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Old 10-04-12, 06:44 PM   #1
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Tool Time...

When one is in Portland one would be remiss to not visit the Leatherman company store, the staff are uber knowledgable and every model and accessory is there to be groped and fondled, albeit carefully.

Picked up a Leatherman Surge as I needed a serious multi tool... have been packing the wife's PST and have many other multi tools but nothing quite as badass as this.

It is a hefty tool weighing in at nearly a pound without any accessories...



Pen is a Fisher...



To the left of the Surge is the optional bit driver, pockets in the front and back carry blades and bits nicely.



Open and unpacked... the main blades, scissors, and blade exchanger are accessible when the tool is closed. You should only use one tool at a time although the file is removable and the diamond side can be used to touch up the blade. You can't do this with every multi tool and it is a great feature.

The metal blade, bit driver, and screwdriver bits were added on at a fairly economical price.



Nicest thing, besides the quality and great service you get from Leatherman is that they are made in Portland, Oregon and employ over 400 people there.

I bought this and my wife bought 3 Wingman tools for her and our daughters and I picked up another Micra and a Fuse as a gift for my friend.

I still need to add a few Allen bits to make it a truly useful bike friendly tool.

So... whatcha packing on your hip ?
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Old 10-04-12, 07:15 PM   #2
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Bought the crappy one at Lowes for $6.Excellent for fishing trips on Lake Erie.
Being in the hostile northern territories you would need the advanced one to kill and cook a moose.
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Old 10-04-12, 07:16 PM   #3
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Really nice sixty fiver!!! I'm a sucker for multi-tools and probably own too many ... I only really need one. I like that you bought an American-made product
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Old 10-04-12, 07:21 PM   #4
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I carry a Wave when I am sailing... heavy, but it has also been real handy. I slipped a tiny Mag light into the side sleeve of the carrying pouch... Where you show a pen, it is the perfect companion to the Wave... although I wish it was LED vice incandescent. LEDs of that size tend to throw out more light.

I'd like to get that extension you show, and some more bits. There is always something that needs to be tightened somewhere on a boat.

Love the ability to open the blades with one hand, and the locking action of all the tools.

The Wave replaces a smaller Gerber tool I used to carry... the pliers just were not all that strong on the Gerber.
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Old 10-04-12, 07:30 PM   #5
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genec... I have killed the pliers on many multi tools and killed my fair share of straight pliers, they seem to be the Achilles heel of many although Leatherman and Victorianox build a solid multi tool around some very good pliers. The X tool may have a slightly better plier but the easy access of the new Leatherman tools, blade interchange, and kick ass scissors give it an edge.

The curb weight of the Surge is 12.5 ounces... with extra bits and a case it must come in at a pound but I do not find it unwieldy or problematic to carry as some of the mid sized tools come in a case that is almost the same size.

Will always buy local when I am given the option... Gerber is making a bunch of decent tools but they all seem to be Chinese made while their parent company (Fiskars) manufactures in Taiwan and Finland. I have one of their Finnish made axes and it is a great tool.

All of Fiskars top shelf items are built in Finland... lesser models seem to be Taiwanese.
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Old 10-04-12, 07:39 PM   #6
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You can't escape the Chicoms my northern friend.
Ther're making everything except beer.
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Old 10-04-12, 08:00 PM   #7
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I have a leatherman pst, the original one, for a bike tool, that plus a folding hex key set.
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Old 10-04-12, 08:09 PM   #8
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You can't escape the Chicoms my northern friend.
Ther're making everything except beer.
Tsingtao beer, german style lager, good with chinese food obiously, been brewed since 1903
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Old 10-04-12, 08:39 PM   #9
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I'm a big Leatherman fan. I carry the Juice just about every day and carry the Charge some weekends when I think I might need some serious tools.

I used to carry the older PST when I travelled by air, thinking that most destinations with restrictive knife laws would not object to a multitool. Right now I'm on a trip through Colorado and Utah, carrying the Gerber multitool. I brought it in case it got taken from my luggage I wouldn't be too sad.


