MONCh GearBox Product Review
The Colorado/USA based knife manufacturer Spyderco was nice enough to provide the MONCh GearBox Outdoor Team with the ClipiTool Standard. We had plenty of opportunities to take a closer look at this great multi-tool and fiddle with it on our latest outdoor adventures.
The ClipiTool is a china-made every day carry (EDC)-knife with a leaf-shaped blade, can and bottle opener, two screwdrivers (small and large) and a wire stripper in a multi-tool folding knife design. I have been carrying it around for six month now, it has been the companion for a couple of day hikes (instead of the trustworthy oldschool Opinel No. 9) and two longer serious hikes and it did impress.
The ClipiTool weighs in at 119g and its overall length with blade opened is 20,1cm, the blade itself is 8,9cm long and 2,4mm thick, made out of 8Cr13MoV Chinese stainless steel, which isn‘t as abrasion resistant as other steels, but is still capable and more than sufficient for an everyday carry. The handle is made out of G10.
Like all folding Spyderco knives, the blade can be opened with one thumb and locks very reliably via liner lock mechanism. You can unlock the blade with one hand, too, but it takes some practise. The blade has jimpings at the front (not at the back, though) so you don‘t slip, even with wet fingers.
The tools lock at an 90 degrees angle with slipjoint spring mechanisms, which is perfect for the screwdrivers, because you can actually put some muscle behind them. In theory the tools can also be opened with one hand. But since they are much shorter than the blade is, it takes a lot more strength and dexterity to do so.
There is a clip on one side of the knife, for fixing the knife to a belt, and unlike some clips, I never feared I could lose the knife, because the clip is pretty solid and tight.
The blade is sharp enough for most outdoor task, but does lose the sharpness pretty quickly. If it lost its edge, I sharpened it with a wetstone easily and the blade is really sharp again. With all the tools it is not ideal for carving, though.
My hand hurt a bit after I whittled a few tent-stakes (which the knife did great in!!). But then again, carving or even batoning isn‘t what this knife was meant to be for. I do like my knives supersharp, and after a week of constant use on a hike, the blade was still sharp enough to cut tomatoes with. That tells you enough about it.
The knife seems sturdier for the 119g it weighs and the ergonomics are great.
If you‘re looking for an EDC knife with multitool-option, consider the Spyderco ClipiTool Standard.
8,5 out of 10.