Like all compact or pocket tools, this one must make a couple compromises in order to remain small and lightweight enough to be carried around when biking, hiking, camping or the like. Keeping this in mind, in can come in handy when there are rusty nails to tear out of wood or a thorn out of a dog's paw, when a tent needs to be erected, and so on. Pocket knives do not provide the respective functionality, so this is a nice complement for them.
It goes without saying that for the low price, a couple compromises had to be made. If Victorinox ever created such a tool, it would probably be made of harder but still lighter material, for instance. On the other hand, an axe or hammer that is too light does not make much sense -- there is a trade-off for everything in life.
Is this comparable to a real axe with a longer handle or a full-size hammer made from premium steel for construction use? Not at all. Is it good to have and better than nothing for its price when being outside on a trip to mother nature? Yes.
Great for teenage boys or any man! Perfect to keep in glove box, rv, anything really. Pretty much impossible to break! And so handy! Doesn't take up much room either!
Aside from the wildly pointless gendered description for this tool for "Men Dad Husband", I went ahead and risked it all by purchasing this for use by someone with two X chromosomes. So far, the tool hasn't exploded, melted, or started transmitting estrogen into the atmosphere.
Okay but seriously - I was really impressed with how compact this tool is, the carrying case is more useful than I thought it would be (will stand up to being knocked around), and the axe blade side even comes with its own small cover that snaps on, to help keep users safe. Some really nicely thought-out details. Feels heavy enough to be able to make the hammer do good work, and comfortable to grip. Even for someone with no Y chromosomes whatsoever. This is getting added to a small emergency kit, and I'm thinking of getting a second one for another emergency kit for the whole house.
I have to stick up for this tool. I read the negative reviews. I would strongly recommend looking at the diagram that shows how big this tool is so you don’t think you are getting something much larger like some people did. I would also question the kind of user that is overly concerned with wearing it on their belt because they may need it that fast and often. It’s $25. It’s exactly what you should expect for that price. Some of the reviews make it sound like it failed someone who tried to start a contractor company with it. Other reviews made it sound like a person subjected themselves to a life or death survival situation only equipped with this tool. This is a wonderful option to keep in a glove box for a quick multifunction multitool. I keep mine in a side-by-side on a mountain where I am constantly away from a proper tool kit. If you find yourself faced with a major job please, go get major tools. The hammer, the snipper, pliers all of the tools are sturdy and work great in a pinch. If you need to build a house please be realistic. You are not chopping down trees with this thing but it’s darn helpful. If you break it you are too ambitious.