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Old 10-04-12, 11:02 PM   #10
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I have a Wave (got it as a gift, but it was defective so I had to send it in for repair) and a Micra. A lot of household repairs get done with the Wave when I can't make it to the tools in the shed. The Micra sits in my pannier and goes to the office with me. I was breaking down server boxes with it today.
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Old 10-04-12, 11:35 PM   #11
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You can't escape the Chicoms my northern friend.
Ther're making everything except beer.
I do what I can... supporting local business is near and dear to my own heart.
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Old 10-04-12, 11:47 PM   #12
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When I worked outside, I carried 2 knives, one on my belt and an SAK in my pocket. My belt knives were a Buck 110 then a non-locking Gerber multitool. Now I carry a LM Squirt or a Victorinox Executive.
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I coordinate our Bicycle Advocacy entry in the local Holiday parade. You can be sure I take along a Leatherman. No telling what problems could happen with that many bicycles.
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Old 10-05-12, 12:07 AM   #14
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My next tool purchase will be an original Mora with the laminated steel blade... my old one was the best knife I ever owned and was lost which saddened me to no end as it came from my grandfather.

They are exceptionally sharp and once they have been sharpened properly they stay that way for a very long time.

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Old 10-05-12, 06:44 AM   #15
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Leatherman are "made" in the USA with globally sourced parts. Been that way for a long time.

Still better than if they off shored all their work.
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I think you should name it "Johnson".
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I have more multitools than you can shake a stick at. These days, I am carrying a Leatherman Wingman in the nylon sheath. In the side pockets of the sheath, I have a Zebra F-301 compact pen and a Lumapower LM-21 LED flashlight. Tools, lighting and communication in one compact package.
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I have an older Gerber which I realy like because I can deploy it with one hand, I als have a Buck multitool that is small, well finished and solid.
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I think you should name it "Johnson".
We will have to wait 40 years to see if this Johnson is still working.

Popped out today and picked up a Mora with a 4 inch carbon blade and a 2 inch Mora with the legendary laminated steel blade, both are razor sharp... Looks like it will be harder to find the Mora I am looking for here.

For an everday carry I have a Buck locking blade with a belt clip, it is another made in the USA product that comes with a lifetime warranty.
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I'm a big Leatherman fan. I carry the Juice just about every day and carry the Charge some weekends when I think I might need some serious tools.

I used to carry the older PST when I travelled by air, thinking that most destinations with restrictive knife laws would not object to a multitool. Right now I'm on a trip through Colorado and Utah, carrying the Gerber multitool. I brought it in case it got taken from my luggage I wouldn't be too sad.


I almost picked up the Supertool but liked the tool set and outside access on the Surge more, will keep an eye out for sales as one can never have too many good tools and a lighter model like the Wave might fit the bill.
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I have more multitools than you can shake a stick at. These days, I am carrying a Leatherman Wingman in the nylon sheath. In the side pockets of the sheath, I have a Zebra F-301 compact pen and a Lumapower LM-21 LED flashlight. Tools, lighting and communication in one compact package.
Thanks for the info... that Lumapower LM-21 sounds like what I was looking for over the MAG light.
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I have more multitools than you can shake a stick at. These days, I am carrying a Leatherman Wingman in the nylon sheath. In the side pockets of the sheath, I have a Zebra F-301 compact pen and a Lumapower LM-21 LED flashlight. Tools, lighting and communication in one compact package.
I have a one of these fenix flashlights on my keychain; I have not heard of lumapower will have to check that out.
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Thanks for the info... that Lumapower LM-21 sounds like what I was looking for over the MAG light.
http://www.lumapower.com/Online%20We..._EDC_LM21.html

I am a bit of a flashlight fan too, and the Lumapower offers amazing power out of a very compact size for only $ 29. HA-III anodized, and you can get 350 lumens out the front with a lithium-ion cell. I use a conventional AAA alkaline and it is still pretty bright.
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