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Posted: 4/19/2010 7:15:03 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/19/2010 10:03:36 AM EDT by ttushooter]
Thinking about adding a multi-tool to my EDC stuff. What recommendations does the esteemed membership of ARFCOM suggest?
Link Posted: 4/19/2010 7:38:42 AM EDT
Leatherman Wave.
Link Posted: 4/19/2010 7:42:51 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Zoomer302:
Leatherman Wave.


+1
Link Posted: 4/19/2010 7:44:01 AM EDT
I have a Swiss Army Ranger in my messenger bag. I've probably used the scissors more than anything else.
What kind of tasks do you do everyday? That would drive my choice of tool. For my purposes the typical pliers-based tool is overkill.
Link Posted: 4/19/2010 7:44:32 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/19/2010 8:23:22 AM EDT by Tolip]
Say what you will about Leatherman's politics, they make good multitools. I love my Charge TTi.

ETA: I've also got a PST II which has been a great tool.
Link Posted: 4/19/2010 7:44:37 AM EDT
Tagscribe, relevant to my interests.
Link Posted: 4/19/2010 7:45:17 AM EDT
I carry a Leatherman Pulse. They don't make them anymore, but I have 2.
Link Posted: 4/19/2010 7:47:17 AM EDT
Been carrying a Leatherman Wave on my duty belt for 10 years now. I've abused and mistreated it on almost a daily basis and its still going strong.
Link Posted: 4/19/2010 7:49:26 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/19/2010 7:49:53 AM EDT by ED_P]
Used to carry a Leatherman wave in pocket, but they're really more practical on the belt. I've settled on a Swiss Army pocket knife model with scissors and saw, though it lacks pliers, which are handy sometimes.
Link Posted: 4/19/2010 8:00:22 AM EDT
Originally Posted By TheMessiah:
Tagscribe, relevant to my interests.


Link Posted: 4/19/2010 8:01:59 AM EDT
i like the SOG paratool, the tool is easy to disassemble, and adapt to different conditions.
Link Posted: 4/19/2010 8:03:15 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/19/2010 8:03:55 AM EDT by mjohn3006]
I carry a Leatherman Skeletool. It is the only multi-tool I could find that allows you to open the knife without opening the entire tool. It is like having a regular pocket knife that I also can pull out a pair of pliers and screwdriver if I need it. It also the same size as a regular pocket knife.

Link Posted: 4/19/2010 8:05:50 AM EDT
S2 Juice by leatherman
Link Posted: 4/19/2010 8:09:06 AM EDT

Originally Posted By mjohn3006:
I carry a Leatherman Skeletool. It is the only multi-tool I could find that allows you to open the knife without opening the entire tool. It is like having a regular pocket knife that I also can pull out a pair of pliers and screwdriver if I need it. It also the same size as a regular pocket knife.

http://raduborcea.files.wordpress.com/2008/05/skeletool-cx-diagram.jpg

I have the same one in carbon fiber. Its a really great tool.
Link Posted: 4/19/2010 8:09:45 AM EDT
+1 for the Skeletool.

I also like my Gerber Multi-Plier. I forget which model I have. They make some extraneous stuff on some models that I really don't need ( like a crimper for explosives) but my model doesn't have that feature.
Link Posted: 4/19/2010 8:17:06 AM EDT
Originally Posted By mjohn3006:
I carry a Leatherman Skeletool. It is the only multi-tool I could find that allows you to open the knife without opening the entire tool. It is like having a regular pocket knife that I also can pull out a pair of pliers and screwdriver if I need it. It also the same size as a regular pocket knife.

http://raduborcea.files.wordpress.com/2008/05/skeletool-cx-diagram.jpg


I LOVE my skeletool. I was using it to assemble a grill yesterday and left it on the deck. Once I figured out it was missing I had an OCD panic attack until I found it.
Link Posted: 4/19/2010 8:19:15 AM EDT
Tag for non-Leatherman mini-tool.

I lost my mini Bucktool and need a pocket-sized one.

Link Posted: 4/19/2010 8:25:39 AM EDT
I am found of the SOG PowerLock Series (I own 4, carry 1, 1 in the truck and 2 spares). They are great tools and i can get them locally at Lowe's for $49.99

Strongest tool I've ever used and the first that i can replace the tool sets on (screwdrivers, blades, v-cutter, etc.)
Link Posted: 4/19/2010 8:29:07 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/19/2010 8:31:11 AM EDT by m24shooter]
I use a Gerber MP600 with carbide cutters.
The Crucial looks good for a smaller tool.
Link Posted: 4/19/2010 8:31:07 AM EDT
SOG
Link Posted: 4/19/2010 9:05:33 AM EDT
Originally Posted By mjohn3006:
I carry a Leatherman Skeletool. It is the only multi-tool I could find that allows you to open the knife without opening the entire tool. It is like having a regular pocket knife that I also can pull out a pair of pliers and screwdriver if I need it. It also the same size as a regular pocket knife.

http://raduborcea.files.wordpress.com/2008/05/skeletool-cx-diagram.jpg


does it come with a sheath?
Link Posted: 4/19/2010 9:18:28 AM EDT
Originally Posted By killerpumpkin:
Originally Posted By mjohn3006:
I carry a Leatherman Skeletool. It is the only multi-tool I could find that allows you to open the knife without opening the entire tool. It is like having a regular pocket knife that I also can pull out a pair of pliers and screwdriver if I need it. It also the same size as a regular pocket knife.

http://raduborcea.files.wordpress.com/2008/05/skeletool-cx-diagram.jpg


does it come with a sheath?


