Thursday, February 1, 2018

Two More Swiss+Tech Gadgets

I bought a few of the other pocket tools that Swiss+Tech (ST) has to offer and gave them each a week or so in my EDC just to see how they worked out. Here's what I learned.

ST501196-in-1 Screwdriver
  1. Photo by Chaplain Tim
    #1 Phillips head screwdriver
  2. #2 Phillips head screwdriver
  3. Small straight screwdriver
  4. Medium straight screwdriver
  5. Metric ruler marked every 5mm
  6. Standard ruler marked every 1/8th inch

  • It's small enough to carry without noticing. I believe this is about the smallest multi-tool that ST has to offer and it weighs no more than a small keyring.
  • The construction is solid, with no plastic on this one. I have had poor luck with any multi-tool that incorporates plastic in its construction; the plastic always seems to be the weakest part.
  • It's made of some grade of stainless steel, so you don't have to worry about it rusting under normal use.
  • It has no cutting blade, this should be safe to travel with.
  • The tips of the screwdrivers weren't very well finished. The larger Phillips head was cut off-center, and both of the straight blades were rounded and not square with the axis of the blade. They almost seemed to be twisted a bit when new.
  • It's small, so you're not going to get much leverage with it. Rusty or corroded screws are going to be a problem, even moreso than with a traditional screwdriver.
  • The rulers are marked in large increments for a short length, so their versatility is limited. You're going to have to interpolate (guess) at measurements on either one.

  1. Photo by Chaplain Tim
  2. Wire cutter
  3. Wire stripper
  4. Phillips screwdriver
  5. Straight screwdriver
  6. Sheet ripper

  • Like the ST50016I reviewed a few weeks ago, it closes on itself and locks onto a D-ring or key chain securely.
  • This one is much easier to open than the ST50016. The straight legs fold easily.
  • The screwdrivers were clean-cut and worked well on the few smaller screws I used them on (switch plates and conduit box cover screws). Handy in tight work spaces, too.
  • The wire cutter/stripper worked well on 12ga copper wire and will handle anything smaller than that. I'd avoid steel wire, since I doubt they used a high grade of stainless steel.
  • Without a cutting blade, it will set off metal detectors but should be safe from the TSA thieves.
  • Like the ST50016, the legs are attached with rivets which will be the weakest point and limit the pressure you can safely apply to the pliers.
  • I'm not exactly sure what a “sheet ripper” is supposed to be or do, and the instructions gave me no help. It appears to be just a mildly sharp edge on the inside of both legs and serves no real function that I could figure out.
  • The jaws of the pliers weren't ground evenly and do not meet, except for at the tip when closed.
  • The pliers are even smaller than the ones on the ST50016, barely opening one half-inch (12mm).

Both of these would be handy additions to a small tool kit for a motorcycle or bicycle, or thrown into a tackle box. While limited to light duty, they would both work better than any field-expedient tool for small bolts and screws. As long as you recognize their limitations, I feel that these two would be a good addition to any BOB/GHB.

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