trying to decide a multi tool for myself. i have only had cheap and crappy ones from general store. and they are all too big and heavy or clumsy to use. i did have the LM supertool 200 as a loaner but it too ended up just sitting in glovebox as it was too heavy.
i need it to be lightweight. if its not, i will not carry it.
i need pliers in it. (main reason for me to start to carry one)
i need scissors in it. (would be second most used tool i think)
i need it to be cheap(ish). or i will not buy it or use it.
then comes the should haves:
i would want the tools to be easy to open. no fiddling. no fingernail usage.
i would like the tools to lock. (safety reasons.. i like my (butter)fingers)
i would like the knife to be on the outside of the tool. (quick access)
thoughts and insights for you to know:
SAK is cool item that i will not carry as i cant open the damn blades without a separate tools. kinda makes it useless if i need to use a key from my keychain to open any of its tools or knife. had saks since i was a kid but still just cant carry one everyday as they are driving me nuts. god knows i tried for couple decades.
leatherman charge. looks almost the part. blades are easy and on outside. but: its bit on heavy side already. and it just is too expensive for me to carry and likely loose.
bigger sized leathermans are out.. 4 inches is the limit.. and the weight must be small. thats why i thought the fuse or kick to be more in right weight class.. but that might be too heavy too. haha even if that the ones i have used before (leatherman 200 friend loaned for me for a year but it was just too heavy led for me to carry.. the bacho and similar chapo ones that i also have are of same size and weight.)
but then from leatherman there is even smaller juice cs4 or s2 to consider. (i do not need awl i do not need corkscrew or file etc.) but it is smaller to carry than the fuse..
especially the juice s2 looks really nice. that has a good pair of scissors too. but are the pliers too small to use already? and there is no locking blades?? damit.
gerber 400 series on the limit in weight.. but it would have those cool flick of wrist deployed pliers.
victorinox spirit. also on the heavy side. and on the expensive side! this and leatherman charge would be about the same. nice but too much money. also one key feature in my twisted mind would be that "everyone has a leatherman, im different and i carry this brand XXX instead."
these i need in the minimal weight tool:
1. sturdy pliers, 2. scissors. 3 knife. 4 big prying tool/flat screwdriver 5. philips. 6 small flat screwdriver. (5 and 6 can be subsittuted by a bits)
i kinda wish for multi tool that is featherweight but can be a true contender in welterweights.. (see.. i want a manny pacquiao multitool!)
or like in knife i like.. sog flash2: blade length 3.5inches, and weighs only 3oz.
rambling again.. just thought about asking a simple question.. but got carried away tryin to make some sense in my needs.
i think i forgot something but i will come up with more stuff per feedback if needed.
currently i am torn between leatherman juice s2 (no lock) and fuse (lock but heavier) so HELP me to either pick one.. or gimme another options.. !