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Old 09-12-2013, 04:57   #51
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Just saw the OHT. Looks pretty nice with 1 hand operation. Wonder if I can find one locally.
I found mine at REI. They are available on Amazon, too.
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Old 09-12-2013, 12:32   #52
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The pair whose jaw I broke was the original model--without the locking blades. I hit a bunch of barbed wire (that the owner swore wasn't there) while field mowing for a neighbor. In my haste to clear the tangled mess, I reefed too hard on the pliers and *snap!*...

I think that pair was about 6-7 years old, and by the time I broke them, the locking type were out. I'm pretty sure that was the first year the locks became available.

I can't stand the newer models I've tried. I can't snap them open (consistently) with one hand; and since I use them anywhere from 10-300+ times a day, they are useless to me if they can't be deployed within 1-2 seconds.

Yep the Gerbers certainly do open fast. I keep mine in the dresser drawer for quick repairs around the house. Beats going to the basement for other tools. Plus I don't want to over use it due to sentimental attachment to it.tom.
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Old 09-12-2013, 12:36   #53
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Just saw the OHT. Looks pretty nice with 1 hand operation. Wonder if I can find one locally.

Update:

Just found my first Gerber multi tool that I had in the Marines. It has a broken can opener. Since it has a lifetime warranty ill be sending it to Gerber for repair or replacement. I prefer a repair, but its an old tool and the pins are different on the newer models even though they look the same. A replacement will be ok if that's all they can do I guess...

I'll take some pics and post up the out come later in the thread. Turn around time is around 4 weeks...
Keep us posted on this. tom.
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Old 09-12-2013, 12:47   #54
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It's BETTER than it looks, IMHO.

All the blades/tools on it lock open. They are stiff, but it's doable with one hand, especially if wearing a glove. Definitely a hard-use item. If you haven't already, check this out: www.leatherman.com/product/OHT
Well I should have it tomorrow. I do like the looks of it.
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Old 09-16-2013, 22:13   #55
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Did your new tool come in?

I sent my 25 year old Gerber off for warranty work. The Lifetime Warranty doesn't cover acts of Nature or normal ware. But it does cover breakage from normal use that it was intended for. The can opener broke opening a can. Hopefully it's covered. (Never did get that can opened.)
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Old 09-16-2013, 23:12   #56
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Just got my first SOG after years of having 3 different Gerbers. I am not a hard/heavy user.

Got it for $54 off Amazon.

I was always skeptical of leatherman's SOG's Etc, and the one-handed thing was what attracted me/kept me from trying another brand.

The SOG is in a different league.

With the gerber, I could't cut guitar strings to save my life (I can;t play a lick yet). It would slip between the blades and I would have to try and "chew" my way through it.

This thing.......no issue at all.

The compound leverage gears, and overall "tightness" of it is way better.

Oh, and it can be opened one handed, no problem.

Maybe they have some newer Gerbers out now that might compare,

Not sure.

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Old 09-16-2013, 23:57   #57
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Just got my first SOG after years of having 3 different Gerbers. I am not a hard/heavy user.

Got it for $54 off Amazon.

I was always skeptical of leatherman's SOG's Etc, and the one-handed thing was what attracted me/kept me from trying another brand.

The SOG is in a different league.

With the gerber, I could't cut guitar strings to save my life (I can;t play a lick yet). It would slip between the blades and I would have to try and "chew" my way through it.

This thing.......no issue at all.

The compound leverage gears, and overall "tightness" of it is way better.

Oh, and it can be opened one handed, no problem.

Maybe they have some newer Gerbers out now that might compare,

Not sure.
Which SOG model flicks open? All the models I have seen unfold like Leatherman.

AFAIK SOG isn't pro-Commiecrat like Leatherman is; if SOG has one that opens without unfolding, I'd at least check it out.
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It unfolds with one hand. The head is fixed.

It's like opening a butterfly knife.


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It unfolds with one hand. The head is fixed.

It's like opening a butterfly knife.

Opening and closing a SOG Multitool one-handed - YouTube
Oh. That's a deal breaker.

