@_hm: One way to mitigate this is to get mutliple of this knives and gift it to persons you love most.
What? Give my wife a very sharp knife? I think not LOL. I also have the gun safe in our house set up that only I know the code (call me a scardy-cat if you will LOL)
But I knwo what you mean -- When I went to Norway a couple of years ago to give the keynote at the FPGA Forum, I took three of these knives to give as gifts for the guys that had helped me out. I think they liked them.
@David: ... can I suggest also that if you get another one, get a bit of chain and connect it to the loop on the knife, and to one of those mini-karabiner things so you can clip it onto a belt so it can't get lost!
Not a bad idea -- I might look into that -- but it hadn't got lost for the 2 or 3 years it was in my posession -- my son had his hands on it for 30 seconds and it ended up at the bottom of a lake ....
@David: Now the AU$ is a bit less than the US$ (about 93c) so $3.25 in the US should mean that we pay A$3.50 for one. We pay A$ 4.95...
Bummer. To be honest, I hadn;t realized that JayCar was a 100% Australian entity -- I thought they had a presence in the USA -- I just discovered my pistake this morning when I read an email from them sayinmg my package containing the multimeters had been dispatched from Australia (I hope I don't get hit by customs)
@Elizabeth...sorry, I should have looked a bit further. Element 14 Aus has 3 of them, two (like yours and the $10 one) are identical but different prices, and the other one differs in that it has a set of allen (hex) keys in it, but it is around $16.
I have one of those Tenma multimeters - bigger than the one above but thinner (10.8 mm vs 26 mm) but I think it is a bit higher quality than Jaycar's mini ones. But it is a fair bit more money ($16, even if you buy 99999999 of them :-) But I also notice that the Tenma has auto power-off after 30 minutes - a VERY nice feature in a DMM.
Have fun with them!
(Thinks - I should hit Element 14 and Jaycar up for some commission :-)
Does the need for spudgers actually come up in your travels? Do you really do impromptu tear downs?
"Ooo! Nice smart phone you have there! Let me get my spudgers and open that sucker up!" LOL
When I go on service calls, I need to bring schematics and spare parts along with whatever tools I might need for the specific job. Usually a soldering iron and an oscilloscope are needed. If you're bringing some gizmo for show and tell, you should bring what you need to repair it. I would suggest getting an empty tool roll you can customize on a case by case basis.