Traditional Archery Discussions on the Leatherwall


Leatherman Tools

Messages posted to thread:
Ken Williams 05-Dec-18
Thumper 05-Dec-18
76aggie 05-Dec-18
Justin 05-Dec-18
1/2miledrag 05-Dec-18
George D. Stout 05-Dec-18
Salvador 06 05-Dec-18
George D. Stout 05-Dec-18
Dan 05-Dec-18
Ken Williams 05-Dec-18
ron w 05-Dec-18
Bowmania 05-Dec-18
gluetrap 05-Dec-18
George D. Stout 05-Dec-18
Paul 05-Dec-18
bearfootin 05-Dec-18
Tal McNeill 05-Dec-18
chazz847 05-Dec-18
NY Yankee 05-Dec-18
DarrinG 05-Dec-18
Justin 05-Dec-18
Trader 05-Dec-18
Ken Williams 05-Dec-18
Thumper 05-Dec-18
hawkeye in PA 05-Dec-18
cecil 05-Dec-18
Mpdh 05-Dec-18
bearfootin 05-Dec-18
cecil 05-Dec-18
Woods Walker 05-Dec-18
olddogrib 05-Dec-18
richbat 05-Dec-18
Rik Davis 05-Dec-18
Biathlonman 05-Dec-18
SHOOTALOT 05-Dec-18
Keefers 05-Dec-18
Keefers 05-Dec-18
bearfootin 05-Dec-18
Silverback 05-Dec-18
Keefers 05-Dec-18
bearfootin 05-Dec-18
Draven 05-Dec-18
StikBow 05-Dec-18
StikBow 05-Dec-18
Curtiss Cardinal 06-Dec-18
mahantango 06-Dec-18
RJH1 06-Dec-18
Glunt@work 07-Dec-18
Maynard 07-Dec-18
Gvdocholiday 07-Dec-18
OklaLeatherMan 07-Dec-18
GrizzerBear 07-Dec-18
Woods Walker 07-Dec-18
Thumper 07-Dec-18
Ken Williams 13-Dec-18
Archergreg 13-Dec-18
From: Ken Williams
Date: 05-Dec-18




I have been thinking of getting a Leatherman tool. I have never owned one. Which model do some of you think is best ?

By best I mean most versatility and usefulness versus size of tool

From: Thumper
Date: 05-Dec-18




Charge XTi. Charge + would be the current generation. I've used mine daily (and heavily) for the past 12 years. It has a guthook on the serrated blade which is good for lots of things, and even a nock set groove in the pliers for crimp on nock points (handy for fishing weights,electrical connectors, etc). If you don't plan on wearing a belt and the holster, get the pocket clip for it. Makes it much easier to carry than swinging around in your pocket.

They aren't cheap but you really get what you pay for. I broke a blade 3 years ago, and they sent me a new tool immediately. The tool was 9 years old at the time.

They have excellent blades, and hold up well. I'm not replacing mine until I lose it or the 25 year warranty runs out. I'm a mechanic, and I seriously use mine several times a day, every day.

I will warn you though, once you get used to having a pair of pliers, screwdrivers, and a knife in your pocket at all times, you can NEVER go without it again. I'd forget my pants before I left the house without my Leatherman.

From: 76aggie
Date: 05-Dec-18




The Leatherman Wave. It has everything I need. Use it all the time. Several years ago, I broke the tip on the pliers. It was still functional though. I sent it back to see if it could be repaired and they sent me a brand new one. Can't beat a warrantly like that.

From: Justin
Date: 05-Dec-18




Great quote thumper! Going to buy one for the landowner.

From: 1/2miledrag
Date: 05-Dec-18




I have what I guess was the original model and used it until the locking machanism on one side broke, so the tools on the side do not lock.

I then purchased the Wave and have carried that for many years. I use mine almost every day in some fashion. There are other great multi-tool brands out there, but I don't think you can go wrong with a Leatherman.

