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The 2Handee Multi-Tool by Buck'n Beel Enterprises (continued)

The Sharpening Stone: The strategy of providing a sharpening stone rather than a file is quite interesting. Certainly the stone makes it just a tiny bit awkward to handle the 2Handee as it adds considerable bulk to this tool and because of this tool’s bulk, I don’t keep it slung around my neck like I used to do with a pair of large nail clippers. Instead, the 2Handee kind of lays around on the boat deck out on the open where it often gets buried under boxes, clothes and life vests. But that’s because our boats are always a mess during “work” hours as we’re constantly pulling out new product to photograph and test.

... but especially handy for us opening up new products out on the boat.

 

The 2Handee features a replaceable sharpening stone rather than a file.

Back to the 2Handee’s sharpening tool. From a utility perspective, the stone works far better than a file. Strokes are sure and precise and the hook points as a result are tremendous. Need to sharpen the edge on your filet knife? The 2Handee can easily assist with that task as well.

Not quite as handy as a pair of needle nose pliers, the tuning tool on the 2Handee certainly works.

The Lure Tuner: You’d have thought, during our Year of the Crank, this tool would have come in real handy, but as fate would have it the great majority of baits we threw ran true out of the box. I did try this feature on the 2Handee just to see how well it grabs that line tie on a crank, and it worked just fine.

The jig-eye buster is an invaluable tool.

The Jig Eye Buster: There was a time, not long ago, where I was often in need of a tool like this and lacking it, I relied upon a heavy gauged hook instead. That method was maybe fifty percent effective. Because of that, today, the jigs and jigheads I purchase for use must be free and clear of paint before they make it into my shopping basket. Nevertheless, this particular tool on the 2Handee I find very worthwhile to have. I like the fact it widens out at the base so if you cannot penetrate the paint by pushing the point of this tool through the line tie, you can gain extra leverage by rotating the point of the 2Handee’s puncher back and forth a little.

It's difficult to gain enough leverage to perform this task with a heavy gauged hook, but the 2Handee can handle this no problem.

Ergonomics: The 2Handee certainly does well in this department considering it’s a good sized tool and grasps well in hand. The rubber coating on the clipper handle is comfortable to hold and, as advertised, provides a sure grip when using the tool for any number of its intended applications

The 2Handee is a good, comfortable size to grasp in hand.

But as I brought up the point earlier in this article, while the 2Handee is really comfortable to hold overall, the sharpening stone makes it just a tad awkward and not quite svelte enough to hang around your neck comfortably. Hence the tool spends a lot of time on deck and buried under other stuff. Other than that and for use under its intended applications, the 2Handee is sized just right.

Unfortunately, our 2Handee was not as corrosion resistant as advertised.

 

After a year's worth of use, ours began to oxidize at all the critical joints.

Durability: One of the selling points Gerald Swindle made to us when introducing us to the 2Handee was its durability and resistance to corrosion. While our test subject did not fall apart or really fail on us in anyway, it is showing signs of rust. These are relatively minor amounts, but they are present nonetheless.

Rust even began to show at the replaceable sharpening stone.

Availability: If you’re intrigued by this tool and want to sample it for yourself, the 2Handee tool is available directly through the company’s website at 2handee dot com.
 

Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide):

2Handee Fisherman's Tool Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Very well made tool 8
Performance We did not expect the clippers to cut braid, but they were advertised as such, so are rated accordingly 7
Price A nicely priced multi-tool 8
Features Just about everything you need on the water except for a pair of pliers and a split ring tool 8
Design (Ergonomics) A good size and comfortable in hand 8
Application A very good multi-tool 7.5

Total Score

7.75
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here

 

Pluses and Minuses:

Plus

Minus

J An affordable multi-tool L Clippers do not cut braid even though advertised as such
J A good size that fits in hand well L Not as corrosion resistant as we had hoped
J Jig-eye buster is an often overlooked tool  


For a mere $15, the 2Handee is indeed very (handy).

Conclusion: The 2Handee is indeed a very handy tool to have around. Were the sharpening stone just a tad smaller, the tool itself would be a bit more streamlined overall and I’d be more apt to put it on a lanyard and throw it around my neck making it even more invaluable. As such, I usually have it out on the deck of my boat somewhere, where it tends to get buried. Additionally the clippers, while perfect for fluorocarbon and monofilament, had a hard time cutting two of my current favorite braided lines, Suffix Performance Braid and Daiwa Samurai Braid. In this instance, the 2Handee doesn’t quite cut it – no pun intended. Otherwise, for its price, and added utility, this really is a nice, handy tool to have around.



 

 

 

 

 

 
 





 

 



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