Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Review: IDL T7 [Keychain Multitool]

I saw this little tool browsing through Amazon one day, and decided to take a chance. For about $10, I figured it was worth a shot.

My review sample was purchased from Amazon.com.

Specs


  • 7 tools in 1 - 1) Large Philips screwdriver 2) Small Phillips screwdriver 3) Small Flathead screwdriver 4) Large Flathead screwdriver 5) Large pliers, 6) Fine pliers 7) Wire cutters and strippers
  • Hardened Steel
  • Interlocking, fine-tooth pliers
  • Lifetime Warranty

Fit And Finish


The fit and finish is decent. No obvious flaws, pitting or scratches that I regularly see with cheap Chinese tools. My main issue with it is that my sample is almost too tight for me to open. The wife couldn't open it. I am expecting / hoping it will loosen up over time. Most of the reviews I see for these sort of muli-tools complain that they are too loose, so I guess better too tight than too loose.

Tools / Design


The tools look to be decent quality. The large flathead is a little on the thick side, but overall the two philips and two flathead screwdrivers look well made, and I like the design. They also seem a bit stiff, but we'll see.

I'm really impressed with the pliers on the T7. They have a good feel to them. Not awkward like the SwissTech.

The keychain attachment point is well designed, but with the tool so hard to open, it's a real chore moving them between attachment points.

Conclusion


This is a decent tool. As you can see below, I have it attached to my EDC bag. I was honestly surprised at the quality of this tool. I just wish it wasn't so stiff to open and close. But I am giving it the benefit of the doubt, and it's going to sink or swim on my EDC bag. If it doesn't loosen up, I'm going to see how many times it will skip across the lake.

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