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    Default Best small multi tool?

    I would like to get one on payday for micro-edc purposes. The Squirts? Juice? Any help would be appreciated. I'm more into survival/camping needs than tools.
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    Default Re: Best small multi tool?

    Best is subjective and completely depends on you. That is why there are so many models offered by the various multitool companies.

    My personal favorite is the Farmer. It has pretty much everything you need for every day and outdoors, as long as you don't require pliers... which I don't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KDOG3 View Post
    I would like to get one on payday for micro-edc purposes. The Squirts? Juice? Any help would be appreciated. I'm more into survival/camping needs than tools.
    I don't know which is the best one, but I might pick up a Juice S2. I think it's the smallest and thinnest Leatherman multi-tool with adequately sized pliers. It has most of what I want: pliers, scissors and can opener. I don't care for the multiple flathead screw drivers though. I emailed Leatherman about this after buying my supertool many years ago. To this day, they still put those nearly extinct flathead screw drivers in their tools. Thanks Leatherman for listening to your customers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidt1 View Post
    I don't know which is the best one, but I might pick up a Juice S2. I think it's the smallest and thinnest Leatherman multi-tool with adequately sized pliers. It has most of what I want: pliers, scissors and can opener. I don't care for the multiple flathead screw drivers though. I emailed Leatherman about this after buying my supertool many years ago. To this day, they still put those nearly extinct flathead screw drivers in their tools. Thanks Leatherman for listening to your customers.
    I love my orange Juice S2... Great looking, functional, and it has scissors!

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    I'll also recommend the Leatherman Juice S2, I've got more than a dozen multitools (mostly Leatherman) and my gray Juice S2 is my most carried multitool. It fits nicely into an Altoids tin sized PSK, and is the smallest Leatherman that is still really useful. I've had a Squirt P4 for even longer than the Juice, but its pliers aren't big enough to put much torque on a fastener. The Juice has the same sized pliers as the Skeletool but folds down into a smaller size and has more tools on it.
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    Default Re: Best small multi tool?

    Juice CS4 for me. The Squirt really isnt that usable.

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    Here's a copy and paste from a comment I made about a year ago. Something to look at, and cheap.

    For years I've carried a Micra, but have always been on the lookout for something similarly sized with pliers and scissors. I've tried many cheapos with both, but the scissors were never much good. Still haven't found anything great, but I may have found a decent cheapo. It was in the fishing section at Walmart. It has the Renegade name and was only about $5. Scissors are still pretty bad, pliers with cutter and stripper are okay, but unlike most it has a saw and a real phillip's screwdriver, plus two regular drivers, bottle opener, typical small blade, and a file. No can opener like some or tweezers like the Micra. It's a bit fatter and heavier than the Micra and not as nicely finished.

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    I carry the Swiss Army Cybertool. It has everything I need for work. Or at least the most common things. I love this multi tool

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    Don't know about it being the "best," but I find the LM.Juice.S2 quite practical for my daily uses. Of course, Your Methods May Vary accordingly so. . .

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    CLHC,

    Does the can opener on Juice S2 work well? Also, how small is the philip bit? Is it small enough to open the screws on a fauxton? Thanks.

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    i have a seber tool M4 (here's a review i found on the web)

    i like it, it has a piler and a locking blade. and its plenty small to carry around

    the only thing is that it has some sharp corners, so i didn't attach it to my keys and put it in the pocket.
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    Default Re: Best small multi tool?

    The Squirt is great if you want something as small as possible. I have like 6 of them.


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    +1 for the Juice S2.
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    Juice S2 for me as well.

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    Default Re: Best small multi tool?

    why do people like the S2 over the CS4? it seems like the only benefit is the weight?

    i guess depending on carry the 1.1oz may be a deal breaker, but i like having the saw. the awl and corkscrew were bonuses.

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    Default Re: Best small multi tool?

    I don't consider any of the Juice flavors to be "for micro-edc purposes". If you are talking small, then it means the Leatherman Micra or Squirt. Each packs a lot into a small space, but the Squirt models allow for access to the blades etc without opening up the tool.


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    Micra.


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    Considering how much cr@p that some of us carry around, its nice to carry the smallest tool, light, knife, etc. that does the job.



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    Quote Originally Posted by HoopleHead View Post
    why do people like the S2 over the CS4? it seems like the only benefit is the weight?

    i guess depending on carry the 1.1oz may be a deal breaker, but i like having the saw. the awl and corkscrew were bonuses.
    I chose the S2 over the larger Juices because of its size and weight. If I want more tools than what my Juice S2 has, I'll grab one of my full-sized Leatherman tools. I didn't want the corkscrew or the saw on the larger Juice models, I've used a corkscrew maybe 2 or 3 times in my entire life, and I've used the saw on a multi-tool only slightly more often. Heck, I'd be happier if the S2 didn't even have scissors which would make it even lighter and thinner.
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    I picked up a Juice S2 on clearance at target for $29 the other day

    However, it is to heavy for EDC so I returned it for a squirt P4

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    Quote Originally Posted by HoopleHead View Post
    Juice CS4 for me. The Squirt really isnt that usable.
    +1 for the CS4 !
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    If you really mean "micro", consider my EDC:

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidt1 View Post
    CLHC,

    Does the can opener on Juice S2 work well? Also, how small is the philip bit? Is it small enough to open the screws on a fauxton? Thanks.
    The can opener on the LM.J.S2 works "okay" and doesn't have that solid "bite" on to the bottle cap. Maybe this particular one that I have.

