Which do you prefer? Got a favorite model?
Which do you prefer? Got a favorite model?
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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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.
SAK for me, it does what I need. But I've never owned a Leatherman, so maybe I'm missing something.
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.
Both really, SAK for everyday use and a Leatherman when I need a pair of pliers.
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.
We have met the enemy and they is us.
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.
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.
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.
I prefer my Buck knife multi-tool
The way it unfolds makes far easier to actually work with than other brands.
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.
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.
My favorite fixed right now is this Enzo trapper.
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.
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.
Is good to hear the Buck tool is as solid as it is... they do make a very good product.
These are my favorites:
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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.