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So my friends keep asking me what I want for Christmas and one suggested I might like an all-in-one tool. Now I'm supposed to pick the one I want. I've read about some Gerbers and Leatherman but I don't know what model would work best. I think I'd keep it in my earthquake emergency bag that's in my car, and use it for camping and such. I may just keep it in my glovebox for easier accessibility.

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What make and model should I go for?
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There are a lot of tools out there but I carry a Leatherman on duty. It covers the basics and it's durable enough that it can actually be used without breaking.
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For the better part of the last 20 years I have carried the Leatherman Wave every day on my belt.
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There are a lot of tools out there but I carry a Leatherman on duty. It covers the basics and it's durable enough that it can actually be used without breaking.
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For the better part of the last 20 years I have carried the Leatherman Wave every day on my belt.

Leatherman what? :-)
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Leatherman Wave - cannot go wrong. Its the industry standard. I think they invented the multitool.
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Mine's no longer on their website but it's the basic Leatherman tool. Andy of their basic tools will serve you well.
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Yeah, Leatherman Wave is pretty much the answer you're gonna get. Good quality piece of equipment.
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Swiss army knife tool.

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http://www.leatherman.com/multi-tools

Go to link above, read reviews, see what suits you & your needs.

Go to link below, same as above.

http://www.sogknives.com/type/multi-tools.html

Not bad choices either >

http://www.gerbergear.com/Tactical/T...0-ST_30-000588

http://www.gerbergear.com/Military/T...-Tool_22-01545
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Leatherman, from what I have heard and read, has made the commitment to stay in America, helped me make up my mind for Christmas gifts this year.
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Another vote for the leatherman wave , add a estwing framing hatchet ( preferred due to head geometry ) or Sheetrock hammer and a 8 inch cresent wrench ( Stanley makes light weight models.).
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If carrying on your person, the Leatherman Rebar or Leatherman blast.

For the car, one of the Swiss tools (Swiss Spirit or Swiss Tool)

I have the new wave and don't care for it. Too short on the pliers handle, and the screwdriver bits are way too short.

Of course the Victorinox tiny midnight manager I am never without.

Another handy but kinda cheap tool is the Leatherman Wingman.

The last 2 have the best little package opener on them. A sharpened little hook that zips open those nasty blister packages.

No Gerbers.
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Love my Original Wave, I also have a Charge AL, I do not like the removable bits to easy to lose them. I think leatherman makes awesome products.
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The one thing you may wish to look into is the weight of the multi tool. I have a Swiss Army Knife, and a few other multi tools and they are heavy items. I got a Silverline multi tool which is small and light weight as well.
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I have to add my vote for the Leatherman Wave. While it doesn't quite have the exact features I wanted (none of them have all the features I want, actually), it's the closest to an all around multitool that I could find and their products are very durable.
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Leatherman all the way. I tried a gerber dime recently. I didn't like it. Springs were too stiff and the tools were too stubby. It was also bulky and heavy for a keychain tool. My edc is a leatherman micra, and it's perfect. The only issue I had was the chisel grind, meaning it's only ground on one side of the knife blade. Leatherman does this on their smaller tools for some reason. I absolutely hated it and couldn't for the life of me get a decent edge on it, so I ended up taking a diamond file to it and making it a conventional V grind. It's still ground way more steeply on one side, but cuts way better.

My leatherman wingman is excellent. Everything I need, lightweight, and it comes with a pocket clip. Those are the only two I currently have. Fit and finish is good on both. Blade steel is ok. Overall they were both worth the money.
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LM Wave is a good tool and lives in my daypack, but the Titanium Charge is what lives in my pocket every day!

If budget is limited the LM Sidekick is a good tool for the money!

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[QUOTE=MeanBeaver;8051351]Leatherman all the way. I tried a gerber dime recently. I didn't like it. Springs were too stiff and the tools were too stubby. It was also bulky and heavy for a keychain tool.

I also have just purchased the Gerber Dime. A Schrade micro something or other is what I carried for almost twenty years and I broke it a few weeks ago. I found the Gerber at Target and it looked to be about the same size so I bought it. Mistake. Way, way too heavy for its size, and it doesn't even have a can opener. A you're right about being too stuby. How can you use a file that's only a little of a quarter inch long? I'm still looking, and I'll give this to my wife to keep in her purse or something.
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Swiss Army "Hiker" is my tool. I know I lose the pliers, but the saw and can opener are great. Leather punch (drill) has been useful too. Their tweezer is the best i have found at removing splinters. In my left pocket every day.
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