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The dark side of MT collecting. My collection of shame. :D 711

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The dark side of MT collecting. My collection of shame. :D
« on: September 29, 2017, 05:56:33 AM »
Well. We all have the MT bug, but some of us were buying them before we knew what good was like myself. I bought $5-$10 tools several times a week for a while and they accumulated. These days I buy only name brands and really nice looking cheap tools.  In this list and pic are the ones I still have, as I have given away, traded and sold a lot of my cheap tools. But, as I write this, many remain!
A few are not "cheap", but I think most of us will know most of these aren't truly great MTs.
Starting top left going down:
H.B. Smith Large MT - No locks.
WorkPro Heavy Duty MT - All outside locking tools; a Fantastic $40 tool.
Ozark Trail Large MT - No locks.
Mossy Oak Heavy Duty MT - All locking outside tools; Fantastic $9 tool.
Sheffield Camp MT - Three locking tools.
Smith & Wesson MT - No lock, but has sliding pliars & bit driver.
Craftsman Work MT - No locks, but has sliding pliars & bit driver; gorgeous fit and finish!

Top middle column:
Camillus Captor MT - No locks and is the same tool as the Les Straud MT(crapola).
Kobalt MT - Three locking tools.
Sports Field Fishing MT - No locking tools.
Stanley MT - No locking Tools.
Magnelex HD MT - No locking tools, but has bit driver and bit kit with great scissors.
Snap-On MT - No locking tools.
Kobalt old style MT - No locking tools; fantastic quality.

Third Column:
Big Lots MT - No locks pure garbage.
Unknown LM copy - No locks, but has bit driver.
American Camper MT - No locks.
Ozark Trail MT - No locks pure garbage.
Winchester MT - No locks pure garbage.
Ms. Fixit grocery store MT - No locks pure garbage.
Goodwrench MT - No locks pure garbage.
Dewalt MT - Locking main blade; looks great and pliars are very nice.

Top right group:
3 generic fingernail type scissor MTs. One Angler mini Wally World tool and a SwissTech(not Swiss. Obviously) flashlight type pliar tool.

Below is a KVD Pro series fisherman's MT and for $15 is really good!

Below the KVD is a Goodwrench adjustable wrench MT, a Sheffield hammer/pliar head MT and a stanley folding pliar thing that is kinda crappy.

Sorry for any typos! A lot of these were given to me as gifts, so I didn't have to buy them. :) Enjoy my collection of cheapo shame and please share your collections of cheap shame as well with me if you can!  :)



Main MT Collections: Gerber, Leatherman, SOG, Victorinox, and Bear & Sons.
Other MT Collections: CRKT, Schrade, Kutmaster, Workpro, and many others.
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Re: The dark side of MT collecting. My collection of shame. :D
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2017, 04:20:31 PM »
well, that's a huge collection and nothing to be ashamed of my gosh!
I myselñf bought and received many cehap MTs during my years before the "addiciton" kicked in, and even now I often get some cheapos to try out. I don't want to discredit any of them, but I'll post some pics of them and categorize them by
"Very good",
"Good",
 "Meh" and "Not good" (considering their cheap price point and low cost)

"Very Good": Those were the OUTU Pliers-Scissors, also the Paul Chen Multitaskers and Piranha Tool, in both big and medium size models





"Good": The clone of the LM Wave, the unbranded black-rubber handle MT and Ganzo G202B and the Skil clone of the SOG Toolclip, also but not pictured the EGO tools SAK-Alikes



"Meh " these were the Flip-Grip tool, also the Gerber DET Clone and the much copied LM SuperTool clone I had, with unbranded "stainless steel" markings and hex driver



and the "Not good" were: most cheap unbranded MTs through the years with excessively soft steel and useless fish scalers, the LIDL Orange-Blue MT (also branded as Dexter), the cheap mini Chinese MTs with flashlights and a Hammer multitool I broke many moons ago, as well as this LIDL Pruners-gardening MT


My toys:

MTs: Surge (2x), Skeletool CX, Rebar, Blast, Fuse, Micra, Squirt (3x), Wave, Crunch, Mini, Spirit (2x), Pro Scout, MP700 (2x), Diesel, Powerlock, PowerPlier (2x), PocketPowerPlier, Blacktip , ST6 (2x), 5WR, A100

SAKs: Bantam, Executive, Ambassador, Minichamp, Classic Alox, Champion, Farmer, Explorer, Swisschamp, Golf Tool, Wenger Champ, EVO 52, Pocket Tool Chest
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Re: The dark side of MT collecting. My collection of shame. :D
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2017, 05:12:38 PM »
Thank ya for sharing, sir!
Some seriously neat looking tools in those pics! I like the cheapos when you can tell they were really trying hard to design something good, but the execution was poor. 8)
I like those sliding tools with the folding pliars in the handles. Never saw one of those before!
Somewhere I've got an old guppie(no pliars) like that adjustable wrench tool, but with less functions. They aren't terrible for some tasks!
The fake DETs are eveywhere it seems like. I have one in my glove box, but the tools have a half inch of lockup play making it dangerous to use.

Main MT Collections: Gerber, Leatherman, SOG, Victorinox, and Bear & Sons.
Other MT Collections: CRKT, Schrade, Kutmaster, Workpro, and many others.
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 14,987
Re: The dark side of MT collecting. My collection of shame. :D
« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2017, 12:45:07 AM »
It can happen to anyone.  I bought a couple CnC ( cheap and cheerful ) tools.  One was cheap but decently made.  I cannot recall the brand its been a while.   .   

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Zombie Apprentice Posts: 16,920 Armed with camera and not afraid to use it.
Re: The dark side of MT collecting. My collection of shame. :D
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2017, 10:18:51 PM »
I do not descriminate between the name brands and the non name branded stuff as far as collecting. A lot of cheap stuff is very interesting design wise.

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Re: The dark side of MT collecting. My collection of shame. :D
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2017, 10:42:47 PM »
I like that Dewalt one! :like:

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Re: The dark side of MT collecting. My collection of shame. :D
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2017, 01:58:14 AM »
Indeed Chako! The cheapies have some cool designs!

Main MT Collections: Gerber, Leatherman, SOG, Victorinox, and Bear & Sons.
Other MT Collections: CRKT, Schrade, Kutmaster, Workpro, and many others.
No Life Club Posts: 3,415 Exponentially Amassing a MultiTool Army
Re: The dark side of MT collecting. My collection of shame. :D
« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2017, 01:59:37 AM »
I like that Dewalt one! :like:
It and the craftsman are two of the cooler lookings cheapie MTs! I have actually carried the Dewalt a few times.  Good plairs!

Main MT Collections: Gerber, Leatherman, SOG, Victorinox, and Bear & Sons.
Other MT Collections: CRKT, Schrade, Kutmaster, Workpro, and many others.

 

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