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    Cycle Dallas MMACH 5's Avatar
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    What pocket knife/multi-tool do you carry?

    I used to keep a Classic Swiss Army in my frame bag. After having it close on my finger a few times, I realized I needed a knife with a locking blade.


    I got a Leatherman Style CS as a gift and like it well enough. I've been carrying it around, but will likely not take it on my next trip (there are lighter ways to bring scissors along). Its blade does not lock either.


    Now I'm trying to decide on a new small, keychain-carry style knife.
    I'll hold off on the one I'm leaning toward until some of y'all have chimed in.

    Which knife is in your handlebar bag or jersey pocket while touring?
    That's gonna leave a mark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMACH 5 View Post
    I used to keep a Classic Swiss Army in my frame bag. After having it close on my finger a few times, I realized I needed a knife with a locking blade.


    I got a Leatherman Style CS as a gift and like it well enough. I've been carrying it around, but will likely not take it on my next trip (there are lighter ways to bring scissors along). Its blade does not lock either.


    Now I'm trying to decide on a new small, keychain-carry style knife.
    I'll hold off on the one I'm leaning toward until some of y'all have chimed in.

    Which knife is in your handlebar bag or jersey pocket while touring?
    I carry a Leatherman Squirt Ps4 ...that's the plier version...which I find more useful on a bike than the scissor version. I usually also carry a single blade knife with a larger lockback blade for general utility like cutting vegetables and other stuff. I recently purchased a folding Sakura camp knife from A.G. Russel which is a wonderful tool for food prep.
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    Some swiss army knives have blade locks. The one I currently carry may be too large for you, but It has a liner lock for the main blade and the large screwdriver. Screwdrives also can close on your fingers. (ouch). More than one type. Do a search of the interwebz. I have quite a few.
    This one is big, but I carry it next to my wallet in my back pocket, it fits there very well. It is the exact length of my wallet. Yeah, possibly too big or office clothes.

    This is the one I carry. The wood saw works perfectly too.

    http://www.smkw.com/webapp/eCommerce...on/V54875.html

    Also locking blade

    http://www.smkw.com/webapp/eCommerce...h/V545278.html

    This too. All the ones with this shape handle have locking blades. I have a few.

    http://www.smkw.com/webapp/eCommerce...3B/V53601.html

    http://www.smkw.com/webapp/eCommerce...3B/V53601.html
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    I carry the smallest Swiss Army knife, they are cheap enough you can afford to give a couple to TSA a month. I also carry a full sized Leatherman Fuse (I think) for kitchen duty I usually have a Opinel knife, one of the ones I carry I have had for 20+ years and used to take backpacking with me.

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    I carry a Leatherman Skeletool. Pliers, locking blade, screwdriver bits; it has all of the features I used in my previous Leatherman (the Wave?) in a much lighter package...

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    I carry a Leatherman Juice S2. It has a scissors, pliers, and a locking knife blade and is small.
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    I usually (whenever I leave the house) carry a CRKT Scarab folding knife, and in my portable toolkit I keep a Leatherman Wave.

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    I've carried a wide variety of leatherman type tools. I have decided to take my Squirt S4 on my next tour. It is tiny, but capable enough.

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    I just got the Topeak Alien Tool. It has everything! Except for pliers.
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    Needlenose Pliers
    Regular Pliers
    Vise
    Wire Cutter
    Cap Lifter
    Can Opener
    Locking Philips Head Screwdriver
    Scribe
    Awl
    Leather Bore
    Locking Dual Edge Knife Blade
    Metal File
    Wood File
    Measuring Gauge
    Hook Disgorger
    Locking Field Saw
    Scraping Blade
    Wire Stripper
    Locking Large Flat Head Screwdriver
    Small Flat Head Screwdriver
    Lanyard Attachment

    Had this since 1998 and love it.
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    When I ride, I usually have a Mini Bear Jaws in my tool kit:

    31ryi0gC2TL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

    And a Chris Reeve Mnandi in my pocket:

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    I use my old Leatherman PST II
    http://www.leatherman.com/product/PST_II

    Probably time I invested in a new one.
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    CRKT Lake Laredo, good clip, strong blade

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeG View Post
    CRKT Lake Laredo, good clip, strong blade
    CRKT makes a lot of good stuff. Good prices, from SMKW (retailer) on line.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Jim View Post
    I use my old Leatherman PST II
    http://www.leatherman.com/product/PST_II

    Probably time I invested in a new one.
    I still have one of those ...but I retired it after I lost one, fortunately I still had the backup one. Great tool and I still use it, just don't travel with it.

