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is Leatherman worth the cost?

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by BullRunBear, Oct 7, 2012.

  1. David White

    David White member

    Jun 17, 2012
    Big thumbs up! I have the Wave and the Core(?).
    The Core is the largest one they made at the time with I think 19+ tools!
    You can't beat the original multitool!
  2. Pacsd

    Pacsd Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2010
    my currrent Leatherman has been in my pockets for the past 17-18 years. Every once and a while I'll take a magnet and put it on the pliers tips for a few days. It sure makes it handy for pickin up little metal things in tight spots. A little workin of lapping compund also makes it easier to flick the wrist to open and close them.
  3. Owen Sparks

    Owen Sparks member

    May 27, 2007
    My experience with the Leatherman is that the difference is in the outstanding quality of the steel. You get what you pay for.
  4. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    Jan 3, 2003
    0 hrs east of TN
    Wrong, Fiskars is Finnish, but it wouldn't matter if they were French or Flemish or .... Gerber is self managed.

    You "think"?

    Wrong, again.http://www.gerbergear.com/Tactical/Knives/Mark-II-Knife_22-01874

    Where do people get all that silly stuff?
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2012
  5. ZGunner

    ZGunner Well-Known Member

    Feb 2, 2012
    South GA
    Awesome! Just saved ya some money.

    I would throw my hat in for Gerber. I used a Gerber Diedel for a couple years. I love the easy one hand opening. Made it throw 2 deployment where it got very heavy use on a daily basis. Unfortuneatly I needed to replace it after I tried using it to loosen a bung on a 55 gal drum, torqued the pliers to the side too much. Right tool, wrong job.
  6. TreeDoc

    TreeDoc Well-Known Member

    Oct 8, 2010
    Central Oklahoma
    Yes they are worth it. I have 2 an original and a micro for the keychain. The larger 1 was a present. After 20 years of use and abuse, I had broken the file and the blade and all the bushings were wore out. Sent it in to be fixed, they sent back a brand new one at no cost. these gems have saved the bacon more than a few times.
  7. Big_John1961

    Big_John1961 Well-Known Member

    Jun 8, 2009
    I like mine a lot. Very well made and very versatile. I've used cheaper knock-off tools and they are crap, and usually fall apart in short order. $100 is not much to spend these days for a quality tool, especially one as versatile as the Leatherman.
  8. BemidjiDweller

    BemidjiDweller Well-Known Member

    Jan 22, 2012
    Northern Minnesota
    I bought a Wingman at the beginning of this summer for work. Used it many many times a day and it is still going strong. I carry it everywhere. Well worth the price.
  9. WardenWolf

    WardenWolf member

    Nov 11, 2008
    Northern Virginia
    I bought a Super Tool 200 back when they were first introduced in 2001 or 2002. Still have it. It's one of their most robust tools ever. I later switched to a Charge Ti (titanium-sided, similar to a Wave), but still have it.
  10. deputy tom

    deputy tom Well-Known Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    I've owned and used many brands of multi-tools and my all time favorite is Leatherman. They are worth the price.tom.:cool:
  11. Rexster

    Rexster Well-Known Member

    Mar 25, 2007
    SE Texas
    I believe a good multi-tool is worth the cost. My first Leatherman was stolen, and I replaced it with a Victorinox equivalent that I liked better. I may actually be on my second Victorinox, as I seem to recall losing one, but I may actually have found the first one.
  12. DeTerminator

    DeTerminator Well-Known Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Does Leatherman honor their warranty without having the original receipt sent along when shipping it back? I broke the pliers on a Squirt a few years ago, but didn't bother sending it in for replacement because I didn't have the receipt. Maybe I can still try for a replacement.

    I have the SuperTool 200 also...I carried it all the time when I worked in a yacht- building yard. It came in handy, and was great for busting metal bands that held together materials. Yes, it is a very solid tool.
  13. JohnM

    JohnM Well-Known Member

    Jan 27, 2011
    Down there by the river
    My Dad gave me one as a present once.
    First time I used the pliers it broke in half.
    Chucked it and never looked at one again.
  14. nazshooter

    nazshooter Well-Known Member

    May 7, 2011
    I replaced an inexpensive "Winchester" brand multitool with a Leatherman Charge tti a couple of years ago and really like it. The one hand opening main blade is plenty good enough that I don't feel the need for a separate pocket knife. All of the tools appear to be designed for actual use rather than as a bullet point on the marketing literature.

