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Xanthine
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07/03/2020 3:53 am  

It's a Leatherman Supertool 300. Very aptly named...just a big, heavy duty multi-tool packed with lots of useful implements. I love that it's the old style too, where everything fits inside the handles of the tool, and the outside is perfectly smooth. It's like a miniature tool box that fits in your pocket basically.

Did i need one? Probably not, i already have tons of multi-tools, including 4 other Leathermans. Not to mention all the other real tools i have lying around...i keep more tools even just in my car than some people do in their whole house. I also have lots of swiss army knives and stuff like that, because I've loved those kinds of things since i was a little kid.

It occurred to me though, that a lot of people really don't have any tools at all. I remember once when i was still in school i went to some of my classmates' apartment; three dudes, all over the age of 26. They were trying to assemble a desk, and literally they did not even have a single screwdriver, or pliers, or even a hammer between the three of them. I don't think they owned a single tool. When i asked for a hammer (i ended up doing all the work myself with my own tools) dude just wordlessly handed me a piece of firewood. Like wtf?!

Anyway, i think every man ought to have things like this. They are extremely useful, especially if you leave them in places you might need them like a glove compartment, a toolbox, or just around your house. But they are also just cool, and fun to have. Any guy who doesn't is seriously missing out.


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07/03/2020 5:19 am  

Leatherman make excellent tools and I'm envious of your Supertool 300.

I've got the Wingman:

Wingman  

It's always within easy reach and I have an earlier model Leatherman in my car.

With one of these multi tools and a roll of duct tape anything can be fixed.

 

Had a feminist loudly declare her superiority because women can multi task. Told her to "Shut up and fuck off" but she couldn't do either!


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07/03/2020 1:30 pm  

I have two, one that I would keep in the car and one for in the house or on the go. The travel one was about half the size of the other. These tools are among the lines of better to have and no need than the other way around. Excellent investment in readiness, and something that all men should do.

As for the duct tape, I have 12 rolls at the ready. It only takes 4 rolls to make a waterproof jacket with pockets, and a cap. Duct tape is among my favorite tools.

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Xanthine
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07/03/2020 6:37 pm  
Posted by: @the-hog

Leatherman make excellent tools and I'm envious of your Supertool 300.

I've got the Wingman:

Wingman  

It's always within easy reach and I have an earlier model Leatherman in my car.

With one of these multi tools and a roll of duct tape anything can be fixed.

 

You have good taste. The sidekick was my first leatherman, and still one of my favorites. The spring loaded pliers are a unique touch, and the one handed access locking blade and pocket clip make it super handy. 

Also, i know it has nothing to do with function, but i just love the way it looks. Extra points for style.


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07/03/2020 10:26 pm  

I got one of these for free from the NRA-ILA for a small donation! Love it! 


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07/03/2020 10:31 pm  

They've got us right where they want us haven't they? In my local garden centre they've got a "credit card multi tool". I had to pull myself away from it the other day. When would I ever use it? Who cares, it's a utility tool that just feels nice to have.

https://www.oliverbonas.com/gift/credit-card-multi-tool-29613

I'm sure that there are better ones than this. They sell it for £12.99!

 


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08/03/2020 3:19 am  

I love my tool collection, my weakness is tool shops. But I feel confident working on cars and bikes knowing that I probably have all I need to get the job done. Some of todays modern guys can barely change a wheel on a car, its pathetic. Worse than a woman who cant cook.  My most recent purchase was a Snap-On 18 volt "rattlegun" . This thing rips through tight rusty nuts and bolts like a demon. 

For years I wanted one but the best ones were all air powered and you need a decent sized compressor to power them. But now electric tools have come so far that air tools are not the only way to go.  I was working at the Snap On warehouse here in Sydney and asked the boss to give me a price on a rattle gun that a franchisee had not sold when he retired. Brand new they are about $900 AUD here with 2 batteries but I scored this one for $300 with a single battery and the boss upgraded it on the spot with the latest motor for me. I didn't even have the money thats what credit cards are for !


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08/03/2020 4:01 am  

@xanthine

Check Xanthine.  Tools and more tools ensures that one can continue on the path.  While I also have various models of Leathermans, the MT I carry is a Gerber MP600.

All the basic functionality one expects from a multitool, plus a M4/M16 front sight adjustment tool.  One of the best issue items from the military.

