Sometimes you buy gear thinking it will be just what you need and it turns out not to meet your hopes and expectations.
Like they say, “Sometimes you get the peanuts, sometimes you get the shells”… Here are some of mine from the old reviews…
The 10 point scale for this post is my own usability/suitability…
The Emerson/Kershaw CQC-6K knife
This one was one of the bigger disappointments in stuff I have reviewed here at Moosenut Falls.
Not to be too harsh on it, it gets really sharp, and holds a decent edge. Even the styling and finish are pretty nice, but it is just not anything I want to carry day-to-day. Too heavy, too bulky.
I hated the quick opening “Wave” hook feature so much that I ground it off within the first month. I always felt like it was going to accidentally schwing open on the way out of my pocket and slash my blue jeans [and leg]. I don’t even like the little disk that helps you open the blade, but the bloody knife doesn’t have a fingernail groove as a fall back so you can’t just take that off as well.
I was a bit surprised with the CQC-6K, because it had gotten good reviews. Maybe I am just not a tactical knife kind of guy… I mean, I know enough to bring a handgun to a knife fight anyway. If I want a larger blade knife for camping chores, I am just going to end up carrying a fixed blade instead of a folder. Around the house and for EDC, I’ll stick with the much smaller, easier to carry CRKT H.U.G. clipper and my Leatherman P4 Squirt. Anyway, the Emerson/Kershaw rides around on the shoulder strap to my range bag, and gets next to no use. At $30 it doesn’t even have enough value to bother EBaying it.
- 2.5 out of 10 since it does hold an edge
Leatherman “JUICE” Clone
The theme here seems to be “too heavy”. The JUICE clone is just that.
Incredible selection of tools, but this too is a “ride along”. It lives in the side pouch on the daypack. Even then, it frequently gets left behind to save weight.
- 5 of 10… SUPER for what it is at the price I paid
Like the CQC-6K, this was a let-down. I am still glad to have gotten the replacement, because it still is fine addition in my car tool kit as shown.
It’s a great tool… if you want/need/or use something this heavy duty on a daily basis. I don’t need to.
I think that all the years with the little P4 Squirt in my pocket, weighing next-to-nothing, and doing most everything I throw at it have spoiled me for larger multi-tools.
The one just plain makes me sad. My friend,Bill, the developer, was never able to get the whole thing to come together and reach the level of the Kickstarter project.
I think the unit featured in this link review was the best he achieved. There were some other developments, and changes of material, but this particular version “worked”… at least for me.
I still believe that this was a really great, and revolutionary idea with a whole variety of applications. It’s ability to carry literally anything was a game changer.
The good news is that the two orange, waterproof compression bags I bought to use with the frame are the perfect things for kayak camping. And the best news is that I do have, and can use one of the only working prototypes of the OneCoolBackpack.
Alocs Aluminum Kettle and Cup, Titanium Long Spoon and the “Tree Table”
One photo and four disappointments.
They are all decent enough, but they all fail to be include most of the time. I have other things that do the things these things do.
The kettle and cup aren’t as multi-tasking as one of my larger cups I can boil/cook in, as well as eat from.
The long spoon’s bowl isn’t very deep, so stuff drips off.
And the table works fine, but is just one more thing that seldom comes out of the tote box even if it goes along for the ride.
The windscreen I made out of aluminum flashing is great through. It goes with me every time.