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#131538 - 04/29/08 10:39 PM Re: Multi-tool thread#546456 [Re: ]
toke49 Offline

Registered: 01/12/03
Posts: 24
Loc: Central Virginia, U.S.A.
I have 5 various leatherman from a mini to a supertool along with assorted others but I almost always carry an older PST II.
Be Prepared

#131543 - 04/29/08 11:02 PM Re: Multi-tool thread#546456 [Re: Rodion]
Russ Offline

Registered: 06/02/06
Posts: 5338
LM Charge TTi.
Better is the Enemy of Good Enough.
Okay, whats your point??

#131546 - 04/29/08 11:15 PM Re: Multi-tool thread#546456 [Re: SwampDonkey]
BobS Offline
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Registered: 02/08/08
Posts: 924
Loc: Toledo Ohio
Im not up on all the latest multi-tools, I have 2 (1 as a spare) Victorinox Swiss Champ Swiss Army knife and 2 or 3 of the original Leatherman Tools.

But I always bought the one that had the most features because you never know what you will need it for.

I would say to buy the one that does the most and is large enough to feel like a tool in your hand. Never did like the mini-tools as they are always a compromise compared to the full size tool.

You can run, but you'll only die tired.

#131561 - 04/30/08 05:14 AM Re: Multi-tool thread#546456 [Re: BobS]
dougwalkabout Offline
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Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 02/03/07
Posts: 2905
Loc: Alberta, Canada
Hey, Rodion, welcome.

I have come to respect the Leatherman line, and own quite a few. The Wave II is my favourite of the bunch; I own several, and carry one all the time.

But - trying to think outside the box - is a standard multitool what you need?

The SAK you already have is a good cutting tool, and in addition can handle small pliers-related tasks. I own several of this type, and I can assert that they hold their own in realistic wilderness situations. The SAK saw is particularly excellent.

So, what tasks do you want to achieve with a multitool?

In a BOB that you don't have to carry on your person, you may get more utility from a large vise-grip with wire cutters (7-10")), a crescent wrench, a heavy-duty flat screwdriver, and a strong multi-bit screwdriver. Multi-tools are great, but real tools accomplish more for much less expense -- assuming you can afford the additional weight and bulk.

Just a thought.

#131564 - 04/30/08 05:57 AM Re: Multi-tool thread#546456 [Re: dougwalkabout]
KG2V Offline


Registered: 08/19/03
Posts: 1371
Loc: Queens, New York City
I've own a bunch of different leathermen - the ONLY one that became an EDC (except for a squit on the keyring - doesn't count) is the TTi. Why? It's the first one I found where the KNIFE was any good. Before thay, the Ti came close with the 154CM blade, but I didn't buy/try that. The TTi with the S30V blade came out and I said to myself - you know, if the blade is good enough, you can stop carrying your pocket knife. It was, I did
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#131662 - 04/30/08 08:52 PM Re: Multi-tool thread#546456 [Re: KG2V]
Art_in_FL Offline

Registered: 09/01/07
Posts: 2432
Multi-tools are like girlfriends. Everyone has their own personal preferences and reasoning behind what they like and dislike. A lot of it comes down to what looks and feels right to you.

IMHO your best bet is to find people who have them and see if they will let you hold them and try them on a few simple jobs.

My preference is the Wave. In my use over 90% of the time I need the knife. The one-handed open and locking blades are a big plus for me. The Wave has both the straight blade and serrated blades accessible without having to open the handles up. They are differentiated by the serrated blade having notches along the back which is palpable with the blade closed. The unserrated blade back is smooth.

I use the straight blade for general use and it works well and is easy to sharpen. I keep the serrated blade for emergencies where I may need to cut rope,seat belts or other fibrous materials.

Personally I like the old Wave,the one I have better than the new one. I don't like the quarter-inch hex drive with removable bits. Too many little bits to get lost and too fiddley. The old unit has a philips head driver and a set of flat blade drivers. Good enough and nothing to fall off or get lost.

I also like that both knife blades, the saw and file all lock. Possibly a problem for you it is an asset for me.

#131671 - 04/30/08 10:39 PM Re: Multi-tool thread#546456 [Re: Art_in_FL]
stevenpd Offline

Registered: 09/15/07
Posts: 81
Loc: SoCal
I EDC the original Leatherman Wave. It does have a metal saw on the file (it's the protected edge). I have gotten out of a lot of trouble with it. I'd upgrade to the Wave 2 but I don't like the removable bits, too much to loose. Over the years it has been used more than my SAK which I also EDC.
Always remember the 6 Ps
(Prior Preparation Prevents [censored] Poor Performance)

#131680 - 05/01/08 12:06 AM Re: Multi-tool thread#546456 [Re: BobS]
UTAlumnus Offline
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Registered: 03/08/03
Posts: 1004
Loc: East Tennessee near Bristol
+1 on the Victorinox line. I've got both a Swiss Tool and a Spirit. I carry the Spirit Plus for EDC with a CRKT M16-01Z I'd carry the Swiss Tool but don't have the sheath for the Plus driver.

#131689 - 05/01/08 12:47 AM Re: Multi-tool thread#546456 [Re: UTAlumnus]
Kris Offline

Registered: 04/13/07
Posts: 623
Loc: A Canadian in the UK
Originally Posted By: UTAlumnus
+1 on the Victorinox line. I've got both a Swiss Tool and a Spirit. I carry the Spirit Plus for EDC with a CRKT M16-01Z I'd carry the Swiss Tool but don't have the sheath for the Plus driver.

I have a sheath for the spirit s that will hold the driver. I don't use it anymore, in fact, i've never used it. Your welcome to it.
"One should not increase, beyond what is necessary, the number of entities required to explain anything"
William of Ockham (1285-1349)

#131719 - 05/01/08 02:56 AM Re: Multi-tool thread#546456 [Re: Kris]
UTAlumnus Offline
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Registered: 03/08/03
Posts: 1004
Loc: East Tennessee near Bristol
Thanks for the offer but I've got the one for the Spirit. It's the one for the larger Swiss Tool Plus that I don't have. The size difference is just enough that they won't swap between sheathes. The Spirit can move up but it's case is just a fraction too small to fit the ST. I wanted the ratchet driver and the local shops didn't carry the Swiss Tool Plus with the ratchet driver at the time.

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