 

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08/03/2020 5:32 pm  

This is what I need. Can you guys suggest what one is best to get that is under 40 dollars? I want to use the blade and pick to help my painting and file too. The pliers will help me open and close the tiny paint bottles without spilling them and dropping the tops.  I think it would really help. Thank you!


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08/03/2020 11:54 pm  
Posted by: @aussie

I love my tool collection, my weakness is tool shops. But I feel confident working on cars and bikes knowing that I probably have all I need to get the job done. Some of todays modern guys can barely change a wheel on a car, its pathetic. Worse than a woman who cant cook.  My most recent purchase was a Snap-On 18 volt "rattlegun" . This thing rips through tight rusty nuts and bolts like a demon. 

For years I wanted one but the best ones were all air powered and you need a decent sized compressor to power them. But now electric tools have come so far that air tools are not the only way to go.  I was working at the Snap On warehouse here in Sydney and asked the boss to give me a price on a rattle gun that a franchisee had not sold when he retired. Brand new they are about $900 AUD here with 2 batteries but I scored this one for $300 with a single battery and the boss upgraded it on the spot with the latest motor for me. I didn't even have the money thats what credit cards are for !

I get quite excited when I get a repair job to do at home. Actually it is a bit of excitement and fear mixed together. I just replaced a wiska box that serves my security light in the back yard this week.

I thought I'd check on my bonzai and the light happened to be off. On switching it on that whole house was plunged into darkness (cod and chips in the oven not quite cooked) Ah, I thought. I got the ladder out and proceeded to inspect the wiska box. You have to turn the four corner clips to get the front panel off. As the panel came free, one corner was sheered off and a cup of water was ejected from the box. Water had got in and never made it out of the box therefore flooding & shorting the circuit. No ID-LESS, electrics are not designed to work under water!

Anyway, I trip to the local electricity supply outlet and a new box was obtained. New box, rerouted cables in, security light now re-cabled for cats to activate as they come into the garden for a shit, piss and a sniff. 

 

 


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08/03/2020 11:59 pm  
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@xanthine

Check Xanthine.  Tools and more tools ensures that one can continue on the path.  While I also have various models of Leathermans, the MT I carry is a Gerber MP600.

All the basic functionality one expects from a multitool, plus a M4/M16 front sight adjustment tool.  One of the best issue items from the military.

 

I have a nice gerber folding camping knife which has a convenient clip for securing it to your person. Imagine if you had a bic biro with a lid and you had a larger version of the clip you get on the lid. 😉 

 


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Xanthine
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09/03/2020 1:04 am  
Posted by: @gregbo

@xanthine

Check Xanthine.  Tools and more tools ensures that one can continue on the path.  While I also have various models of Leathermans, the MT I carry is a Gerber MP600.

All the basic functionality one expects from a multitool, plus a M4/M16 front sight adjustment tool.  One of the best issue items from the military.

 

That's awesome man. Where can i score one of these with the front sight post tool? The ones i am finding dont have it for some reason.

Gotta hand it to you old military guys...you always have the best gear and the best recommendations for gear.


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09/03/2020 2:57 am  

@xanthine

I'll put the word out for you, these are not expendible items and are turned in at transfer or PCS.  It may take a while with deployments being reduced.

Check on reliability of equipment.  When it comes to well designed hand tools, they generally get things right.  Not so good on machinery and such, but then again, military tools tend to have basic functionality built in.  

I used to also carry a F–S fighting knife in addition to my issued M-9.  Once again, great personal defense tools.

 

 

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09/03/2020 3:43 am  

@xanthine

There are two versions of the MP600.  The GI version is just an MT and the deployment has the sight tool.  While everyone needs a multitool, not everyone has the training, nor need, for the version with the sight tool.  Given the numbers produced, I can see why the went cheap on dropping the tool from the general issue version.   I am lucky to have both, but only carry the Gi with me 24/7.

Plus, garrision (Training Division) units have a discrete front sight tool available. 

Image result for us army army m16 front sight adjustment tool

Can't tell you how many the Infantry BN I was with lost at ranges because they had nothing to hold them, but I know that I only have one now.  And that one is in a pouch that is in a pocket of my range bag.  Yep, that pouch has a zipper and is attached via dog tag to the pocket.  

https://www.keepshooting.com/ar15-m16-front-sight-tool.html

$8.20 and in stock.

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Xanthine
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09/03/2020 7:31 am  

@newly-divorced

Honestly man, there's lots of nice multitools out there for under $40, they just aren't manufactured by big name brands like leatherman, gerber, sog, etc. You can find them pretty easily by going to hardware stores, auto parts stores, etc. Or you can just look on Amazon. Basically anywhere that sells tools of any kind will have them.

