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Leatherman question
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mud    Posted 12-07-2004 at 07:51:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
who makes the best leatherman out there? need to buy one for christmas.

screaminghollow    Posted 12-07-2004 at 10:20:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've had a "all purpose multi-tool" made by Gerber for 5 yrs now. They are sort of expensive and are supposed to be good quality. I don't go out on the farm with out it. Cuts wire, hay strings, pliers to repair electric fence, screw drivers etc. very handy. But,,, the blade on the knife snapped the tip off when I was just trying to cut a twig, and the hinge joint occassionally gets really stiff, even if oiled.

I lost it for a short while and in a pinch bought a $3.00 knock off at Dollar General. The cutter didn't cut wire as effectively, but otherwise it worked pretty darn good, just not the same quality as the gerber. When I found the Gerber again, the Mrs. took to carrying the cheaper one out on the property. The Dol Gen one has a mild spring on the pliers to open it when your hand relaxes your grip. That is actually a nice feature the gerber doesn't have.

They come in just about every imaginable combination of tools, even for golfers or fishermen. They are not as good as having "proper tools," but I have found them real handy, when "proper tools" aren't around.

On a scale of 1 to 5, I'd rate the gerber as a 4, and I would replace it with a gerber if lost or stolen. The Dol Gen one I'd rate as a 3, but for the money, you can have one in every glove box and each work coat and can even carry two for fixing that stiff electric fence wire.

Greg VT    Posted 12-07-2004 at 08:40:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
I really like the Swiss made Victorinox multi-tool that I have. All the tools lock when they are opened unlike the older model Leatherman tools that I have used in the past.

MattCT    Posted 12-07-2004 at 08:30:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
I like the Gerber multi-plier. I don't know how what the options are for the Leatherman, but with the Gerber you have a choice between regular and needle nose pliers, and I prefer the regular style pliers so thats the main reason I opt for the Gerber, also I have never had a problem with them falling apart or breaking.

Ron/PA    Posted 12-07-2004 at 08:21:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've carried the same "Leatherman" brand for right around 20 years. Other than dulling the cutters trying to cut high tensil fence, they're like new.
I've gotten several knock off's as gifts, and to be honest, I couldn't find one if I hadda.
Caution, they will wear the pocket of your jeans, much like a snuff can will on a chewer. LOL

Bkeepr    Posted 12-07-2004 at 08:10:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
I own a genuine "Leatherman" and have used it close to daily for years. Only thing wrong with it is the very tip of one knife blade is broken cuz I couldn't resist using it as a pry-bar one time (always a bad idea).

I've seen/held a few knock-offs and they were all poor quality, but I don't know any of the brand names. For me, I'd buy the real thing.

Tom A

RayP(MI)    Posted 12-08-2004 at 19:00:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Believe it ot not, I found a leatherman on a public street about 4 years ago. Was the nicest Christmas present I'd gotten for a long time! Carry it most all the time. Only thing that broke on it was the little screwdriver blade that my son used for a prybar, when he took it on a trip to California. Has been a very good tool. Would buy another in a heartbeat, if I was sure I'd lost this one, and couldn't retrieve it.

Red Dave    Posted 12-07-2004 at 07:57:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
In my opinion, the Leatherman "Super" or the original Leatherman are the best quality I've seen.

Some of the copies I've seen are hand pinchers when you close the pliers. Gotta be careful what you buy.

Disclaimer: I haven't seen each and every one of the knock-offs, and there are a LOT of them, so I may have missed some good ones.

ray    Posted 12-07-2004 at 08:35:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Can't say for other brands but the Original Leatherman tool has been good for me. Plus is anything breaks, wears out, etc., Leatherman will repair or replace the tool for free. Just check their website.

mark/mn Yup.    Posted 12-07-2004 at 11:31:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
I had one of the smaller originals that worked
very well for years. Finally wore out the hinge
enough that it was usable but loose, took it to
a dealer and for $8 traded it in for the Super
Tool 200 with the locks.

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