short product review: I bought this Marbles Fly Fishing Knife with
Storage, to see if it would work as a little portable knot working tool.
has a knife blade, scissors, pin(mini-marlinspike?), hook
disgorger/file/scaler, orange composition storage compartment to hold
hooks, sinkers, matches and other small items, 3" ruler(1/8"
increments), and a lanyard attachment point.
although it looks like a nifty little multi purpose tool, good quality
in execution is lacking. The scissors cut paper, but failed to cut
twisted nylon line(a single paracord inner strand), instead binding up
in between the scissors in repeated attempts to cut the string. The
scissors are wobbly on the pivot pin and cannot be tightened up since
it's not a screw. I finally just used the knife blade to cut the
string, and although the blade cut, it definately needs a proper
sharpening to improve the edge it came with.
thought the pin might make a suitable mini-marlinspike, and it may work
with tightening up 0.9mm cord in a knot. But, I believe it will bend
with any excess force, and I'm not sure how well it's actually anchored
into the tool.
storage compartment has enough room to be used as described in the
product description, and I think I could store a good bit of 0.9mm
string inside, but the lid retention is not very secure. A tiny raised
bit of plastic is all there is to keep it closed by friction, and it
just does not work well to keep the lid closed. I would have to use a
rubber band around the tool to feel sure it would stay closed.
hook/file may function, but is also some play in the open position and
the backspring on it seems a bit weak compared to the other implements.
The product decription also says 'scaler', and I guess the flat side of
the hook/file will work for that.
lanyard attachment point looks suitable for a strand of paracord to fit
for a neck/wrist lanyard, or used with split ring or small swivel
product is a neat idea, and it looked cool when I first saw it and felt
decent with a nice weight when I finally held it in hand, but
performance and function in the finished item just doesn't get there.
Overall, it's an inexpensive tool, and at around +/- $12, you get
what you pay for in this instance. I will still try to make it work for
my intended purposes... ;)
~Scissors fail on cutting string
~Weak/insecure latch on storage compartment
~Play/weak backspring on hook disgorger/file/scaler(could just be the tool I received)