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Knives and Multi-Tools

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Offline jeffblaylock

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Knives and Multi-Tools
« on: April 22, 2008, 11:55:18 AM »
What kind of knife and/or multi-tool do you gearheads out there carry with you into the wilderness?

At this point, I carry only a humble Swiss army knife with a 3 inch blade, 1.5-inch blade, scissors, toothpick, tweezers, can opener, bottle opener, and corkscrew (A man's gotta be prepared). I'm thinking of upgrading to something more robust for my upcoming 10-day trek through Yosemite. So, I'm looking for suggestions based on experience. What do you trust in the backcountry?

And, yes, while I consider a gun to be a multi-tool -- I am from Texas -- and it's trusted by some of us in the backcountry, that's not where I'd like this topic to drift, in case anyone is so inclined.
Jeff Blaylock
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Offline Ay Chihuahua!

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Re: Knives and Multi-Tools
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2008, 12:07:09 PM »
The Leatherman Micra is all I usually carry, unless it's a fly fishing trip.  Very few instances arise when I need it.  I've used the scisors to cut bandages, or toe nails.  The file is useful to clean out the grung that collects under finger nails.  Other than that, I find a multi-tool pretty much useless.


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Re: Knives and Multi-Tools
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2008, 12:22:52 PM »
I currently carry a Leatherman e303.  It's not terribly heavy and has the tools I need, blade, phillips head, flat head, and bottle opener.  I carry it all the time, backcountry, home, work, etc.


This is the 302, the 303 has a serrated edge.  I like the straight edge better, the e303 was a gift.  It's my second one, the first one mysteriously left my possession several months ago.  I received the replacement for Christmas. 
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Re: Knives and Multi-Tools
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2008, 12:31:35 PM »
What kind of knife and/or multi-tool do you gearheads out there carry with you into the wilderness?

There is such a huge variety of these things it's really not possible to give much advice...other than to buy a quality tool after you decide which features are important/useful to you. The $10 Harbor Freight knock off isn't going to serve well.

I would stay away from the dainty, pocket size ones regardless of quality, unless you want a small tool in town.

Screwdrivers and corkscrews are less useful in the wild than multiple blade types (a saw blade can be very nice to have) but then you get screwdrivers as part of the package in every instance.

Be sure the implements lock open. The very early Leatherman tools did not and they would inconveniently (and sometimes dangerously) close while using them. I'm not sure if any non-locking tools from anyone are still being sold so it may not be an issue. Also, the ability to lock an implement at an intermediate angle can be very useful.

Decide whether a needlenose or blunt tip plier is what you want. That's a tough call because both are good for different things. The blunt tip is a much more robust tool.

Some of these tools allow you to use the implements without opening the handles; that can be an advantage sometimes.

Going beyond the tool, I carry a few other things that might not normally be thought of.

Several nylon wire ties are nice to have. They can be used a variety of ways to secure or repair items. Also, a few feet of stainless steel lock wire is very handy for the same reason. The wire is soft annealed so it is very bendable and easily cut with the multitool pliers. These things would add a couple of ounces to your pack.

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Re: Knives and Multi-Tools
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2008, 12:43:30 PM »
That is the exact same knife I have had for about a year and I love it as well!
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Re: Knives and Multi-Tools
« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2008, 01:16:14 PM »
I have a Leatherman Wave which is probably a bit of overkill but is a full function multi-tool. I have actually used the saw blade to cut fire wood although obviously not in Big Bend.

Al
« Last Edit: April 22, 2008, 02:59:00 PM by Al »

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Offline Sanjuro82

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Re: Knives and Multi-Tools
« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2008, 08:32:04 PM »
I carry a Buck 119 Special.   I've used it in the wilderness more times than I can count, and it's has never failed me yet. 





I also occasionaly carry a Multi-Tool.  My Sog Powerlock has performed flawlessly over the last 5 years.

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Offline Goldilocks

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Re: Knives and Multi-Tools
« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2008, 08:41:41 PM »
I am very far from a gearhead but I carry a small pair of scissors with me and I use them for something on every trip.  I had no idea they would be so useful.  I would seriously consider getting something with scissors or carrying a small pair with you.  You never know! 

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Offline presidio

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Re: Knives and Multi-Tools
« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2008, 10:21:03 PM »
I carry a Buck 119 Special.

Yeah, now that's a KNIFE. Not one of those itsy-bitsy Wenger or Victorinox wanna-be's, a a real stick-it-in-and-it-does-the-job knife.
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Gerber Diesel and Leatherman for me
« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2008, 10:33:56 PM »
I use the Gerber Diesel Multiplier, for every day use.....



 But when i go out camping and trail riding I also include my Leatherman Wave .



 Would you believe me, i use both?

  I try to stay away from those John J. Rambo knives, some bring over....I say to them: Are we going on a survivorlist trail or something?. I know we brought food to this trip, right?

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Re: Gerber Diesel and Leatherman for me
« Reply #10 on: April 22, 2008, 10:53:53 PM »
I use the Gerber Diesel Multiplier, for every day use.....



Man, that thing looks like the Injury Muliplier. It can hurt you in every way known plus 6 ways that haven't been discovered yet. Flip that puppy over so we can see the torque wrench on the back side.  :rolling:
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Torque wrench, huh?
« Reply #11 on: April 22, 2008, 11:19:40 PM »
Naaahh!!!!..that is just my Butter spreader, for my toast.
« Last Edit: April 22, 2008, 11:22:09 PM by homerboy2u2 »
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Re: Knives and Multi-Tools
« Reply #12 on: April 23, 2008, 01:00:50 AM »
Cold Steel Recon Scout knife. Can cut down a small tree in 45 seconds and can help you build a lean to. On the small side, a Wenger swiss army knife, direct from Switzerland :)

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Offline presidio

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Re: Knives and Multi-Tools
« Reply #13 on: April 23, 2008, 08:52:57 AM »
I'm not much for hanging a bunch of crud off my belt.  Guess you could carry in your pac, but then it is not readily available.

The solution is to abandon the pack idea and carry everything attached to a gear rack (this would be the Christmas Tree Ornament concept). Then, everything would be accessible all the time and you also wouldn't need to wear bear bells. :eusa_dance:
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Re: Knives and Multi-Tools
« Reply #14 on: April 23, 2008, 09:56:15 AM »
I carry a Buck 119 Special.

Yeah, now that's a KNIFE. Not one of those itsy-bitsy Wenger or Victorinox wanna-be's, a a real stick-it-in-and-it-does-the-job knife.

Nice!  I have an old 5" (i think) lock-blade knife I use a lot.  I got it over 20 years ago when I lived in Grandfalls, Tx.  My step-dad got it for me from Imperial Cattle Company in Imperial, Tx.  I'll have to get a picture of it to post.
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