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#283046 - 12/17/16 07:05 PM Other uses for the multi tools that we carry....
wildman800 Offline
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Registered: 11/09/06
Posts: 2816
Loc: La-USA
I often make use of the pliers as a nut cracker. This has some definite drawbacks but it works nonetheless.

What other uses have yall accomplished with your multi tools that were probably never envisioned by the inventor?
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#283047 - 12/17/16 08:12 PM Re: Other uses for the multi tools that we carry.... [Re: wildman800]
dougwalkabout Offline
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Registered: 02/03/07
Posts: 2742
Loc: Alberta, Canada
I once used a Leatherman (on a length of paracord) as a hook to retrieve a caulking gun that had slipped out of reach on a 45 degree roof. It worked!

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#283048 - 12/18/16 12:00 AM Re: Other uses for the multi tools that we carry.... [Re: wildman800]
M_a_x Offline
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Registered: 08/16/02
Posts: 1042
Loc: Germany
I magnetized some of my tools. That sometimes helps to retrieve small steel screws or springs from areas with difficult access. The magnetic force is strong enough to hold the parts but not strong enough to pin the tool to a steel frame.
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#283049 - 12/18/16 05:21 PM Re: Other uses for the multi tools that we carry.... [Re: wildman800]
hikermor Offline
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Registered: 08/26/06
Posts: 6815
Loc: southern Cal
I purchased my first leatherman (back in the 1980s) for a very specific application - the need to free up locking carabiners, which often jammed under heavy loads incurred during SAR operations.In fact, I had come to the point of carrying a pair of pliers just for that very purpose.

The l-tool eventually replaced the swiss army knife I had carried for years.
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#283056 - 12/19/16 08:32 PM Re: Other uses for the multi tools that we carry.... [Re: wildman800]
Mark_R Offline
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Registered: 05/29/10
Posts: 853
Loc: Southern California
I use my LM squirt as a pill cutter.
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#283058 - 12/20/16 12:23 AM Re: Other uses for the multi tools that we carry.... [Re: Mark_R]
haertig Offline
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Registered: 03/13/05
Posts: 2067
Loc: Colorado
I use the Victorinox Swiss Tool sheath/belt pouch as a discrete and inexpensive spare mag holder. Fits single stack or slightly staggered 9mm mags with 7 or 8 round capacity perfectly (tested with S&W 9mm Shield and Keltec PF9 mags). For shorter mags, you can make a cardboard spacer to slip in the bottom to raise the mag. Too narrow to fit full size higher capacity true double stack mags though.

https://www.amazon.com/Victorinox-SwissT...ctorinox+sheath

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#283060 - 12/20/16 11:51 AM Re: Other uses for the multi tools that we carry.... [Re: wildman800]
UncleGoo Offline
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Registered: 12/06/06
Posts: 366
Loc: CT
Hadn't thought about it, until haertig posted: I use a leatherman pouch to conceal a voicerecorder, at least until--and perhaps after--the bodycams appear...
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#283066 - 12/20/16 11:19 PM Re: Other uses for the multi tools that we carry.... [Re: UncleGoo]
dougwalkabout Offline
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Registered: 02/03/07
Posts: 2742
Loc: Alberta, Canada
As a nod to urban sensitivities, I sometimes use a slim camera case with belt loop to hold a Leatherman and a light. People assume it's just a phone.

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#283067 - 12/21/16 01:22 AM Re: Other uses for the multi tools that we carry.... [Re: dougwalkabout]
haertig Offline
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Registered: 03/13/05
Posts: 2067
Loc: Colorado
IMHO, if a Leatherman and a light offend city dwellers, that's not "urban sensitivity", that's "urban stupidity". In reality, I do carry stuff in a small camera case. But that's because it's convenient, not because I'm worried about offending the random idiot here and there. How can these offended people have strayed so far from normal in their thought processes?

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#283068 - 12/21/16 01:53 AM Re: Other uses for the multi tools that we carry.... [Re: haertig]
dougwalkabout Offline
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Registered: 02/03/07
Posts: 2742
Loc: Alberta, Canada
Maybe so. But we've beat this to death before. wink

It gives me a lot more flexibility when I'm dressed in business-casual attire, which is most of the time I'm in a city. I need my Leatherman, but the standard sheath clashes with the "professional man" dress code. And being "respectable" -- well-dressed, well-groomed, and well-spoken -- helps smooth out a lot of problems, even if you're just returning something or waiting in a long checkout line. Staff will often make an extra effort to help you. It happens to me all the time.

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