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Post by mikevlnt » Wed Dec 16, 2015 8:17 am

Hello everyone,
I have an opportunity now to buy a multitool. I can spend up to $100. I want to have it with the knife and screwdriver. What multitool gadgets do you have? Please share any models with me. PS: I will go buying on this Sunday.

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Re: multitool

Post by emclean » Wed Dec 16, 2015 9:04 am

I have had several over the years, and what will work best comes down to how you are planning on using it.
having owned several name brand ones over the years (I started EDCing them in '96 or so) my two favorites from over the years are -
1) SOG paratool is a good tool that you can easily swap out the tools on (customize it to your needs), and can easily adjust the tension that they are under. the pliers fold to the side, so you can use them at odd angles, but they can also fold unexpectedly when you do. it is smaller and lighter than most of the other multitools I have had. another cool feature is the pouch can be carried on your belt horizontally or vertically.
2) leatherman wave (happens to be on my belt now) it's knife blade can be accessed with out opening the pliers. the larger screwdriver blades are replaceable, not anything standard, but if/when you damage it plop in a new one and go (of course on the flip side, it can be lost as well)

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Post by Mister Dark » Wed Dec 16, 2015 9:22 am

I am a big fan of Leatherman tools. Carried a Skeletool for a long time, like the Wave that emclean mentioned, it has replaceable driver bits. Very cool, except sooner or later they always fall out... I have sent a few Skeletools back to Leatherman to have the small spring-detent device fixed, they always fix it quickly and ship right back to me. But, it was getting a little annoying.

I currently carry a Wingman, and love it. It is a little heavier than the Skeletool, but has more features, and no spring-loaded bits! Like many (all?) of Leathermans multitools, the knife is readily accessable. A really useful feature.

And they can be had at most big box do-it-yourself type stores for under $30.

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Re: multitool

Post by Merovech » Wed Dec 16, 2015 9:30 am

I am partial to the Leatherman Core, but you will see a lot of Leatherman Waves around here too.

Both of them are within your budget and are quality.
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Re: multitool

Post by majorhavoc » Wed Dec 16, 2015 10:40 am

The individual user's specific needs are the ultimate driver of course, but as a general proposition, I keep coming back to the Leatherman Wave as the all around best combination of design, features, weight/size, price and quality.

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Re: multitool

Post by Delsaw » Wed Dec 16, 2015 11:04 am

Another Leatherman fan here. I'm partial to my Juice. Its a smaller (but not keyring small) version that fits easily in your pocket. So if you want to carry one everyday, but not keep it on your belt or in your bag, its a good option. There are a few versions of it as well.

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Re: multitool

Post by Dead Zed » Wed Dec 16, 2015 11:11 am

I've carried a Wave every day for several years & I've never felt any need to look for something else. Maglite LED Solitaire tucks nicely into the pouch beside it.
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Re: multitool

Post by URBAN ASSAULT » Wed Dec 16, 2015 12:06 pm

Leatherman Surge owner here, and have been extremely pleased with it. Others will bring up it's slightly increased weight, but since I ain't a tiny blind French schoolgirl confined to a wheelchair I believe I can bear the burden :D .

One of the reasons why I prefer the Surge is the ability to use common jigsaw blades in the tool exchanger if I want. If I lose or break the saw for some reason I should be able to scrounge a replacement pretty easily.

I have an older Surge that has the micro screwdriver for eyeglasses but not the replaceable wire cutter blades. I can't see myself been happy trading one for the other just to get a new model Surge.

This multitool literally gets used every single day for something and still looks new after three or four years.

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Re: multitool

Post by ForgeCorvus » Wed Dec 16, 2015 3:34 pm

I have a SOG Powerlock, the 62 I think. It doesn't matter as you can chop and change the tools within each SOG multitool range to suit , ie any Powerlock tool can fit any Powerlock handles.
You do need to watch lengths and only swap long tools for long tools.
My favourite is the V-cutter.
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Re: multitool

Post by BullOnParade » Wed Dec 16, 2015 4:30 pm

WAVE!
Don't think about it, just buy the Leatherman Wave. You won't regret it.
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Re: multitool

Post by ineffableone » Wed Dec 16, 2015 6:33 pm

ForgeCorvus wrote:I have a SOG Powerlock, the 62 I think. It doesn't matter as you can chop and change the tools within each SOG multitool range to suit , ie any Powerlock tool can fit any Powerlock handles.
You do need to watch lengths and only swap long tools for long tools.
My favourite is the V-cutter.
Similar for the PowerAssist except you have one handle with 2 exterior opening knife blades that are assisted opening. I swapped out a few tools to customize my PowerAssist.

