They are a Chinese company which I don’t know much about, other than they are associated with Sanrenmu and a couple other Chinese knife brands known for making high quality, budget knives. My guess is that all these brands are made in the same factory, which is also rumored to make some of the Chinese Spyderco folding knife models like the Tenacious.
Navy CUI 2001
Price: About $10 shipped – add $1 for leather sheath
First off, this is clearly a knockoff of the Atwood Prybaby. I have seen the side by side comparisons of the real thing, and this is not supposed to be as good, which isn’t surprising considering it’s 1/10th the price. I’m not interested in the politics, and personally I think that most knockoff products serve mainly to draw attention to the real thing. Certainly the fact that this tool is only about $10 will interest some folks.
My review sample was purchased from exduct.com. I ordered the brown leather sheath with it just for kicks and giggles.
It’s a very simple design, with half a dozen metric wrenches, a bottle opener and pry-bar. It’s supposed to be a functional flat head screwdriver like the Atwood, but I read in one review where the steel used isn’t suitable.
There’s some jimping around the tool for a better grip.
Fit and Finish
Again, I’m not expecting the fit and finish to compare to a $100 tool, but with that being said, the fit and finish on my unit is superb. The Chinese have really stepped up their game. At least this factory/conglomerate/whatever.
I haven’t done too much with it yet, but so far this appears to be a serious tool. I did use it to break a 12 mm bolt on some chair hulk in the garage waiting to go to the dump.
This tool I think is going to replace my Gerber Shard on my truck key chain. It doesn’t give me viable screwdrivers like the Shard, but then again the Shard doesn’t have great screwdrivers either. Besides, I’m really more interested in the metric wrenches on it. Yeah, Navy copied the design, but they seem to have done it justice, though I’m not lucky enough to own the Atwood.
The sheath is nice, but this will probably go on my keychain or on a carabiner in my EDC bag. Either way, it’s a great addition. Now, what can I use the little sheath for…
|I broke a 12 mm bolt loose with it|
|Shown with a couple other EDC gadgets|
|Shown with a Gerber shard, which is a similar tool|
|It fits and looks great on my truck keychain|
|Shown in the optional leather sheath with a Sunwayman V11R flashlight|
|Shown with a quarter for scale. This tool is smaller than it looks in most of the pictures|
|Shown in the optional leather sheath, which is actually decent quality|
|The sheath has a nice feel to it|
|Shown on the scale, in ounces|