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multi tool vs. knife which do you carry

Discussion in 'MultiTools and Other Pocket Tools' started by ssmtbracer, Aug 21, 2009.

  1. ssmtbracer

    ssmtbracer EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    multi tool vs. knife which do you carry or do you carry both? Any ideas.
     
  2. ErnestS

    ErnestS Loaded Pockets

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    I feel like my carrying habits have changed so much in the past year. I started with only a multi-tool (Leatherman Juice C2), then went to only carrying a knife (Spyderco Caly 3), then tried carrying both a compact multi-tool and knife (Leatherman Squirt P4 and Spyderco Cricket).

    Now I've settled with a Spyderco Ladybug and a JDR Pryranha on my keychain. Seems to be the best balance/compromise of weight and utility for me. ;D
     
  3. heathah

    heathah Loaded Pockets

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    I carry both. I like having a dedicated blade so I don't have to pull out a multitool just to cut something. I also like having a backup blade.

    Heath
     
  4. P35

    P35 Loaded Pockets

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    at work, both,
    OHO knife goes in the bag and the Skeletool goes in my pocket, along with the SAK of the day.
    I always carry a knife or two.
     
  5. WARFIST

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    i would just chose the multi tool it has a decent blade on it and alot of other tools that a sak doesnt! only thing that may be a hardship is the opening on the multi tool everytime you haft to cut something instead of a simple flick of a folder. but its better to have all the tools for the job than just a few of them!
     
  6. Bucky

    Bucky Loaded Pockets

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    I usually carry a knife and then supplement with a multi-tool on occasion. Sometimes though if I anticipate needing a pliers but have to limit myself to only one tool, I will carry only a lightweight MT like a Leatherman Skeletool or Freestyle. For the most part though, I feel a good folder is a better bet if I can or want to only carry one tool.
     
  7. Synaptic Misfire
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    Synaptic Misfire Loaded Pockets

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    Both everyday all day.
     
  8. SALT

    SALT Loaded Pockets

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    Knife in the pocket, multi tool in the bag/car
     
  9. jzmtl

    jzmtl Loaded Pockets

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    Knife and SAK always, multi if I know I'll need it (or when I have a bag with me)
     
  10. sculptormills

    sculptormills Empty Pockets

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    I carry a Swiss Champ SAK (the really big one with 40+ tools) that I absolutely love. I own a Letherman Wave but found it to be slow and cumbersome to use compared to my Swiss Champ. The only advantage the Wave has is the pliers/wire cutters. I know all the Wave's tools are locking and most SAK tools don't, but that is one of the reasons I found the Wave too slow to use. If you are careful and think before you make the cut, you don't need a locking blade that often. I have a Maxpedition Fat Boy and Keep my Wave in it, so I have it sometimes, but my Swiss Champ is in my right front pocket 24/7. I have even left instructions that I am to be burred with my Swiss Champ when I die- really!
     
  11. Brangdon

    Brangdon Loaded Pockets

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    Multitool - Juice Cs4. Also a tiny SAK - Vic Rambler. Neither is really a dedicated blade you could use to baton logs.
     
  12. Narcosynthesis

    Narcosynthesis Loaded Pockets

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    A small SAK in my pocket as a good balance between tools and size.

    A MT in my bag, or pocket at work where I will be using it more regularly.
     
  13. chaosmagnet
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    I carry a knife (usually a Spyderco Byrd Meadowlark, but sometimes a LM Crater c33lx) all the time. I also carry a LM P4 on my keychain. My laptop bag (which I always have at work) contains a LM Wave (pre-2004) and my BOB (always in my car) has a post-2004 Wave. The post-2004 Wave will come out of the BOB and into my pocket when I carry a full-size multitool.
     
  14. Crux

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    I don't have a job that requires a multi-tool so I carry only a knife.
     
  15. chavez

    chavez Loaded Pockets

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    I carry a Leatherman Juice S2 in my briefcase. But on me, I keep it light with a Leatherman Squirt S4 and a traditional slipjoint pocket knife. I like the little Squirt. A couple of days ago I used the small tweezers in it to pull out a splinter or needle thorn that I got in my finger after putting away a bag that I use when I am outdoors. I use the scissors often.
     
  16. vivek16

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    Multi tool on the belt but for most things I just use my gerber EAB utility knife. It deploys so much faster. I carry both and do prefer the clip point on my LM core for larger tasks.

    -vivek
     
  17. Atrain

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    I carry 3 knives a fixed blade, a razer knife, and the other is a buck 110 and a Lethermen wave

    Atain
     
  18. 1*

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    On Duty : Leatherman Skeletool left front pocket, Becker Necker over vest under uniform, and a Spyderco Endura or Benchmade Rift in the right front pocket.

    Off Duty: Same set without the Necker, lately a Delica in the right front.
     
  19. yam350

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    Skeletool right pocket one of my other knives in the left.
     
  20. yowzer

    yowzer Empty Pockets

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    I usually carry a dedicated folding knife in RFP and a minimalistic SAK (Usually a Compact or Electrician) in LFP. I just picked up a Swisstool Spirit today at a flea market that I'm planning on sticking inside whatever backpack or laptop case I'm lugging that day. I don't imagine that I'll be carrying it on me very often, but it'll be nice to have it nearby.