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BTW you can't beat SOG pliers. They have a patented compound leverage system which makes gripping them or cutting with the wire cutters a lot easier.

Leatherman gets a lot of hype and recognition, but I would serious suggest you look at SOG before buying a Leatherman.

*edit to add, btw you might want to check the multi-tool museum list of top multi tools. http://www.multi-tool.org/topmulti-tools It lays out a good pros and cons list for each in the top spots to let you compare.
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Re: multitool

Post by Tobias05 » Wed Dec 16, 2015 7:11 pm

I keep a leatherman Blast in my EDC bag. Comes in handy on occasion.
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Re: multitool

Post by mikevlnt » Thu Dec 17, 2015 3:50 am

majorhavoc wrote:The individual user's specific needs are the ultimate driver of course, but as a general proposition, I keep coming back to the Leatherman Wave as the all around best combination of design, features, weight/size, price and quality.
Thanks guys, you persuaded me to buy Leatherman Wave. I’m going to use it when I go camping with friends or fishing. During this summer I used this cheap multitool https://www.mrosupply.com/lighting/emer ... 5090_nebo/ I don’t know who is a manufacturer but I used mainly knife and pliers there, because other tools were not of the highest quality.. Fortunately, I lost it. :)

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Re: multitool

Post by majorhavoc » Thu Dec 17, 2015 9:29 am

I predict you'll be amazed at the differences in materials, functionality and attention to detail compared to your erstwhile off-brand multi-tool.

Feel free to give us a report with your initial impressions of your awesome new Leatherman. :)

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Re: multitool

Post by MacWa77ace » Fri Dec 18, 2015 11:53 am

Dead Zed wrote:I've carried a Wave every day for several years & I've never felt any need to look for something else. Maglite LED Solitaire tucks nicely into the pouch beside it.
:lol: I have a Solitaire in my Leatherman Supertool 300's thingy too. When I first saw it I thought I'd put my tactical pen in there but it must be made for a Solitaire, the fit is perfect.

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Re: multitool

Post by Langenator » Fri Dec 18, 2015 12:06 pm

I have a Leatherman Wave (I think...I bought it so long ago I've forgotten.)

About the only thing I wish it had that it doesn't is a bottle opener. At least, I haven't figured out how to use any of the tools (besides the pliers) to open a bottle.

But seeing comments here about some of the tools being replaceable, I may look to see if there's a remedy for that.
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Re: multitool

Post by Halfapint » Fri Dec 18, 2015 1:31 pm

I was (and still am to an extent) a Leatherman fan. I have the Wave and it's a fantastic tool. However I prefer my Gerber over my Leatherman. The reason being is that I like the slide mechanism much better than the Leatherman's fold. I can with one hand snap the pliers out on the Gerber, it still takes 2 hands in order to use the knife. The only downside the Gerber has is if you are trying to use the screwdriver in a small area its a bit difficult because its twice as wide. The Leatherman can be folded so that fits into tight spaces, and can act more like an actual screwdriver.

Dunno if all that makes sense to anyone else.
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Re: multitool

Post by doci869 » Mon Dec 21, 2015 12:30 am

I know you already purchased but for others I'd throw my spare change in. I carry a firearm professionally and have since 2006, carried for defense since I was old enough to purchase a pistol. I have carried a multitool prior to that and in several job choices before I settle into this one. I was a plumber, heavy equipment operator, crushed rock, moved houses, landscaping, light mechanic/ag tire specialist....I have never left home without a multitool. I've broken or lost them more than I care to admit. I also have a large assortment of cheap multitools from camping kits, survival kits and prizes. I keep them, they get modded for snap ring pliers and other jobs I dont want to destroy my Leatherman for.

I own several Leatherman-Surge, Wave, MUTT, Wingman, Supertool 300 and have a SOG I got at a pawn shop for cheap, it was brand new. I have owned Gerbers, glad I lost or gave those away. I carry a Leatherman Surge everyday to work since my wife bought me mine several years ago, it has seen better days.

Leatherman- 25 year No Questions Asked warranty, they WILL replace it with something of equal or GREATER value. I bought a Supertool 200 from a pawn shop with broken pliers for 10 dollars, sent to Leatherman, they sent me a Supertool 300 to replace it. Had an old Leatherman with a pocket clip attached, burnt the knife blade off switching well pumps, asked Leatherman if they sold replacement blades, they said send it back, sent back a whole new tool.