No, but it clips to your pocket like a regular pocket knife.

The CX is lighter with a partially serrated blade, but the standard version works fine too.
Link Posted: 4/19/2010 9:24:03 AM EDT
Swisstool Spirit...
Link Posted: 4/19/2010 9:25:10 AM EDT
+1 on the SOG

Got mine back in 2004 and have been using the hell out of it ever since. I have not had to replace a single tool, and I don't miss the hellacious blood blisters that the original Gerber multi-tool gave me when the bastard pliers slipped.
Link Posted: 4/19/2010 9:28:55 AM EDT
Link Posted: 4/19/2010 9:30:37 AM EDT
Originally Posted By tyrex13:
Originally Posted By Zoomer302:
Leatherman Wave.


+1


Link Posted: 4/19/2010 10:02:58 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Tolip:
Say what you will about Leatherman's politics, they make good multitools. I love my Charge TTi.

ETA: I've also got a PST II which has been a great tool.


what do they say about their politics??
Link Posted: 4/19/2010 10:04:26 AM EDT
Link Posted: 4/19/2010 10:05:26 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Zoomer302:
Leatherman Wave.


+1
Link Posted: 4/19/2010 10:07:58 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Aimless:

Originally Posted By ttushooter:
Originally Posted By Tolip:
Say what you will about Leatherman's politics, they make good multitools. I love my Charge TTi.

ETA: I've also got a PST II which has been a great tool.


what do they say about their politics??

The owner is a Democrat.

I confess I have been converted to using a Wave. I have two. At least some americans are employed there making the tools.


Are SOG and Gerber USA made?
Link Posted: 4/19/2010 10:36:08 AM EDT
Originally Posted By fosters:
Swisstool Spirit...

+1
My Swisstool is the shit. It is built like a tank. It has every feature I could ever want including scissors. It has spent weeks in the florida swamps and has no rust on it. That is indicative of a rock solid finish. I would stake my life on this multitool.

RLTW!
Link Posted: 4/19/2010 11:18:53 AM EDT

Originally Posted By tyrex13:
Originally Posted By Zoomer302:
Leatherman Wave.


+1

+2
Link Posted: 4/19/2010 11:19:41 AM EDT
Originally Posted By tyrex13:
Originally Posted By Zoomer302:
Leatherman Wave.


+1


+ 1.21 gigawatts.
Link Posted: 4/19/2010 11:26:06 AM EDT
Originally Posted By ttushooter:
Originally Posted By Aimless:

Originally Posted By ttushooter:
Originally Posted By Tolip:
Say what you will about Leatherman's politics, they make good multitools. I love my Charge TTi.

ETA: I've also got a PST II which has been a great tool.


what do they say about their politics??

The owner is a Democrat.

I confess I have been converted to using a Wave. I have two. At least some americans are employed there making the tools.


Are SOG and Gerber USA made?


Dont know about Gerber but SOG's are made in the US

And a huge +1 to the SOG. As has been mentioned, you can modify the toolsets, and its one beefy multitool. Without the shitty politics
Link Posted: 4/19/2010 11:28:10 AM EDT

Originally Posted By tyrex13:
Originally Posted By Zoomer302:
Leatherman Wave.


+1
Charge is better.

Link Posted: 4/19/2010 11:29:30 AM EDT

Originally Posted By mjohn3006:
I carry a Leatherman Skeletool. It is the only multi-tool I could find that allows you to open the knife without opening the entire tool....

Wave, Charge Al, xti, tti, and Surge all do this.
Link Posted: 4/19/2010 11:35:56 AM EDT
I've had a Gerber Shortcut (mini, with scissors instead of pliers) for several years, and it just won't break or get lost.

Before that, I carried a Leatherman Micra but it got away from me.
Link Posted: 4/19/2010 11:37:20 AM EDT
Link Posted: 4/19/2010 11:57:35 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Aimless:

Originally Posted By ttushooter:
Originally Posted By Aimless:

Originally Posted By ttushooter:
Originally Posted By Tolip:
Say what you will about Leatherman's politics, they make good multitools. I love my Charge TTi.

ETA: I've also got a PST II which has been a great tool.


what do they say about their politics??

The owner is a Democrat.

I confess I have been converted to using a Wave. I have two. At least some americans are employed there making the tools.


Are SOG and Gerber USA made?
Gerber is probably made overseas. SOG buys some of the parts overseas and assembles them here. I'm not sure if Leatherman buys some parts overseas or not



Yes, SOG says "assembled in USA" on the website for the larger multi-tools. There is a new smaller one that says, "China", which is too bad but at least they are up-front about it. I could have sworn when I bought mine it used to say, "Made in USA" right on the webpage. Don't know if that was the same as "assembled in USA" or not.
Link Posted: 4/19/2010 12:22:09 PM EDT
SwissTool FTW.
Link Posted: 4/19/2010 12:22:48 PM EDT
Gerber is made in the USA
Link Posted: 4/19/2010 12:28:37 PM EDT
day to day I keep a gerber clutch in my pocket.

I have one of the old style gerber tools that like to pinch in my bob.

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