Nice comparisons and info. Good pics also. Thanks man.That's us mobile
Turning attention to the Reactor's blade, now. SOG specifications have the blade at 2.5 inches long. Which is not very big, but it is proportionate to the size of the tool. It has a nice shape to it. since I view this as a direct competitor to the Skeletool/Freestyle lines from Leatherman, that is what I mostly compare it to. The Freestyle has a very sexy blade. It looks mean. The Reactor's blade has some attitude to it, as well, but not like the Freestyle. The Reactor blade is not very thick either, similar to the Wingman/Sidekick blades. It does have some side to side wiggle, but it doesn't rattle around in there without some encouragement, so it's fine. Up and down it is pretty solid unless you really press on the spine, and then you find some spongy give. So, it does have some play, but it is not enough to be alarming, IMHO. The thumbstud is effective at getting the blade launched. Easy to get purchase on it with your thumb. The spring assist is a cool feature and is executed well. The blade flips out with good force and solidly clicks into place. The locking-liner gets the job done of holding the blade open until you want it closed. When you do, you have easy access to it for quickly folding the blade back away. The spine features some pretty nice jimping, but not overly aggressive.Ergonomics - in knife mode, the Reactor feels good in hand. You can almost convince yourself that you are holding a folder and not a multitool when you hold the Reactor with the knife deployed. The handle is designed to give your fingers some places to hang out while cutting and it does not have any really noticeable edges or corners digging into your hand. It should be noted that have smallish hands - I wear size medium gloves (mostly). Since knife-mode does not require a death-grip, the Reactor works well ergonomically. My pointer and middle finger rest in the first hollow, ring finger in the next, and finally Mr. Pinky resides down by the gears. Pretty comfy for a MT. The Freestyle/Skeletool are the reigning champs when it comes to MT-in-knife-mode comfort, but the Reactor gets pretty high marks here, too.As for cutting, it's a SOG, and they now a little bit about blades. Every SOG I own has been crazy sharp straight out of the box and the Reactor is no exception to this. I have used the knife quite a bit and it has excelled on a variety of tasks. I've tried it on paper which it easily handles. It passed the arm hair test. It cut asparagus stalks with no problem. I set out to really test it, however. First up: the Reactor cut this plastic discharge hose pretty easily.This strap (nylon?) was easy to slice, so I doubled it over. More of a challenge but it was still defeated by the Reactor.Now, the reinforced garden hose was a challenge. I really had to use some force, but the blade on the Reactor handled it.It is definitely not a Freestyle, but it is a beast in knife-mode especially for how diminutive it is. As fas as edge retention, it has been good. After cutting the garden hose earlier I touched it up with a fine stone and it is razor-sharp again.
Interesting write up rdub, im glad the Reactor is working for you, although the accidentally blade deploying is a bit "disarming"
Quote from: sLaughterMed on July 17, 2016, 04:13:16 AMInteresting write up rdub, im glad the Reactor is working for you, although the accidentally blade deploying is a bit "disarming"It definitely is a bit worrisome. At this point, it has only happened so scarcely that I am not too concerned. But I will be cautious whenever I am using the pliers hard.
Love these reviews, they make me like this tool more as Im not a fan. Reactor just feels flimsy with the pliers and the blade lock seems weak too.I know it isnt tool for heavy use but more of an urban backup, but it feels flimsier that pliers or knife should for me.