Zippo 4-in-1 Woodsman

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  1. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

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    The Zippo 4-in-1 Woodsman is a hatchet, a saw, a mallet, and a tent stake puller all in one package.
    Zippo is one of the world’s most iconic brands, famous for making…you were finishing that sentence with “handheld or pocket lighters,” right? If so, you are correct and that’s what most people would say. But Zippo makes more than just lighters. The company also makes writing instruments, watches, lanterns, and other outdoor gear. One of the company’s newest products–and maybe one you wouldn’t expect–is the 4-in-1 Woodsman. The Woodsman is a hatchet, a saw, a mallet, and a tent stake puller. Even if you don’t have a Zippo lighter in the pocket of your camping pants, you will want the Woodsman to be a part of your camping gear.
    Specifications

    • 5″ blade
    • 15″ steel saw blade
    • 20″ fiberglass reinforced nylon handle with snap down cam
    • Mallet
    • Price: $79.95
    Quality

    When a company makes what is arguably the gold standard in handheld lighters, one would rightly expect other products to have the same high standards of quality. Conversely, one would also wonder what a lighter company is doing making something like the Woodsman as it seems only slightly related to its most iconic product.
    The Woodsman, however, reflected excellent overall quality: both the metal parts and the plastic parts were durable, functional, and even inspiring. The overall design proved not only to be thoughtfully executed, but also demonstrated seamless harmony in how they worked together. The only drawback, if it can be called that, is the one that plagues many multi- or all-in-one tools: when a device tries to do more than one function, it usually accomplishes the functions well, but not excellently. Such is the price of versatility.

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    The Woodsman’s five-inch blade came with a very sharp edge that swiftly and easily cut through all wooden adversaries.

    Reliability

    The Woodsman’s five-inch blade, a steel hatchet head, came with a very sharp edge that swiftly and easily cut through the wood to which I applied it. The key to the blade’s functionality, however, really lied in the fiberglass-reinforced nylon handle which made swinging the blade quick and easy. When the blade was not in use, I affixed the orange blade cover, which doubled as a handle for…
    The Woodsman’s saw, which featured a removable 15-inch steel saw blade that made quick work of branches and other wood that was four inches in diameter or less. The Woodsman comes with two blades, both of which store in the long handle when not in use. A snap down cam works in conjunction with a screw-in bolt in the blade cover/sheath to hold the blade in place for sawing operations. The snap-down cam put just the right amount of tension on the blade and also sported…
    The Woodsman’s tent stake puller, which resided at the end of the main handle and folded down and out of the way when not needed. It very handily helped with pulling stakes that had been put in place by…
    The Woodsman’s mallet, which sits opposite of its blade, counterbalanced by it and providing a good amount of weight to firmly and effectively drive those tent stakes into the ground.
    I’ve used tree saws, hatchets, and mallets that individually may have done a better job than the Woodsman but I’ve never used a tool that combines all of those (and a tent stake puller) in one and that does so with as much thoughtful design.

    Price/Value

    With a retail price of $79.95, the 4-in-1 Woodsman combines four useful tools or functions into one convenient tool with excellent functionality and very good safety. And with camping and backpacking, where the idea is generally to be light in weight and mobile, convenience and utility is key. In addition to the Woodsman, Zippo offers replacement saw blades, available in a two-pack for $12.95.
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    The Woodsman sports a 15″ steel saw blade.

    Refer-ability

    Although functionally a simple product with very few moving parts, the Woodsman has the look of a high-tech hatchet and its blaze orange sheath/saw handle complements the black handle and hatchet blade. As such, it scores high on the “Wow!” factor but then proves its mettle when actually put to use. Once all of its features are realized, the convenience and utility–just like the Zippo lighter–make the Woodsman difficult to put down.
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  2. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    Pretty cool idea.
     
  3. KAS

    KAS Monkey++

    i like it ...
    I wonder whhat our expert tree choppers will have to say about it ...
    this site is full of expert tree choppers
     
  4. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Weight?
     
  5. KAS

    KAS Monkey++

    ghrit.
    ive been weighting or 25 minutes now what do u want?
     
  6. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member


    Cool idea.
     
  7. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

  8. William Antrum

    William Antrum GunMetal Monkey


    where is the lighter on this damn thing anyway?
     
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  9. KAS

    KAS Monkey++

    we need to see if the have a lazer option
     
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  10. William Antrum

    William Antrum GunMetal Monkey

    if you need a laser for this one you should not even look at it huh?
     
  11. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Moderator Moderator Site Supporter++

    That is a great tool. I like it.
     
  12. natshare

    natshare Monkey+

    It's a neat idea, but I question the usefulness of an all-in-one like this, versus the price.

    I can buy a cheap wooden handled hatchet for <$20, which will handle the wood chopping and mallet functions. Sawing can be accomplished with a decent folding pruning saw, again under $20. And honestly, I have yet to find much difficulty in pulling tent stakes by hand.

    All of the features, albeit in 2 tools instead of 1, but at less than half the price. Of course, it's not as coooool.... :rolleyes:
     
  13. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey Site Supporter


    BOB, also it does not look like a weapon aka Ax and if you kept the blade installed with a ruber hose on it most would not even know about the ax. Stuck under the seat or in a tool box it looks almost like a toy.

    Good Tool, I like.
     
  14. natshare

    natshare Monkey+

    Well, after doing some research, and pricing different options, I'll gladly eat my own words. I bought one! Got an astounding deal for it, too!

    I joined a site called dvor.com, a while back. They offer 7-10 types of deal categories, per day (for 3 days each), with the occasional week long deal category. It's usually just something I look through, determine that I either don't need it, don't want it, or can find it cheaper somewhere else.....but they had a helluva deal, yesterday, on this 4-in-1 Zippo tool.

    This tool usually retails, online for $75 to $80, which was a bit more than I was really willing to spend (at least at this time). But dvor website had a Zippo category of deals yesterday, and had this on sale for $51!! They charge $9.95 shipping, but that's a flat-rate charge, and it's good all day long, so if you find other stuff you want to buy, lump it all into one day's worth of purchase (keeping in mind the 3-day limit for deals), and it all ships for that one shipping charge.

    That puts this a good $14-$19 cheaper than anywhere else I could find it online. I added a Zippo lighter (always a good add to a BOB, since even if it runs out of lighter fluid, it still makes good sparks) and belt "holster" for it, and paid less than I would have, anywhere else, for the 4-in-1 tool by itself.
     
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