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Best built multi tool!

Discussion in 'Preparedness & Survival' started by whphel, Oct 24, 2009.

  1. whphel

    whphel Lake Stevens Member

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    I know best is all in perspective but what do you concider the best Multi-tool?
     
  2. bwells

    bwells Longview Member

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    I've had a Leatherman Wave for almost 10 years. I take it fishing, hunting, and usually keep it in my glove box. I used it quite a bit for six years in the Navy and it hasn't given me any trouble. I did manage to bend one of the screwdriver bits trying to loosen a tight deckplate screw, but that's my fault. I had the handle at a 90 degree angle to get some extra torque, and the bit twisted. It's not the only tool I've had, but it has been the best.
     
  3. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

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  4. treemanx

    treemanx Spray, Or. Active Member

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    +2 for Leatherman Wave
     
  5. terrylf72

    terrylf72 Portland, Oregon, United States Member

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    I have 2 multi-tools.. and its hard for me to deside which one is best cause I love them both.

    Leatherman wave

    Gerber Pro Scout 600 DET
     
  6. Artilleryman

    Artilleryman Originally from the central midwest but have reloc Active Member

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    I've carried various multi tools for 20+ years; I've found it to be a toss up between leatherman & gerber. I tend to lean more towards leatherman for the most part. It is important to note: multi tools ARE a product that doesn't translate well to cheap imitations.
     
  7. bwells

    bwells Longview Member

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    I used to like the Gerber Multi-pliers better than the Leatherman. I've never owned one, but I have used them some. I used to like them better than the original leatherman because of the sharp edges on the original Leatherman handle when using the pliers. The new Leathermans don't have that problem.

    When I was in the Navy I used to leave my Leatherman in my locker on the ship. I used to have about four of the $5 Cabelas brand mini tools stashed in different places. I used to keep a pair in my truck, a pair in my hunting pack, a pair in my fishing vest, and a pair in my apartment. They're not great tools, but they are good. And they seem to be better than the other cheap tools I've tried. I've never broken one, but I've never put them through any hard use either. I still keep them stashed away in different places, and whenever I need to add a couple bucks to get a discount on a Cabelas order, that's usually what I get.
     
  8. whphel

    whphel Lake Stevens Member

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    Thanks guys! My friend swears by gerber. I just wanted to get some other opinions. Much thanks!
     
  9. Just Jim

    Just Jim Well-Known Member

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    As long as it isn't purchased from China they will all be good LOL LOL

    jj
     
  10. TonsOfOregonBrass

    TonsOfOregonBrass Sandy, OR Active Member

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    Gerber or Leatherman make great multi-tools
     
  11. Oro

    Oro Western WA Active Member

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    This is going to sound repetitive but - Leatherman Wave. Have had a few, and that one is bullet proof but beyond that, it has just the right feel, angle, and collection of tools to do about anything you need.

    I carried it for four years as a professional ski patroller. It stayed on my belt in the weather all day long, five days a week, in wet snow, and was used constantly on all kinds of projects down to -30F at times. Never failed, never slipped, never rusted (and by the way, "stainless" steel is that - it stains (rusts) less - it is not "rust proof"). It is high-quality stainless steel.

    Gerbers are good, but Leatherman and especially the Wave have the edge. Plus they are from Oregon so how can you argue with that?
     
  12. whphel

    whphel Lake Stevens Member

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    Thanks even more!

    Yeah, the china stuff is not an option I avoid that crap no matter what it is at all cost.:)
     
  13. Fjolnirsson

    Fjolnirsson Western Oregon Member

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    I used to carry a Leatherman Supertool on my belt. Had it for 10+ years. I decided to try a Gerber. I wanted something with a spring assisted plier. Well, the pliers are great, but I'm not such a big fan of the tool overall. Blades are much shorter, screwdrivers aren't as useful. I've already found a new home for the old Leatherman, so for now I am carrying the Gerber. It does have a useful set of bits I bought for it, so it isn't all bad. I'll be buying a new Leatherman, though. I see they've updated the Supertool, might give it a go.
     
  14. whphel

    whphel Lake Stevens Member

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    Looks like Leatherman is so far the winner here so far. I'm gona go do my do dilligence and check all the models out.
     
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    bt97006 Aloha Member

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    Seeing that I've broken two sets of jaws on the pliers of Gerber multipliers, I'll go with the Leatherman Wave here. I use a multitool just about every day at work so they get lots of use from me. I don't know if I was too hard on them or used them incorrectly but I gave up on Gerber after sending them in for warranty work twice for the same problem. Bought a Wave two years ago and so far so good.
     
  16. dario541

    dario541 medford, or 97504 Member

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    I believe that Gerber and Leatherman are both fine products. But, at the store I worked at, I have seen more Gerbers returned with problems than I have Leatherman, so my vote goes to Leatherman. I own 3 Leathermans, 0 Gerbers.
     
  17. cyclesurvival

    cyclesurvival Vancouver Well-Known Member

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    I use gerber and have one in every car and pack, I like leatherman but had a problem with a return for repair. gerber has never let me down and stands behind there product even when broke by miss use. just my 2 cents
     
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    timbernet Boring, Oregon Member

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    I have two Leathermans and one SOG Multitool -- I prefer my Leatherman Wave and SuperTool over the SOG. I haven't owned a Gerber, but the ones I try at the stores don't work for me....
     
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    A previous post mentioned that Leatherman is made in Oregon. Well, although Gerber does sell a lot of products made in China, their better products are also made in Oregon! Both companies are in Portland. I still prefer Leatherman.
     
  20. michaels

    michaels oregon Active Member

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    Victorinox multi tool.

    None of the sharp edges like leatherman has, although that sounds like it changed.

    Plus it comes with the corkscrew!