Allen bit lanyard

Discussion in 'Chris Reeve Knives' started by MountainManAdventure, Jun 21, 2017.

Is carrying a bit with your knife something you'd be interested in?

  1. Yes, even if it's not 100% necessary or practical

  2. No, field stripping it is of no interest to me

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  1. MountainManAdventure

    MountainManAdventure

    23
    Jun 17, 2017
    Hello all, after a few months of lurking I figured I'd post something I couldn't find by searching.

    Preface: I've decided to buy my first $400+ knife, that being a large Sebenza 21 Insingo possibly with double lugs.

    The two main reasons for this being the single tool disassembly and bushing pivot that doesn't require precise tuning every time. I come from the gun world so disassembly and maintenance is often my meditation haha(I even purchased a homefront just because of the cool concept).

    Which brings me to the point of this thread: has anyone found a way to carry a 5/64th bit with their knife in a way that won't harm it? I was thinking of possibly drilling and threading a bit into the lanyard so it's hidden but can be "unsheathed" when needed, and most importantly is always with the knife. I'll take all advice, even if it's just telling me its silly and unnecessary.

    Sorry if that's a bit long, thanks all
     
  2. Birdhunter1220

    Birdhunter1220

    Aug 3, 2011
    I have been carrying a CRK since 2001 (not long compared to some) and used them all time. I have never had a need to take it down in the field. Just my .02
     
  3. tiguy7

    tiguy7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2008
    IMG_2305.jpg Buck made a field tool for their Model 186 Titan. It was a little rattly. The knife had extra screws of different lengths so you could use the knife with or without the tool or the belt clip. If you have a 1/4" bit and a 1/4" ignition wrench, you can carry them in a coin purse. You can also cover your bit with a vinyl screw protector to keep it from scratching its neighbors.
     
  4. makak

    makak

    61
    Sep 15, 2015
    I carry the wrench in my wallet, it's very small so I don't even notice it is there. Never needed to use it though.
     
  5. MountainManAdventure

    MountainManAdventure

    23
    Jun 17, 2017
    That looks awesome. And yeah I'm thinking some some wire shrink wrap could help prevent scratching. Carrying it directly on he knife would be ideal but if I can't find a way to carrying it separately would be an option for extended trips. @birdhunter I agree I'll probably never need it, but I can think of one occasion on a field op in Az where I dropped my knife in that moon dust sand and had a crunchy action for the rest of the month:confused:
     
  6. PirateSeulb

    PirateSeulb Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 6, 2017
    just the small bit doesn't seem worth it and to carry a handle for bits or full one piece tool seems a bit cumbersome I just can't figure a practical way to carry the tool and maintain function. I also work on PCs so I am usually not far from my entire bit set so it is kinda moot for me.
     
  7. MountainManAdventure

    MountainManAdventure

    23
    Jun 17, 2017
    Agreed on not carrying an entire tool, I'm thinking more along the lines of a split ring or the lanyard itself as the handle. If I was a machinist I'd love to craft something like those decorative beads but with an Allen head somewhere on it. But alas, all I can craft is leather goods. The idea being something unobtrusive because I probably won't need it, but peace of mind knowing I could. Perhaps I'll make my next wallet with a slot for the provided wrench
     
  8. red mag

    red mag

    Apr 12, 1999
    The bit could be covered by paracord and only be removed when needed.
    A small leather cover would also be nice, like it is used to protect keys sometimes.
     
  9. PirateSeulb

    PirateSeulb Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 6, 2017
    A Lanyard Bead with a T shaped design with the top bar of the T shape having a through hole for the lanyard cord might work and allow you to get the torque needed to have a working tool.
     
  10. u812

    u812 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 15, 2002
    I tie firesteels in lanyards. I tied a allen wrench inside a lanyard about the same way several years ago to carry on a Sebenza. Left about a 1/4 in sticking out the end and the rest inside the cord to use as a handle. Worked well.
     
  11. adamlau

    adamlau

    Oct 13, 2002
    As an urbanite, I would just drop by The Home Depot or Lowe's or a local hardware store and "borrow" a bit..
     
  12. red mag

    red mag

    Apr 12, 1999
    That might be easy if you live in a "non-metric" country. ;)
     
  13. adamlau

    adamlau

    Oct 13, 2002
    Hmm...Indeed...Touché. Do hardware stores in metric countries not carry ANSI tools at all?
     
  14. JB in SC

    JB in SC

    May 19, 2001
    There is a very small wing type adapter sold by an online supplier, made of delrin I think, that accepts a 1/4" drive bit. It has a hole for keyring attachment. It doesn't solve the dilemma of how to store the bit.

    I carried a captive bit Atwood tool (Shutterbug) on occasion that could store whichever drive type I needed.
     
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2017
  15. tiguy7

    tiguy7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2008
    The drop forged wrench in my photo weighs a few grams, and it can be hung on a neck lanyard. Many knives need more than 1 tool to take them apart. With the coin purse set up, you can customize the kit for the knife. You're also allowed to carry change along side the tools.
     
  16. tiguy7

    tiguy7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2008
    IMG_1465.jpg Bit drivers can be found all over the place.
     
  17. red mag

    red mag

    Apr 12, 1999
    You can get all kind of tools (ANSI and metric), but you have to look them up.
    I have to admit it's getting better than some years ago, but then the selection depends on the city you live in.
     

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