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Good multi, other than Leatherman

Discussion in 'Multi-tools & Multi-purpose Knives' started by Impulse, Jan 27, 2012.

  1. Impulse


    Jan 27, 2012
    Looking for a quality multi tool. Seeing I don't support companies who are anti 2nd, I need something other than Leatherman.
  2. pilgrimuk


    Apr 18, 2006
    I've got a Victorinox SwissTool Spirit (with Plain Blade, not combo edge), absolutely superb. Also got a LM Wave, think the Swisstool is better, much better ergo's and slightly different tool mix.

    Good luck!

  3. TKM


    Nov 3, 2010
    Wait a second, I don't mean to start a political debate, but is Leatherman anti-2nd??? Just curious about it.

    Anyway, I'll second the Victorinox suggestion, either the full-size SwissTool or the mid-size SwissTool Spirit X which loses the scissors but has a plain edge.

    There are also a few american-made Gerber tools, the MP600 or the Compact Sport 450
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2012
  4. GRIM 62

    GRIM 62

    Mar 29, 2009
  5. znapschatz


    Jan 24, 2005
    This keeps coming up, so once again:

    There is no basis for labeling Leatherman as anti-2nd amendment.

    AFAIK, the only thing Tim Leatherman ever did to honk off some people was to endorse John Kerry for President in 2004. Leatherman was one of 60 representatives of outdoor/sporting equipment and clothing makers who signed a statement critical of the Bush administration on environmental policies, supporting Kerry as an alternative. There is no document I could find with an internet search that has him weighing in on any other public issue, yet from that time on Leatherman has been the target of a boycott, accused of being anti gun and on the wrong side of many other hotbutton issues. I regard this as wrong, also nuts. Leatherman supported Kerry on one known policy matter, the other guy won anyway, so why the hate? In that election, the country was divided almost 50/50. Isn't it time to move on?

    In my research I have been unable to find documentation anywhere that Leatherman is anti-gun or has supported any anti-second amendment cause. Whenever this has come up, I have asked the person who raised it to show some hard evidence. Knowing somebody who heard something from someone else doesn't qualify. So far, no response. In all sincerity, if you have a credible source, please post it. Otherwise, you are acting on unsubstantiated rumors.

    It's your money. If you don't like Leatherman for being anti-Bush and think it worth a boycott, I wouldn't argue, although it's more political passion than I can wrap my head around.

    Can't we all just... get along?
  6. IUKE12


    Nov 25, 2005
    More accolades for the Swiss Tool X. Do a search in the exchange and you can find a new one for cheap:friendly_wink:
  7. GingivitisKahn


    Jun 8, 2010
    Good explanation - now I'm anti-Leatherman. Endorsing Kerry because of imaginary eco blather - lol.

    Thanks for the info!

    To the OP - Swiss Tool is popular for a good reason.


    Beckerhead #42
  8. sleepy


    Feb 26, 2005
    Crkt is pretty decent I have carried one for a couple of years now with rough use and it's still ok.
  9. Foilist


    Dec 20, 2004
    Victorinox Spirit.:thumbup: I carried the original for many years and got the X last summer. The X has a spear point blade and retains the scissors. The S version has spear and serrated blades, but no scissors.

    I have had many multitools from different manufacturers. The thing that makes the Spirit great for me is that all the tools open without unfolding the pliers. Also, it is a useful array of tools, not just a wad of different screwdrivers.
  10. Esav Benyamin

    Esav Benyamin MidniteSuperMod Staff Member Super Mod

    Apr 6, 2000
    Victorinox Spirit. The only large multitool I kept, unless we count my Leatherman Skeletool. :)

    I have the original model with the serrated spatula blade. I like it. Since I carry a regular blade anyway, I can afford to have a specialized cutter on the multi.
  11. Rockywolf

    Rockywolf Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 16, 2005
    I have another thumbs up for the spirit. I have two along with three Leathermans. All are great, I just prefer the ergos on the Spirit.
  12. Harayasu


    Jun 18, 2009
    Another vote for the Victorinox Spirit. I really like the fit and finish of it.
  13. jds1

    jds1 Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 9, 2007
    The Spirit X is my favorite for sure.

  14. Knife Crazied

    Knife Crazied

    Apr 17, 2009
    victorinox spirit road tour edition
  15. Ray Allen

    Ray Allen

    Nov 11, 2006
    I too have a Vic Spirit. Damn fine piece.
  16. dustycanuck


    Jan 30, 2012
    No one's mentioned Gerber, so being new here, maybe I'm about to get roasted, but I have an old 600 (?) that's always done the job, and I still love flicking my wrist to deploy the pliers.

    Hmmm, maybe I should keep that wrist-flicking pleasure to myself :rolleyes:
  17. like em sharp

    like em sharp

    Sep 13, 2011
    The Gerber MP4XX and MP6XX tools are still very good quality, US-made tools and well worth a consideration. Other good Gerbers might be the Legend 800, Diesel or Grappler.

    You could also look at the SOG lineup. Unfortunately you don't get locking tools until you get to the Powerlock range, and they're pretty big.
  18. znapschatz


    Jan 24, 2005
    It's the decent thing to do. Nobody likes an exhibitionist ;) .
  19. formerlycowboyup0669


    Jun 16, 2011
    I have a leatherman wave as my current EDC but until recently my EDC for about three years was a SOG powerlock. Definitly a good tool. Before that I had a Gerber Diesal for a year or so and before that I had a leatherman Wave. I use these tools in my capacity as a carpenter and on ranches and farms as well as outdoors and day to day household use so that gives you an idea on the kind of use/abuse they take.

  20. Wayne92


    Jan 22, 2012
    SOG's compound leverage pliers IMO are the best. Leaves most others in the dust. And the ability to customize and replace the tools make it my #1 choice.

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