Sunday, November 11, 2012

Review: Navy 2001 [Keychain Tool]

About Navy

Navy CUI 2001 Keychain Tool

They are a Chinese company which I don't know much about, other than they are associated with Sanrenmu and a couple other Chinese knife brands known for making high quality, budget knives. My guess is that all these brands are made in the same factory, which is also rumored to make some of the Chinese Spyderco folding knife models like the Tenacious.

Navy CUI 2001

Price: About $10 shipped - add $1 for leather sheath

First off, this is clearly a knockoff of the Atwood Prybaby. I have seen the side by side comparisons of the real thing, and this is not supposed to be as good, which isn't surprising considering it's 1/10th the price. I'm not interested in the politics, and personally I think that most knockoff products serve mainly to draw attention to the real thing. Certainly the fact that this tool is only about $10 will interest some folks.

My review sample was purchased from exduct.com. I ordered the brown leather sheath with it just for kicks and giggles.


Design


It's a very simple design, with half a dozen metric wrenches, a bottle opener and pry-bar. It's supposed to be a functional flat head screwdriver like the Atwood, but I read in one review where the steel used isn't suitable.

There's some jimping around the tool for a better grip.

Fit and Finish


Again, I'm not expecting the fit and finish to compare to a $100 tool, but with that being said, the fit and finish on my unit is superb. The Chinese have really stepped up their game. At least this factory/conglomerate/whatever.

Usability 


I haven't done too much with it yet, but so far this appears to be a serious tool. I did use it to break a 12 mm bolt on some chair hulk in the garage waiting to go to the dump.

Conclusions


This tool I think is going to replace my Gerber Shard on my truck key chain. It doesn't give me viable screwdrivers like the Shard, but then again the Shard doesn't have great screwdrivers either. Besides, I'm really more interested in the metric wrenches on it. Yeah, Navy copied the design, but they seem to have done it justice, though I'm not lucky enough to own the Atwood.

The sheath is nice, but this will probably go on my keychain or on a carabiner in my EDC bag. Either way, it's a great addition. Now, what can I use the little sheath for...


Gallery


Navy CUI 2001 Keychain Tool being tested on 12mm bolt
I broke a 12 mm bolt loose with it
Navy CUI 2001 Keychain Tool
Shown with a couple other EDC gadgets

Navy CUI 2001 Keychain Tool shown with Gerber Shard
Shown with a Gerber shard, which is a similar tool

Navy CUI 2001 Keychain Tool shown with Gerber Shard (back)

Navy CUI 2001 Keychain Tool on my keychain with a Sears Keychain Screwdriver and Fenix E01 AAA Flashlight
It fits and looks great on my truck keychain

Navy CUI 2001 Keychain Tool Shown with Sunwayman V11R Flashlight
Shown in the optional leather sheath with a Sunwayman V11R flashlight

Navy CUI 2001 Keychain Tool shown with quarter for scale
Shown with a quarter for scale. This tool is smaller than it looks in most of the pictures

Navy CUI 2001 Keychain Tool in the optional leather sheath
Shown in the optional leather sheath, which is actually decent quality

Navy CUI 2001 Keychain Tool in the optional leather sheath in my hand for scale
The sheath has a nice feel to it

Navy CUI 2001 Keychain Tool being weighed on the scale
Shown on the scale, in ounces






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