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    Question Which multi-tool in your BOB.

    I'm curious as to which one you guys keep in your BOB for emergencies. I have three full-sized models. My Leatherman Kick is a bit too basic, and the tools don't lock. I keep it in a small urban kit. My main multi-tool is a SOG Power plier. It's excellent, but very heavy.

    Recently bought a Gerber 450 to go in my BOB. Compared to the SOG, it's a very basic multi-tool. But quite functional.

    What do you guys have put away in case of an emergency?
    Last edited by Monocrom; 06-09-2011 at 01:12 AM. Reason: Clarification
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    My Gerber Suspension is by far my favourite multi-tool, though to be honest my only other experience has been with friends' knockoff leathermans which bend\break\corrode at the slightest provocation (I'm sure original leathermans would have no such problem). My Gerber has been all over the place, soaking wet for days on end, bashed about, and no corrosion at all. had it maybe 4 years now. Spring loaded pliers on it are the most used feature, though the tabs allowing the blade\saw to be flipped out with just one are useful too. Cheap too; got mine on ebay for £18 I think.

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    Default Re: Which multi-tool in your BOB.

    Unfortunately, I have seen Leatherman models with broken pliers. Also, my original Leatherman tool from back in the day is nearly rusted shut. I actually keep it in my junk drawer with the can-opener feature out. Sad to say, but Leatherman multi-tools rust far too easily.
    Last edited by Monocrom; 06-09-2011 at 05:00 AM. Reason: Clarification.
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    I EDC a Leatherman Skeletool - it's more than enough for my day to day needs. I don't yet have a multitool in my BOB, but I'd 2nd the Gerber Suspension. A mate of mine has one, and it's a solid unit.

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    I've been through four models of Leatherman, starting from when they had only one model, and with no reservation, the Charge has replaced even the venerable Wave as my all time favorite. Incredible tool that I use every single day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Monocrom View Post
    Unfortunately, I have seen Leatherman models with broken pliers. Also, my original Leatherman tool from back in the day is nearly rusted shut. I actually keep it in my junk drawer with the can-opener feature out. Sad to say, but Leatherman multi-tools rust far too easily.
    Care to share pics of these junk Leathermans? I would love to take those junk items off your hands as they have an awesome warranty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monocrom View Post
    Unfortunately, I have seen Leatherman models with broken pliers. Also, my original Leatherman tool from back in the day is nearly rusted shut. I actually keep it in my junk drawer with the can-opener feature out. Sad to say, but Leatherman multi-tools rust far too easily.
    Ever heard of WD-40 or oil?

    Never seen a piece of metal that didn't rust, especially in a coastal environment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomp View Post
    Care to share pics of these junk Leathermans? I would love to take those junk items off your hands as they have an awesome warranty.
    Sorry, don't own a good digital camera. My cellphone is an older model.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quiksilver View Post
    Ever heard of WD-40 or oil?

    Never seen a piece of metal that didn't rust, especially in a coastal environment.
    Leatherman tools rust much faster than those from SOG or Gerber. I've owned several Leatherman tools, and it's the same story. Found a nice sleeve for my Leatherman Micra. Ironically, made by Leatherman specifically for the micra. But they don't include it with the tool. And, don't even mention it's available for it. My SOG Power Plier has been with me for years. It's my main multi-tool. As far as rust goes, it looks brand new. Can't say that about my Leatherman tools. Also, you shouldn't have to practically drown a multi-tool in oil to keep it from rusting up that much. I've owned carbon steel knives that weren't as prone to rust as my so-called stainless steel Leatherman models.

    By the way WD-40 works great as a solvent. As a lubricant, it's about as piss poor as you can get. But it's a household name.
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    * Site acting up. Duplicate post of the one right above was created for some strange reason*
    Last edited by Monocrom; 06-11-2011 at 06:35 AM. Reason: See Above.
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    Between my self and my family members, we own at least 6 leatherman waves, many of which are carried daily. I have never seen a speck of rust on any of them. I will carry my wave in the back pocket of my shorts in the summer instead of the leather sheath. I couldn't begin to count how many times I have pulled it out of my pocket to find it drenched in sweat from working outside. It's suffice to say I don't oil it unless it has gotten so dirty and gummed up that it will get a good compressed air blow off and a little oil on the pliers. But this is not a regular occurance.
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    The concerns about Leatherman's breaking is real, but it takes quite a bit of torque or misuse to break them in less than a year or two and having carried various models both in Japan and S.E. Alaska, very humid climates, have never seen any rust on any of the models I've used over the years. Apparently some people have poor luck with items that no one else seems to, as WD-40 has worked wonders for me over the last few decades as well.
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    I have a leatherman Wave and i just orderd the leatherman MUT. The MUT is a beast and i cant wait for it to get here. Ive had the wave for 7years and use it daily at work and home with zero issues. I think they make great products that you can count on!

