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Is it just me?

Discussion in 'MultiTools and Other Pocket Tools' started by Karmakanic, Jun 14, 2019.

  1. medic68

    medic68 Loaded Pockets

    Aug 20, 2013
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    I think Karmakanic nailed it from my perspective also. But in my case EVERY multitool I have purchased, SOG or Leatherman has taken a :censored: in one form or another after just "moderate" use. In Fallujah in '04 a good buddy, a Navy EOD now teaching tactics and weapons in Washington state, said his Leatherman was the only thing he couldn't do without. Today he doesn't carry one at all. Like everything else, IMHO, they are mission-specific tools. Some like 'em, some not so much.

    À chacun ses goûts
  2. Moshe ben David

    Moshe ben David Loaded Pockets

    Jun 30, 2015
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    I am anything but handy ;). I started carrying a LM Blast about 8 years ago when I was in flooring sales. I didn't really need a full tool box as a salesman, but I did need to have some basics on hand when I was at a customer's home doing an estimate and trying to see if there were any nasty surprises awaiting us during install. The LM turned out to be just the ticket.

    So I am a believer in these things for convenience. I keep a small one (LM Squirt PS4) on a keyring a medium duty in my edc bag, and a couple in the car (a Rev in the console and a ST300 in a tool bag in the trunk). Plus a bladeless LM PS in a travel kit, not that I travel much anymore!

    Truthfully, none get even weekly let alone daily use. But when I need them, the convenience is priceless to me.


    Moshe ben David
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  3. el_murdoque

    el_murdoque Loaded Pockets

    Jan 27, 2018
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    When I'm working on a site, I often have a Leatherman on my belt. That one sees regular use. When I need a tool that's on the LM and I'm five rungs up a ladder and the real, dedicated version of that tool is in the other room, the LM version suddenly gains a lot of quality in my opinion.
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  4. aicolainen

    aicolainen Loaded Pockets

    Jan 7, 2017
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    That's all they really need to be.

    I can understand someone questioning if they actually need a multitool (or pry tool), because not everyone does.
    What I can't understand, is questioning their existence in general. Multitools were never meant to replace dedicated tools, they co-exist because some people find them utterly useful.
    I think it's really quite simple, if you don't know if you need a multitool, you don't.

    From my own experience, I've found them useful in work that normally don't involve hand tools, but you often find yourself in a situation where a simple tool will prevent a small unpredicted detail from causing a big problem or annoying delay, e.g. army dog handler and project engineering, In my time as a field engineer, I would often be in situations where I had to keep the tools on my person at a minimum, both for safety and freedom of motion. I found that complementing a few really important dedicated tools with a multitool was a very good way to achieve just that. For multi-day hikes, especially in the winter when your health and survival is dependent on your gear performing as it should, multitools are a great space efficient tool that can save your day(s).
    There are numerous other examples, but these are the big ones for me.
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  5. Narcosynthesis

    Narcosynthesis Loaded Pockets

    Jul 21, 2009
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    It really depends on what your needs are - there is no doubt that a dedicated tool is going to perform better than a multitool equivalent, however those dedicated tools come with their own downsides...

    The can opener on my SAK has come in handy plenty of times to tighten or open things in places I never would have expected to need it for example - the sort of places I would never bother bringing a set of dedicated screwdrivers, because they are heavier, bulkier, and honestly rarely needed.
    At the same time when I know I plan on using tools and it is worth the bulk and weight, then I would look to carrying those instead.

    It is all about finding the balance of functionality, weight and bulk that suits your situation. Given the fact that we all live very different lives, that also means the correct answer for you may be completely different to the next guys. To one person a Leatherman is a lightweight waste of space, to another that same tool is overkill and a vast bulk to carry for little benefit...
  6. dorebow

    dorebow Loaded Pockets

    Dec 12, 2018
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    One in my go(BOB) bag and one in my car bag. Haven't seen either one in a while,
  7. earthman

    earthman EDC Junkie!!!

    Jan 12, 2014
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    I belt carry mine so it's with me 24/7, there's a chance that it could 'save the day' even whilst having a lift from a friend who has zero tools in the boot. Can't beat having dedicated tools of course, which I have and those are what gets used when I service or repair vehicles.
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  8. HarryD

    HarryD Empty Pockets

    Sep 27, 2018
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    I’m a bus driver and carry a Wave in my bag, I have needed it a few time most months and a couple of times it saved the day and I didn’t have to wait for a mechanic to come several miles to fix something. At home I never use it because I have full sized tools that I prefer to use but for the size and weight I will gladly carry the Leatherman while working.
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  9. Day Tripper

    Day Tripper Loaded Pockets

    Dec 11, 2013
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    I own a number of multi-tools, and actually use them all fairly regularly. I love my current set up, I think over time I've chiseled things down to exactly what I want and need. I've got 2 Leatherman Rebars each with the removable bit driver kits, one in my EDC bag, and one in my travel bag. I work in construction and sales, and sometimes I'm in the office and then later that day I may be 2 hours away previewing/inspecting a job site. I have a bunch of full sized tools in the work truck, so if I need to grab something out of the truck I can, but it saves me lugging around a tool bag when 80+% of the time I can fix the issue with a Rebar. The one in my travel bag doesn't get used as much, but is an absolute life saver at times when I'm on the road in hotels with my family or for work.

    I also have a Leatherman Wave that I use around the house a bunch too, usually mowing or grilling. I can't count the number of times I've used it to cut weed eater string, or cut through landscaping fabric, or work on garden fences each summer. I've used the pliers and screw drivers around the house for all kinds of things too. Just a huge time saver, plus I can throw it in a pair of shorts around the house too. Win/Win for me.
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  10. tbirdowner86

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    Feb 19, 2016
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    I deliver, install, and repair both commercial and residential fitness equipment. I also install retail displays. I have a Gerber MP600 ST. It has a couple of tools that are useful. If the repairs are fairly simple(just adjustments) I go in with a long Philips screwdriver and my MT. Extensive repairs are done with my tool bag. I'm gonna mod/hack my MT to have what I need. I don't think ANY one will have what I will need really. I like the Victorinox bit driver, the replaceable saw and file blades on the Diesel, Scraper, flathead, and punch on the Effect. Also the punch on the 600DET.
  11. Water-Rat

    Water-Rat Loaded Pockets

    Feb 11, 2013
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    I only have a few multi-tools. The price and bulkiness of full size MTs is what turns me away. Like others have said, they shine when you are away from your tools and suddenly need something. When I am working in the attic or the crawlspace, having my LM wingman or SOG Power Pint is a lot easier than having multiple tools. Same thing for when I am out and about. My nearest tools are in my bag or car, so it's a lot easier to just have a small multi-tool. I do prefer smaller multitools, my favorite is my LM style PS. It's the perfect tool to always have around regardless of the situation. My job has me work with different people each year and recently a co-worker from another side of the building tracked me down just so I could fix her stapler because she knew I'd have pliers on me. It's nice to not have to go looking for a tool.

    I do love mini prybars and "one piece multi-tools". They are great for any scraping or prying jobs and can handle many screw driving chores. I usually carry two. I have one that always rides on my keys, and a few others that rotate depending on my needs.

    To the person several posts up who mentioned something about why carry two blades: It's nice to have two prybars or two multi-tools sometimes. When I carry two, they often have different uses and tool sets that complement each other. Same thing with knives. If I have a MT on one side and a knife on the other, I can grab a cutting tool with either hand. Sometimes, you might even need to use similar tools at the same time. Having a mini prybar in each hand comes in handy sometimes when prying open the hatch to my crawlspace.
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