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Old 10-06-12, 07:21 AM   #1
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Leatherman vs. Swiss Army Knife

Which do you prefer? Got a favorite model?
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Old 10-06-12, 07:51 AM   #2
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I much prefer the SAK. Simply the way it is set up is more ergonomic IMO. I will say that the pliers are a neat addition where the Leatherman is concerned and for specific use it does have a head up due to it.
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Old 10-06-12, 10:15 AM   #3
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I always preferred a swiss army knife to leatherman (no excess crap on my SAK, mainly, so it would fit in my pocket easily) but when I was given a leatherman that I never used, and then I finally misplaced the SAK I'd had since age 10 close to 20 yrs later, I started using the leatherman and while I still seldom use the pliers (and still wish for a corkscrew and/or churchkey, boy those Swiss knew what was what), and I have resigned myself to hanging it on my belt rather than putting it in my pocket, I have gotten used to it.
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Old 10-06-12, 10:27 AM   #4
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SAK for me, it does what I need. But I've never owned a Leatherman, so maybe I'm missing something.
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Old 10-06-12, 10:40 AM   #5
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Different tools for different needs. I use both. If I want a knife to carry around daily, SAK; if I want a more comprehensive tool while working in the shop/yard/house, I use the leatherman in a belt sheath.
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Old 10-06-12, 10:58 AM   #6
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Both really, SAK for everyday use and a Leatherman when I need a pair of pliers.
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Old 10-06-12, 11:05 AM   #7
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My new daily carry... Victorinox does make the X multitool which compares quite nicely and would say there is no perfect multi tool although I think my Surge comes close, albeit with a small weight penalty. It is not something you would throw in your pocket unless you lived in Carharts.



I carry this as well as a Buck lock back for when I just want a light single blade.
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Old 10-06-12, 12:27 PM   #8
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SAK. I want something that fits in my pockets.

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Old 10-06-12, 07:15 PM   #9
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I love my Gerber Compact Sport. It has everything I need - Including a full size pair of pliers (essential tool for me).
This is actually my third one. And when this one gets lost I will buy another.
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Old 10-06-12, 08:04 PM   #10
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I prefer Leatherman tools. By comparison the SAK seems to be cheaply made, of inferior materials. However I will note that it seems that a majority of knife enthusiasts like the SAK. I always carry a real knife with me anyway, and carry the multitool in addition. The exception would be if I am traveling to a destination with restrictive knife laws in which case I will carry the Leatherman PST or that Gerber in the photo.

Most days I carry the Leatherman Juice in addition to my normal folding knife. If I think I will need to actually use the tools I will carry the Leatherman Charge. I also bought the Skeletool to try out as a replacement for the knife AND multitool. I think it would work well for that but I couldn't bear to not carry one of my good folding knives.

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Old 10-06-12, 08:28 PM   #11
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I use knives at work and own a Leatherman Wave, a Buck Extract Fin and a SAK Champ.

The SAK is on my hip all the time. It has the most useful toolset of the three. The Buck knife blade holds a better edge thus if I need to cut rope, that's what I reach for. The Wave rarely gets used.
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Old 10-08-12, 01:29 PM   #12
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I prefer my Buck knife multi-tool



The way it unfolds makes far easier to actually work with than other brands.
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Old 10-08-12, 01:45 PM   #14
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I don't carry a multi tool, I have never had an incident arise yet where I needed one. I do carry a small pocket knife for opening packages and stuff.
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Old 10-08-12, 02:02 PM   #15
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Which do you prefer? Got a favorite model?
Do Swiss army knives now come with pliers? No doubt they may have a couple of models that do, but by and large the army knives have a different focus than does a multi-tool. That said I do carry a small swiss army knife all the time... it is just nice to have a small knife and sissors available all the time.
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I used to carry my Leatherman but now it's just a knife that's a regular thing for me. When I carried my Leatherman I found it quite useful, mainly the pliers.
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The way it unfolds makes far easier to actually work with than other brands.
I cannot see how having all of your tools being internal and a weaker hinge on the pliers as being advantageous, I was cutting through fender wires with my Leatherman which was something that exceeds its design and it had no problems whereas anything less would have resulted in damaged pliers.

