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Spyderco Byrd Wrench

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Spyderco Byrd Wrench
on: February 15, 2007, 05:03:57 AM
The Spyderco Byrd Wrench is an interesting tool & off the charts for cool factor.  Whether it really is a useful tool is for each owner to decide.
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Re: Spyderco Byrd Wrench
Reply #1 on: February 15, 2007, 05:05:21 AM
It is a decent size - slightly larger than a LM New Wave.
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Re: Spyderco Byrd Wrench
Reply #2 on: February 15, 2007, 05:06:35 AM
Here's some detail of the blade locking mechanism.
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Re: Spyderco Byrd Wrench
Reply #3 on: February 15, 2007, 05:07:43 AM
The Byrd logo is prominently featured along with the Byrd finger hole.  I really like it.
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Re: Spyderco Byrd Wrench
Reply #4 on: February 15, 2007, 05:09:14 AM
It has a bead-blasted finish that is very attractive but easily scratched.  Here's the adjustable wrench - note that the jaws do not exactly match at the tip.
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Re: Spyderco Byrd Wrench
Reply #5 on: February 15, 2007, 05:09:54 AM
It has a magnetic hex bit holder on one end.
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Re: Spyderco Byrd Wrench
Reply #6 on: February 15, 2007, 05:11:14 AM
The backside has a rasp with medium teeth - different than the Spyderwrench which had a diamond-coated file.  You can see the spring holder here.
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Re: Spyderco Byrd Wrench
Reply #7 on: February 15, 2007, 05:12:02 AM
Here's a closeup of the slip-joint plier mechanism.
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Re: Spyderco Byrd Wrench
Reply #8 on: February 15, 2007, 05:12:46 AM
Closeup of the pliers - notice that the lower jaw is much wider.
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Re: Spyderco Byrd Wrench
Reply #9 on: February 15, 2007, 05:13:34 AM
The rasp also acts as a barrier to the bits falling out.  It comes with two Phillips & two slotted.
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Re: Spyderco Byrd Wrench
Reply #10 on: February 15, 2007, 05:14:22 AM
Side views.
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Re: Spyderco Byrd Wrench
Reply #11 on: February 15, 2007, 05:15:11 AM
Another closeup of the slip-joint mechanism.
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Re: Spyderco Byrd Wrench
Reply #12 on: February 15, 2007, 05:16:36 AM
Here's the pliers in the smaller slip-joint position & then slipping between the two positions.
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Re: Spyderco Byrd Wrench
Reply #13 on: February 15, 2007, 05:17:57 AM
When you open the tool & rotate it 180 degrees it has a locking mechanism to hold it in the open position.
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Re: Spyderco Byrd Wrench
Reply #14 on: February 15, 2007, 05:18:45 AM
Side views in 180 degree position.
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Re: Spyderco Byrd Wrench
Reply #15 on: February 15, 2007, 05:19:21 AM
Releasing the 180 degree locking mechanism.
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Re: Spyderco Byrd Wrench
Reply #16 on: February 15, 2007, 05:20:46 AM
When closed the rasp works as a lock pin to hold the tools together tightly.  Note the wear already from the pin sliding near the lock divot.
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Re: Spyderco Byrd Wrench
Reply #17 on: February 15, 2007, 05:22:24 AM
The rasp is fairly aggressive & is flat on the side that rests against the bits in the handle.  Note that the backside which rests in the spring was not finished well.
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Re: Spyderco Byrd Wrench
Reply #18 on: February 15, 2007, 05:23:21 AM
Here's the hole it rests in & the divot as well as the spring it rests in on the other end.
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Re: Spyderco Byrd Wrench
Reply #19 on: February 15, 2007, 05:24:59 AM
Removing bits is a little difficult.  They snap into the hex cutout cleanly & are held very tightly - probably a neodymium magnet.
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Re: Spyderco Byrd Wrench
Reply #20 on: February 15, 2007, 05:29:00 AM
The screwdriver can be used in both the 180 degree position or even with the tool taken apart in two.  This allows holding a nut with the adjustable wrench while tightening the screw with the screwdriver bit.
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Re: Spyderco Byrd Wrench
Reply #21 on: February 15, 2007, 05:29:57 AM
Using the screwdriver in both 180 position & taken apart.
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Re: Spyderco Byrd Wrench
Reply #22 on: February 15, 2007, 05:31:03 AM
There are plastic friction holders to hold the bits in.  Note the bunged screw at the bottom of the adjustable wrench at right. :(
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Re: Spyderco Byrd Wrench
Reply #23 on: February 15, 2007, 05:32:45 AM
The adjustable wrench opens smoothly to 3/4".  I don't think you get much torque at 3/4, but at 5/8 it should be fine.
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Re: Spyderco Byrd Wrench
Reply #24 on: February 15, 2007, 05:33:33 AM
Showing inserting the rasp into the spring & also the flat part resting against the bits.
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Re: Spyderco Byrd Wrench
Reply #25 on: February 15, 2007, 05:34:51 AM
The blade is easily opened one handed & looks like the typical Spyderco Byrd blade - very nice.  With the tool taken apart the Blade & handle are very sleek.
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Re: Spyderco Byrd Wrench
Reply #26 on: February 15, 2007, 05:36:17 AM
Here you can see how the blade rests against the detached plier jaw & also how the blade fits onto the pivot point.
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Re: Spyderco Byrd Wrench
Reply #27 on: February 15, 2007, 05:37:15 AM
The blade seems a little undersized for the tool when the tool is fully assembled.  It's a bit of a handful to use this way, but it is fairly comfortable.
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Re: Spyderco Byrd Wrench
Reply #28 on: February 15, 2007, 05:38:07 AM
The finish is not perfect by any means.  You can see welds & missed sanding points in some places.
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Re: Spyderco Byrd Wrench
Reply #29 on: February 15, 2007, 05:39:20 AM
Again the finish scratches fairly easily - a little steel wool would make it fine again though.  Hey - it's a tool!
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