Review of the Trucker’s Friend™ – All-Purpose Survival Tool – Made in America

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Those who simply believe someone else will rescue them, whether that be the government or their prepared cousin or brother/sister.

truckers-friendObviously, 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.

truckers-friendMy problem with this tool is quite simple, I don’t see a beneficial use for it in my preps. I said it, I do not see it as a benefit for myself.

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…

About Jesse Mathewson

Arizona since 86', lifetime prepper, camper - criminal justice advanced degrees, numerous certifications, 1+ million rounds (shooting for decades), prior contractor, instructor, current volunteer, disabled, honest, father of two husband of one - all budget and prepared. Jesse Mathewson reviews because regular people need someone in their corner as well!


  1. I’ve got one of those behind the seat of the little truck. It comes in handy at times. Purpose built tools always do a better job but a tool in the hand beats the one left in the shop because you weren’t planning to do any work.

    I like the sheath/sling. Gonna have to get one of those.

    • I really did like the holster and sling combo, absolutely makes it a solid vehicle addition.

      I need to get something like that for my bushcraft blade/ eg., khukri- (sirupate)

  2. Thomas The Tinker says:

    ??? “Excels at none…”. “I don’t see a beneficial use for it…”. “.. not my favorite tool…”. I’m thinking this is a larger than average, $60ish to $80plus on amazon, all-in-one jack of all things that is not on a recommend list… but is giftable…. Ok,am I right? This was .. not a recommend? Thanks Jesse. I took a closer look at this tool.

    Estwing Drywall hammer / Amazon (see link to the left) $21.97

    • Thomas The Tinker says:

      ??? gotta take another look ala youtube/showmore.

      • I wont lie, it has uses, however. My wife, self and kids found it to be a bit cumbersome, though, again – as a gift or (the after thought toss it in the trunk) tool. You really cant beat it. It is very very well made. That much is certain, for myself though…unless gifting, I wouldnt have much use for it honestly.

  3. j.r. guerra in south tx. says:

    It looks good for ‘riding fence’, but I’m guessing my Cold Steel spetnatz shovel is more useful for our terrain. Chops wood and prickly pear pads, digs ‘cat holes’, does road work and is compact enough to carry. When carried in public, doesn’t look ‘weapony’ either, lol. I keep a pair of fencing pliers in the vehicle, a short 16″ l. pair of bolt cutters, as well as a small can of fence ‘staples’ for on the spot fence repair.

    What was it about the sheath’s design that interested you in replicating so much ?

    Thanks for the post.

    • Multiple attachments for carry. I like the sling approach, and belt loop- plus it was well designed, goes in and out easily!

      • j.r. guerra in south tx. says:

        Okay, thanks for explanation. I have one of those inexpensive Voodoo shotgun / rifle scabbards that might work as another carrying option. I have a Gerber ‘bill hook’ tool mounted on the exterior, along with machete and Estwing campers axe in the interior sleeve (still working on a way to secure axe inside). Mainly for road work tool carrying.

        Thanks again.

  4. Thomas The Tinker says:

    Watched another 3 Utube reviews on this beasty. ‘They’ each liked the utility of the tool and build. I’m thinking you may have a good plan to use them as ‘entry’ level prepper tools with your friends. If I was ‘gifted’ one of these, id probly would have ended up in the trunk or under the back seat of the pickup and I’d .. grow .. around it. Like J.R.G., I’ve grow up with my Grannies old fence pliers and my Dads dry wall hammer. I am thinking my son in law would grow around one of these…!

  5. Chuck Findlay says:

    I bought a Cold Steel Trailhawk that looks a lot like this.

    I like the Trailhawk for several reasons. It’s got a 22-inch handle that acts as a force multiplier as far as the chopping ability it has. It’s a light ax head, but with the long handle you can build up some force when you swing it.

    It only cost $25.00 so it doesn’t bite your wallet too bad.

    It has a light head so it’s easy to pack and carry.

    Trailhawks need to be looked at as a kit ax as it needs work when you get it.

    I stripped the wood handle and stained it with a red mahogany stain and then gave it 3 coats of wipe-on Polly.

    I also took the screw out of the head (the head wobbles as the factory doesn’t fit the head and just uses a allen screw to hold the head on. I thread locked a 1/4-20 screw in the hole and ground it off even. I also stripped the ugly painted finish and use 3-coats of gun blue to give it an almost black look.

    Also epoxied the head to the wood handle.

    I’ve been using it for 2-years as a work tool when I do yard cleanup for people and it holds up well. I’m thinking I need a backup one.

    U-Tube has a lot of videos on customizing Trailhawks.

    • While I generally steer clear of cold steel (personal issues with trophy hunters) I do have a spike hawk and a trench hawk and love them both. You cant go wrong with a solid hawk and knife combo most days. –

    • Thomas The Tinker says:

      dAMM BOX said the comment was to short so..

      … CRKT …

  6. I prefer to carry a set of fencing pliers. Hammer, twist, turn a bolt, cut wire, and insulated so you don’t get electrocuted. Plus light and way cheaper.

  7. I do love a good set of fencing pliers…however, this product has the blade and a bit more…definitely some benefit especially if your getting started on the road too prepping! Or even if you need something a bit smaller than three tools in the vehicle.

    (But, I am admittedly a prepper who realizes that tools are best when single purposes they have, with very few exceptions.) This being said, 🙂 I definitely got one for my sister. (Shes not a life prepper, as I am. And could use a jump start.)

    Thanks definitely for the feedback…if you could, what changes would you make?

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