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    My BOB has a Leatherman Core. My truck has a Surge in the ctr console and a Micra in the ashtray. I keep a Juice P4 in my nightstand.

    I've had nothing but good experiences with Leatherman, especially their CS,including when I was snapping saws off of my first supertool, back when they came with a lifetime warranty.
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    Default Re: Which multi-tool in your BOB.

    Interesting thread.


    I have a Gerber Multi-Lock Needle-nose pliers,
    which i purchased in 1998.


    The first Gerber Multi-Tool pliers, which i bought
    5 years earlier, had the Nasty Habit of PINCHING
    the heel of the palm of my hand, every single time i used it ! ! !





    Not a very endearing quality.

    Ended up giving that one away.
    (with a warning)


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    My hands sweat profusely once the ambient temperature is above 22C. Been like that my entire life. My Skeletool is exposed daily to my sweaty mitts, for over a year now, and there's not a spot of rust on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgess View Post
    I have a Gerber Multi-Lock Needle-nose pliers,
    which i purchased in 1998.


    The first Gerber Multi-Tool pliers, which i bought
    5 years earlier, had the Nasty Habit of PINCHING
    the heel of the palm of my hand, every single time i used it ! ! !
    One of my neighbours still has the original Gerber which both of us hated at first, but after a couple years he got used to being careful enough to not get pinched by it. Even so, he also ended up buying one of the newer ones which he carries, and leaves the original in the truck.
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    I dont have and offical BOB but I keep a Leatherman TTi with both cards and an bit extension in my back pack. If I was to put a BOB together it would proably have a LM ST300 or SOG Powerlock in there. The only reason I might choose a Sog Powerlock is the ability to change tool components to suit your needs and being able to replace those components if they break without having to send it in to fix it.

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    Anybody tried the Victorinox Swiss Tool ? ? ?


    Seems to be quite highly regarded.


    Of course, it IS expen$ive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgess
    Anybody tried the Victorinox Swiss Tool ? ? ?

    Seems to be quite highly regarded.

    Of course, it IS expen$ive.
    I have one of these. They are fairly weighty (new word?) tools are nicely finished and on par with other tools. I have an older straight handle model and sometimes find it uncomfortable with heavy usage. This may have been a one off occasion though.

    While writing this reply I went and got the tool out. The straight edges are indeed uncomfortable in the hand. This is on when using the internal tools I.e. Blade etc the handles are rounded for use with the pliers which makes sense considering the force needed when using this tool in most cases. It's a good tool just handle it if you can prior to purchase.

    Sorry quite long winded and very disjointed add to that bad grammar and I realise I've had a long day and it's bedtime.

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    Thank you, Acid87, for your report.


    You say you have "an older straight handle model".

    Have they changed their design on these ? ? ?

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    Just a quick update.

    While my Gerber 450 is still an excellent light weight multi-tool, I've decided to supplement it with a Wenger EvoGrip 18 model SAK. Although they do share a few of the same tools, having a back-up is a very good idea in case one of them gets lost.
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    A Leatherman WAVE: 20years anniversary model. Most of the black coating has worn off but it still works great and handles most tasks very well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgess View Post
    Anybody tried the Victorinox Swiss Tool ? ? ?


    Seems to be quite highly regarded.


    Of course, it IS expen$ive.
    My brother bought one after trying out a wide variety of tools and ended up selling it off because of the weight and size. Liked the tool a lot, but in the end decided that a smaller and simpler one was probably better for him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgess
    Thank you, Acid87, for your report.

    You say you have "an older straight handle model".

    Have they changed their design on these ? ? ?
    I think some of the newer models have a curved handle similar to the Gerber Suspension (correct me if im wrong might be another model). Basically as if someone has pinched the middle in }{ like that.

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    I have a couple swisstools, and they get used occasionally, but I find them too heavy to be more than the occasional backup. Definitely trust it to hold up well and just plain work when it has to, though.
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    LM Surge for the BOB. It's too big for my everyday needs, but for possible bugging out, it'll do.

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    I have the big SOG, i prefer it over my leathermans but it is big... great for a bob but too big for edc

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    I have the old Supertool 200 in my BOB and the newer Wave (2010) with the black DLC coating with the comprehensive bit kit and extension bit in my BOB Box. Cant hurt to have too many oh and as a EDC I carry my Micra on my car keys.


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    Update:

    Nine months ago, i bought a Leatherman Charge Al (aluminum handles & CM154 knife blade).

    This is certainly VERY nice !

    Been EDC-carrying it ever since !

    That's something which i only occasionally did with my
    previous multitool (Gerber needle-nose, purch. 1998).

    Also got the ~3-inch driver extension, and additional Bits.
    Only carry about *half* of those Bits, however.

    When i need it, my Leatherman Charge works Really Sweet !

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