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Who carries a Deluxe Tinker?

Discussion in 'Multi-tools & Multi-purpose Knives' started by Pilsner, Nov 26, 2018.

  1. Pilsner

    Pilsner Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 28, 2017
    Hi All,

    The only SAK I own with pliers is the rather weighty Handyman, a 30th birthday present from my climbing partner too many moons ago to mention...

    It’s a wee bit heavy, to be honest, and resides in my desk drawer at home. It gets used, but not carried, so I thought I would splurge on a fancy scales Deluxe Tinker.

    On an overnight mountain camp last month with my 13yr old son, the Gaz stove had a ‘problem’, and using a bit of ingenuity I solved it with a Huntsman, but I could have done with pliers for sure. We nearly had no hot drinks or food in freezing temps at 2,000ft up a Welsh mountain. :eek:

    Yes, yes, I have actually ordered a Leatherman PS4 thanks to @Hickory n steel and @jackknife lol. Thanks guys, or should I say ‘enablers’? ;)

    But... I do love my SAK’s and I thought I would spoil myself a bit more. Any love out there for the Deluxe Tinker?

    The scales are the ‘Edge of the World’ design, by the way.


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  2. McFeeli


    Feb 13, 2017
    The only legitimate SAK I own is a Deluxe Tinker. It’s a bit thick and heavy to carry everyday, but I’ve taken it along with me on job sites with no issue whatsoever. I actually really like the pliers, while they won’t be as robust as a Leatherman, they’re more than good enough for me. The Deluxe Tinker is the ultimate SAK in my eyes. It has all the right tools, while still staying small enough that it’s not a hassle to carry around.
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  3. The Zieg

    The Zieg

    Jan 31, 2002
    I think you should pick one up and report on it here. Pliers based multitools versus SAK with pliers: It's about which comes first, pliers or knife. Which will you use more frequently is what guides my decision.

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  4. Pilsner

    Pilsner Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 28, 2017
    I will definitely report back!
  5. The Zieg

    The Zieg

    Jan 31, 2002
    And if I could change one thing about the Deluxe Tinker, it would be to replace the box hook with a corkscrew, though it'd be tough as the Phillips takes that spot, really.

  6. Pilsner

    Pilsner Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 28, 2017
    Music to my ears! :thumbsup:
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  7. Pilsner

    Pilsner Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 28, 2017
    Well, it arrived and I do rather like this one. Will put photos up when I have a moment, but am loving the configuration. It's definitely pocketable, and I will see what kind of use it gets in the next few weeks. Thanks for the input, I won't be sending it back. ;)
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  8. Rich S

    Rich S

    Sep 23, 2005
    Have carried a Deluxe Tinker in belt sheath for years. Never leave home without it. Use a Tinker at home as I have access to my regular tools. Best knife ever.
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  9. tiguy7

    tiguy7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2008
    637DE771-C9FF-47AC-933A-6A96C0836F56.jpeg I have a hard time trekking without a corkscrew, so I use this combination.
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  10. sabre cat

    sabre cat Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 4, 2014
    I bought a Deluxe Tinker and quickly decided against it. My daughter ended up with it when she moved away for school.

    Out of all of Vic's 91mm series, I reach for my Mechanic the most.The pliers are super useful. I would love to trade out the phillips for a corkscrew though.
  11. Chacap


    Dec 2, 2017
    The "Handyman" seems more useful because it also has the two saws and at the back of the Knife a wooden chisel and a mini screwdriver. It’s a little wider, but no excesses!I put a handle with pen and put the mini screwdriver in the boucho pull
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  12. Pilsner

    Pilsner Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 28, 2017
    Funnily enough I have the Handyman also. I bought the DT because it is just that little bit less chunky! :)
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