Lynn LeFey wrote:
Just so you know, most manufacturers' warranties cover defect, not intentional abuse. And I personally consider it theft to intentionally destroy something then ask for a replacement.
Your personal consideration is acknowledged. However, using an item within the scope of its intended purpose to the point of determining its failure rate is a part of aquisitions and awarding contracts and not theft. Marketing your product to a specific customer base and it does not meet or exceed the advertised tolerances is what I personally consider theft. A wood and metal file should file wood and metal. A can opener should open cans, etc. We don't serve Pâté in the combat zone. An EOD tool should perform EOD functions.
Let's look at the warranty aspect you mentioned for a second.
My friends at Leatherman:
"We take extraordinary measures so your Leatherman product will give you many years of dependable service. If it doesn't, we will gladly repair or replace it, at our discretion, with one of equal or greater value under our 25-year guarantee for tools and 10-year guarantee for lights. This warranty does not cover abuse, alteration, theft, loss, or unauthorized and/or unreasonable use of your Leatherman product."
Gerber takes care of the original owner if you can prove it:
"Gerber warrants to the original consumer purchaser that this product, if used in accordance with these instructions, will be free of defects in material and workmanship for as long as he or she owns the product. At Gerber's option, defective product will be repaired, replaced or substituted with a product of equal value."
SOG is pretty vague:
"All SOG products are guaranteed against defects in workmanship and materials for the life of the original purchaser. This guarantee is voided (as determined by SOG) by misuse, abuse, improper maintenance, or alterations of the product and does not cover any normal wear or tear that might occur."
So, all three do advertise a lot of boasts and sponsor some fine celebrity. Besides, I'd just figure I'd ask them for one of each to submit to a test.
Thanks for your commentary.