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Best Multi-Tool Under $36?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by JohnnyLightOn, Apr 25, 2003.

  1. JohnnyLightOn


    May 3, 2001
    Hi All,

    A friend wants to give multi-tools to his wedding groomsmen as their gift. He has six groomsmen, so he needs to keep the cost of the gifts down. I suggested various SAKs, and also the close-out Spyderco aluminum Navigator at $30 from SMKW, and an Inova X5T flashlight at $40. But he wants to give a multi-tool.

    Here are some I found that fit his price range:

    Gerber Compact Sport ($37)
    SOG Crossgrip ($26)
    SOG Crosscut ($26)
    Leatherman Side Clip ($33)
    Leatherman Squirt (P4 or S4) ($30)

    Which one of these offers the best quality and also makes it seem like he's giving something substantial? Did I miss any?

    Thanks for your opinions!

  2. Manowar


    Mar 12, 2003

    I would suggest you to buy the Leatherman Side clip.In my opininon Leatherman makes the best multitools on the market.They have a twenty five year guarantee also. The clip makes it easy to have it as an every day carry tool. You can also compatible it with a tool adapter(but you have to buy that separatly)if you want´s a more versatile tool.

  3. johnniet


    Jul 12, 1999
    Some of the BearJaws tools are also about $35. They have tool access from outside (don't have to open the pliers).

    If he can go up to $42 or so then some of the Juices (at least C2 red and S2 orange) are also in line. I think they would make nicer presents than the Squirts or Crosscuts (I think Crosscuts are awesome, but not for a groomsman gift).

    Going just over $40 would also bring in the SOG Pocket (not regular)Power Plier and maybe the mini-Buck.

    Tell one of our dealers what you're doing and see if they give you a bulk/romance discount. :)
  4. bquinlan


    Jan 5, 2001
    I would recommend the SOG CrossGrip or CrossCut. I've used all the "mini" tools and found those to be by far the most capable. The best of the full-sized multis go above his range, so why not give the best mini instead?

    --Bob Q
  5. roloss_valdes


    Aug 21, 2002
    Leatherman SideClip, it is so easy to carry and has the basic tools that all people need .... :D

  6. fulloflead


    May 3, 2002
    I just bought a Juice CS4 for $36 shipped on Ebay. I'm sure a dealer on there would be happy to sell you several.
  7. pahl


    Feb 23, 2002
    Leatherman Side Clip or the Squirt get my vote.
    I don't have one of the squirts yet, but they look really cool.
    I have a Leatherman micra that I use all the time.

    Any Leatherman would be a great choice.
  8. JohnnyLightOn


    May 3, 2001
    Thanks a lot everyone - these are all great suggestions.

    I'll print him out pictures and he can choose one.

  9. ExamonLyf


    Dec 22, 2000
    Another Leatherman Side-Clip vote :).., nice little tool!

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