Thanks for the info.
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I have a couple of Leathermans and 2 or 3 Army-issued Gerbers. My favorite is my Leatherman Wave. Has everything I need, while still being small and light.
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I was comparing my leather man wave to my Gerber and some of the other model leather mans., Yes the Wave has a lot more tools for the money. Can't remember what I paid for it. But it's a good tool. Maybe I'll price out the SOG for my oldest son. I'm going to start working on a pack for him for Christmas.
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I was comparing my leather man wave to my Gerber and some of the other model leather mans., Yes the Wave has a lot more tools for the money. Can't remember what I paid for it. But it's a good tool. Maybe I'll price out the SOG for my oldest son. I'm going to start working on a pack for him for Christmas.
My impression is that you also get better steel in Leatherman tools - less bending, better edge holding, etc.
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I'm not sure about better steel. I do like the fact that the Leathernan pliers won't close and pinch your hand like my old Gerber does. However there seems to be a big price difference between the two brands on eBay. The Leathermans are at least $20 more. Even at Walmart the Leatherman Wave is $73.00. I have one and its a great tool. But there warrantee is only 25 years compared to a Lifetime with Gerber.

The Gerber I just sent in for repair is over 25 years old. So I'm still on the fence as to what tool my son will be getting for Christmas.
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Multi-Tools...

**UPDATE**

Two weeks later Gerber sent me a brand new Model 600 Multi tool no questions asked.

I think both tools are great. If you shop right you can get a great tool for a good price. But the Gerber warranty is priceless.

The Cutting Edge

FYI I did buy my son the Leatherman Wave for his birthday. So the New Gerber is an extra bonus at the moment.

I sat the tools side by side, and thought; If the SHTF the warranties on these would be worthless as there wouldn't be anyway to send them back. So which tool would I want then.?

Looking at both, I really can't say one is better than the other. Both have there strong points and weaknesses.

I'll post up some In depth photos of what I mean. Then you guys can judge.
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**UPDATE**

Two weeks later Gerber sent me a brand new Model 600 Multi tool no questions asked.

I think both tools are great. If you shop right you can get a great tool for a good price. But the Gerber warranty is priceless.

The Cutting Edge

FYI I did buy my son the Leatherman Wave for his birthday. So the New Gerber is an extra bonus at the moment.

I sat the tools side by side, and thought; If the SHTF the warranties on these would be worthless as there wouldn't be anyway to send them back. So which tool would I want then.?

Looking at both, I really can't say one is better than the other. Both have there strong points and weaknesses.

I'll post up some In depth photos of what I mean. Then you guys can judge.
Excellent! tom.
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I carry the Victorinox SwissTool in my EDC bag. The only multi-tool I've had... got it at Smoky Mountain Knife works several years ago when we were traveling through Tennessee.
What he said above, did not get mine from smoky mountain, but got one for myself and my son who is in USMC infantry. Out of all the ones I gave looked at and messed with its the best by far.


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Having owned many multi-tools over the last 20 years, I have found Leatherman and Victorinox to be superior to most.

I once broke the plier blade/head off a Gerber (USA made) while bending and removing wire (coathanger-thickness) from the tracks of a snowmobile in the middle of nowhere. Had the wire been wrapped around my leg, all the "lifetime warranties" in the world wouldn't mean jack.

Gerber happily replaced the tool for free (it was a discontinued model) but I lost enough fatih in it to gift it away to my teenage son. If a tool doesn't work as expected, it's gone.

Leatherman may be endorsed by "Commies" but Gerber's lower-end multi-tools are certainly made by them.

No experience with SOG but a friend uses his hard and swears by it.

Victorinox (while heavier than many) ooze quality construction and open and close tighter than a bank vault.

Stick with Leatherman and Victorinox and you can't go wrong.

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Oh, and avoid anything made by (or marked) Coast, Schrade, Stanley, Columbia (yeah, the clothing manufacturer) or Winchester. They are ALL junk and should be avoided.

Also, check out Leatherman's "Sidekick." Somewhat entry-level but it has all the stuff I need and nothing I don't. Priced around $30. Their knife/saw blades lock, the others do not. Both the short serrated blade and main blade come razor-sharp.
The pliers are spring-loaded (no pinching) and it features a pocket clip.
For the asking price, it is a real bargain.
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Oh, and avoid anything made by (or marked) Coast, Schrade, Stanley, Columbia (yeah, the clothing manufacturer) or Winchester. They are ALL junk and should be avoided.

Also, check out Leatherman's "Sidekick." Somewhat entry-level but it has all the stuff I need and nothing I don't. Priced around $30. Their knife/saw blades lock, the others do not. Both the short serrated blade and main blade come razor-sharp.
The pliers are spring-loaded (no pinching) and it features a pocket clip.
For the asking price, it is a real bargain.
I must agree on avoiding items from Coast, Schrade, Stanley, Columbia and Winchester. I got a package of Winchester marked knives and multi-tools as a gift. I re-gifted to my daughters friend and within a week several items including the pliers were broke. I felt like a jerk. I went out and bought the kid a name brand tool. tom.
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Leatherman Squirt... heck with anything larger than that.
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