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#265837 - 12/17/13 02:58 AM Re: Which tools? [Re: benjammin]
LeeG Offline
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Registered: 03/24/08
Posts: 100
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
I started carrying a pair of these a while back, and they are much better than a crescent wrench.

Knipex pliers wrench. Will not mar a bolt or nut, adjustable, and more griping power than a normal slip-joint pliers. Somewhat pricy, but very handy. They have become my go to gripping tool.

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#265842 - 12/17/13 04:38 AM Re: Which tools? [Re: benjammin]
chaosmagnet Offline
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Registered: 12/03/09
Posts: 2902
Loc: USA
Looks very nice, but spendy.

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#265843 - 12/17/13 05:05 AM Re: Which tools? [Re: benjammin]
Teslinhiker Offline
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Registered: 12/14/09
Posts: 1354
Here is the urban tool pack kit I am building up. Still needs a few things but I am also trying to keep the weight down to 4 lbs (currently 3 lbs) and what will fit in the bag. The purpose of this bag is not a stay at home bag, rather a bag that is kept in the truck and separate from any other tools or kit/gear that we may or may not have with us at any given time.

I did not notice the OP's request of no flashlights until after I took the pics...sorry.


I know that the needle nose and slip joint pliers could be considered redundant, especially that we both have Leatherman multi-tools. But choice is good sometimes and having a dedicated set of each pliers can be helpful.
The sockets in the top left range in size from 5/32 to 1/2".
Crescent wrench is 4-2/4"
Slip joint pliers are 6"
Mini-hammer is 6-1/2"


Collection of zip ties.
12' cam buckle strap
2x small bungies
folding ruler.
About 6' of 14 gauge wire
Voltage tester


Yellow electrical tape.
Various self tapping metal screws and wood screws. These all fit in that old pill bottle.
Disposable keychain flashlight
Maglite converted to LED.
Sharpie
A few assorted clamps
Folding knife with a serrated and smooth blade. These knives are $10.00 and are not too bad of quality and come with a lifetime warranty. These are knives are perfect for seldom used kits such as this.
Box Cutter
3 x 3.5" common nails



The bag when empty is 10"H x 7"W x 2"D.
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#265846 - 12/17/13 06:10 AM Re: Which tools? [Re: Teslinhiker]
benjammin Offline
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Registered: 02/06/04
Posts: 4018
Loc: Anchorage AK
Good kit. More than just tools, but I'm not going to knock it.
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#265849 - 12/17/13 08:44 AM Re: Which tools? [Re: benjammin]
Tjin Offline
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Registered: 04/08/02
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I don't really carry a tool kit for in town. I just got tools in my car and at home and grab whatever I need.

What is really handy and not mentioned yet is a multimeter. Checking batteries, checking circuits, etc.
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#265852 - 12/17/13 12:34 PM Re: Which tools? [Re: benjammin]
quick_joey_small Offline
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Registered: 01/13/09
Posts: 470
Loc: UK
> The wirecutters on LM multis are good, especially the ones
> with the replaceable cutting edges.

Leathermen are quality products no arguments there. But the gears on a sog make it unbeatable for cutting wire. I cut through 3 coathangers at a time with one. My LM and victorinox could only manage 1.
Another solution would be using a military knife with the built in wire cutter.
qjs

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#265855 - 12/17/13 02:21 PM Re: Which tools? [Re: Tjin]
chaosmagnet Offline
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Registered: 12/03/09
Posts: 2902
Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: Tjin
What is really handy and not mentioned yet is a multimeter. Checking batteries, checking circuits, etc.


I keep a cheap multimeter in my car kit. It was about $5 at Harbor Freight and it works reasonably well for quick in-the-field diagnosis.

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#265892 - 12/18/13 05:09 AM Re: Which tools? [Re: chaosmagnet]
benjammin Offline
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Registered: 02/06/04
Posts: 4018
Loc: Anchorage AK
Yep, a small cheap multimeter would be smart.
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#265896 - 12/18/13 02:17 PM Re: Which tools? [Re: benjammin]
JBMat Offline
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Registered: 03/03/09
Posts: 745
Loc: NC
The Harbor Freight multi-meter is sometimes free with a coupon and a minimum purchase. If you need a "sometime" tool or a one use tool, go there first. Most of the time they have coupon ads right at the door. And there is some really decent stuff in there.

As to tools, I carry a Leatherman sidekick most of the time, and have an EDC key ring with a small pry bar, a small SAK, a Gerber small tool, a flashlight and a lighter.

And Tes - why no nuts and bolts?

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#265921 - 12/19/13 08:00 AM Re: Which tools? [Re: benjammin]
ireckon Offline
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Registered: 04/01/10
Posts: 1626
Loc: Northern California
Please define the terms a bit more. Is it urban carry? Is it an urban car kit? Is it a bag I'm carrying to work? Is it a weekend outing?

When I here "urban pack", I imagine what I'd carry to an office job in a city like San Francisco. There is no way I'm carrying half the stuff mentioned here.

In my man bag or on my person, I carry the following:

-knife
-whistle
-Pico Pen
-piece of paper
-thin rope rated at 250 lbs.
-band-aids
-tiny USB drive
-Fenix LD15 flashlight
-cell phone
-headphones
-watch
-keys
-money clip w/credit cards, etc.

I went ahead and listed everything because it's not much and intended to be ultra light, which is the only way I can imagine walking around in an urban setting. By the way, I would carry a handgun, but I'm in California...
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