CountyComm Pocket Widgy Bar Review
It’s ironic that as I sit here to write this I am nursing a torn thumbnail. I was trying to open an old pocket knife that I found. Since it hasn’t seen the outside of a glovebox in about a decade the blade was stiff and unyielding to my measly thumbnail. I know better than to try to pry some things up but I think that I can outsmart the physical limitations of my digital keratin. If you’re like me you always have a knife handy and if you’re like me you have at least one knife that has a bent or chipped end from prying something with it you shouldn’t have
The delicate tip of a knife, or thumb, isn’t strong enough to withstand the forces involved with prying. If you have a multi-tool maybe you opt to use one of the screwdriver blades. This too can end in disaster depending on the forces exerted and the strength of the metal of the screwdriver. What I’ve come to depend on for the little jobs that don’t require breaking out my Halligan Tool is the Widgy Bar made by CountyComm.
First off, if you’re not familiar with CountyComm, check them out. Their website is like a candy store for the adventurer. Prices are reasonable and everything is unique (Micro grappling hook!?!?). If you’re looking to put together an EDC kit or you’re trying to find a gift for that hard to shop for friend, check them out.
CountyComm also makes an entire line of miniature pry bars that they’ve dubbed “Widgy” bars. They have 2”, 3” and 4” lengths made of heat treated steel. They even have titanium Widgy bars and a line that is completely flat.
The one I’ve carried at work for the last couple of years is the “Pocket” Widgy. It is 4” long and 0.5” wide. It has the traditional angle at the end, seen on your larger pry bars. The end is a chisel style tip to really get purchase into the surface or crack you’ll be prying. I’ve used it numerous times to remove dash and door panels on cars during searches. It’s a quick go-to on my vest anytime something needs to be pried up or even scraped on. There is a great amount of utility to be found in a small piece of metal that is tough and designed to be abused.
The business end of the Widgy also has a cutout in the face to accommodate small nails, staples or brads if you were to find yourself trying to open a crate or container. I have pried open a couple of crates with the Widgy with great effect.
The Widgy comes as a bare piece of metal with lanyard holes that readily accept a 550 cord wrap. Mine is wrapped with coyote brown 550 and the cordage adds enough grip to keep the bar from slipping in wet or sweaty conditions.
If you’re looking for a small, lightweight and inexpensive tool that will save you thumbnails and knife blades, look no further than the CountyComm Widgy Bar.
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