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  15. Double_J

    Double_J Well-Known Member

    Jan 25, 2012
    Montgomery AL for now
    I broke one years ago, it was a clearance sale model and survived quite a few camping trips before the bushings gave out. I think I sent it in and got it upgraded/replaced. If you can find one for a good price buy it.

    I also had 2 gerber multi-pliers. I broke the hinge on the first one (I found it in the bottom of a garage sale tool box so I don't know how old it was). I got a replacement model in the mail about a week later. That one was lost about 2 years later, after a bunch of abuse working on a construction site.

    I think all of the top brands (leatherman, gerber, sog, victorinox) are worth the money. STAY AWAY from the cheap wal-mart/academy/k-mart models. They will break on you when you need them most.
  16. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2007
    I carry a Leatherman Supertool ALL the time. I can't count the times I've desperately needed it. My Supertool has always came through for me. I recall 1 time I was broke down on the side of the road and got going with nothing other than my Leatherman. YES they're worth it and much more!
  17. VoodooSan

    VoodooSan Well-Known Member

    Sep 23, 2012
    DFW, TX
    I carry a Leatherman Wave in my EDC bag and a Micro. The Wave I have seen like $70. Don't remember what I paid but yes. It's worth it. Has all the main things I need. Pliers, screw drivers, bottle opener, and the biggie for me... Scissors. Of course I have a micro too that has shears and not pliers but I like the tweezers on the micro.

    This cheap crappy ones usually just won't hold up to even simple use.


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  18. kBob

    kBob Well-Known Member

    Jun 11, 2006
    North Central Florida
    Scissors got used at a horse show this weekend. Wife could not find her mini which was on the floor of the trailor tack room after reloading the horse after the show. Also used the knife blade and pliers stripping some wire last night and middle sized flat head screw driver to work on light socket in the barn.

    Used the phillips head screw driver Thursday to take the front off the washing machine when I had to clean a part that was spillig water on the floor.

    Use the small screw driver to fix friend's eyeglasses Tuesday.

    I use the flat head screw drivers on my BP revolvers more than any other screw drivers.

    They are just SO useful.

  19. crazy-mp

    crazy-mp Well-Known Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    I have 3 Gerbers, I have sent 1 pair in 2 times for warranty issues and have never had a broken set sent back. Every time it could have easily been for "abuse" I am rough on them. I use mine every day but Sunday, and that's because I don't carry it on Sunday.

    When I was working on heavy equipment I would break screwdrivers from prying on things and the pliers would either have marks from welding or holding something on the grinding wheel. About once every other week I would blast them with brake cleaner then air and a spray of oil to keep them cleaned off some days they were covered in oil or mud, but they never "just broke."

    Only thing that I don't like is last time they sent me a replacement it was a different model and there were no scissors. I prefer the blunt nose ones.

    I may try a Leatherman in the future, I like some of their new models that you can access the knife and scissors without opening the pliers up, and I like the one handed open option of the pliers.
  20. JohnnyOrygun

    JohnnyOrygun Well-Known Member

    Sep 28, 2007
    Southern Oregon
    I highly recommend leatherman multitools, I started with the PST, went to a supertool, then the original wave and then the new wave. Leatherman is the best. The first multitool I had was a Gerber, it was OK, except the tools liked to break. It was cast and seemed rather brittle. I have broken the tip of my original wave pliers, but simply refiled a new tip and can't hardly tell its not the way it was made. I now carry a surge, its a little heavier than the wave, but I think its worth it.
    As to usefulness, every time I visit my in-laws, I end up fixing things around their house. Father-in-Law isn't the least bit handy and neither is the brother-in-law, I used my wave to change out the battery in his car in the parking lot of the auto parts parking lot. He was going to pay someone to do it. The swisstool from victorinox is very well made also, but doesn't have the swappable bit driver.
    Good Luck

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