I have a Gerber, I have tried leatherman and aslew of others. Mine may be a bit large for the ultralight fanatics, but i tell ya what it is shure handy and doesnt pinch when the pliers slip. I work construction so there is seldom a day it does not see use. Seems to be indistructable. Only time it isnt on my side is when I have to where a suit!
Loc: Gateway to Columbia Gorge
I have the same knife, with the pliers. Carry it in your pocket and forget the case; it's 1.9 oz. lighter.
I myself use the pliers a lot. I don't have a lot of strength in my fingers, so I need the pliers for adjusting pack straps and stuff like that where a good grip on the strap end sticking out of the buckle is required. I also use the pliers as a pot lifter (after having to discard several holey bandannas after trying to use them as potholders, lol).
Some people get by with a single edge razor blade, but I'm just not that spartan. I like the file on mine (use it on my fingernails) and the itty bitty screwdriver is great for tightening up the screws on my glasses (although I'd like to have a few less of those to save weight). I use the biggest screwdriver blade to pop the rubber caps off the bladders inside my dog's older model Ruffwear Palisades pack (modeled in my avatar). I of course do use the blade when I need to cut something. It's adequate for things like frizz sticks for fire starting and gutting small fish (the kind I actually prefer as they fit in the frying pan) as well as cutting holes in moleskin or similar activity related to first aid. If I caught a ginormous fish, though, I'd be in trouble--I'd turn him loose.
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view--E. Abbey
Needle nosed vice grip pliers. Forget the wimpy squirty juicy leatherman tool especially when your life could very likely and possibly be on the line as you are out in the woods and not at home, and thus subject to whatever random and unforseen curveball mother nature throws at you. I also carry a real knife too (Frosts Mora or this year a Gerber gator serrated), that way if I get lost and actually have to survive by slaughtering something because I ran out of gorp I can actualy impale something and not just do its nails while talking it into my CAMPFIRE...yes I said campfire (loudly too) forget that leave no trace philosophy which is not only impractical but absolutely unrealistic ta boot....I am sure mother nature can handle a controlled campfire since she has on occasion lit herself on fire and a couple of cat holes full of POOP, as the animals also seem to POOP in the forest without much trouble....so anyway this is my first post and I welcome myself