As a lab tech I never thought I could use the meaty Gerber Legend 800 at work but the multi-tool has come to my rescue many times. The 800 has served as my EDC since I purchased it, waiting patiently in my briefcase for that unforeseen event to happen on the road or around the house, when it was called into action unexpectedly when my only pair of needle nose pliers walked off at work. The 800ís pliers are actually pretty good as far as tip alignment and gripping and the matt finish on the handles always feel silky smooth when I hold them. I thought those ugly black handle inserts would fall off by their own accord but they work great providing a very non-slip grip when your hands are the least bit greasy. Itís also a joy to use spring-loaded pliers for a change too. The replaceable carbide wire cutter blades work great on just about everything from 10 gauge multi-strand wire to 30 gauge wirewrap, but suck at snipping solderwick.
My typically cluttered workbench (find the SF A2):
Now that they lie on my bench full-time I find I use the Fiscars Scissors quite often, and by unfolding one handle they fit my large hands like a charm.
Iím also finding them indispensable as a third hand at times when Iím chasing a part around the bench while trying to solder and canít find the vice:
A couple of the guys around here played with my 800 then went out to Wally World and got their own, but they say its too nice to bring into work. True, itís not cheap, but it appears to be able to stand up to anything you can give it and it seems like it was actually designed to be used by a human hand instead of torturing you by pinching your fingers just by opening it as some other tools do. The tool lock and release are also a joy.
I guess Iíve learned that when you invest in these things (lights included) you have to take them out and use them to realize their true value.