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03-18-2014 02:15 PM
MikeOReilly
Re: Most Useful Sailing Tool

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Originally Posted by miatapaul View Post
I had a Leatherman knife that I loved. It stayed sharp like no other knife I have ever had. It took lots of abuse too, till the tip broke. Totally my fault as I used to pry on something. I sent it back but they don't make the knife anymore so thy sent me a skeltool as a replacement. Very happy not much thicker than the knife but far more useful. Way better built than an old SOG and Gerbers that I have had.

I had an SOG multi for a few years. Never really liked it. Hated the way they managed the tools and grew to despise the silly cap they use. I noticed one day I had somehow broken the tip off one part of the needle nose pliers. Went to the website and sent a note with pics to customer service. I wasn't even asking for a replacement. I just wanted to know if this was a known issue. Never heard a peep in response.

I was happy to lose it so I could justify buying a new Leatherman ;-)


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03-18-2014 02:03 PM
zz4gta
Re: Most Useful Sailing Tool

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Originally Posted by MastUndSchotbruch View Post
At the risk of starting a flamewar:
What's wrong with a Gerber?
(I misplaced my Wave and bought a Gerber and find it is pretty darn good, too)
Nothing really. I have a Gerber, the one with the push button spring loaded pliers. The spring loaded mechanism broke (after I hit it with a hammer, my fault) but I could never find where to send it to exchange it or get it fixed. Many emails and no response. Only thing I didn't like about that particular model was the frame. It dug into your hand when gripping very tightly. The other issue was that I could not open the knife with one hand. The Leatherman wave allows this.

The frame on the wave is heavier, but does resist rust a 'little' better. The Leatherman is way more expensive so in this case it's not apples to apples.

I like Gerber's and they hold a good edge (I've bought 2 knives from them) but for my use I like the leatherman better. No flame war here.
03-18-2014 01:27 PM
miatapaul
Re: Most Useful Sailing Tool

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Originally Posted by Minnesail View Post
Many years ago I lost my Leatherman and replaced it with a Gerber (it was a long time ago and I can't remember which model of either).

I found the build of the Gerber to be cheaper feeling, and in not too long the hinge part of the pliers tore itself apart. Since then I've stuck with Leathermans.

This was probably fifteen years ago and it's possible that Gerber has improved since then. In fact, if you like yours, then I'd say Gerber has improved.
I had a Leatherman knife that I loved. It stayed sharp like no other knife I have ever had. It took lots of abuse too, till the tip broke. Totally my fault as I used to pry on something. I sent it back but they don't make the knife anymore so thy sent me a skeltool as a replacement. Very happy not much thicker than the knife but far more useful. Way better built than an old SOG and Gerbers that I have had. And second to none customer service.

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03-18-2014 12:58 PM
Minnesail
Re: Most Useful Sailing Tool

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Originally Posted by MastUndSchotbruch View Post
At the risk of starting a flamewar:

What's wrong with a Gerber?

(I misplaced my Wave and bought a Gerber and find it is pretty darn good, too)
Many years ago I lost my Leatherman and replaced it with a Gerber (it was a long time ago and I can't remember which model of either).

I found the build of the Gerber to be cheaper feeling, and in not too long the hinge part of the pliers tore itself apart. Since then I've stuck with Leathermans.

This was probably fifteen years ago and it's possible that Gerber has improved since then. In fact, if you like yours, then I'd say Gerber has improved.
03-17-2014 11:00 PM
Dog8It
Re: Most Useful Sailing Tool

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Originally Posted by Greatlakes47 View Post
Rum, and emergency back up rum!
Words of great wisdom. Simply put "you got to have liquor on board."
03-17-2014 10:35 PM
MastUndSchotbruch
Re: Most Useful Sailing Tool

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Originally Posted by zz4gta View Post
Leatherman wave. I own 3.
At the risk of starting a flamewar:

What's wrong with a Gerber?

(I misplaced my Wave and bought a Gerber and find it is pretty darn good, too)
03-17-2014 09:36 PM
mitchbrown
Re: Most Useful Sailing Tool

A good Dremel tool is pretty handy to have on a boat
03-17-2014 09:29 PM
ilCigno
Re: Most Useful Sailing Tool

I think my winch handles come in first. Good for winching and killing fish....
03-17-2014 12:26 PM
Greatlakes47
Re: Most Useful Sailing Tool

Rum, and emergency back up rum!
03-17-2014 11:16 AM
zz4gta
Re: Most Useful Sailing Tool

Leatherman wave. I own 3.
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