@Max...it's horses for courses....the Duratool is cheap and handy, but I reckon yours is better quality. That said, the Duratool kit has not let me down yet, it is by no means rubbish, and it is REALLY good value. Why not get them both? :-)
Talking of cutters....Years ago I used to go and stay with a girl I knew in Johannesburg - with her folks. Her mom ran a tearoom and knowing I was handy with electrics asked me to fix a tea urn she had. There was a broken wire and I needed to cut and strip it. She only had a pair of scissors. I went to the local hardware shop and asked for their cheapest pair of cutters. "These ones are $1" said the guy, "But you'd really be better with these ones for $2". I said "I only need to cut one wire" and took the $1 ones. But when I tried to cut the wire, one jaw broke off. I was so embarrassed I made do with the scissors rather than going back to the shop for the better cutters :-)
Two sales engineers are going to demo their product the next day and decide to do a dry run in their hotel room. The equipment fails. One of the engineers suspects a cold solder joint, so he calls down to room service and asks them to send up a screwdriver and a soldering iron.
Fifteen minutes later a waiter shows up with a glass of orange liquid. He says: "Here's your Screwdriver, but our bartender didn't know how to mix a Soldering Iron."
[IIRC I heard this one from Dr. James Meindl when I was a grad student.]
Not top quality but pretty handy for most things, and excellent value. I keep one in my desk drawer at work, and it saves me having to go into the workshop next door if I have something I want to take apart.
I had an all-singing, all dancing Victorinox swiss army knife but I mistakenly kept it in my pocket and they took it off me at Johannesburg airport years ago. I had as sad a face as Max when this happened. Although Jo'burg is an excellent airport otherwise, I get the mutters whenever I go through it for this reason.
I also had a couple of keyring screwdrivers, about an inch long, which were taken off me at Sydney airport some time ago. I pointed out to the officious little @#$%&* who took them off me that my 3-1/2 inch long car key would be my weapon of choice if I wanted to do someone some damage, but he would not relent. Fortunately they are cheap and I managed to replace them.
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