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Ever had the pleasure of sitting down with a pair of scissors in your pocket? Dang, that smarts! Or, maybe you couldn't find your clippers or knife and tried to bite that old Fireline in half? Huh? That'll cut a grove in a tooth filling, you betcha. Old Tipster is always messing up in some way, that's for sure. I am the World's worst at not having the right tool when I need it.
I had me one of those handy-dandy little Swiss Army knives, complete with the little white cross on it, and all. It had a knife, something that passed for scissors, a little pair of semi-operable tweezers, and a plastic toothpick. But, as soon as I got it warmed up good in my pocket, I suddenly found I needed many other tools. So, I went and got one of those industrial-strength Swiss Army knives. That thing had enough stuff on it to qualify as a full Craftsman tool set and a set of kitchen utensils. Heck, it even had a corkscrew (too bad Ripple only comes with screw-off caps). But, it weighed so much, it pulled my overall pocket down to my knees on one side and made me look like I was walkin' in a cross-wind all the time.
So, when I saw the ad for Abel's perfect tool, I wondered if I had at last found the perfect pocket companion. It was small and very compact. All stainless steel, too; no rust on that puppy, for sure. Then, I noted it said it was designed for fishermen. I decided to give it a try.
Let's get to some details, referring to the drawing when necessary:
With so much good in a product, there has to be some negative comment to make. We only found one and that is that the Abel Perfect Tool provides no screwdriver, neither blade nor Philips. It is a minor inconvenience, at times, but keeps the device from being the 'perfect' Perfect Tool.
- Right off, we note that the Abel Perfect Tool is perfect fit for a pocket. It only weighs 1.3 ounces and is a short 2-3/8 inches long (when closed), with its other dimensions being 3/8 inches high and a little over ˝ inch across the back. I can actually lose it in the pocket change, at times.
- Looking at the drawing (refer to the photo, as well), we see two pivot pins; one to the left and one to the right. At the left, we note that all the tools use the pivot pin to open on and to fold down flush into the tool body. Then, the appendage on the right pivots to lock down and cover all the tools, making a compact design with no protruding edges (see the lower right of the photo).
- That right appendage serves five primary purposes.
- It is the cover for the stored tools, as noted earlier.
- It has a built-in bottle opener (before you say you don't need that tool any more, remember those twist-off caps that rust and make your palms look like hamburger).
- There are three box wrench openings - 3/8, 11/16, and 5/16 inch - to fit most reel handle nuts.
- When in the open position, the cover and the main body provide a 4-1/4 inch ruler (measurements are etched on the outside of each in inches and centimeters).
- Finally, and one of the great design features of the Perfect Tool, the cover appendage is a safety device. For example, when we open the knife blade to the ready/extended position, we again close the cover over the remaining tools to provide a smooth handling surface. What we then find it that the cover has a small lip that snaps down into an edged slot and locks into place, holding the knife blade (or any of the other tools when in use) firmly in position. You can't slip and have this knife blade close on your finger. It will not move from the extended position.
- There are some very sharp scissors, which are well machined, tight and cut nicely.
- A neat little nail knot-tying tool (far left of the drawing) that provides help for cold, wet fingers when they get a bit numb. Thew notch in the end can also be used as a hook extractor.
- A 'bodkin', which is a curved needle point used for knot and backlash picking (Tipster sure can use that!), and to pick the lead residue from a jig hook's eye.
- The rectangular blade with the notch in the end is a sharpener and hook hone impregnated with diamond dust. One side is all flat (see the drawing) and the other side has a groove for the hook point sharpening (see photo). The notch also acts as a hook extractor for shallow hooks.
- Look at the second tool from the left in the drawing (it is the fourth from the left in the photo). This is a wide-jawed clipper (or nipper, if you like). Sharp, too. Cuts that tough Fireline line butter.
- There is a good, sharp knife blade. The high quality stainless steel takes and holds a fine edge.
- Finally, at the bottom-left of the drawing, a lanyard ring fixture is seen. There are actually two of these, with the other being at the pivot point of the cover and on the opposite side. A split ring is provided with the tool to be inserted into one of these fixtures so the actual lanyard can be attached. If not used with the split ring, both fixtures will pivot on their respective pivot pins to stowed positions that are flush with the tool's body and provides the smooth tool surface for comfortable pocket carry.
In summary, old Fishin' Tipster found the Abel Perfect Tool to be his choice for everyday carry. It's size and weight make it ideal for purse and pocket, while its tool selection make it a very useful device to have. Two of its strongest points, those which make it stand out from the competition, are:
- the safety design features that stow or hold the open tools firmly and positively
- and, the exceptionally high quality of the materials and manufacture
(NOTE: Products tested/evaluated for this report were privately purchased. There is no manufacturer compensation.
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