Discussion in 'General' started by DragunovHUN, 13 Aug 2010.
Ahh gotcha, I see it now
That they do.
Stuart, it's good for you that you never end up too far away from your tools, but for instance i don't have a car to constantly lug a tool box around in, i like to stay effective in any situation and i encounter many occasions when i think to my self "damn, i wish i had a multitool on hand". That's why i started to play with the thought of a Leatherman to begin with.
Well that, and they're cool.
Because its a gadget and we love those?
I have a few traditional and some speciality tool sets but they are rather large, smallest case is about the size of a small book (if you must ask, very tiny screwdriver bits like 0,7mm hex). Multitool is a collection of basic tools in a very compact package and its always within reach, thus no need to break out the "proper" tools every time I need to crack something open unless I need a TORX bit or something.
Yeah, it's no replacement for a good toolbox. I don't know if I've ever used the Wave inside of my house. It doesn't do any single function as well as the specialized tool.
However, it is GREAT for portable use. It's like how a smartphone won't perform as well as a desktop, or like how an MP3 player won't sound as nice as a real hi-fi setup.
Its versatility to size ratio is second to none. It works half as good as my regular tool set, but weighs 1% as much.
It won't replace the tools you need for serious work at home, but it's so useful to have one in your laptop bag, your car's glovebox, or even your pocket. Does a beautiful job on the odd, unexpected repair.
Quick deployable pliers > all?
It depends on your lifestyle and the day to day activities that you get up to. That's what EDC equipment is all about. Do you think that many people who do not smoke carry a cigarette lighter with them all the time? Or many who aren't computer enthusiasts or work with computers on a regular basis carry a memory stick on their keys/person at all times? What about someone who isn't a LEO or security personnell carrying a personla protection weapon or the simplest of emergency gear like paracord? Finally, do you think anyone who wasn't a tradesperson, handyman or engineer would think of carrying a multitool or flashlight with them most if not all the time? It all depends on your lifestyle, habits, occupation and to be quite honest, readiness for emergency situations. I know several people (both here in the UK and in America and Canada) who would not leave the house without the following:
Knife and/or Multitool
Pistol & spare mag
Now, most people here will agree that they wouldn't be caught dead outside their homes without the last 3 things on that list, and that's purely from years of habit and their own needs. You need your phone. You need your keys. You need your wallet. Well, some people need the rest of the things on that list, and the rest who carry them fall into the category of people who may need those items. As well as the other common items, I carry a flashlight on my person 24/7. I use whichever flashlight that I EDC at least once per day, every day, without fail. I carry it out of necessity.
Admit it, it's just gadget love, you know it makes sense
Im going to call the leatherman dealer in the uk tomorow see what i can do about my Skeletool's blade.
just hope to god they'll give me a serated blade
Nope, I'm afraid not mate... It's absolutely true, I and anyone who EDCs the likes of these items do love gadgets, but we don't EDC them out of gadget love, we do so because we find a need for them on a regular basis.
Nobody carries stuff around that they don't need or think they will never need. If you've never EDC'd a multitool, you genuinely don't need a multitool. If I stopped carrying a flashlight clipped on my pocket/belt/keys every day, I'd be stuck in no time without it.
I'm just kidding. I appreciate they must have some use, or no-one would buy them. I just prefer having man sized tools to work with One serious question though, wtf is EDC?
Everyday carry mate
Ahh gotcha Well I have honestly learned something new today! I wouldn't have had a clue.
Wow, looks nice. I haven't tried a Gerber before, what do you think of it?
I'm interrested in reading an answer to that question aswell, as i have no idea why someone would prefer a Gerber over other multitool designs.
Gerber design and manufacture some of the toughest and best high performance gear in the world - from knives to multitools and survival gear. Their multitools are probably of a higher build quality and use a higher grade blade steel than the Leatherman range. And I know you think that's rubbish, but take it from someone who owns both Gerber and Leatherman gear. I have little doubt that Gerber put more effort into getting recommendations from their customers (end users) and end up making tools and gear based on those recommendations than Leatherman do.
Ironically, because they're less-known, shotguns are now subject to far fewer random arbitrary regulations and red tape than air guns and knives. You can obtain a shotgun fairly easily and legally, and the limitations for transport and storage are fairly relaxed - whereas, if I want to buy an airsoft gun without a government registration document, it has to be painted orange and kept below a certain energy rating for the good of the God-fearing public
you need to be signed up to UKARA to avoid the orange paint.
It's not an unworkable system, really, just a bit over-the-top. Airsoft is about as scary as a chihuahua, I've been shot in the face by airsoft guns.
Anyway, on-topic, have we figured out whether the Leatherman Wave is legal or not in the UK with its locking blades?
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