    As for the philips bit for the screws on a fauxton? Well, I don't have one of those, but the small[ish] flat-head/awl/scribe may do the trick since it does work on the small screws on the hinges of my eyeglasses, and those screws are quite "tiny" if you know what I mean.
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    The Leatherman Skeletool is my choice for a small multitool. Yes, it's 4"-closed, but it's really slim and light. With its pocket clip, it carries like a regular pocket knife.

    You mention camping and survival, though. For that, I would take the Leatherman Surge. The two main reasons are: 1) it has an awl, and 2) its file/saw exchanger accepts T-shank jigsaw blades. With that, you could carry a decently sized saw in a very convenient package. If I'm stuck in the woods somewhere, a good saw is one of the more desired tools.

    Is it that you just want a small multi tool for camping/survival?
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    Quote Originally Posted by powernoodle View Post
    I don't consider any of the Juice flavors to be "for micro-edc purposes".
    I'm so glad you brought that up. I kept wondering why people were suggesting the Juice, if there are smaller multi-tools available. I've been carrying a LM Micra for ages and have found that there are very few things I can't take apart or solve with it.

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    I have to admit that the TINKER from Swiss Army is one of my favorite "multi tools" for some reason.

    I say that because even so I rarely carry it. My EDC is a Spyderco Meerkat due to its ease of opening/closing and the clip lol (even though it is only a blade).


    But in the spirit of the question (ie: multi tool = having pliers) I do have a Leatherman Juice KF4 which is fine but I do prefer the original Leatherman in that vein.
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    I just found my Squirt P4 the other day. The pliers get knocked alot on CPF as useless, but I've found them quite useful for daily stuff. Especially for working on electronics and computers.

    The number of tools that is packed into the little Squirt P4 is really quite amazing! Eight if you count the large flathead/bottle opener separately. I especially like the great file with different file patterns on either side. The two sizes of flathead screwdrivers and the philips-compatible screwdriver are also quite useful. The small flathead is perfect for eyeglasses.

    The biggest advantage of the Squirt P4 over lots of other Leathermans (Leathermen?) including the Juice S2 is that the pliers are springy! Why can't they put a spring in all of them??
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    Quote Originally Posted by concept0 View Post
    I just found my Squirt P4 the other day. The pliers get knocked alot on CPF as useless, but I've found them quite useful for daily stuff. Especially for working on electronics and computers.
    I agree the pliers are tougher than what some posters lead to believe, plus I believe it is the only leatherman that can be edc. I find the other ones to big or heavy, including the juice or the skeletool.

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    it depends i guess but the LM squirt P4 is much bigger than it looks. if the squirt were a movie it would be called: "little BIG leatherman"... it is the best micro MT i have used.
    the juice S2 looks like it might just squeek in but just barely. the size and the tools on board make it very handy plus i have yet to find myself in urgent need of a cork screw that the CS4 has.... but still, the juice is too big for a key chain IMHO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by powernoodle View Post
    ....If you are talking small, then it means the Leatherman Micra or Squirt...The Squirt models allow for access to the blades etc without opening up the tool.


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    Micra for me. Guess I need scissors more than pliers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimpleIsGood229 View Post
    The Leatherman Skeletool is my choice for a small multitool. Yes, it's 4"-closed, but it's really slim and light. With its pocket clip, it carries like a regular pocket knife.

    You mention camping and survival, though. For that, I would take the Leatherman Surge. The two main reasons are: 1) it has an awl, and 2) its file/saw exchanger accepts T-shank jigsaw blades. With that, you could carry a decently sized saw in a very convenient package. If I'm stuck in the woods somewhere, a good saw is one of the more desired tools.

    Is it that you just want a small multi tool for camping/survival?

    Ill get my skeletool tomorrow and am eager to mod it.
    First mod will be to cut the biner from the tool.
    Taking only one bit in the bitholer the tool should be smaller than a juice :-)
    Second i will attempt to get rid of the spare bitholder and integrate some charge scissors instead.

    Third, and most difficult, i am planning to get a t-shank holder in the tool.
    I have some plans how to do that but still have to see whats really possible.



    If all those mods work, it will be the perfect edc tool for me.
    Sawblades (and of course the original surge diamond file) and Bits will be carried in my wallet.

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