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Discussion in 'Equipment' started by skysailor, Dec 15, 2015.
My company just gave everybody a Leatherman Signal. It's pretty slick. What do you guys carry?
I have 2 gerber multitools, same tools but one is 5in and the other a little smaller. The small one is in the tank bag. The other is in the car tool box.
I've had both since around 2002. Good tools and would be immediately replaced if lost. I also have a couple other pocket knives for general camping duties such as cleaning trout or cutting steak.
The leatherman wave is a popular model.
I've got 4 or 5 Leatherman tools.
Got the first one nearly 20 years ago, it lives in the tank bag of the LC4 now.
Have a slightly smaller one now (don't remember what model) with a pocket clip. Easier than wearing it on my belt all the time.
I'm more of a Gerber multitool fan. I've used leathermans and don't find them comfortable to use at all holding them in my hand. I like the slide out jaws of the Gerber compared to the fold open jaws of the leathermans. It also seems to make it easier to deploy the pliers.
I carry a Gerber Diesel in the Jeep because it's built a little heavier than the one I carry in my daily carry bag and on the motorcycle. Those are MP600s on the bike and in my bag.
Have had a Leatherman Wave for about a decade and it's still my go to in my tank bag. Recently picked up a Surge, but it's almost too big. I do carry a Leatherman Crunch in my big touring bike tool kit also as it makes a good vise grip. Also have a small Squirt ES4 that I carry in my touring jacket - it's nice to have wire stippers on a long ride, and enough stuff for daily tasks. Guess I'm kinda a Leatherman guy, probably cause they are made about a mile from my house.
That being said, this is my daily carry (Kershaw Blackout).
Leatherman Wave for me!
I've had the gerbers and a couple leatherman. I found that I rarely used them.
I always have a knife on me and use that for cutting (and bottle opening ) and I keep a decent tool kit on the bike and in the jeep.
Honestly thinking about it, I think that when I used the multi-tools most was in the Army working as a nurse, mostly the pliers or knife.
I will admit that a couple times I wish I had a tool with needlenose pliers to help remove ear plugs that I put in to well.
I try to not need mine to fix stuff very often.
But it's always great to have a knife and bottle opener.
agreed with the knife.
I ALWAYS have a knife on me. I am now in Administration so I have to carry discreetly and I tend to carry pretty knives so if I do pull it out at work people don't freak out as much.
Gerber, hands down.
I have the Gerber diesel and the Compact sport 400. Same tool different sizes. The small one is on the bike.
I like how the pliers deploy with just a flick of the wrist. All the blades and pliers lock and the pliers are sturdy and grip well. I have real tools for real stuff but for camping, opening cans, beer, cutting fishing line ( the little sissors are awesome), the thing is hard to beat.
i carried Gerber tools for years but kept having problems with the fold out tools breaking off.
I switched to the Leatherman Wave several years ago and love it. It's not as easy to deploy as the one handed opening of a Gerber, but the tool steel Leatherman uses seems to be a little more flexible and less brittle.
I loved the design of the Gerber, but like the toughness of the Leatherman.
way back in ye olden days, Gerber had a cool website that allowed you to pick the multi-tool base, color, and each tool that was built into it. I have one of those custom multi-tools that is absolutely cool as shit.
Like you I've got a bunch of different Leatherman tools, and I like knives too. Didn't know about that Blackout, and thanks to you I just ordered the serrated version of the it.
Received as a gift several years ago.
Always try to pack it but have only actually used it a couple of times while on bike rides.
It has really been handy when hiking in desert with my dogs for removing cactus needles from dogs when they crash into a cactus while chasing small mammals and lizards.
I have a $4 Wal-Mart multitool. It has been very effective over many years. It is so styling that I keep it buried in my pack to avoid outpourings of envy from LMan guys.
Also at the lower end of the price spectrum, I just invested in this assortment:
$10 reduced from $15 at Costco. Nothing like the premium brands, but still quite amazing the functionality you get for $10 -- thanks to numerically-controlled milling machines and Chinese labor.
Gerbers have always treated me the best. Also have a sog. On the bike, a leatherman. No rhyme or reason, just worked out that way.
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Leatherman Charge TTI. Wore it every day for 3 years while sailing the Caribbean and still in perfect condition. Now it goes in my backpack every ride. Was spendy but worth every cent.
Here's an interesting one.
I have one of the old Gerbers I got back in the 90's. Other than the smallest flat blade screwdriver getting broke long ago it is still in good shape and got used a ton. Case for it is falling apart though.
Past few years I've been carrying a Leatherman Wave. Just kinda switched when I found a brand new Wave in my dad's stuff when I was cleaning out the house for sale.
Around here the Leathermans are nice since if you have a problem with one you just go down to the factory store near the airport and they just hand you a brand new one of whatever you broke.
I took a busted Wave in for a friend and they just pulled a new one off the shelf and handed it to me with a "Here you go, have a nice day."