- Jul 9, 2000
I should preface this by stating that I am not a heavy-duty user of multi-tools, and I selected this one based on the desire for a multitool that was relatively light and compact, and easy to use.
For anyone unfamiliar with it, the pliers pop into the open position when you push the button. Also, the tools in the handle lock into position. The black main body in aluminum, while the other handle (marked with rulers on both sides) is steel. It weighs about 5 oz, and it comes with a rather nice sheath.
Here are some of my crummy shots of the Switchplier. The sheath is actually black cordura not grey, and has a long clip. You can see the opening in the steel arm where the plier head goes through, and a close up of the lock for the small tools.
Opening some of the small tools: the knife and the 1/4" drive. The great thing about the locking tools, is that once you lock one of the tools into position, you close the steel handle again which effectively locks the tool from the other side too (since you are holding it shut while using it). While it is advertised with a como edge blade, mine came with a plain one. According to SOG most will come with the combo edge. Here also is the standard 1/4" drive in action. The Switchplier doesn't come with any accessories for this.
I am given to understand that the locking tools that fit SOG's Powerlock will also work on the Switchplier. My only complaint against the Switchplier is the lack of a phillips-head screwdriver, but if I can get a tool replacement kit for the Powerlock, I should be all set.
Opening the Switchplier of course is simple. Let the steel arm swing free, then push the button. The one-hand opening of the pliers is actually as practical as a one-hand opening knife, and not just a novelty. It is fun though.