Keyring Tool Evaluation: Part 2

In the previous post I began the first of a two part series on keyring tools.  The Sebertech M2 was reviewed.  This post will focus on its’ competition, the Swiss-Tech 6-in-1 tool.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At first glance, the squared lines of the Swiss-Tech tool appear more utilitarian than the contoured lines of the M2.  But function is king in this evaluation so let’s delve deeper into the design of the 6-in-1 tool. 

First of all, the Swiss-Tech tool has a black oxide finish, similar to bluing on a firearm.  In use, the finish wears quickly and does little to inhibit rust on the underlying steel.  As you can see from the picture, the finish on mine is mostly worn off from carry and use over the course of a couple years.  It is important to note that the Swiss-Tech website shows that a polished stainless 6-in-1 tool is available for $1 more.  That would effectively eliminate any rusting issues for those in humid environments or for use around water. 

The pliers of the 6-in-1 tool are less practical than the M2 in that they are little use for turning nuts or other hardware.  They are useful for holding delicate items for inspection.  The pliers also serve double-duty as the keyring attachment.  When folded the keyring runs through the circular cutout forming the pliers.

When being carried on a keyring, the 6-in-1 tool has no tendency to come off of the keyring like the M2 does.     

To conclude the evaluation, I feel that the 6-in-1 tool is the better tool overall, especially considering that it retails for roughly a third of what the M2 does.  While the pliers of the M2 are more useful for a variety of tasks, the issue of falling off of the keyring prevents it from being a serious EDC tool.      

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