With everything there is the possibility of failure, when it comes to outdoor gear it happens quite frequently. Here is a short list of some of the more interesting purchases I have made that have failed on myself and others within a few days of purchase. Please understand, this is simply my observations regarding these particular products and the results following.
April 22, 2015, I purchased the Columbia River Knife and Tool Williams Tactical Pen. Within 24 hours of purchase, this pen had failed. There is a rubber washer that helps the cap stay put on the pen, this rolled up into the cap itself and did not allow the cap to stay in place on the pen. In addition to this, the pen itself did not write, it was brand new and cost $50+ dollars at the time.
It did not write, by the time I got around to returning it CRKT told me I had to address it with Amazon, of course, this was one of the few times where Amazon also dropped the ball with me. It was July when they finally asked me to return it at which point we were one month into a move and I could not find the pen. The end result was that I was out $50 and I avoid using or promoting CRKT products (following the next product).
December 19, 2015, I purchased a Columbia River Knife and Tool Crawford Kasper Folding Knife. This was directly following the event with the tactical pen, I should note that the last purchase I have made purposefully of CRKT products was June of 2016. I have long known that the steel used in CRKT and several other “American” knife manufacturers are in fact made in China, Taiwan, and Korea much of the time.
This knife (as well as several others from CRKT ) is a perfect example of why I will no longer buy “American” just because the primary assembly/production facilities are in the United States. This knife was inexpensive at $25 and advertised 8CR14Mov steel (equivalent to 440C) which when finished well makes for a solid, low-cost blade material that works well for most things. Sadly this knife when it arrived failed from day one.
The edge never kept (I have been sharpening knives for as long as I have used them, and can split hairs with a butter knife if I want too) within a month the lock broke, and the blade had already become quite loose. Even though it is a low price, this failure was not something that should have occurred. Again CRKT refused to return calls and when I finally got someone, they stated it was my fault without ever viewing the blade itself.
My view of this company is that they are similar to Wal-Mart, interested only in selling as many crappy products as they can get out versus doing the right thing!
March 4, 2016, I purchased the Coleman Pop-Up tent. With over 600 reviews and a 4-star rating on Amazon, you would think this tent would perform well. Within 2 days it had failed completely. The seams are weak and the fiberglass used in the tent I purchased for $115 at the time broke sending glass splinters into my fingers. Honestly, I thought it was me.
However, after talking to several other people who had used the same tent and had the same or similar results I realized that quite possibly this tent was getting rave reviews from people who were not actually using it. It is at best a tent for the glamper, you know the person who believes roughing it is at beachfront behind which their hotel room is. I could not recommend this tent to anyone seriously. I had purchased with my children in mind, and 4 months after purchasing it I was shipping it to the local dump.
September 1, 2017, I purchased the Caydo 14 Pieces Leather Craft set. This was meant to add some needles and tools to my leatherworking set. Sadly, this was not the case. While the set is $14 shipped, there is not a single piece of it that would work for heavy denim let alone leather! The awls bent on some lightweight leather I had, the needles ALL broke at the head and two in the middle. The rolling stitcher/ tool simply did not hold up and fell apart within days. Due to the price, I simply tossed the entire thing and wrote it off as a loss. I would not recommend this brand again sadly.
Well there you go, I for one like to be honest and forthright, I also like to be positive and do not like writing negative reviews. However, because it is important to help others understand that not all products I purchase and review work, I wrote this. I am planning to put together one of these every month or so from here on out if you, the readers would like it!
Free the mind and the body will follow