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Multi-tool

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:54 am
by Stanley76
Anybody carry/use multi-tools regularly? I have three. A Leatherman Wave which I keep in a SOG leather belt carrier. I use this one most often. A SOG that I keep in my SOG Seal Pup sharpening stone pouch on the sheath and a tiny little Craftsman that is about 1.5 by .75" folded that I keep in the belt carrier with my Swiss Army Knife (which technically is also a multi-tool). No photos since y'all already know what multi-tools look like. They are useful tools in my opinion.

Re: Multi-tool

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:11 am
by FredS
When I was younger I carried the OG mulit-tool - a pair of pliers in a leather belt holster. I ground the handle tip on one side in to a functional straight screwdriver. That and a pocket knife of course. It was an essential accessory for every farmer at the time. With that and a snuff can ring worn in the back pocket of your blue jeans you could fit in at the local Coop, sale barn, or hoedown.

I currently carry a cheapish multi-tool in my fishing bag because you never know when you're gonna need to mend a fence or yank a hook out of yer ear.

Re: Multi-tool

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:41 am
by Hovannes
I carried a Leatherman in the Super Cub in Alaska. Cool tool.
I haven't seen it in two decades though, and I have no motivation to spend $$ on a replacement.
I do find the #2 Phillips and corkscrew on my SAKs come in handy.

Re: Multi-tool

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:55 am
by Del
I'm a Gerber guy.

Re: Multi-tool

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:01 am
by Stanley76
FredS wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:11 am
When I was younger I carried the OG mulit-tool - a pair of pliers in a leather belt holster. I ground the handle tip on one side in to a functional straight screwdriver. That and a pocket knife of course. It was an essential accessory for every farmer at the time. With that and a snuff can ring worn in the back pocket of your blue jeans you could fit in at the local Coop, sale barn, or hoedown.

I currently carry a cheapish multi-tool in my fishing bag because you never know when you're gonna need to mend a fence or yank a hook out of yer ear.
Fence pliers? I've got one of those but I've only used it a couple of times. I found that small bolt cutters and hammer are easier to use when I put up some fencing in my yard. But I'm not a ranch hand and I don't ride a horse to mend fences so........

Re: Multi-tool

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:31 am
by JimVH
I have a really old leatherman and one of the first Gerbers. The Leatherman was kind of a pain, but Gerber saw a lot of use in my fire and EMS days. Neither sees much action now.

Re: Multi-tool

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:45 am
by Bloodhound
JimVH wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:31 am
I have a really old leatherman and one of the first Gerbers. The Leatherman was kind of a pain, but Gerber saw a lot of use in my fire and EMS days. Neither sees much action now.
I have 3 or 4 knockoffs that I have received as gifts over the years but I have never carried or used them. I carry a pocket knife and have a tool kit in the 4 runner and that's about it for unplanned and on the go stuff

Re: Multi-tool

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:50 am
by FredS
Stanley76 wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:01 am
FredS wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:11 am
When I was younger I carried the OG mulit-tool - a pair of pliers in a leather belt holster. I ground the handle tip on one side in to a functional straight screwdriver. That and a pocket knife of course. It was an essential accessory for every farmer at the time. With that and a snuff can ring worn in the back pocket of your blue jeans you could fit in at the local Coop, sale barn, or hoedown.

I currently carry a cheapish multi-tool in my fishing bag because you never know when you're gonna need to mend a fence or yank a hook out of yer ear.
Fence pliers? I've got one of those but I've only used it a couple of times. I found that small bolt cutters and hammer are easier to use when I put up some fencing in my yard. But I'm not a ranch hand and I don't ride a horse to mend fences so........
Nah, not fence pliers. I have a pair of those in my toolbox but I've never used them to build/mend a fence. Honestly don't even know where they came from. Too heavy to carry in a belt pouch or fishing bag for sure. Bloodhound can attest to the fact that I already carry way too much gear when fishing.

Re: Multi-tool

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 10:44 am
by Thunktank
I carry a basic Swiss Army Knife often. I have a bigger one in my camping box. It has come in handy a few times like when I needed to open a can of chili because I forgot to pack a can opener. I had a Leatherman, I gave it to a deputy at the airport because I forgot to leave it at home. I want another one for my 4x4 tool bag.

Re: Multi-tool

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 10:51 am
by Jocose
I carried the OG Leatherman tool for years. I broke it many times and have had it replaced many times. I still have it in my travel gear but I dont use it much anymore.

Re: Multi-tool

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:39 am
by JimVH
Thunktank wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 10:44 am
I carry a basic Swiss Army Knife often. I have a bigger one in my camping box. It has come in handy a few times like when I needed to open a can of chili because I forgot to pack a can opener. I had a Leatherman, I gave it to a deputy at the airport because I forgot to leave it at home. I want another one for my 4x4 tool bag.
I keep the Tinker SAK on my desk at work. I reach for it almost every day for one thing or another.

Re: Multi-tool

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 12:02 pm
by UncleBob
I have a Leatherman but I carry a Swiss Army knife now. Every now and then, I will carry the Swiss Champ in a belt pouch.

Re: Multi-tool

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 12:13 pm
by rgcurrey
I have an old Gerber that I carry in my pack for traveling or camping. I also pull it out when I need to get my hands on a pair of pliers around the house as it is always accessible. However for most things I have my SAK Dutch Army Knife (think SAK pioneer) in my pocket and I use that. There is a flat tip, phillips tip (real small flat that fits in the phillips), a can opener that works, bottle opener, blade and an awl (which makes a very nice pipe reamer).

Re: Multi-tool

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:39 pm
by durangopipe
Hovannes wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:41 am
I carried a Leatherman in the Super Cub in Alaska. Cool tool.
I haven't seen it in two decades though, and I have no motivation to spend $$ on a replacement.
I do find the #2 Phillips and corkscrew on my SAKs come in handy.
Leatherman ad with a bush pilot’s feet sticking out the window as he makes a repair, in flight, with his Leatherman (illustrations by Jack Unruh).

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