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My On-going OPT Journey 997

Global Moderator Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 8,983
My On-going OPT Journey
« on: May 08, 2020, 05:05:25 PM »
Well it seems I’ve amassed a few OPTs to date...



My OPT journey started out when I was starting to setup my keychain system... setup focus is around my house keys... back then and on occasions, I would sometimes be in a hurry to leave the house and often times the house keys would be the only ones I grab... not wanting to be without tools, I added a small SAK to it, then came the LM Style PS... Pretty soon added a keychain light... Then I thought, If I dont have my trusty SAK around, I should have at least some prying abilities... something that 58mm SAKs or LM style don’t have... This is when I got a couple OPTs (since this is something new to me...

The first couple I got was the Black Nitize Doohickey and the Gerber Shard... Didn’t like how the shard stayed on the keys... phillips was pockey and the pry bend made my keychain looked bulky... So off it went to sit in my edc pouch... The black doohickey took its place... served its purpose a few times, prying cans and scrapping glue residues off my cutting mat and tables... since I thought it was OK, I got a second one for my other keychain...

Time passed and I got a free SOG MACV tool from a purchase I made... forgot which one though...

As time went on, I added a keybar to my keychain... Then I discovered the Griffin Stowaway Tool insert... neat... pretty soon the doohickey was out of my keychain...

Not long after, another friend gifted me the Original GPT in Brass... used it for a while... brass looks aesthetically pleasing... but its soft material often times would loose out to harder steel screws.... the pry/sd tip gets marred (if thats the correct word)...

To date, the Griffin Stowaway tool is my most carried OPT... the bottle opener works great... Something the doohickey lacked... Am currently happy with my house keychain setup...

Then  I started looking at adding OPTs to my car keys... first I got the Compact SOG snailor... surprised how small it is... worthless OPT... bottle opener didnt perform as expected... Then I got the bigger one... love the carabiner function... it also works as a knuckle... but for the time being, its off the keys... over here, LE considers that as a weapon... especially with soo many inspections and patrols brought about by the pandemic...

The cat looking OPT I got out of impulse buy... while the the 2 long prybars I got was to help friends earn extra income and to support a donation drive...

Am still open to looking at newer OPTs provided funds justify... maybe looking at something with a ratcheting ability... the journey continues...

Pardon If I seem to be rambling about... Just thought I’d share...
No Life Club Posts: 1,588 4x4 since '74
Re: My On-going OPT Journey
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2020, 01:50:40 AM »
Good photo.  I, too, have several OPTs.  I only carry one at a time.  Like multitools, sometimes it is difficult to choose which one to carry.    ;)

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Global Moderator Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 8,983
Re: My On-going OPT Journey
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2020, 04:53:06 PM »
Like SAKs and MTs... It’s rather the same journey looking for the right OPT... :cheers:
Global Moderator Absolute Zombie Club Posts: 24,527
Re: My On-going OPT Journey
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2020, 05:05:38 PM »
 :like: Nice selection.  I too am a fan of OPTs.  My favorite is the Pocket Wrench 2.  I also like the Leatherman by the numbers OPTs.  The #4 is a good one.  I bought some cheap ones that came 2 in a pack.  They are ok but lack to some degree.  What I love about the PW2 is its not a one trick pony.  Its a serious tool IMO.  I am a fan of carrying a pry tool of some type because eventually we will all need to do some type of prying.  A knife is a terrible substitute.   

Esse Quam Videri
Global Moderator Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 8,983
Re: My On-going OPT Journey
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2020, 05:08:04 PM »
I just pulled the trigger on the GPT starter pack... and also looking at the EverRatchet... which now has a clip version... :facepalm:
Global Moderator Absolute Zombie Club Posts: 24,527
Re: My On-going OPT Journey
« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2020, 05:10:52 PM »
 :woohoo:  The Ever Ratchet looks great.  Not sure why I havent pulled the trigger on one :think:

Esse Quam Videri
Global Moderator Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 8,983
Re: My On-going OPT Journey
« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2020, 05:12:48 PM »
Havent found one for cheap... at least that’s my case... Think I looked at the PW2 also before... The wrench sizes don’t come in metric?
Global Moderator Absolute Zombie Club Posts: 24,527
Re: My On-going OPT Journey
« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2020, 05:18:53 PM »
I'd imagine whatever will fit within the wrench be it metric or imperial would do just fine  :dunno:.  I can say the whatever bolts I've come across that fit were not a problem.  I cannot say if they were metric or imperial. 

Esse Quam Videri
No Life Club Posts: 1,886
Re: My On-going OPT Journey
« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2020, 05:24:03 AM »
My favorite is the Pocket Wrench 2...What I love about the PW2 is its not a one trick pony.  Its a serious tool IMO.  I am a fan of carrying a pry tool of some type because eventually we will all need to do some type of prying.  A knife is a terrible substitute.

 :iagree:

Well said, Aloha.


Havent found one for cheap... at least that’s my case... Think I looked at the PW2 also before... The wrench sizes don’t come in metric?

Sadly, the original USA-made PW2 is no longer in production.  Aloha is also correct that the unusual "toothed" design means the PW2 will handle any fastener that will fit in the opening and engage some of the teeth, whether metric, imperial, hex, square, etc.
Hero Member Posts: 959
Re: My On-going OPT Journey
« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2020, 06:31:59 AM »
:iagree:

Well said, Aloha.


Sadly, the original USA-made PW2 is no longer in production.  Aloha is also correct that the unusual "toothed" design means the PW2 will handle any fastener that will fit in the opening and engage some of the teeth, whether metric, imperial, hex, square, etc.

They are? Had no idea they were discontinued. I bought a pair of stainless ones about a decade ago. I think I have one in each of my tool boxes. I don't use them often, but they're fantastic for their intended purpose, which for me is usually holding a nut in place where I can fit another type of wrench. Also one of the few OPTs I'll use, because it's not just a toy.
No Life Club Posts: 1,886
Re: My On-going OPT Journey
« Reply #10 on: May 29, 2020, 04:17:26 PM »
They are? Had no idea they were discontinued. I bought a pair of stainless ones about a decade ago. I think I have one in each of my tool boxes. I don't use them often, but they're fantastic for their intended purpose, which for me is usually holding a nut in place where I can fit another type of wrench. Also one of the few OPTs I'll use, because it's not just a toy.
Unfortunately so.  I have one I keep in my wallet, and agree it’s a great tool.  I’m kicking myself for not buying more spares when they were still available.
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 6,268
Re: My On-going OPT Journey
« Reply #11 on: May 30, 2020, 01:26:38 AM »
I have several and do still look at others.  Unfortunately, many OPTs I have found to be more gimmicks than actually useful.  I do however have one I really like, which is the TTPocketTools Chopper.

 

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