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Old 04-11-2013, 05:10 AM   #29
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Old 04-11-2013, 06:00 AM   #30
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I carry a Leatherman at work and travel whatever. Personally, I think they have gone down hill lately. They have really messed up the screw drivers on the new ones. The old original Leatherman had a small flat blade, a normal size flat blade and a large flat blade. The small blade could be ground down to use on eye glasses and popping the back off watches to replace batteries. The middle one was used the most since it fit the average slotted screw head. On the new ones they put a little tiny jeweler’s screw driver and it is too small to be of use and it breaks. You can't pry anything with it. The second screw driver is oddball and too small for regular size screws and will bend if you try it. The third one is way too big and so you end up with a mess. I still have one of the newer ones called a Blast and they don't even make it anymore. They have gotten too trendy lately. I liked their original tools and I think they have gotten more into fashion than making real tools anymore. I have worn some sort of Leatherman everyday for 25 yrs but the new ones don’t do much for me. It saves me a trip to the tool box. I can take a laptop or computer apart with one. I can pickup something hot with the pliers. I can put a screw back in my glasses with the older ones. I can change watch batteries and pop out the pins that hold the band one (at least with the older ones). I use it all the time working on cars or the trailer. I am not sure what Leatherman’s target audience is but I actually use mine as a tool and they have strayed away from making useful tools and they don’t seem to want feedback. So if you can find an old one on Ebay buy it. I just looked on their sight and I don’t see a single tool that has a decent selection of screw drivers. They have a bit system but that is useless for prying things.


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Old 04-11-2013, 06:17 AM   #31
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Originally Posted by overlander63 View Post
I know mine has a lifetime warranty, and yours should, as well. I sent mine in a couple of months ago, after a decade of very hard use, and three weeks later, a brand new replacement arrived, no questions asked.
Thanks for the information. I have the clip but I am sure fond of that well used knife.
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Old 04-11-2013, 06:20 AM   #32
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I've been into knives since I was a kid. I have several in my collection:
- buck
- case
- puma
- victorinox
- gerber
- ka-bar
- western
- bench made
- camillus
- custom made and others.

I carried a knife daily since the sixth grade but my favorite brand is Western. I find these have some of the best steel for holding a sharp edge for extended periods. They went out of business back in the 90's which is very sad but if you look around you can still find some new old stock laying around.
I will never buy a junk knife with the crap steel from china or pakistan. People have asked me to sharpen their knife for them and the steel just breaks away when you start to get an edge.
Steve, Christy, Anna and Scout (Border Collie)

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Old 04-11-2013, 07:05 AM   #33
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Auto-Messer Puma. Got it as a gift when we were stationed in Germany in the early 1970s. I think it's intended to cut your way out of a car when you are involved in a fiery accident on the Autobahn. I've never used it but I pull it out of the sock drawer every once in awhile and admire the German craftsmanship. "Die spitze is so stark, dass damit auch Dosen und Kronenkorken offnen kann."
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Old 04-11-2013, 07:08 AM   #34
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I won't go so far as to say I am a knife "collector", but my wife probably will, and I do have lots of them. I have also had a knife in my pocket for as long as I can remember, and growing up on a farm, didn't everyone?

Anyway, I know it's a little on the heavy side, but now days I can't seem to do, or go anywhere without my Leatherman Skeletool. Handiest thing I've ever carried, especially while RVing.

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Old 04-11-2013, 07:37 AM   #35
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Traveling thru Texas...?

Going thru North the Palo Duro? Even if not, stop by Matador, Texas and visit Moore Knife maker there. Those knives are the best., western, ranch, tools, cowboy, equipment.

Swiss Army knives just can't get and stay sharp....good for opening a beer bottle or poking something.

For my California, wine country, Yuppie Friends...I recommend..... Cuts cheese, peels apples, exudes snobish appeal, opens a corked bottle, but not working knife.
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Old 04-11-2013, 08:01 AM   #36
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'Been using a Leatherman for as long as I can remember. Started with the original and have progressed thru their new offerings from the Super Tool and now carry the Charge Tii with titanium handles. Great tool.

As for a blade, I also use the Gerber EAB Lite (EAB Lite - Fine Edge). Great little locking folder with an interchangeable blade. This way, I can beat on it (and regularly do) and don't have to worry about buggering up the blade like on my Spiderco, other Gerbers or any of the finer knives I have.
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Old 04-11-2013, 08:25 AM   #37
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It's hard to beat a Swiss and we keep one in the Safari at all times. As far as pocket knives my favorite is a Case trapper, two blade, stag handle w/ surgical steel blades. I also occasionally will carry a Case sod buster if working in the orchard, or my old Queen's Eye cattle knife w/ stag handle.
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Old 04-11-2013, 09:57 AM   #38
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Old 04-11-2013, 10:10 AM   #39
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I have a Swiss Army knife attached to my keyring. Small foldout knife for light duty cutting and small pair of scissors. Sure comes in handy. When Hiking I have my old Scout pocket knife. Served me well for the last forty years that I have had it.
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Old 04-11-2013, 12:08 PM   #40
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PUMA Sargent; simply the best.
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Old 04-11-2013, 12:26 PM   #41
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check out spyderco rescue knives or the delica, get the spyder edge, cuts through anything, cutlery shoppe online is gtg
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Old 04-11-2013, 12:32 PM   #42
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Benchmade Mini-Griptilian 556S. I'm lusting for a 470-131 Emissary but if I spend that kind of $$ on a knife I will be looking for a new home

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