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Old 03-24-2011, 11:29 PM
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Someone swiped my leatherman super tool. What is everyone carrying as their multi-tool?

I will probably get the supertool again, but I am open to something new.

Thanks for your input.

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I had one of the jaws break off on my Gerber. I replaced it with a leatherman and have had no trouble.
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Both used to be great American icons. The Walmartization of America has forced the manufacturers to move production to China. The end result is cheaper steels, marginal components and scatchy QC. I wouldn't pay more then $20 for any of their offerings today.

Nowadays, the only multitool that is worth paying big bucks for is Victorinox Swisstool.

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I have a Leatherman Supertool and it has not let me down. Les Shroud recommends it, that's what sold me lol. I thinks its tough as nails and very well made.
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My skeletool's pliers snapped on me.

Replaced with new bits for 3$ shipping.
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I own several of both. My favorite is my original supertool, made in the usa.
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Leatherman Wave with the drive kit. If you use it a lot, then maybe the Surge, which is just bigger.
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Leatherman Wave and I enjoy every inch of it!
It brakes!? no problem, lifetime warranty will fix it or replace with new (and they do that!)
3 years of combat service + 5 years of hiking/camping + everyday use and mine is still good! (only broke the tip of the blade by misusage).
although I never used different brands, so can't really compare to others.
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I carry a leatherman wave. Have had no problems. But I did get everyone in my wedding party the victorinox multitool as the groomsman gift, and they can't stop raving about it. Kinda wish i picked one up for myself
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neither, SOG!!!
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neither, SOG!!!
Agree.... I love my sog. Although I love my benchmade so much more.

I aint buying no walmart **** knives or multi tools.
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[QUOTE=Flex;2560512]Both used to be great American icons. The Walmartization of America has forced the manufacturers to move production to China. The end result is cheaper steels, marginal components and scatchy QC. I wouldn't pay more then $20 for any of their offerings today.

Leatherman does not make their tools in Chinia, they are made in the USA
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Leatherman does not make their tools in Chinia, they are made in the USA
Then why they don't cast "Made in USA" anymore, nor they print it on the package?

I'll tell you why. Because this is not true and if they do that that would be illegal.
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I have purchased 8 (3 supertool, 2supertool200, 1blaze, 1crunch, 1wave) Leatherman tools to use and give to my children. I broke 3 of them which they replaced free of charge and that is how i ended up with 2 surge tools. I've tried gerber and didn't like the slide jaws (the leatherman will flip open one handed like a butterfly knife), and the swiss tools which were available when I was shopping didn't have a pliers which I need. I have yet to try a SOG because none of my friends have one.
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I would second the victorinox swisstool. for edc or car i would recommend the spirit and for a survival situation the swisstool since it has more heft to it.
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Agree.... I love my sog.


Same here. With the choice of all I love SOG.
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I love my Leatherman Wave.
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Then why they don't cast "Made in USA" anymore, nor they print it on the package?

I'll tell you why. Because this is not true and if they do that that would be illegal.
Every single part (100%) has to be manufactured and assembled in America to be lawfully qualified to be called "Made in America". Not so many years ago only a certain percentage of a product had to be manufactured in America to qualify. That means it could be the same exact product(with the same parts from the same dealers) as a wave 15 years ago, just due to laws Leatherman cant brand its products "Made in America" these days. Leatherman does get parts overseas (im not sure which parts or how much of their product is made overseas). However, Leatherman's parts are inspected in America for quality and assembled in America.
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I have a Leatherman Wave. Recommend it highly.
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Every single part (100%) has to be manufactured and assembled in America to be lawfully qualified to be called "Made in America". Not so many years ago only a certain percentage of a product had to be manufactured in America to qualify. That means it could be the same exact product(with the same parts from the same dealers) as a wave 15 years ago, just due to laws Leatherman cant brand its products "Made in America" these days. Leatherman does get parts overseas (im not sure which parts or how much of their product is made overseas). However, Leatherman's parts are inspected in America for quality and assembled in America.

That seems backwards because in the automotive industry the % American content was lowered so more cars could be called American made.
I remember leatherman moved to Oergon from California to lower their operating costs to keep manufacturing in the USA.
Buck knives had the same rumor that they moved manufacturing to china when in reality they added a few low end china made models to compete with the other cheap knives but still had plenty of US made knives in their line.
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