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Old 05-07-2019, 9:57 AM
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I've carried a Swiss Army Spartan (https://www.swissarmy.com/us/en/Prod...artan/p/1.3603) for 10 years in my pocket every day. A couple months ago at a wedding it must have come out of my pocket (slick suit pants with shallow pockets) which was a huge bummer.

I was going to buy another of the same without thinking but in the interim started carrying a Gerber Vise (https://www.gerbergear.com/Multi-Too...Tool_31-000021) I'd gotten for free from a vendor that's been sitting in my desk. Now that's been growing on me but the quality isn't as good IMO. In 10 years all I did was sharpen my Swiss Army and I abused it with no issues. In the first month I've already snapped off one screwdriver attachment and twisted another on the Gerber. Also, some features are impossible to open with a fingernail even after lube, etc.

Overall, I have tons of single blade knives that I never use. I also think the Spartan isn't the perfect one for me (I don't drink wine, don't need 2 blades). I use the other weird tools as much as the blade (blade probably daily, but everything else once a week). I like walking past a broken sprinkler and being able to pull out my knife and tweak it, pull it out while on the roof without having to go back down the ladder for a tool I forgot, saving a party by being the only one with a bottle opener, etc.

I'm trying to see what I need and what I don't and then find a knife that has all those. I was hoping for suggestions on what functions you guys use or what multitool/knives you recommend! I have a basic list below but let me know what I missed.

- Must be small to fit in a pocket with a bunch of change, keys, etc
- Must have at least a single blade, I don't care about serrated, prefer unserrated
- Must have a bottle opener
- Must have a couple basic screw driver functions

- I used the Swiss Army tweezers all the time (metal splinters from the machine shop)
- I'm really liking small pliers with both clamping but wire cutting too

- Does not need second blade (but don't mind it)
- Does not need can opener
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Old 05-11-2019, 10:39 AM
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I would go to eBay and get a discontinued Leatherman Kick. I've had mine for over 15 years of (civilian) use. It was an EDC item. I love it, and it seems to fit all your requirements. To be perfectly transparent, the blade end finally snapped off about 1/8" inch off the tip because I stupidly tried to pry something. So, I got on eBay and bought a drop-in replacement blade. 15 minutes later and I'm back in business.

I have a Gerber Diesel now for rough stuff, but that little Leatherman Kick is one I'll never get rid of.
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Old 06-04-2019, 8:48 AM
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I'm a firm believer in the Leatherman pst. No long made, but still available on ebay.
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Old 06-07-2019, 2:25 PM
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My Leatherman wave is always either on my belt or in my truck. I feel it is the sweet spot in the lineup


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I've carried a Swiss Army Spartan (https://www.swissarmy.com/us/en/Prod...artan/p/1.3603) for 10 years in my pocket every day. A couple months ago at a wedding it must have come out of my pocket (slick suit pants with shallow pockets) which was a huge bummer.

I was going to buy another of the same without thinking but in the interim started carrying a Gerber Vise (https://www.gerbergear.com/Multi-Too...Tool_31-000021) I'd gotten for free from a vendor that's been sitting in my desk. Now that's been growing on me but the quality isn't as good IMO. In 10 years all I did was sharpen my Swiss Army and I abused it with no issues. In the first month I've already snapped off one screwdriver attachment and twisted another on the Gerber. Also, some features are impossible to open with a fingernail even after lube, etc.

Overall, I have tons of single blade knives that I never use. I also think the Spartan isn't the perfect one for me (I don't drink wine, don't need 2 blades). I use the other weird tools as much as the blade (blade probably daily, but everything else once a week). I like walking past a broken sprinkler and being able to pull out my knife and tweak it, pull it out while on the roof without having to go back down the ladder for a tool I forgot, saving a party by being the only one with a bottle opener, etc.

I'm trying to see what I need and what I don't and then find a knife that has all those. I was hoping for suggestions on what functions you guys use or what multitool/knives you recommend! I have a basic list below but let me know what I missed.

- Must be small to fit in a pocket with a bunch of change, keys, etc
- Must have at least a single blade, I don't care about serrated, prefer unserrated
- Must have a bottle opener
- Must have a couple basic screw driver functions

- I used the Swiss Army tweezers all the time (metal splinters from the machine shop)
- I'm really liking small pliers with both clamping but wire cutting too

- Does not need second blade (but don't mind it)
- Does not need can opener
If I ever found a leatherman skeletool carbon fiber on sale, Iíd buy it. Carried the metal version for years and loved it. Just a little heavy for the pocket. Carbon solves that.
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If I ever found a leatherman skeletool carbon fiber on sale, Iíd buy it. Carried the metal version for years and loved it. Just a little heavy for the pocket. Carbon solves that.
Mine broke a month after getting it!!! Rubbish.
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Old 06-20-2019, 9:49 PM
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Mine broke a month after getting it!!! Rubbish.
Well dang! There goes a hunting expedition.

What broke? My stainless skeletool keeps rockin with daily use.
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