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Griffin Pocket Tool XL - First Impressions 1021

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Griffin Pocket Tool XL - First Impressions
« on: August 10, 2020, 05:57:01 AM »
I recently picked up a Griffin Pocket Tool XL.  Here are my first impressions:
  • First thought was that this is huge for a pocket pry bar (yes, I know it's the XL version), so I was a bit surprised when I put it next to my PW2 and saw that the Griffin XL was only slightly longer, and the PW2 is actually wider.  (For scale, that is a Pioneer X in the picture as well.)   Looking at thickness, however, it became obvious that the Griffin XL is roughly twice as thick as the PW2.  I'm guessing that the gap in the frame for the pocket clip necessitates this extra thickness in order for the tool to be rigid.
  • The wrench seems functional, but because it only handles fixed discrete sizes (and one has to choose Standard or Metric when ordering the tool), it definitely isn't as useful as the PW2's wrench.  The decision to include two 1/2" wrenches seems redundant and a missed opportunity to include something else instead.
  • Flathead and pry bar seem servicable.  I didn't have a chance to specifically try the nail pry function.
  • Ruler looks ok.  I was a little disappointed that it seems to be more of a surface laser etch than deep engraving like the PW2, especially given that the Griffin XL retails for $40.
  • I have no way to test this quantitatively, but I wonder if the Griffin has been heat-treated.  Their website does not say anything about it.  I know the PW2 is heat-treated.
  • The ridges on the edges of the tool make it easy to grip, and are a nice touch.
  • Pocket clip works, but personally I would rather do without the pocket clip if it would mean a tool that was more like half the thickness and half the weight.
  • 1/4" bit driver seems a little awkward
  • Bottle opener - OK, but seems unnecessary - can't we just use the pry bar end to open bottles?  Possibly a missed opportunity to include something more useful, but I'm beginning to think there might be some unwritten rule requiring a bottle opener on all tools of this type.
  • The scoring tool probably has a sharp enough point to open boxes and the like.  May not add a lot of functionality for someone who already carries a knife, but would be good for non-permissive environments.

Overall, seems like a decent tool, but not good enough to replace the PW2 in my EDC.

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Re: Griffin Pocket Tool XL - First Impressions
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2020, 06:12:58 AM »
That thing is a beast.  I love my PW2.  Its come in handy so many times its earned a spot in my work tool belt and a second one in my Skinth I use at home. 

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No Life Club Posts: 2,511
Re: Griffin Pocket Tool XL - First Impressions
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2021, 09:22:32 PM »
Used the Griffin to open an "apple juice"  :whistle: :drink:

They don't like it up 'em!
No Life Club Posts: 1,886
Re: Griffin Pocket Tool XL - First Impressions
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2021, 04:28:51 PM »
Used the Griffin to open an "apple juice"  :whistle: :drink:
That looks like the regular/original size Griffin?

Hard cider….mmmmmmm…
No Life Club Posts: 2,511
Re: Griffin Pocket Tool XL - First Impressions
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2021, 01:18:29 PM »
That looks like the regular/original size Griffin?

Hard cider….mmmmmmm…
It's the brass pocket tool

https://griffinpockettool.com/products/brass-griffin-pocket-tool
I like cider  :drink:

They don't like it up 'em!
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Re: Griffin Pocket Tool XL - First Impressions
« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2021, 01:41:36 PM »

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Re: Griffin Pocket Tool XL - First Impressions
« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2021, 03:33:38 PM »
So it has an open-ended Kentucky wrench instead of the ice cream cone on the PW2.

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Re: Griffin Pocket Tool XL - First Impressions
« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2021, 03:13:54 PM »
Uh oh, another site to look at tools on.  :ahhh :tu:

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