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I had a Leatherman Pocket Survival Tool for about 5 years and lost it. It served me well, but had some drawbacks like a non locking knife (though the doubled back handle did protect your fingers.
I did like it''s very compact profile and light weight.
I would like to hear what others think of their multis. A friend of mine has a Gerber with a pliers head that slides into place when snapped with one hand. that looks cool and seems usefull. What are you using and how is it?
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I was given a Gerber multitool. It looks stylish and people like to flick the wrist and pop the plier head out. The blades require two hands to open and don''t lock into place and it is actually awkward to use the short screwdrivers and short blades on the bulky handle. The blades also are not pricesly finished and generally look like what I expect they are: blades for a knife that was meant to cash in on the niche created by the Leatherman.

All in all, I love my thick Victorinox Swiss Army knife with all the tools; hacksaw & metal file, small pliers, screwdrivers, magnifying glass and toothpick. It''s great for wiring work and small metal and wood jobs, and the blades hold an edge. The large blade is actually bigger than the Gerbers''. The first time I tried the wood saw, I cut through a 2x4 in 28 seconds. For a large blade I carry a Columbia River Knife & Tool (CRKT) single blade Micheal Walker design with a patented "BladeLOCK" that locks the blade open as well as closed yet opens with a swipe of the thumb. The hinge joint won an award (so I''m told) for it''s robustness.

I keep My Gerber on my boat, but I don''t use it.

Chas
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I would love to buy it from you if the price was right...
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I''ve had a few Leathermans, a SwissTool and several Gerber MultiPliers. I use my Gerber at work so much that I bought another and as one is out for repairs the other is on the job. While the Gerber''s tool assortment and one-handed deployment are perfect for me at work, it doesnít rate too well on the boat. The SwissTool gets high marks but its polished surface gives a questionable grip with wet and cold hands, although its large size and heft tend to help. Its price can make one hesitate to use it when its loss may be imminent. The Leatherman SuperTool 200 gets my vote as the best all around aboard the boat. Those people seem to know what accessories a handyman needs and what he expects from a multi. Versatility and strength are the main selling points here. Once youíre familiar with its operation, single-handed deployment is easy.
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I have the Leatherman Wave and couldn''t be happier. A flip of the writs holding only one handle opens it suffeciently to finish the job with a free finger. The four major blades (knife, saw, file, and serrated knife) blades lock open and can be opened one-handed with a thumb. This all allows the one hand for the boat, one for me system.

I bought an extra for the ditch bag just in case.

Try it, you''ll like it.

Sunspot Baby
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