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#270268 - 06/04/14 03:04 PM Re: Portable, versatile toolkit [Re: hikermor]
JerryFountain Offline

Registered: 12/06/07
Posts: 418
Loc: St. Petersburg, Florida

There are lots of those types of wrenches (I have a pocketwrench that is often in my bag) that look interesting. Survival Resources shows six different ones ( http://www.survivalresources.com/Products/EDC_PTools.html )(no association). The Widgy prybar is much smaller and lighter than any of that type I have seen. I have 2 Ti and 2 Steel on various key rings. My house keys have a 3" Ti bar and it is the one I use most often. The pocketwrench would not fit in the coin slot of a candy machine (did this last night) to remove a stuck dollar coin that someone tried to use. My class was happy that they could all get their sugar fix. :-) Each tool has it's advantages and disadvantages.

I also have a Spyderco Spyderwrench which breaks apart to provide an adjustable wrench and a screwdriver. Similar in concept to the RanchHand shown on the SR site above. A great idea, but not the best pliers and a bit heavier than most multitools.



#270269 - 06/04/14 03:22 PM Re: Portable, versatile toolkit [Re: hikermor]
LesSnyder Offline

Registered: 07/11/10
Posts: 1616
Loc: New Port Richey, Fla
I abused my PS4 by twisting it, and broke the jaw... when I decided to upgrade to a more powerful cr123 LED light, a pouch was a suitable solution, so had room for the larger Juice S2.. I'm retired, so having the pouch can be passed off as an old guy thing...

#270270 - 06/04/14 03:24 PM Re: Portable, versatile toolkit [Re: LesSnyder]
chaosmagnet Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 12/03/09
Posts: 3367
Loc: USA
I'll bet you almost anything that Leatherman will replace it under warranty. The last time I sent something in I had a new one back in my hands in a week.

#270271 - 06/04/14 03:46 PM Re: Portable, versatile toolkit [Re: hikermor]
AKSAR Offline
Old Hand

Registered: 08/31/11
Posts: 1186
Loc: Alaska
Regarding mini pry bars, it seems folks like them more as a day to day tool, rather than thinking of them primarily as a survival item. That's totally cool. I may acquire a couple of minis prys for general use.

I can't recall the last time I've broken a knife blade. But then again I have lots of assorted screw drivers and other tools stashed at various places around the home and in our vehicles, so I don't usually use my knives to pry with. I did manage to break a Leatherman Juice C2 once, by trying to use small pliers for a big pliers job.

Regarding kits, I have a small repair kit I sometimes carry. It has an older Leatherman Kick, a very small crescent wrench, duct tape, a small roll of gorilla tape, electrical tape, zip ties, a Patagonia sewing kit, some wire, fabric repair tape, a small tube of Gear Aid Seam Sealer, and a few other odds and ends. It is too heavy for backpacking, but I carry it when sea kayaking and similar situations. With it I have repaired a tent pole, fixed a stove, fixed a rudder on a kayak, etc etc.
"Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas any more."
-Dorothy, in The Wizard of Oz

#270288 - 06/05/14 02:31 PM Re: Portable, versatile toolkit [Re: AKSAR]
hikermor Offline
Geezer in Chief

Registered: 08/26/06
Posts: 7307
Loc: southern Cal
Living in EQ country, I have a variety of prybars - one about two feet long or so lives right beside the bed - longer one are stashed outside. They will see plenty of use if the Big One strikes.

I do have one of the County Comm mini bars and it has been useful - it is just a matter of scale....
Geezer in Chief

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