(Update 12/27/16 – Read the comments and buyer beware. Apparently Mr. Pearce has horrible customer service at the very least. Caveat Emptor)
No, that’s not a Photoshop. And it’s not some bizarre Rene Magritte or Salvador Dali surrealist painting either. It’s a 3/4″ box-end wrench, transformed into a knife by Pearce Knives. As cool as it looks (and as much of a visual double-take it inspires) it brings a few salient questions to mind…
First, are they available in all metric and English sizes? What about British Standard Wentworth sizes? Do I get a discount if I order a whole set? I don’t mess with cars as much as I used to, but these would be the coolest set of wrenches ever in the history of ever.
More realistically, does Pearce do something to these steels to make them good working knife blades? Rebar steel is far too soft to make a decent blade, and it’s going to rust like the dickens unless (I’m taking a metallurgical guess here) you introduce a bunch more carbon and chromium into the metal and then give it a good heat-treating.
Don’t get me wrong; I think these look so neat that I wouldn’t really care if they were the sharpest, hardest knives I’d ever owned. But they sure wouldn’t live up to their looks if they couldn’t hold an edge.
And (duh) we’d love to get one for testing. These ‘Remnant’ knives only cost $40 to $100, but Pearce has shut down their manufacture for a while as they remodel their workshop. Rats.