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Simply: Multitool e.g. Leatherman, Gerber OR Swiss Army Knife e.g. Victorinox... and why?
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I am not sure if I need either one, or maybe it is just that most of my hiking is desert hiking. I have a folding buck knife with replaceable blades that I keep an extra "saw tooth" blade with, that I have used for 15 years and have yet to need or use the saw tooth. I carry a small set of tweezers in my first aid kit and my emergency whistle has a magnifying flass with it. If I need a toothpick I will bring my own. Don't really need a Swiss army knife or a leatherman (although I have a leatherman that my brother gave me). Have hiked for years and never needed either whether on day hikes or backpacking. If others find good uses for them I would like to hear their comments.

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I prefer a multitool. Swiss Army Knives usually have more gadgets, but you need to have a proper sized grip and jaws on the pliers for them to be useful. I only ever really use the pliers/wire cutter and can opener anyway, since I prefer to have a proper knife with me. Most Swiss Army Knives and multitools I've seen have bad blades that aren't good for much more than cutting string.
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I carry a Draper Multi tool EDC (sak type) When going walking or into the woods (to play ) I take my SAK forester, I seldom need pliers infact I cant think of the last time I was stuck for a pair.

I know there are others who wouldnt be without a leatherman type but for me I dont feel the need.

As with most things opinions vary.
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I carry my SAK quite a bit and my multi tool less. I can't tell you why, I used to carry my Gerber multi tool every day rain or shine. Used it less and less and my swiss more and more
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I have carried a Gerber multi-tool for over 16yrs now and use it everyday, only on the 2nd one which is not to bad since i am kinda hard on it when i use it at times.
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I carry both because they both have their uses.

I carry the Gerber Wave for the knife and bitset (which I use everyday) however I also carry the SAK Champion because it has a ton of smaller uses such as the built in small pen, needle, corkscrew, or magnifying glass. I like keeping it in the event the Wave gets lost or broken.
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Depends on what else I carry.. If I takeing actual tools I wont take a mulitool.. reason for it I have mechanical tools for when I need them For me it depends on what Im doing and for brand I dont care aslong as it works and doesnt break..
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I carry a Victronox Swisschamp and have everyday since 1992,it is as much a part of my wardrobe as my pants. I had a Gerber multitool years ago and even recomended one to my brother in law. Both of our Gerbers were broken in a matter of weeks,that's why I don't trust Gerber products to this day. I do have a Leatherman, but it lives in my glove box. I find it heavy and I haven't had much use for it on a daily basis like I do my SAK. It's good to fix a little something on the truck, but that's all. TP
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I'm mr. Fixit, so would rather have pliers than a toothpick. Oh, locking blades too.
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I have a Swiss army knife with many gadgets on it, which I bought at least 20 years ago but I packed it away and have not used it for years. Should try to find it again.
I also have a US army knife and several others.

But what I always have on my belt is the Leatherman Wave for it has about everything I need and use it several times a day, especially on my mtn place.
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Gerber multi-tool, hands down. I used to carry one of those monster 2" thick Swiss Army knives with all the gadgets, once I discovered the Gerber I put it up and haven't used it since. That was probably 12 years ago.

Multi-tools offer a far better grip and pliers you can actually use. Most of them have cutters in the plier jaws you can use to cut bailing/electrical wire, chainlink fence, etc. I prefer the Gerber for the one-handed opening.
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I own both, I love both, I carry both, just not the same time. I work in business so unfortunately I have to think about image. While at work I carry my SAK because to be honest it looks a little tacky pulling a solid steel leatherman out of your pocket while you are wearing a suit. The SAK on the other hand has been around a while, it has a classic appeal so pulling a sharp, sleek red pocket knife out of your pocket sends a different message. When not on the job and weight isn't an issue I can probably be found to have both on me. When weight is an issue the SAK gets left behind, they perform many of the same tasks but a large set of pliers can be a lifesaver in many situations.
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Swiss army knife for me because of its many uses.
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Leatherman multi-tool. Many uses in one convenient package
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I have carried the same leatherman since 1998. It go's to work,play,hunting always on my side, it even comes in handy at Christmas cutting the wires that holds the toys in the box. It has never let me down.
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Gerber Multi tool i bought one at Wal-Mart 5 years ago made in the USA plus it even has a small socket set with it and the locking blades rather have them and not need them, than need them and not have it but it's very well made some people tell me they are made in China now. And the one i bought was on sale for $30.00 did the job so far and with the sockets it's at least good for some use on a car or truck.
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Leatherman multi-tool. Many uses in one convenient package
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Charge TTI carrier here.

Also, we do have a decent "whats your favorite multitool" thread over here:
https://www.survivalistboards.com/showthread.php?t=66963

For the newbies that have forgotten about that one
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Depends on the situation, but I would say both.

I take neither for everyday life carry (just my current pocket knife)

For Bug Out Bag I would take both.

The Multi-tool probably on my belt for easy access.

The swiss army knife in my pack. I was lucky enough to go to Switzerland a couple of years ago and get a Victorinox and I love it.

I would take it mostly for the extra's and not the blade.
-Back up flathead screwdriver
-Backup can-opener
-Corkscrew
- and Toothpick

The kinds of things you never know why you will need them until you do.

Some people might say both is too much weight but my Victorinox only weighs a few ounces and is easily justifiable for me.
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I love my Leatherman because it feels like MORE than a decked out pocket knife. Its solid and the pliers come in handy for various situations
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