The new Leatherman design letz you quickly access your knives, scissors, and choice of saw/file without having to open the pliers and operation is done easily with one hand.

Perhaps I demand more from my tools than the average person.
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I used to carry my Leatherman but now it's just a knife that's a regular thing for me. When I carried my Leatherman I found it quite useful, mainly the pliers.
I can see a usefulness if you don't have access to other tools, butI would rather use full size tools when I can. I don't really like to carry any bigger knives around with me(fixed blade), although I have them all over the place at work and at home.

My favorite fixed right now is this Enzo trapper.



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I cannot see how having all of your tools being internal and a weaker hinge on the pliers as being advantageous, I was cutting through fender wires with my Leatherman which was something that exceeds its design and it had no problems whereas anything less would have resulted in damaged pliers.

The new Leatherman design letz you quickly access your knives, scissors, and choice of saw/file without having to open the pliers and operation is done easily with one hand.

Perhaps I demand more from my tools than the average person.
It's not a weak hinge, and I use it on the farm constantly, so don't assume people don't use them. That hinge is solid and they way it folds out means you have a nice long handle straight handle in line with the screw driver blades so it's actaully useful. My dad has broken several leathermen and Gerbers, I'm still on my first Bucktool.

I just flip out one side at a time, so you don't have to open the pliers and it easier to do with one hand than any leatherman or gerber I've used.
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I don't carry a multi tool, I have never had an incident arise yet where I needed one. I do carry a small pocket knife for opening packages and stuff.

I carry a knife AND the multitool. I use my tool occasionally as a tool, not real frequently though. However I've been out in the middle of nowhere on 2 different occasions riding in other peoples vehicles when they had breakdowns and I repaired the vehicles enough with my Leatherman PST to allow us to drive into town for real repairs.
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I carry a knife AND the multitool. I use my tool occasionally as a tool, not real frequently though. However I've been out in the middle of nowhere on 2 different occasions riding in other peoples vehicles when they had breakdowns and I repaired the vehicles enough with my Leatherman PST to allow us to drive into town for real repairs.
I always laugh at people who will go out in the middle of nowhere and not carry a well equipped tool box. Everyone should at least carry basics tools, you know, wrenches, sockets, pliers, screw drivers, electric impact wrench and power inverter, floor jack, air compressor, you know just the essentials.
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I always laugh at people who will go out in the middle of nowhere and not carry a well equipped tool box. Everyone should at least carry basics tools, you know, wrenches, sockets, pliers, screw drivers, electric impact wrench and power inverter, floor jack, air compressor, you know just the essentials.
I don't carry the floor jack or an impact wrench with me when I travel... I do carry a pretty complete tool kit in the car and can just about strip my bike down to the bare essentials on the road with a pretty small tool kit I carry.

Is good to hear the Buck tool is as solid as it is... they do make a very good product.
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I always laugh at people who will go out in the middle of nowhere and not carry a well equipped tool box. Everyone should at least carry basics tools, you know, wrenches, sockets, pliers, screw drivers, electric impact wrench and power inverter, floor jack, air compressor, you know just the essentials.
You ought to meet Brett Flemming, the guy behind Efficient Velo Tools. He's also a master bike mechanic at Bike Gallery and provides support on Cycle Oregon. He's got a welder and a compact lathe in his rig, just in case some obscure bike part or frame decides to give up outside of West Antler Branch, Orygun. He's got tales to tell.

I have a Leatherman Blast at work- a present from my wife. I've used most of it, including the pliers. I haven't done surgery with the knife (I work at a large hospital), but you never know.
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You ought to meet Brett Flemming, the guy behind Efficient Velo Tools. He's also a master bike mechanic at Bike Gallery and provides support on Cycle Oregon. He's got a welder and a compact lathe in his rig, just in case some obscure bike part or frame decides to give up outside of West Antler Branch, Orygun. He's got tales to tell.

I have a Leatherman Blast at work- a present from my wife. I've used most of it, including the pliers. I haven't done surgery with the knife (I work at a large hospital), but you never know.
No surgery here, but I can shave with most of the blades I carry.

There is nothing worse than a dull knife.
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