Jesse Mathewson – Review Editor
“If equally matched, we can offer battle; if slightly inferior in numbers, we can avoid the enemy; if quite unequal in every way, we can flee from him.” Sun Tsu
When it comes to prepping and survival there are really just three approaches.
- Those who are serious about it, but new and want to ensure that for their monies spent they receive the product that best fulfills the need.
- Those who do it because it is how they have lived their entire lives, and have the tools they need, like and prefer for the area in which they live.
- Those who simply believe someone else will rescue them, whether that be the government or their prepared cousin or brother/sister.
Obviously, I am oversimplifying things quite a bit. However, for the sake of this review, it is necessary. This tool has some very beneficial aspects and abilities, does it meet my needs personally or does it bring something to the table to fill a hole I may have been lacking? No. Honestly, it is an all in one tool. And like so many other all in one tools, it is good at many things, but excels at none.
The Trucker’s Friend™ – All-Purpose Survival Tool is without a doubt very well made. It is solid and worked well in hammering nails, and even chopping smaller pieces of wood. It also worked well when used to pry pieces apart and as a nail and chain puller as well as a wire twister. If you live where you have barbed wire, it would be a great tool to have, or as a toss it in the back of the car/ truck as a backup just in case!
Honestly, there are no complaints regarding its construction, and I loved the sheath design, (will need to make a similar approach for my tomahawks and khukris now.) The grip itself was easy to maintain, regardless sweating or not. It is well balanced and swings nicely. Is it worth $50-$80, sure, if you need a multi-tool or want to get a relatively inexpensive gift that could help someone who isn’t prepared get set on that road.
Does this mean it is not worth having, absolutely not, in fact, I am likely going to purchase two or even three more. Specifically to help out some friends who are having difficulty getting their prep off the ground. Or to help out loved ones who have no desire to prep. Gift it for Christmas and when they open it, tell em on a card or in person, just stick it in your trunk, it’s like a fire extinguisher. It comes with a decent instruction book, so, honestly, if they can read, they will be fine!
In conclusion, while this is not my favorite tool, it truly is a solidly made, well constructed and well thought out tool. It’s a tool, with multiple purposes, it will last likely longer than the person owning it. These are my thoughts after using it. Check out the video and pictures and again, it is worth buying, if for no other reason than as a gift to the less prepared or to beginners.
Free the mind and the body will follow…