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    Now I am a Knife guy, not a multi-tool guy... I was always brought up to use the right tool for the job, and in my humble opinion a multi-tool although combining many hand tools in one small package would never replace A proper tool for same purpose (however I see the usefulness) I grew up on Swiss-army styled knives (these where our multi-tools) But alas I have started seeing that maybe there is space in my daily and bush kit for a multi-tool.. What are some recommendations? Leather-man Wave? Leather-man super tool 300? Gerber Suspension? Victorinox RangerGrip? ( a small wood saw is paramount in the tool..) What are your thoughts.
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    I've been using a Leatherman Wave for quite a few years and am very happy with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crashdive123 View Post
    I've been using a Leatherman Wave for quite a few years and am very happy with it.
    Awesome.. Yeah I seen many a good thing said of these!
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    I have my Leatherman (Original) on my belt every day (even if I am only going to survive sitting at my desk surfing the web). I use the pliers the most, then the screwdrivers, then the file, hardly ever the little pokey thingy or the knife, and never the bottle/can opener. I have several. I keep them in tackle boxes, truck console, camping gear boxes, the boat dry box. They do break. I buy another one off of eBay. I have several other brands. None do what the Original Leatherman does for me. Other opinions vary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan R McDaniel Jr View Post
    I have my Leatherman (Original) on my belt every day (even if I am only going to survive sitting at my desk surfing the web). I use the pliers the most, then the screwdrivers, then the file, hardly ever the little pokey thingy or the knife, and never the bottle/can opener. I have several. I keep them in tackle boxes, truck console, camping gear boxes, the boat dry box. They do break. I buy another one off of eBay. I have several other brands. None do what the Original Leatherman does for me. Other opinions vary.

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    Awesome, Yeah I likely be the same, if I where to carry a leatherman daily I likely not use the main cutting blade, as I generally carry other folders daily that would be better or easier to use ... but A lot of the other tools on there Will likely come into play like the screw drivers and awl, and saw,etc...
    I am likely going to go the leatherman route as the warranty is very good and I have not heard one bad thing said of it from anyone that owns one.
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    I own several, i've been carrying a sog daily for at least 15 years. It's about the same as the original leatherman. I have a wave and also several gerbers, I really can't complain about any of them. I carry several knives so I don't generaly use the blade on my multitool.....when I do it's for nasty stuff or scrapeing......things I don't want to ruin my knife with.

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    I do not carry multitools daily. they are too big and heavy and I do not use them that often. Always being aroudn the house it is easier to just reach into the tool box and get a proper tool for any job.

    However, I do have one in each vehicle. I also have one on the lamp table by the recliner where I live each day from 5pm until 11pm. That one gets a workout during every craft session I devise.

    Two of mine are the Gerber standard units, except one of them I have modified with removal of a bottle opener and replacement with a better cutting blade.

    I also keep a Gerber suspension in the truck but it has been modified also with the removal of a serated blade and replacement with a file blade from another Gerber.

    I actually have one old Gerber that has been stripped for blades to modify or use on other Gerber tools. None of them have exactly what everyone wants.

    I also have the habit of reshaping and grinding the blades on the tool to meet my needs, so more sharp edges are available for drilling, scraping, and poking.

    I also have a Leatherman Rave I use for light work when I am piddling around the yard. Good pliers on that one, they go through barbed-wire like hot butter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kyratshooter View Post
    I do not carry multitools daily. they are too big and heavy and I do not use them that often. Always being aroudn the house it is easier to just reach into the tool box and get a proper tool for any job.

    However, I do have one in each vehicle. I also have one on the lamp table by the recliner where I live each day from 5pm until 11pm. That one gets a workout during every craft session I devise.

    Two of mine are the Gerber standard units, except one of them I have modified with removal of a bottle opener and replacement with a better cutting blade.

    I also keep a Gerber suspension in the truck but it has been modified also with the removal of a serated blade and replacement with a file blade from another Gerber.

    I actually have one old Gerber that has been stripped for blades to modify or use on other Gerber tools. None of them have exactly what everyone wants.

    I also have the habit of reshaping and grinding the blades on the tool to meet my needs, so more sharp edges are available for drilling, scraping, and poking.

