And the best thing about the corkscrew is that it is home for the tiny
screwdriver for tightening spectacle hinges.
My sister (who lives in some pretty remote places) lists three
essentials. The Swiss Army knife (with tiny screwdriver), a short wave
radio and Tabasco (to make anything edible).
"Any PC built after 1985 has the storage capacity to house an evil spirit,"
Reverend Jim Peasboro
I carry the original SOG tool, the one where the pliers fold out from the
side. I've been carrying it on my duty-belt for 5 years now and never know
when I'll need it next. Sure, it has some drawbacks, like the little handle
used to open it broke off so I have to tap it on the side to open it, and
the blades don't hold an edge like my Cold Steel pocket knife- although I
don't expect them to. Work issued everyone with a knock-off el-cheapo
multitool a while back and I just threw it in my locker and kept carrying
the SOG since I know it's well-made. Personally, I'm sure they're all good
in their own right. Just my humble opinion.
Great review - Thanks. I carry my leatherman with me at all times and use
it many times every day and have done so for two and a half years. I work
as a handyman and there have been many occasions when I have been called to
sum up a job and rather than walk all the way back to my car or workshop for
my tools, have fixed the problem there and then with my Leatherman. It has
paid for itself over and over again in time and shoe leather. My only
regret is that the modeI I have does not have the scissors. But as it still
operates as good as day I bought it and cannot really justify the expense of
buying a new one just to get the scissors - or can I? Great bit of kit -
wouldn't be without it. One last thing, don't forget to treat it to a drop
of oil now and again. I didn't and the pliers seized up on me. WD40 and
3inOne soon sorted it out though.
I had to look that one up, the "Juice" is new to me.
I started with the original PST, then got the Mini-Tool, and now I wear the
Wave on my belt at work daily. The Juice looks to be a good pocket knife.
I work in a prototype shop and have used my Leatherman on an amazing array
of hardware, including helicopters. This is definitely a lifesaver! I like
that the blades are accessible without opening the knife with the Wave
I made the mistake of buying the Gerber type PST. The metal was porous and
quickly began to rust in our salty environment. My boss broke the pliers on
his Gerber. Mine pinched the *&% out my hand. Very poor quality and
design. I gave it away. My oldest Leatherman is more than 10 years old.
Still as shiny as the day I got it. No hint of rust, never had any part of
Excellent brand! Good luck with your new toy.
Me too. The metal is fine, but this thing is basically a set of pliers I
wear on my belt. (and I do use them all the time, admitedly...) The
locking mechanism for the gadgets isn't robust enough to handle any torque
at all, and it quickly deforms. There's no way to fix it without drillling
out the gigantic rivet and cobbling together some kind of replacement for
it, and then the stupid thing bends again the first good time you try to
turn a Phillips screw with it.
I got it replaced the first time, because I really like the way the pliers
are made, compared to the Leathermans I looked at at the time, which had
straight handles, but it just isn't up to the task.
I'm going to buy a Leatherman one day soon. Maybe it will actually perform.
Michael McIntyre ---- Silvan < firstname.lastname@example.org>
Linux fanatic, and certified Geek; registered Linux user #243621
I carried a Gerber for several years and thought it was good stuff.
Then they started dorking around with the basic design, and finally
eliminated one of the tools I used most - the awl-shaped blade which
had a serious cutting edge - used it to ream capillary tubes on
I got a Leatherman a couple of years ago for Christmas, and haven't
carried a Gerber since.
_MUCH_ better quality, major difference in the strength, etc. I use
the stainless version, so I expect the cutting edges to go off more
quickly than a carbon blade - they don't. Must be 18-8 or so in the
mix. Been using this one for over a year and just now had to put an
edge on the two knife blades.
the dash plumber at mindspring dot com
Your experience is opposite to mine. I have received a couple of different
Leatherman tools as gifts and they quickly went into my drawer for stuff
that I don't use but am not ready to dispose of. Then I bought a Gerber 400
and have used it just about daily for several years.
I don't live near salt water but we have plenty of humidity. The brushed
stainless on my Gerber shows no signs of corrosion or stain.
For my use, the design of the Gerber is much better. It fits my hands, has
the tools that I use most. The pliers work much better than the Leatherman
tools that I tried. I have never pinched my hand.
I would have traded a nearly new Leatherman for a spare Gerber. Too bad we
didn't cross paths then.
I would say the same for my Gerber.
I really like the design of the pliers. The narrow nose and the wire cutters
work make it as useful as a set of regular pliers and it is always on my
hip. The one-handed operation of the pliers makes this very convenient. But
I don't expect them to replace a wrench for gripping nuts and bolts. I
wouldn't use full size pliers for that either.
The scissors are the second most used part, followed closely by the Phillips
screwdriver. Both are much better designed than similar parts of the
Leatherman. I really appreciate the locking mechanism on all the blades.
The only aspect of the Gerber's design that I don't care for is the knife
blade. None of the multitools that I have seen have a decent blade. But I
carry a SpiderCo lock blade for any serious cutting and reserve the Gerber's
blade for the occasional delicate.
different strokes ....
My Model has two knife blades that I find to be of very good quality and
quite useful. I don't like the bottle opener though, can't find a beer
bottle that it will open. Otherwise I find it to be better then the
leatherman models I have used.
On Tue, 26 Aug 2003 02:15:02 GMT, Dave Balderstone
True, there are (not is), Dave. Way too many.
I'm surprised the clerk didn't take the 10 minutes to repair
it for him. Oh, wait, that's a Searz, iddenit? I was thinking
hardware store and self-sufficient people with brains. Sorry.
I guess it takes all types to wobble the world, wot?
Extended warranties: An excise tax on the stupid.
That said, now that I found my Dish and Starband equipment to
be out of warranty and not worth a shit, I'll be getting the
extended warranty on my Dish equipment. I won't be spending
another $400 on a tuner like I just did for the Starband modem...
It's a damned good thing I don't own a little red button
connected to a WOMD, KWIM,V?
I think it IS the Earth wobbling from so many of us shaking
our heads in unison some days.
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