2013, 10:44:51 PM »
They are everywhere over here now. I've seen a display cabinet in a couple of different shops that must have 30 ish different products in there or so.

Mostly tat it has to be said...

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True Christmas Special
« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2013, 10:47:57 PM »
The display cabinet is what got me. A nice lighted stand full of shiney multitools in packaging that utterly prevents you from actually handling them to see how much they suck.


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Re: True Christmas Special
« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2013, 10:51:43 PM »
Well... MY totally unbiased view of LYNN brand multitools is that they're SO awesome.

Isn't that right, Lynn?

It SURE IS, Lynn... and might I say, you're looking super-awesome today!

Why, thank you.

 :D

Thanks for the heads-up. I don't think we have those around here, but as I'm a sucker for cheapos, it's good to know what to avoid. The one with the carabiner looks deceptively like something useful, although swisstech got my $5 and I'll never buy another floppy scarab again.

The original Swiss Tech tools were great.  They were a victim of their own success though.  Initially they were Swiss designed and manufactured in the US, but as they got more complex in response to customer feedback they either got really expensive or moved to China.  They chose the latter and since the price stayed reasonable they sold more and more and more, which meant the company wanted to grow and started introducing different models, each one cheaper than the last.

Some of the original models are still being made and are still pretty good.  Of course, they are not terribly complex, and so hard to screw up, like the Screwzall and MicroTech.





Def

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Re: True Christmas Special
« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2013, 11:04:43 PM »
In my experience True Utility are a bit of a mixed bag.

I had the Scarab I think it's called (the tool on the left in the first pic) and it was utterly horrendous - completely useless. Since then I have had a range of items from them which I've really liked ... but I've not bought any more of their pliers based multitools. The successes I've had include Twistick, Telepen, Eyeglass, Slimclips ... I'm sure there was something else  :think: ... dunno ... forgot  :-\

Essentially what I'm saying is that just because it may have True Utility written on it, doesn't necessarily mean it's a complete crock



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Re: True Christmas Special
« Reply #10 on: January 15, 2013, 11:19:34 PM »
The other non-tool stuff they made isn't all bad... the Telepen isn't bad for instance.

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Re: True Christmas Special
« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2013, 11:28:51 PM »
Got any photos of this Telepen?

Def

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Re: True Christmas Special
« Reply #12 on: January 15, 2013, 11:32:53 PM »
Lots here: http://www.trueutility.com/pocket-tools-store/telepen.html

It's actually quite useful despite it's size :)

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Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,460 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Re: True Christmas Special
« Reply #13 on: January 15, 2013, 11:35:08 PM »
I had an Inka pen like that.  I hated it.  the quality wasn't bad, but it was useless to me as I just need a pen for quick notes, but I need it often.  Unscrewing the thing just to make another mark in my notebook was just too inconvenient.

Def

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Re: True Christmas Special
« Reply #14 on: January 15, 2013, 11:40:26 PM »
The Telepen isn't like that - just grab and yank  ;)

EDIT: Here's some size perspectives ... (and where mine lives) ...




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Re: True Christmas Special
« Reply #15 on: January 15, 2013, 11:49:25 PM »
Well that makes it a lot better than the Inka pen in my opinion then.  :D

Def

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Re: True Christmas Special
« Reply #16 on: January 16, 2013, 12:00:44 AM »
I got rid of my Inka pen too - as Al as kindly demonstrated, it's a different kettle of fish :)

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Re: True Christmas Special
« Reply #17 on: January 16, 2013, 12:08:43 AM »
I still have my Inka Pen. I liked the fact you could pull it out and make a quick note without having to "build it", but could assemble it if you wanted to do a fair amount of writing. I also discovered another use for it - rekindling dying fires ....

... at my brother's house a couple of years back we we having a good old slurp of intoxicating beverages and had a little fire going in his back garden. We got distracted talking and left feeding it a little late. Being rather inebriated I decided to show off and used the metal tube as a blow tube to get the embers back alive and it worked really well till I spat the bloody thing into the middle of the glowing embers and reached in with my hand to grab it back  :ahhh :ahhh :ahhh



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Re: True Christmas Special
« Reply #18 on: January 16, 2013, 12:27:23 AM »
You are absolutely right, and I did use it that way for a while, but I gave up and went back to my Fisher Bullet, which I feel is just a much nicer pen all around.

Def

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Re: True Christmas Special
« Reply #19 on: January 16, 2013, 11:39:50 PM »
You are absolutely right, and I did use it that way for a while, but I gave up and went back to my Fisher Bullet, which I feel is just a much nicer pen all around.

Def

That's the one I keep with me, mostly because of it's ability to write on more stuff. It's not my favourite ink, being a little gloopy at times, but it has never let me down.

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Re: True Christmas Special
« Reply #20 on: January 17, 2013, 02:27:25 AM »
As soon as I read the heading

"True Christmas Special"

I exhaled deeply, stepped in and saw the reference to True Utility  :rant:

This kind of C.R.A.P (sorry def) actually gives crap tools a bad name.

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Re: True Christmas Special
« Reply #21 on: January 17, 2013, 08:08:51 AM »
I have considered buying True Utility items many times but never did... Maybe I never will now, based on the comments here..   :(

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Re: True Christmas Special
« Reply #22 on: January 17, 2013, 08:30:13 PM »
In my experience True Utility are a bit of a mixed bag.

I had the Scarab I think it's called (the tool on the left in the first pic) and it was utterly horrendous - completely useless. Since then I have had a range of items from them which I've really liked ... but I've not bought any more of their pliers based multitools. The successes I've had include Twistick, Telepen, Eyeglass, Slimclips ... I'm sure there was something else  :think: ... dunno ... forgot  :-\

Essentially what I'm saying is that just because it may have True Utility written on it, doesn't necessarily mean it's a complete crock

I have considered buying True Utility items many times but never did... Maybe I never will now, based on the comments here..   :(

I would strongly take Al's point here, some True Utility gear is fine, some seems to be utter rubbish.  Luckily enough we can read reviews on individual items rather than just writing off a whole brand because of some very ropey items. ;)

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Re: True Christmas Special
« Reply #23 on: January 17, 2013, 08:38:37 PM »
they keep winking at me everytime I shop from  amazon uk....   :D

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True Christmas Special
« Reply #24 on: January 19, 2013, 01:03:55 PM »
Quote>> You are absolutely right, and I did use it that way for a while, but I gave up and went back to my Fisher Bullet, which I feel is just a much nicer pen all around.

Def <<Quote

It's the black Fisher Bullet that I keep in my Skinths for EDC. It's the price of a cheapo multitool though.

I've occasionally spotted the Fisher telescopic pen for sale, but have never handled one.



Is there a thread around anywhere about short pens that fit in LM type sheaths, a cheaper alternative would be nice?

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Re: True Christmas Special
« Reply #25 on: January 19, 2013, 01:12:06 PM »
Zebra pens do a couple of telescopic pens that are reasonably cheap. :tu:

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Re: True Christmas Special
« Reply #26 on: January 19, 2013, 03:04:13 PM »
+1 on the Zebra telescopic. Been carrying one for years.
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True Christmas Special
« Reply #27 on: January 19, 2013, 11:00:08 PM »
+1 on the Zebra telescopic. Been carrying one for years.
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That's neat, I'll try to pick one up


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