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Favorite Multi-Tool?

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by cdcmj, Dec 13, 2007.

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  1. cdcmj

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    Hi all, Im looking for a solid, reliable, handy multi-tool. Two main purposes are all around tool and firefighter/paramedic work. Ive liked the Leatherman wave and the Charge TTI. Anyone have any experience with these two? Thanks for the info and any other suggestions. Btw, price range is around 100$ (the charge was 99$ on ebay)
     
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    I carred a wave for several years and loved it , i got gifted with a larger leatherman that i carry now , but mainly for the torque on the pliers . The locking tools on the larger model are handy , but i never really missed that feature on the wave either . So for work its the " storm or serge or whatever the hell they call that big sucker " and for weekends i still carry the wave lol .
     
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    I'm still rocking my Wave. I really like the design features of the Charge TTi but I don't feel compelled to switch. And am I the only one that can get the blades of the Wave insanely sharp? I was surprised the first time I touched mine up.
     
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    I'm a wave carrier myself. I got mine at Target last year after Christmas in a gift pack with a Stanley Coffee mug. I think it was 25 bucks on clearance. :)
     
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    Also look at the lineup of multitools from SOG. I love my powerlock EOD, the compound leverage system makes keeping a tight grip on whatever needs wrenching much easier.

    Though it doesn't have an outside accessible blade.
     
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    I carry a leatherman super tool 200. It has been a great tool and served me marvelously. But when it came time to buy one for my dad (and if I was buying a new one) I got the charge xti. It is a great little knife. I like the weight and the new way they did the screwdrivers. My big beef with the waver through the years has been that the blades didn't lock. I don't carry anything that all the blades don't lock on, but that is a personal preference. I have friends who love there waves.
     
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    Maybe my wave is a newer model or something but the blades lock on it.
     
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    amazon.com seems to have the wave for less than the place referenced up in post # 2, plus amazon has free shipping.
     
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    I am a Kick user here.
    But that's just cause I'm cheap.
    Worked fine when I climbed Mt. Mitchell, though.
     
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    Gerber makes the tactical looking ones and some are really neat. But if you want durable and "last a lifetime" solid then you have to look at Leatherman. They are seriously built like a tank (a tank without the maintenance haha).

    :D
     
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    Schrade
     
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    I'm sorry, that is the one I have, not the Wave. My apologies for the confusion. :D
     
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    I've had the Wave since it came out and have yet to see another mult-tool that I like better. They really nailed with the Wave design. My Wave replaced the Leatherman SuperTool which now rides in the glove compartment. With regards to the locking question above, the Wave has had locking tools since it first came out but only the 4 on the outside lock: both blades, saw, file, the screwdrivers and scissors on the inside do not. On the SuperTool all of the tools lock. My problem with the SuperTool,aside from having to completely open it to get any tool out, is that unlocking the tools is a pain since you have to partially open another tool to release the lock, whereas the Wave is like a liner lock for each of the locking tools and can be released with one hand. The biggest, for me, design improvement of the Wave over the SuperTool is the recurved handle so when using pliers you are squeezing against a smooth surface and not the inside handle edges. It makes using the pliers much more pleasant and lets you put more pressure on them without pain.
     
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    I've had the Wave since it came out and have yet to see another multi-tool that I like better. They really nailed with the Wave design. My Wave replaced the Leatherman SuperTool which now rides in the glove compartment. With regards to the locking question above, the Wave has had locking tools since it first came out but only the 4 on the outside lock: both blades, saw, file, the screwdrivers and scissors on the inside do not. On the SuperTool all of the tools lock. My problem with the SuperTool,aside from having to completely open it to get any tool out, is that unlocking the tools is a pain since you have to partially open another tool to release the lock, whereas the Wave is like a liner lock for each of the locking tools and can be released with one hand. The biggest, for me, design improvement of the Wave over the SuperTool is the recurved handle so when using pliers you are squeezing against a smooth surface and not the inside handle edges. It makes using the pliers much more pleasant and lets you put more pressure on them without pain.
     
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    I have really become a SOG powerlock fanboy. I used to be a very big Leatherman afficienado, and I still like the company and the original PST design- it was slim, well made, and very functional.

    At 10 years old (to the month I believe, if not it was pretty close or just over a pivot went. Leatherman did replace it with a Leatherman Blast- $50 to $60 tool. The blast is nice too, but like most Leatherman products, it has the same pivot system and will eventually wear and fail the same way- especially under hard use. It's not a matter of if, but when (of course, that when will likely be 10 or more years down the road).

    The Sog Powerlock however is a beast. Like a tank, it's heavy, and you could probably pound on it all day without breaking it- it's the like the Chuck Norris of multi tools. The gear pivot takes up a lot pressure and the one hand plier opening is wicked cool and handy. The Sog also is more corrosion resistant than my Leatherman- the Leatherman developed some oxidation in the individual tool joints.

    The Sog is definetely a sheath carry item. The PST could carry easily in a Carhart pocket. The sheath Sog gives you makes Leatherman current production leather sheathes look like and inferior joke.

    I did find the locks on my blast just a little more solid than the Sog. However, the Sog's broke in nicely.

    The other nice feature about the Sog is that the user can chamge out the tools rather than shipping the knife back for warranty. This also allows a degree of individualization with risking tool damage.
     
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    I agree. Sog is my favorite.
     
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    I have carried a wave for 4 years i use it daily or should i say i beat on it daily it's still going strong. The only thing i don't like about it is the wight the next multi tool i buy will be liter. I carry a small sharpener called a speedy sharp you can carry it in pocket or on your key chain. No matter what multi tool you buy it is a must have. http://www.speedysharp.net/ It sharpens, hones and does a great job sharpening serrated blades and it is easy to use.

    Mike
     
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    I really like leatherman tools

    But, after years of buying and selling through eBay, I've become very weary of them. Too many things are over-priced to begin with, and many sellers often overcharge for shipping.

    Take a look here instead:

    http://www.knifecenter.com/kc_new/s...rch=eqCATE CODEdatarq=lm&eqKEYWORDdatarq=wave

    That's a lot cheaper than the one you looked at on eBay, and probably a more reliable company.

    I've got two Leatherman tools, the names of which I don't remember (they're fairly old), but not the "wave". Still, they've held up well for years and I have no complaints.
     
  22. mp510

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    I can get a Bargain Cave (discounted for return/factory second/ opened package) for $41 at the local Cabelas store- they have a couple of them. Actually, it probably wouldn't be a bad investment- I have a $15 discount certificate to apply as well. :)
     
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    Which ever you choose a warning. Once you get used to having the tool around, you will feel naked with out it. Since I started wearing mine, I have never gone a day with out having a use for it.
     
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    go with the leatherman charge in titainium or the wave there both great
     
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    I Carry A Gerber #600 blunt nose, has all I need and is very good quality. I think.
     

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