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Favorite multi tool?

 
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What's your favorite multi tool. Leatherman started it and I've tried several models and makers SOG, Gerber, Leatherman...What's in your pocket?
 
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I have a Gerber that I'm very fond of, it's a quality tool.

My son gave it to me and that makes it my favorite.
 
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only buy an old Gerber, new ones since Fiskars bought em arent as nice, and heavier.

Am carrying a Leatherman Wingman right now.
Has a big scissors on the outside, instead of another blade.
Well made, and a little lighter than the top o the line.

It made me take my Kershaw Leek out of my pocket for the first time in 8 years..,..


and i SELL knives and tools , hahoo.
 
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Leatherman stands by their lifetime warranty, even without documentation. I just sent them my broken one and they sent me a new one! I like the kind where the tools lock into position when open.....the only trouble I ever had with them is the tool snapping back folded when under heavy pressure....especially dangerous in case of the blade. The locking version prevents this.
 
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Ive had a leatherman core for a good 10 ys. now. I found a gerber some time ago, but I liked my leatherman better.
 
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I got a victorinox SwissTool RS and it's been on my belt for 7 years now, it serves me very well and is built like a tank
 
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Swiss army knife. I enjoy the Swiss army knife but the major down side is the blades do not lock. Gerber has a locking blade system but the construction is a bit wobbly for general use. Maybe someone can make a hybrid of these two companies and make a better product.
 
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My dad has carried a pair of small Vise-Grips in a leather belt pouch for years, and swears by them. Pliers-cum-wrench, makeshift handle, and the Vise-Grip brand ones have a wire cutter at the base of the jaw.
 
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Sog powerlock, silver. The power assist EOD multi-tool is also useful, though a C4 fuse well punch isn't so useful in civilian life. Well I guess it could be used as a dibbler, or for making other seed type holes. My hands are relatively fragile and I'm a big fan of pressing on flat sheet metal rather than the backs of all those pointy blade like things when using the wire cutters or pliers (as almost all multi tools seem to want to do).


 
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I will not step out my door with out my leatherman "wave" in my pocket... I've broken a few over the years, but I think they're just super. the knives open from the outside without having to do any fancy fiddling with the tool is the reason I am partial to those. I never could get the hang of easily opening a gerber tool, but some of my friends are just as die hard about those as I am about my wave...
 
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I carry a Swiss knife, but if I want more, the first choice is a pair of Channellock  #546 pliers.  These are a slip-joint style, so they can be collapsed to a slender shape, easily carried.  The jaws are very versatile, with thin, flat knurled tips, a nut gripper, and a wire cutter.  The slip joint gives a wide capacity range, and they are fairly light.
If I had an arc welder handy, I'd make four screwdriver insert bits into a cross as a pocket tool, easy to spin or apply torque with, and with the tips I want.  
 
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Hey,

My Favorite Multi tool, is my great grandmothers crate hammer.

It pulls nails out great, its a great crowbar, and carves wood well, its light weight, 100-200 years old and has aged well.

I have made many things with it,

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Bob Stuart wrote:I carry a Swiss knife, but if I want more, the first choice is a pair of Channellock  #546 pliers.  


Those look great! Looking around, it appears they aren't made any more. That's a shame.

Personally, I've tried all sorts of multitools and keep coming back to Leatherman. And if I need more, it's Vise-Grips or slip joint pliers.
 
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I've migrated to the Leatherman Skeletool as my every day pocket tool.  Airport security confiscates knives and multitools in Oregon and then auctions them off on Public Surplus Auctions. I bought a lot of both Victoronix and multi tools and in those lots were just about every model was available to try. I like Swiss army knives but the beefier plier option of multi-tools outweighs their appeal. I still have a few pounds of leatherman models even after recouping my purchase price.
 
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Robert Ray wrote:I've migrated to the Leatherman Skeletool as my every day pocket tool.  Airport security confiscates knives and multitools in Oregon and then auctions them off on Public Surplus Auctions. I bought a lot of both Victoronix and multi tools and in those lots were just about every model was available to try. I like Swiss army knives but the beefier plier option of multi-tools outweighs their appeal. I still have a few pounds of leatherman models even after recouping my purchase price.



Good approach! Those confiscated lots are commonly resold on eBay, presumably after the best stuff has been highgraded.

I agree, I feel undressed without folding pliers in my pocket and a slim folding knife. I like to think I'm ready for anything. But at least I'm ready for something.
 
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I have a Leatherman, sits in a draw. Been there for decades. Always feels like a compromise. I like painters tools though for generic diy - this guy has something interesting to say on them:



Mostly I carry a small pruning knife. I use it to open mail and cardboard boxes.

Nice tool Alex!
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Edward Norton wrote:I have a Leatherman, sits in a draw. Been there for decades. Always feels like a compromise. I like painters tools though for generic diy - this guy has something interesting to say on them:



Mostly I carry a small pruning knife. I use it to open mail and cardboard boxes.

Nice tool Alex!



I have both of those tools and I do recommend them, I also have a Leatherman, I also have a few swiss army knives one of which I found buried in the bush.

I also have a linoleum knife, which I use as a pruning knife.

Leatherman are great as if you also have some wire you basically have no limits on what you can make.
 
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Nothing beats a Leatherman Wave says I. I don't carry it around day to day but I always take it fishing or backpacking.

Also, I am glad to see the "tweaker tool" getting a mention. That is what a few guys I know call that painter multitool, after you sharpen all the edges. Great for all kinds of stuff, especially gasket removal! The name comes because after you sharpen it it looks like something a meth addict would carry around to fight their imaginary demons. ..
 
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Will those painter/tweaker tools actually hold a useful edge? I don't object to a tool that takes on the jobs that would be abuse of a nice knife.

Edit: Drat, you guys just sent me down the rabbit hole. Now I think I need one. Don't tell DW.
 
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Hahaha it will change your life! Well probably not.

They don't really hold an edge, or at least mine doesn't. It's more of a beater tool that you sharpen up for the job at hand and then horribly dull during the work...

You DO need one.
 
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