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What is your preferred multi-tool?
#1
I recently snapped the tips off my leatherman wave and snapped the mini screwdriver (not a knock against the tool I was doing stuff with it that I knew was not a good idea like prying with the pliers in a pinch). Needless to say I need to mail my Leatherman back to the factory for repair. Either way I literally cannot function without my multi-tool on a day to day basis, it never leaves my person except when I sleep. While the other one is being sent away I'm looking for a nicer one (than the Wave) to keep in a get home bag and to cart around places I know I'm not going to destroy it like my Wave and with all the selection that is out there today from Leatherman, to Gerber, to SOG etc I can't decide what to get at all to replace it.

I went from carrying an Original Leatherman PST (which I still have and love). Then I had a sidekick which kind of sucked utility wise that I ended up giving away to a friend. Then I got the wave which is totally amazing, but I've never owned anything besides Leathermans.

Right now in the running I have the Leatherman charge and the Leatherman MUT or OHT. I particularly like Leatherman because I know that I'm pretty much going to get a consistently quality product every time, with good customer support but they're all so damn expensive and I'm kind of miffed there really isn't anywhere I can go to fondle the upper end Leatherman tools without having to buy one first to see how justified the price is. I'm willing to entertain switching brands, but its going to take some real added utility to get me to drop multitools where the blade is accessible one handed from the outside. Right now though in addition to my Wave I have a SOG SlimJim assist knife that I love for general knife use but I like the wave knives on the outside configuration as a backup. Plus people don't get freaked out as much if I hand them a Leatherman in a pinch instead of popping open and handing them an assist knife that morons automatically think is a switchblade and that I must be some kind of a criminal to need one.

Either way what to you guys like in the muti-tool world these days?
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#2
I wish I had some experience with these thing but I dont, so I am of no help yet again. If the Leathermans have been good to you stay with one of those. Sorry I cant be of any help on this. Good luck and please post what you decide on.
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#3
Ever since the first generation back in 2000 I have preferred the Swiss Tool from Victorinox. Has never let me down plus I really liked that they were the only ones (at the time) that had a multi-tool that you didn't have to open to access the blades.

I have these:

the original: http://www.swissarmy.com/us/product/Swis...Tool/53905 (I believe a couple more tools were added since I got mine, but it's still going strong after 14 years)

the Spirit X: http://www.swissarmy.com/us/product/Swis...it-X/53814
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#4
I have a SOG multitool that I picked up off of Woot! probably 5 years ago. It has been my constant companion on weekend camping outings, working around the house and range trips. I'm not a knife guy so I can't recall the model number and there are no obvious markings I can find. (It's well used) If it ever croaks I'll probably get a similar model from SOG again.
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#5
Skeletool.

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#6
I do not actually have much advice to give on multi tools. I have been given a number of them over the years and just chuck them on top of the fridge. Where they end up I have no idea.

I find that they do a lot of different things but none of them well. Working in the mechanical field I have learned that if I need a wrench I use a wrench. Rounding off a bolt because I have used the wrong tool will cause me more work than walking over to get the proper tool for the job.

There is one multi tool that I keep in the truck. It is a gerber that is a grooming tool. Scissors nail file that type of thing.

a multi tool to me is a pair of vice grips. Snaps on all sorts of fasteners, cuts wire small diameter rods, can be used as a hammer, pulls nails.
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#7
I've owned tons of leatherman-style multitools. The original PST, wave, charge TTI, skeletool CX, wingman, and whole bunch of knockoffs.

Typically my daily carry is the charge TTI which serves me well. However I am extremely hard on my tools, so that one is out for service and I'm carrying my Wave as a backup. They are essentially the same, except for the titanium handle scales (mostly cosmetic) and the Charge has an S30V blade which is awesome. Also the Charge comes with some extra accessories. Both tools are outstanding for daily carry, as long as you don't mind the weight.

I daily carried the Skeletool CX and I wasn't a big fan of it. Actually, I hated it. That's probably due to the fact that I use and abuse my leathermans on a daily basis, and treat them as if they are regular tools. I don't worry about breaking them; I just push them to their limits. Most of the heavier leatherman tools actually take this abuse fine, and get the job done. The Skeletool was not designed for heavy use, so it didn't work for me. The blade lock failed. The extra bit holder kept losing bits. Also the handle is very uncomfortable and has a bad pinch point.

The Wingman is only $30, available at home depot, and is amazing for the price. For this reason, I buy a Wingman every time I travel commercially and cannot carry a leatherman on the plane. The first thing I do when I get to my destination is find a home depot and buy a Wingman. They have a build-in pocket clip which is nice. It's lightweight, but has all the basic tools I need. It it medium-duty; stronger than the Skeletool but not as strong as the Wave or Charge. For me it's perfect to carry for a week or two when I'm traveling for work. After I'm done with it, I'll give it away to someone.
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bac0nfat;144479 Wrote:I've owned tons of leatherman-style multitools. The original PST, wave, charge TTI, skeletool CX, wingman, and whole bunch of knockoffs.

Typically my daily carry is the charge TTI which serves me well. However I am extremely hard on my tools, so that one is out for service and I'm carrying my Wave as a backup. They are essentially the same, except for the titanium handle scales (mostly cosmetic) and the Charge has an S30V blade which is awesome. Also the Charge comes with some extra accessories. Both tools are outstanding for daily carry, as long as you don't mind the weight.

I daily carried the Skeletool CX and I wasn't a big fan of it. Actually, I hated it. That's probably due to the fact that I use and abuse my leathermans on a daily basis, and treat them as if they are regular tools. I don't worry about breaking them; I just push them to their limits. Most of the heavier leatherman tools actually take this abuse fine, and get the job done. The Skeletool was not designed for heavy use, so it didn't work for me. The blade lock failed. The extra bit holder kept losing bits. Also the handle is very uncomfortable and has a bad pinch point.

The Wingman is only $30, available at home depot, and is amazing for the price. For this reason, I buy a Wingman every time I travel commercially and cannot carry a leatherman on the plane. The first thing I do when I get to my destination is find a home depot and buy a Wingman. They have a build-in pocket clip which is nice. It's lightweight, but has all the basic tools I need. It it medium-duty; stronger than the Skeletool but not as strong as the Wave or Charge. For me it's perfect to carry for a week or two when I'm traveling for work. After I'm done with it, I'll give it away to someone.


Thanks for the responses! Personally, if I travel I usually just check my wave in my bags and it has never been a problem (be careful with other countries though because having a knife could land you in hot water). I have however found myself in an airport having already checked my bags but not yet passed security with my Wave twice. Obviously there was no way I was going to willingly surrender it for the TSA clowns to Ebay it for me. In that case what I do is look for a space with poor security camera coverage that happens to also have a vending machine and I put it on top of the vending machine and pick it up when I return. I've actually left home for a month and come back and retrieved my knife from on top of an airport vending machine (you can tell nobody ever looks up there because there is usually about a 1/4" of dust on top of them nobody ever bothers to clean off). At museums wit the retarded airport style security when I'm far away from the car I've been known to pull the outer blade out and use it as a stake to stake it under the bushes until I return.
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#9
I don't find multi tools all that handy. I've had a gerber and leatherman through the years and they mostly sit in a bug out bag for the just in case moment. I always have real tools around they just work better.
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#10
I actually never thought about a multi tool clipped in the pocket. I always have a knife there but a multi tool makes more sense...

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