posted on Jan, 30 2007 @ 06:46 AM
speciality tools , IMHO and personal experience are designed as a " one trick pony " because the intended user wants a tool that is fast ,
efficient , safe and reliable .
take circlip pliers - a great and very usefull tool , BUT in extremis you can use a bradawl / nail and a screw driver to repove / refit a circlip
its harder - takes longer - risks damaging both the clip and the work peice
but you can do it
but if you have a job where you will be servicing hundreds of bearings a month that all have a circlip retainer , not having the correct size circlip
pliers is madness
you cannot take your snap -on roll cab jamb packed with tools with you in your BoB
not to pick on < pun > orangetom , but take his lock picks - in most " regular " situations - lockpicks are very usefull as people who have lovked
themselves out appreciate a friend who can get them in without turning the door to flinders
but in most survival situations - would you give a rats ass ??
an hatchet will get through locks - by hool or by crook
plus - can chop fire wood , make a shelter , fight off an aggressor etc etc etc
lock picks are faster in some situations , and certainly stealthier
i know this is a poor example as lockpicks are so tiny - but to quote RH :
" SPECIALISATION IS FOR INSECTS "