by Dr. Jim and Mary Clary
CRKT Hans Florine Bivy Multi-Too test and review.
United States -(AmmoLand.com)- With so many multi-tools on the market, one might honestly ask us why we are bothering to even write a review.
Believe it or not, the answer is quite simple. The majority of these devices, although nifty in appearance, contain “tools” that are more gadget than tool. Let’s face it….. who really needs a corkscrew in the boondocks? And, the pliers and knife blades on most combo-tools are pretty lame.
CRKT Hans Florine Bivy Multi-Tool
Hans Florine recognized that “problem” and designed the CRKT Hans Florine Bivy Multi-Tool that is truly useful with just the tools that will be used on a regular basis. For those readers who are not familiar with Hans Florine, he is a world-record holding speed cllimber and rigger for the world famous Bandaloop Vertical Dance Troupe. Jim may have jumped out of perfectly good airplanes in his younger days, but would never, ever consider taking on the mountains that Hans tackles. As such, when he designed this tool, it had to be right, because lives would depend on it. That is the primary reason we decided to test and review the Bivy.
One of the major improvements in Hans’ Bivy are the pliers. They are not only functional, but very strong. These pliers can actually be used on tough jobs and still hold up….. not like most of the others that slip, bend and warp when you bear down.
This multi-tool also has a Tanto-style blade that is a “real knife”. It is sharp and holds an edge very well. If you own or have owned any of the other multi-tools on the market, you know what we mean. After a few uses, their knife blades are more like scrapers than knives. Oh, you can sharpen them up, but after a single use, most of them are useless again.
Remember, a dull knife is far more dangerous than a sharp one.
And lastly, Hans added in a flathead and Phillips head screwdriver and awl (Marlinspike)…. and that is it. Factor in the spring-assist button to open the pliers and you have a tool that does what is needed, when you need it.
Specifications of the CRKT Hans Florine Bivy Multi-Tool are:
- Overall Length Open: 7.06 inches
- Closed Length: 4.12 inches
- Weight: 7.7 ounces
- Blade Length: 2.92 inches with locking liner
- Blade Thickness: 0.09 inches
- Blade Material: 5Cr15MoV
- Blade HRC: 55-58
- Finish: Satin
- Blade Grind: Flat
- Blade Style: Tanto
- Blade Edge: Plain & Veff Serrations
- Handle Material: 1060 Aluminum with Pocket Clip
With an MSRP of $69.99 ( less online), this tool is well worth the price and should be in the pocket or on the belt of everyone who ventures into the wild.
Keep the CRKT Hans Florine Bivy Multi-Tool side-by-side with your regular belt knife and you are ready for just about anything.
About Jim and Mary Clary:
Jim and Mary Clary have co-authored over three hundred and fifty articles, (and counting) on shooting and hunting. You can read many of them on AmmoLand News.