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Which pocket folding knife with screwdriver (EDC/SD)?

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by jpruitt, Oct 2, 2013.

  1. jpruitt

    jpruitt Well-Known Member

    I know there are multi-tools out there with both knife blades and screwdrivers (I've been carrying one for years, a Skeletool CX, it’s fantastic). But I am looking for something that is primarily a knife, but with screwdrivers also. Something with a larger/more substantial blade than most multi-tools. This is going to be an EDC kind of thing for everyday working tasks, with a nod toward self-defense.

    I’ve narrowed it down to three I’m looking at (but I’m open to other suggestions):

    Leatherman Crater C33T

    Kershaw Select Fire

    Gerber Obsidian

    All are in the $20-30 range on Amazon. Anyone have experience with one or more of these? I'm kind of partial to the Kershaw right now (longer blade and exchangeable bits), but I like the safety on the Gerber, and as I said I've been carrying a Leatherman for years and have nothing but good things to say about it.
  2. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    I've lost confidence in Gerber products lately with their numerious recalls.

    My personal experience with interchangable bits is that the bits get lost. The other annoyance is when the drive "blade" doesn't lock. Reviews on the Kershaw are good, but those are nits I have to pick with any exchangable bit setup.

    Look at the Victorinox One Hand Trekker.
  3. Yo Mama

    Yo Mama Well-Known Member

    Seconding the Vic Trekker.

    Also, can't go wrong with Leatherman, sidekick is my fav
  4. Sol

    Sol Well-Known Member

    Then just get screwdrivers. The shape of screwdrivers are a "nod to self defense" in their own right.
  5. 19-3Ben

    19-3Ben Well-Known Member

    I LOVE my Skeletool. Sorry. You mentioned it and I got excited.

    Carry on.
  6. Sam Cade

    Sam Cade Member

    The Obsidian should be the subject of a recall. Both examples I had suffered from spontaneous self partial disassembly syndrome after light usage. :banghead:

    I'll post a pic once I get back to the house.
  7. Sam Cade

    Sam Cade Member

    OK Gerber Obsidian.
    Not a bad looking knife.

    But wait, something is missing!

    Both examples that I released into the wild failed identically, losing the pivot for the (non locking) supplementary tools.

    Without that wee fastener the tail end of the knife is loose and wobbly.

    Just a spacer:

    Attached Files:

  8. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    If both failed I think that might be a good subject for a write up.
  9. Sam Cade

    Sam Cade Member

    I would but it has been several years ago and I can't speak with much accuracy as to the circumstances of failure.

    I've got a couple of slightly hamfisted non-knife-guy acquaintances involved in general contracting who I use as long term knife testers with sometimes mind boggling results.
  10. Ohen Cepel

    Ohen Cepel Well-Known Member

    The Buck CSAR-T is more $$ but worth a look. It's a TANK of a knife!

    Doesn't have screwdrivers but does had a bit holder. When I carry mine I carry a small selection of bits on my belt also.

    It's a bit off of what you're looking for but is a full size knife and I like that if I mess up a bit it's easily replaced. Mess up part of the knife and it's messed up for good.
  11. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

  12. Dorrin79

    Dorrin79 Well-Known Member

    Yikes re: those obsidian pictures / failure stories. I have one and it has actually rotated to the top of my EDC list because I am almost as likely to need a small screwdriver as I am to need a knife on a daily basis.

    That being said, I've carried the Obsidian for about 9 months and haven't had any issues with it.

    Maybe that Crater c33T is in my future.
  13. MikeJackmin

    MikeJackmin Well-Known Member

  14. Sam Cade

    Sam Cade Member

    It might be wise to periodically check the tightness of that rearmost fastener.

    Y'know, the fix for that issue might have been something so simple as just slathering said fastener with a thread-locking compound.
  15. TimboKhan

    TimboKhan Moderator

    I have a Kershaw Selectfire that was given to me as a gift. Its OK.

    The screwdriver portion of the knife works well enough that I keep the knife in my coffee table drawer as a go to screwdriver for toys and stuff like that. Bit retention is solid, and they are easy enough to access. Oddly, it's the knife portion that I am not wild about. It's OK, but it just seems to clunky to carry around. Not bad, not good. Just... eh. I don't dislike it, I certainly appreciate that it was given to me as a gift, and they are cheap enough that I might have bought one on a whim. I think my ambivalence really boils down to the fact that it's clunky, which is not a phrase I typically describe Kershaw knives with.

    For an EDC multitool, I like the Leatherman Wingman. Nothing fancy, does everything I want. The screwdrivers are adequate, but what I personally like about it aside from the decent pliers is the scissors. My second choice would be a SAK Super Tinker. Skeletool would be my third choice, only because thats the only other EDC multitool I happen to own.
  16. Deltaboy

    Deltaboy Well-Known Member

    Get the Leatherman.
  17. Gordon

    Gordon Well-Known Member

  18. Sheepdog1968

    Sheepdog1968 Well-Known Member

    I went with the Victoria Knoxx version shown in this video. Actually it's a Victoria Knoxx model without a serrated blade. I've been very happy with it. Both the blade and flathead screwdriver lock. Knife prior to this that I carried for 15ish years was the Swiss army tinkerer. Prior to that for 20 or so years was a boyscout pocket knife.
  19. JohnKSa

    JohnKSa Well-Known Member

    If you want a screwdriver to carry in your pocket, get the Swisstech ScrewZall. It fits on your keyring. I've used knives with screwdriver blades and multitools with screwdriver attachments and none of the ones I've tried hold a candle to the functionality of the ScrewZall.

    Then get whatever folding knife tickles your fancy.
  20. Shuler13

    Shuler13 Well-Known Member

    I went with the select fire, and the screwdriver portion is good. Also, the bits feel pretty secure. I do not carry it daily, because I have better pocket knives for daily carry. The select fire actually stays in my range bag.

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