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Monday, August 31, 2020

First Look: GW Cordage Dog Tag Tool

Wow, people seem to be pretty upset about this thing.

Okay, so this is a little doohickey from Grim Workshop (I've bought from them before, namely, my Bear Bowl Accessory kit, which, though I haven't had the opportunity to use out in the field yet, home trials made me very happy) that cuts plastic bottles into plastic cord with a surprisingly high tensile strength.

Now, it came disassembled. That surprised me a little, because I don't remember seeing anywhere on the campaign that suggested assembly would be necessary, but I know GW is American made and quality workmanship, so I'm not too inconvenienced.

I mean, it's a survivalist tool. That's what GW specializes in: compact, easy to carry, easy to use tools for EDC and survival.

But people on the Kickstarter page seem to be pretty upset about it, which just seems weird to me. I mean, the assembly instructions were easier to follow than an IKEA manual (and I'm not knocking IKEA, I love my Markus computer chair), and far less complicated than hanging a hammock with rainfly, bug-netting, and under-quilt.

I can't help but wonder if the people who are complaining are also the sort who pack a mattress when they go camping. What else are you failing at? It's a survival tool; if you can't assemble this, you're probably going to struggle with general survival.

I took mine for a little test run, though I will admit to having some difficulty. As it stands, I don't have any plastic water bottles. I did have a distilled water jug (gallon-sized) and the tool choked on it, but that plastic is a lot thicker than what the tool is designed for. Also, the rubber loop that goes around the metal piece (presumably as a finger-saver) did catch the end of the strip as it was being cut, but that might not be an issue with thinner plastic.

Until I get my hands on a plastic bottle, that will have to wait.

I'm still adding it to my bug-out bag though, even partially untested. But I'm not sure where to put the spare parts... figuring out what to do with them is going to annoy me more than assembling it did.

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