    I also have a Leatherman Rave I use for light work when I am piddling around the yard. Good pliers on that one, they go through barbed-wire like hot butter.
    Yeah They dont always have the exact things everyone wants, but thats ok Mainly will be using it as a complimentary to my survival kit and daily fix random things (when I dont feel like hunting around for the right tool)
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    I have 3 of the Gerber Suspension MTs. And like kyrat, I dont carry one every day but they are spread around in places where I may need one. My edc is a SAK Explorer and I do use it every day.
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    I got in the habit of carrying mine every day a long time ago. Like I stated, I use the pliers the most. They are useful for lots of things my fingers can't do, from picking up tiny things to untying knots. As I would make my rounds at school I found that I could streamline the day by simply doing lots of things myself as I saw that they needed to be done. I could see a glass door slamming because the tensioner was adjusted wrong or the screw had come out or a cover plate was loose on an electrical outlet or any number of other very minor maintenance issues, and I could go back to my office, write out a work order for all those things, send it in and watch things continue to deteriorate as more things went wrong. Then Maint would come out in a week and fix only those things on the work order while stepping over other things that could be fixed...... Or I could just adjust that tensioner myself right then, tighten that cover plate or what ever, and be done with it. I was happy, the school wasn't falling apart and Maint could continue to burn gas riding around the campuses doing nothing.

    I also carry a Leatherman Micra every day. I use the scissors the most and the small knife blade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pete lynch View Post
    I have 3 of the Gerber Suspension MTs. And like kyrat, I dont carry one every day but they are spread around in places where I may need one. My edc is a SAK Explorer and I do use it every day.
    I grew up on the swiss army styled knives, I really really like them.. hesitant on "multitools" I have used a few cheap Chinese ones and never liked them nor did they ever really feature in my kits.. however.. I may have a wrong view as I can see some use out in the field with a decent Multi-tool.. just helps with a number of other tasks more efficiently than a normal knife or normal saw might be able to, i.e with precision bush-crafting of Certain traps and notching hearth boards, pocking holes and minor kit repairs with awl and various other uses that may just simply be easier with that than "just a knife" or regular bush kit Which includes a knife and folding saw...
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    I carry one everyday. I like the leatherman supertool 300 and the wave. Been thinking about getting a model that has visegrips rather than pliers.
    so the definition of a criminal is someone who breaks the law and you want me to believe that somehow more laws make less criminals?

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    For me I am thinking to go for a wave ( the new wave + seems decent) But I doubt has an awl.. I likely want that in field use, the rebar has a awl, as does the supertool..
    So Far for the money the super tools seems the nicer option between all what it has and the price there of.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan R McDaniel Jr View Post
    I got in the habit of carrying mine every day a long time ago. Like I stated, I use the pliers the most. They are useful for lots of things my fingers can't do, from picking up tiny things to untying knots. As I would make my rounds at school I found that I could streamline the day by simply doing lots of things myself as I saw that they needed to be done. I could see a glass door slamming because the tensioner was adjusted wrong or the screw had come out or a cover plate was loose on an electrical outlet or any number of other very minor maintenance issues, and I could go back to my office, write out a work order for all those things, send it in and watch things continue to deteriorate as more things went wrong. Then Maint would come out in a week and fix only those things on the work order while stepping over other things that could be fixed...... Or I could just adjust that tensioner myself right then, tighten that cover plate or what ever, and be done with it. I was happy, the school wasn't falling apart and Maint could continue to burn gas riding around the campuses doing nothing.

    I also carry a Leatherman Micra every day. I use the scissors the most and the small knife blade.

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    I could see myself using this daily also for similar things..
    I work in IT not that I do much Techie work any more, but it does happen from time to time and if I am found on one of our sites and I dont have the usual tools to effect a repair on PCs.. well the leatherman has just about all you would need for basic computer repair work, and basic electrical work (which I also do from time to time) even do a bit of cabling both electrical and Network related in my day to day work.
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    Zachary Fowler has one that he modified for when he went on the Alone show. It seems like a good option
    so the definition of a criminal is someone who breaks the law and you want me to believe that somehow more laws make less criminals?

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    Quote Originally Posted by randyt View Post
    Zachary Fowler has one that he modified for when he went on the Alone show. It seems like a good option
    Very true and boy did he make good use of it....
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    here is a multi tool that had belonged to my father

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    so the definition of a criminal is someone who breaks the law and you want me to believe that somehow more laws make less criminals?

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    Quote Originally Posted by randyt View Post
    here is a multi tool that had belonged to my father

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    That is soooo coool.
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    Don't encourage him. No one person should have that much cool stuff.

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    I keep a Wave in the truck and carry a Micra. Probably use needle nose pliers the most on the Wave. The Micra sees a lot of finger nail work, but I need to get a new one because I fouled up the scissors using them to strip wire. I should have known better cause one of the worse woopings I ever got was for using momma's good sewing scissors to cut wire.
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