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Friday, 15 May 2015 09:37

Piranha Multitool Review Featured

Written by Kampfer

Today’s market is filled with off brand Multi-tools, most of them are copies, clones of Leatherman’s butterfly style pliers or Swiss Army knife style pocket knife. The Piranha Multi-tool is an exception, it has interesting design but shockingly, no one claim the credit of designing such tool.

Piranha Multitool

The Piranha Multi-tool weights at 6.5 oz, about 5 inches long, 1.75 inches wide and 3/8 inches thick. Comes with a highly polished, removable pocket clip. Even though the tool is not small, but its thin profile along with pocket clip makes it very easy and comfortable to carry. Overall good fit and finish for multi-tools in this price range.

Piranha Multitool

Piranha Multitool

Flipping the switch on its side, the spring loaded stubby pliers sprint into action. They feel steady in hand, the wire cutter also works well. I tried the by-passing cutter on coat hanger, small gauge wires and paper, all passed. Take a closer look, you will figure out why this Multi-tool is named “Piranha”, the pliers jaws really resembles the head of a piranha fish. When you are finished with the pliers, close the handle, flip the switch, the pliers will lock back in place. Out of the box, the pliers are very grindy just like other Gerber tools, after disassemble and a cleanup in pivot area, they are now very smooth to operate.

Piranha Multitool

Piranha Multitool

The adjustable wrench is a feature rarely seen in multi-tool world. Such feature is fixed on the other end of the tool, opens up to about ¾ inches. I turned some hex nuts of stairwell railing, worked very well. A side note, the thumb screw knobs does rattle a little. I inserted a thin 0.5mm washer at its axle to eliminate its movement.

Piranha Multitool

Piranha Multitool

Now let’s look at its knife, the most used tool on a Multi-tool.
Piranha features a 3 inches, black coated knife blade made of 3cr13 steel. Thumb stub makes it easy to open and close the blade one handed. The liner lock provides solid lock up, zero side / side or up / down movement. Out from the box, it is not super sharp, but after a few passes on diamond file, it now slides through paper with no problem. Ergonomic in knife mode is a big miss. The handle is somehow curved inward, the sharp edge and corner on adjustable wrench making it uncomfortable to use the knife. The first thing I done to this tool after I inspected it was taking a file to round off those areas. Much more useable now.

Piranha Multitool

Piranha Multitool

Piranha also equips with two screwdrivers hidden under its belly, they are non-locking, perpendicular to the tool, provides good torque if space allows it.

Piranha Multitool

Piranha Multitool

The Piranha Multi-tool has very unusual design, integrated OHO knife, pliers, adjustable wrench and screwdrivers into a slim, easy to carry package and each of those features is very functional.
As early of 2015, the Piranha Multi-tool is only available from banggood.com for the price of $15. That is very good value for what you are getting. So if you deal with nuts and bolts often, or you just like interesting Multi-tools, Piranha is for you!

Piranha Multitool

Pros:

  • Very affordable
  • Good Ergonomic (except knife)
  • Fit n finish is good for its price range, parallel to Gerber tools

Cons:

  • Knife is useable, but it feels a little awkward and uncomfortable to use.
  • Adjustment knob rattles.
  • Shipping was free, but took a month to arrive.
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