Gerber- They are OK tools for the price but it never fails to pinch my hands when they slip. I've thrown them so far I couldn't find them after. Some I didn't bother looking for either. I've broken the jaws on them and received no response from Gerber, this was before I knew of Leatherman mind you. I've heard guys say the Diesel is a good choice, brothers who went overseas say they got issued Gerbers, they have since lost of broken them, mostly broken. I couldn't find a set of Gerbers around the house if we tore it down right now.

SOG- Good tool, haven't broken mine yet but I also haven't used mine as much as the Leatherman. I do like the idea behind the leverage/gear pliers but....just seems like a gimmick to me. I keep those as a spare in my work/bail out bag and loaner if need be, ALWAYS carry a loaner. I buy two sets of jumper cables, a good set and a cheap set, loan the cheap set out and people return it feeling bad for you, loan the good set out and they feel like you can replace it since you have such a good set of cables.

Just my spare change, I hope you enjoy the Wave, I have two now, wife carries one in her bag.

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Re: multitool

Post by Norwegian » Mon Dec 21, 2015 7:25 am

I have a Victorinox swisstool as my EDC, very happy with it! It's quite big and heavy, but I've never seen that as a problem, and it's durability makes tit more than worth it. All tools are accessible from the outside and they all lock, that's a huge plus in my book. I'm rather hard on my tools, but three years in this thing has only suffered minor damage to the hole punch (hammering it through stainless steel plate will do that)...

I also have a Leatherman sidekick as a backup, but despite almost never using it it's already getting sloppy and worn... It was free, but had i paid for it I'd be wanting my money back :(

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Re: multitool

Post by DeadCanadian » Fri Jan 22, 2016 4:54 pm

Leatherman are great tools but stay away from the Wingman as it is just a bunch of undersized tools. Leatherman Wave or Charge is the standard with the most features for the cost. I have and/or had SuperTool, SuperTool 200, SuperTool 300; all are rather old school now and require the handles to be opened to acess any tool while the Wave has 4 tools on the outside including two blades with one-hand opener feature.

There my be upgraded Wave type Leathermans but the Wave has been out long enough now that you can often get them at a very good price; I've never had to pay more than $50 for a brand new Wave.

The Gerber 400 was my first Multitool but they are old school now and Gerber hasn't been an innovator like Leatherman. I found the Gerbers to pinch the hand a bit if the pliers slipped in use.
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Re: multitool

Post by Vicarious_Lee » Fri Jan 22, 2016 6:28 pm

I've had a Leatherman Wave for maybe 15 years. Absolutely great tool. However, I'm now partial to the Leatherman MUT. I think it's even more awesome. I know Braxton EDCs and senselessly abuses his MUT like every day for the past 3 years, so maybe he can chime in.
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Re: multitool

Post by 50 Mission Cap » Fri Jan 22, 2016 9:11 pm

I received a Leatherman Skeletool with the CM154 blade as a gift. I guess it's what you'd call minimalist with one knife, the pliers with obligatory wire cutters, replaceable screwdriver bits with #1 and #2 straight and Phillips, and a bottle opener and that's it.

I EDC it and it comes in handy in a factory. I have others with 50 tools but most of the tools never get used.

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Re: multitool

Post by Anianna » Sat Jan 23, 2016 12:48 pm

I have a Leatherman Wave, but I keep it in my BOB. I don't use it much because of its size. My hands are small and it's a big tool, which may not be an issue for a lot of people. I keep the Leatherman Squirt on me at all times and it has been great for a wide variety of situations. I've fixed jammed seatbelts and toilets with it and, of course, cut open stubborn packages. I even rescued a goat from a hammock with it. It may seem small, but it's the perfect size for me and always gets the job done. It's also less imposing when I use it in public situations where people get nervous about things that may have pointy bits. I like the Wave, but I think it's too big. I adore my Squirt and am never without it.
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Re: multitool

Post by solidstate » Tue May 03, 2016 7:58 pm

I have tried a few and my favorite is the SOG Powerlock. The compound leverage really works.
My biggest complaint is the wire cutters are not as hard as I would like and I have dinged the blades.
It is big and heavy but it is a real tool and you can do real work with it. I wish they made a version with titanium parts so it was lighter.

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