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    I have a Gerber pocket knife, locking single blade that I have carried almost every day since 1987 and for anything more than a day trip on the bike, a Leatherman "Fuse" multi-tool in sheath on my belt. The Fuse may be a little heavier than most people would like, but it cuts out a few tools I wouldn't otherwise leave home without.
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    I tour with the Leatherman Blast. At one time or another I've used each tool. Its not ultralight at 6.9 ounces but the needle-nose is beefy and I use it a good bit.

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    I carry a Buck hunting knife. If something needs cut, it gets the job done. I also use an Topeak Alien II. I have noticed I really need pliers.

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    I carry the Leatherman PST in its leather case. Heavy, but it has pliers and a descent blade.

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    I carry a full size Leatherman Charge TTi, plus a dedicated folding knife as backup. My most used tools on the Leatherman are the knife, pliers, screwdriver, rescue cutter (hook shaped), and can opener.
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    I carry a mini Leatherman for the pliers and metal file and a Swiss Army huntsman for general non-bike utility. I also carry a bright yellow Kuhn Rikon paring knife in a plastic sheath just for food prep. High visibility is a real safety feature.
    I dont think it is wise to combine pliers with your allen keys in case you need to apply both to the same problem.
    I prefer to keep food prep separate from bike and utility tools, esp if you are doing proper cooking. Folding knives are much harder to clean.
    I think I carry too much toollage but its hard to reduce the stuff without buying more stuff.
    I have a nice Buck folder and I appreciate fine blades as well as the next gearhead but I haven't found the need for a big blade when bike touring. The great Norwegian polar explorer, Fridtjof Nansen managed to survive an unscheduled arctic winter bivouac using only a 3 1/2" Brusletto hunting knife.

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    I carry a medium sized Swiss army knife - two blades, can opener, bottle opener, tweezers, toothpick. That's it. I've never needed pliers yet (knock on wood.) Yay! Finally I'm making a choice to carry less weight than others! (Usually I'm the guy with the kitchen sink.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by peteydink View Post
    I carry the Leatherman PST in its leather case. Heavy, but it has pliers and a descent blade.
    Nice tool but I found it overkill when I carried one on tour. I carried it for the Trans America and rarely needed the pliers and found the knife most useful for spreading peanut butter, a task better handled by your plastic eating utensils (I like the Guyot Designs MicroBites Utensils for that).

    I used the Squirt S4 supplemented with a Gerber LST knife on my last tour, but decided that the tiny blade on the Squirt S4 was enough for anything the MicroBites couldn't handle. So the Gerber LST is staying home this time.

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    You asked about knives, you did not ask about multi-tools. If I am camping, I carry a knife that has no other tools on it. The knife is used primarily for food prep and eating. This one, too big for pocket and not folding, sheath not shown, weights 37 grams.

    reIMGP2258.jpg

    Depends on the trip. I have carried an Alien 2 multi-tool that has a blade, have carried a very similar model made by Blackburn that also had a tiny pliers. Neither of these has a good knife blade to spread peanut butter but work very well to cut stuff. Thus, these were not my only knife.

    I have also carried a vintage Kershaw locking pliers that included a larger blade, the pliers were needle nose. And have carried a Leatherman Wave. I evaluate all of my tools and try to get a good mix without too much redundancy that will do everything I need without too much weight. To me, having it be pocket sized is not very important.

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    Great replies!

    I do pack a Buck Paklite Caper for cooking.
    http://www.buckknives.com/index.cfm?...productID=3768
    And a Lezyne multi-tool for most bike repair stuff.

    Last night, I was poking around at REI and saw the Gerber Curve for $11 with a $5 rebate. It's smaller than I thought it was (from looking online). I figure, for $6, I'll tote it around for a while.
    http://www.gerbergear.com/Essentials...Tool_31-000116

    I also looked at the Gerber Clutch and the Leatherman Squirt (as mentioned above). Either of these are strong contenders to end up in my bag before the end of the month (I have a little three-nighter planned for the second weekend in March).
    That's gonna leave a mark.

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