I don't necessarily have a specific recommendation, but most of the multi-tools I've bought over the years were just no-name brands that I impulse bought at various places. All of them have performed quite admirably, and the best part is i can use them however i want without worrying about them getting lost or broken. Can't say the same for my leathermans, I'd broken hearted if anything happened to them. 

 


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09/03/2020 1:46 pm  
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I have a nice gerber folding camping knife which has a convenient clip for securing it to your person. Imagine if you had a bic biro with a lid and you had a larger version of the clip you get on the lid. 😉 

 

Don't take it out of the house ID. 

You know the roolz. I think its 6-12 months for a concealed 'spork' nowadays.

Image result for plastic spork


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09/03/2020 7:03 pm  

Don't take it out of the house ID. 

You know the roolz. I think its 6-12 months for a concealed 'spork' nowadays.

Image result for plastic spork

🤣

It won't be long I tell you. There will be mass sporkings of pandemic proportions. In order to protect your lips from split lips from spork attacks face masks will need to be designed with kevlar. The offenders will begin to keep their sporks in their "prison wallet" for adequate concealment in case of random searches from the Anti Spork Constabulary.

I can see it now...teenage gangs forced to use Sporks to defend themselves because plastic knives and forks will be too dangerous to sell in shops. So DK there we are. Stuck in Willy Wonkers UK land with nothing but Sporks as multi tools. Their value will sky rocket.

I must say that is a very nice spork shot. Does it come with a warranty?


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11/03/2020 5:28 pm  

Those multy-tools are nifty. I usually have one on my belt out of habit. I slip a lighter in the pouch too when I go out; wouldn't want to bother a stranger to light my joint or anything, lol.

I had to carry a tool belts most of my work life and the multi-tool was always there with my hammer, cutters, screwdrivers and such. When I first used it I was surprised at how tough it was. I expected it to break before I was through with it the first day, lol. I'm not easy on tools that's why I only use mine and have a small room full of all kinds for all different purposes. 

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26/03/2020 12:36 am  

This thread reminded me of my boss at my first job, who was famous for carrying his Leatherman at all times.  His role required quick, small mechanical fixes, so a multitool made sense.  

For EDC, I find carrying any extra weight annoying...... haven't been properly broken in military style, something about preferring minimalist living.  My EDC consists of my phone, wallet, and keys.  I've tried committing to carrying a pocketknife, but instead just keep several lying around.  Carrying a gun is awkward for the first hour until I forget it's there.  Anyways the work I do now requires tools but often at a larger scale (roofing, fencing, plumbing, etc), so I keep a full set of tools at home and a tool box in my car.  Well, this thread made me revisit the idea that perhaps throwing a multitool in the glove box would be a good thing.

So I've been keeping an eye out for multitools.  I wondered which model would be right for me, and decided on something compact like the wingman.  I then went to bass pro where they had a display of several models, and the one I liked best was the SOG Powerpint at $50.  But then today at Costco they had an SOG PowerAccess expanded kit for twenty bucks including tax and I got it.  Looking to see how much use it gets.


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26/03/2020 1:11 am  
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This thread reminded me of my boss at my first job, who was famous for carrying his Leatherman at all times.  His role required quick, small mechanical fixes, so a multitool made sense.  

For EDC, I find carrying any extra weight annoying...... haven't been properly broken in military style, something about preferring minimalist living.  My EDC consists of my phone, wallet, and keys.  I've tried committing to carrying a pocketknife, but instead just keep several lying around.  Carrying a gun is awkward for the first hour until I forget it's there.  Anyways the work I do now requires tools but often at a larger scale (roofing, fencing, plumbing, etc), so I keep a full set of tools at home and a tool box in my car.  Well, this thread made me revisit the idea that perhaps throwing a multitool in the glove box would be a good thing.

So I've been keeping an eye out for multitools.  I wondered which model would be right for me, and decided on something compact like the wingman.  I then went to bass pro where they had a display of several models, and the one I liked best was the SOG Powerpint at $50.  But then today at Costco they had an SOG PowerAccess expanded kit for twenty bucks including tax and I got it.  Looking to see how much use it gets.

I find them really useful, I work on telecom equipment most the time when i'm not repairing a window, a door or laying sheetrock.

And it's NICE to see you, Stealth ! 🍺 

 

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