I think the key here is the belt pouch - the moment you move to carrying
anything larger than a fairly small SAK, it no longer becomes ideal to
do it in a pocket.
Yup I don't think there is any argument - the leatherman is a far more
serious tool kit in a small form factor. If you need to maintain
something mechanical and you only have the one to choose from, then the
leatherman (or a clone) will win every time.
Agreed. For similar reasons I also carry my phone in an horizontal
belt pouch, that way I'm less likely to put it down or have it fall
out of a pocket. It's also reasonably well protected there (I normally
put it in there with the glass towards me).
I think you can go too far though with all the extra / addon bits you
can get with some of these tools nowdays etc. 
When I worked for Kodak as a (walking) Field Tech they gave us a very
well appointed tool case and when we wandered (struggled) into to work
from the training school for the first time to start work, the 'old
boys' reminisced and chuckled about what we were all carrying. Slowly
but surely we all started to leave tools in our lockers and also all
bought smaller tool-cases ... until we had refined them down to just
the 'must have' stuff. That is where I think I am with the Leatherman
PST II and why I bought a second hand replacement as that tool is no
longer available new.
Another 'gotcha' is although you can often find a multitool that has
all that is required, they often come with locking blades and that
makes it very difficult for 'everyday carry'. ;-(
Cheers, T i m
 And even if it does come with say some hex bits, unlike
screwdriver bits you really do need the *exact* right one and the
chances are that isn't a size carried in the set. ;-(
After a colleague got pinched in a local shop for having his knife on
a belt I relegated my leatherman wave to the toolkit. He got off
because he could prove he had just popped in to buy something on his
way home but too much hassle to risk.
I bought a Leatherman mini, unfortunately no longer made as it is easy
to nip bits of skin in use, which I always wear on the belt pouch. The
blade is adequate at 33mm but does not keep its edge at all well.
I use the pliers, blade and screwdriver but very seldom the bottle and
can opener. I use it most days.
On Mon, 12 Jun 2017 17:39:30 +0100, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
What sort of 'knife' was it OOI?
Because it has locking blades (even sub 3") and therefore 'illegal' to
be carried in public (without good reason) presumably?
Quite. Ironically pretty well anything could be classed as a point or
sharp (presuming it has either <g>) and even blunt things can be used
offensively. ;-( 
I think we have one of those somewhere.
No, being stainless steel I have also found that but it is quite
strong and often used as a scraper (where being too sharp wouldn't be
an advantage). I think if I needed a very sharp blade on my I'd
probably just use a straight quality (non ss) penknife.
About the same as me then and probably, about the same as most
'practical' people. I wonder how many are bought for people as
presents but end up in a draw because they are simply too big or heavy
(because of the tools that most people would rarely if ever use)?
I often feel 'lost' without it and get that heart sinking feeling like
you get when you go for your phone or wallet and find it is missing.
I'm also like a bear with a sore a$$ if I've potentially only left it
somewhere (safe), not just because I don't want to lose it but often
because I need it!
The Leatherman was upstairs the other day and I just needed to undo a
couple of medium flat bladed screws in a 13A plug top. Of course I
could *only* find either massive or tiny flat bladed screwdrivers or
every size of Pozi they ever made in the handy draws or toolbox
downstairs. So, I went upstairs and took the Leathernan off my belt
knowing that not only could I easily undo the two slotted screws but
also cut, strip and trim the wires. <happy sigh>
Cheers, T i m
p.s. If I lost this PST II, and the one I bought as a spare <g>, I
really don't know what my upper limit would be re me buying
 Because the blade on my PST II is non locking and worn a bit
loose, I think there would me more chance of cutting my own fingers
off than getting it to stick into someone/thing! ;-(
What's an OOI knife? He was wearing a sheath knife as we had been
Yes, I had good reason but as I said the mini did the job without
Therein is a question I would like the answer to: disposable razor
blades are ss and do the job.
I also use an opinel 8 which is quite handy, not ss, and I can get an
edge on it good enough to cut the hairs on the back of my hand but it
dulls quickly. I often use it to cut cardboard boxes for the fire and
it needs honing after a few cuts.
I also have a sandvik hand axe that sharpens and keeps an edge better
than the opinel.
I asked here some time back about using an induction heater to harden
the very edge of the blade but haven't tried it yet.
On Mon, 12 Jun 2017 20:01:22 +0100, email@example.com wrote:
Out Of Interest. ;-)
I think you would have to be very careful about *always* having a
'good reason' to be carrying an 'illegal' knife (and why you don't
Not sure cutting hair is the same as being asked to cut all sorts of
stuff though is it. ;-)
Oh. That said, my Uncle worked in a cucumber nursery and he used a
fairly short knife, like a paring knife against his thumb to cut the
cucumbers down. They didn't last long as he was sharpening them pretty
regularly and they ended up looking like a tiny scythe. ;-)
That's one of those things the Samurai armourers were good at
Cheers, T i m
I have a Swiss Army Champ and a Gerber suspension multi-tool which
is a Leatherman style tool with large pliers:
I use my SAK much more than the Gerber. I think the choice comes down
to the pliers. If you need a large pair of pliers then the Leatherman
style is for you. (I haven't used mine to cut through a fence yet, but
thanks for the tip.)
However the other tools on the Gerber seem inferior to the SAK.
Sometimes it's because the tools have to be shorter to fit but
all the edged tools are blunt and the cross-head screwdriver is
rather compromised by being only 2.2 mm thick. Conversely the
cross-head screwdriver in the SAK gives a positive fit in common
cross-head screw sizes. (It's 5 mm across the tips in both
directions.) In general the SAK is suitable for smaller tasks
(and for larger tasks I'll dig out some proper tools).
As far as compact screwdriver kits go I use either my SAK,
proper screwdrivers or reasonable quality multi-bit sets.
Nothing consisting of sets of moulded cheese bits that fit in
 Bought in a US supermarket. If I had an Arizona driving licence
I could have bought a firearm from the same counter.
I just added the link for the picture rather than as a buying recommendation
but, yes, that would be better value. Note the blade on the knife locks
open so you'd need to be careful where you take it.
I did mention buying it in a US supermarket:
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