Loc: Central Illinois near Springfi...
I am never without a pocket knife and seldom without a multitool. My everyday knife is a Victorinox electricians knife, but I carry a Victorinox Farmer when I am in the woods. I carry a Leatherman Squirt ES4 everyday or a PS4 when I'm in the woods. The main difference is that the ES4 has a wire stripper where the PS4 doesn't. The pliers on these tools aren't very robust, but they will do. I use my knife fairly often, but the multitool not so often. I use tools all the time and normally have a 6" pair of Channellocks and a 6" Crescent wrench in my back pocket and a diamond hone in my front pocket to try to keep my blades sharp. None of these tools are very good at removing splinters, so I often carry a pocket tweezer on my key chain. A lot of this is just having gotten used to carrying these tools and seeing their usefulness in everyday situations. I do shed some of them when I want to travel light, but not that often.
No multi-tool. I always carry a little Swiss Army knife in my pocket anyway, so it comes along, and I carry one of an accumulation of pocket knives in my pack, most often a Gerber LST (1.2oz.) I have a small pair of tweezers in my first aid kit as well.
Seldom use any of them, really, but wouldn't leave them behind.
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I carry a Swiss Army Knife Classic SD (one of the really small SAKs) everyday at work and often while not at work. I use it often, mostly the small blade for opening packages and the toothpick. Occasionally the nail file and less often the scissors.
I have a larger SAK in my pack, not sure the model. It's nice to know it's there but probably not really justified.
Loc: Tacoma, Washington
no multitool....for a knife I've been using a folding Trango that has a 1.75" cutting edge. very small when folded up and could carry in my pocket if I were so inclined. blade lock is a bit fiddely, but good enough. been longing to try just a utility blade (no handle) in a ducktape sheeve… maybe next time
I like that Gerber LST, too - especially the locking blade (I've had a non-locking blade fold up and cut me slightly, once.) Mine usually lives in my toolbox. For weekend backpacking and everyday in-the-pocket use, my go-to is also the SAK Classic.
If I were to decide to take the Gerber LST backpacking, I'd probably pair it with some Fiskars Folding Travel Scissors, which I also like. I'd have to toss a tweezer into the first aid kit, too.
Loc: Gateway to Columbia Gorge
Not having a lot of gripping strength in my fingertips (for such things as rethreading pack straps that have slipped out of their buckles), I find pliers an essential tool. I also use them as pot lifters.
Second most useful are scissors, for trimming the hangnails I always seem to get when camping.
My multitool is a Leatherman Squirt PS 4. Tiny but very useful. The blade, although small, will cut most anything (including fingers, so be careful) and is great for frizz sticks if needed (although I rarely build a fire).
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A pair of mini pliers and a swiss blade with a tin opener and awl, I also take a rat tail file just incase i need to alter something hard. A bow saw blade can also be brought if i think ill be cutting wood. On the whole of it the pliers have mostly been used for forcing a needle through heavyweight material ! Wire cutters, bottle openers, cork screws magnifying glasses, farrier tools have not really a place with me.
I also bring a Squirt PS4. I don't bring any other blade. I put tweezers into my first aid kit during tick season, but leave it out for the colder months. I use the PS4 on pretty much every trip, mostly to open stuff.
Loc: Torrance, CA
I still bring the very large Swiss Army knife I bought when I was a kid with my paper route money. It has a wine opener on it. Why do I need it? You never know what situation you will find yourself in:
I am sure that many of us have one of the large SA knives which we purchased when we started backpacking because we were sure that we would have to build a fortress and overhaul our car in the woods in order to get back home. Most of them are now relegated to the same storage area as our two pound first aid kit.
I cannot tell you how many times I have been on a backpacking trip and bemoaned the fact that I did no have my wine opener with me.
I actually use the scissors most often (including for nail trimming, followed by the nail file and closely by the toothpick. I'll sometimes use the knife for meal prep, but not very often. I think I used the screwdriver once, when a screw on a stove came loose (the end of my spoon might also have done the job.) I've also used the tweezers once or twice for splinters (so-so), and once to tighten a glasses screw (since I only used one tine, does that count as a full or half use?)
Leatherman Micra (the old-old one) and variously use the scissors, small screwdriver (glasses tightening), bigger screwdriver usually for prying stuff, nail file, tweezers, bottle opener. IIRC it's 2 oz. [checks--1.8]
The minuscule blade is okay for general use but for the kitchen I bring a lightweight folder when I need one for food prep. I can't chop an onion with 1-inch scissors.
Caution: TSA won't like it on account of the tiny blade. Otherwise, I think it's okay.
Loc: Nacogdoches, TX, USA
Right on, the Wingman is a nice tool for sure. I just prefer to pack less weight if I can get away with it. The Style PS is 1.6 oz, and the small knife is a smidge over an ounce (I don't remember exactly), so less than 3 oz together. Every time I've brought the fixed blade, it's been "just in case", but I've never needed it for anything a tiny folder couldn't handle just as well. I really could probably switch to my Squirt (2 oz) and leave out the separate knife. If I didn't love having the pliers so much, I could get a Style CS and that alone would take care of all my hiking tools for a cost of 1.4 oz all up.
The journey is more important than the destination.
They gave me a big discount on A Wingman when I was at the Leatherman Factory near Portland, OR a few years ago. I love it for around the house, but it is too heavy by my standards for hiking/backpacking. I carry a very simple Swiss Army Knife (Tinker?). Never needed anything else for cutting line, food, fire starting etc.
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