From: George D. Stout Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 05-Dec-18




Well, literally you get what you pay for, but you don't always need all that you pay for, so it's okay to think it through. If you're not Macgyver, you can probably get by without left handed widget pullers, or champagne bottle openers. I have an original Leatherman that my daughter bought for me over twenty years ago. It's still pretty much like new and it's been used a lot. Fact is, I use the knife blade to gut deer and small game...I don't whittle with it or pry staples out of wood, etc. I use the pliers and the narrow pointy blade thing as well...but not a lot. I don't use gut hooks as they area a pain in the arse to keep sharp enough to work well, so the original is perfect for me.

I also have a Gerber that the same daughter bought me about ten years ago, and I rarely use it except around the house because it has so many accessory blades that it is too bulky and heavy for practical carrying. If I had to get another, it would be as close as I could get to the original Leatherman tool. It's relatively lightweight and a quality tool. That knife blade has dressed seven or eight deer and sharpens back up with a steel. If it needs cleaned, I put it in the dishwasher with the next load and let it dry...then touch up the blade and go.

If you're into gadgets, then the world is your oyster for multi-tools. But pay attention and check reviews because it's a fact that when it comes to quality, you don't always get what you pay for.

From: Salvador 06
Date: 05-Dec-18




Get the Wave. All my friends in my archery circle got the wave, its the best for our needs. I got mine over 10 years ago and I love it.

From: George D. Stout Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 05-Dec-18




I think the original is what the Wave is now, but they added a couple things to the newer model. Mine came with a leather sheath that would slide onto a belt.

From: Dan
Date: 05-Dec-18




I obtained the one I have in 1997, so I think it might be the original model? It has seen a lot of use over the years, but I cannot readily think of a time I used it on my archery tackle. I don't often carry it on my person, but I keep it handy in my truck. I believe that both of my only (and minor) complaints - sharp edges against the hand when bearing down on the pliers and the necessity to pull out a new tool 45-90 degrees in order to close a current tool have been eliminated on newer models.

From: Ken Williams
Date: 05-Dec-18




I will check out the Wave.

Thanks fellas

Ken

From: ron w
Date: 05-Dec-18




Good tools........

From: Bowmania Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 05-Dec-18




I'd buy a Leatherman when I start shopping at Dick's. LIKE NEVER.

Bowmania

From: gluetrap
Date: 05-Dec-18




anything on my belt unravels when I go potty. if you are thin it might be ok. a belt clp would be more stable. tried to trade my wave and Victorinox multi tool on here and flea mkt. no tackers. but finaly sold the wave last year. both were well made and too heavy for me...ymmv

From: George D. Stout Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 05-Dec-18




Mine stays in my fanny pack..not on my belt. I'm pretty pleased with mine since it will do anything any other knife will and won't close on your fingers. Damn hand for getting a stuck point out of a stump too. Likely not fancy enough for some though I suspect, but that's okay.

From: Paul
Date: 05-Dec-18




Wave is a good combination and mix of having everything you need and being a reasonable weight and size...

From: bearfootin Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 05-Dec-18




Leatherman super tool.... To quote Red Green ,...” If they don’t find you handsome, they gotta find you Handy !!!

From: Tal McNeill
Date: 05-Dec-18




I have what I believe is the original, wifey bought it for me many years ago. The closest current offering I see on their site is the "Super 300". Have sawed many an ill-placed limb with that thing. Heck, you could probably overhaul a small block Chevy with that thing;).

From: chazz847
Date: 05-Dec-18




Agree with Thumper .

From: NY Yankee
Date: 05-Dec-18




Wave. I have had one for 20+ years on my belt at all times. You won't believe how much you will use it once you have one. If you forget it once, you will feel like you are missing a part of you. The knife blades are not the best but the rest of it is. I carry a knife anyway. I did send one back for a new knife blade. I got back a brand new one in a new leather sheath. I went out and bought a second one, just for kicks.

From: DarrinG
Date: 05-Dec-18




I have 2, an Original Leatherman and a Leatherman "Super". Both are fantastic. The Supertool is bigger and not as handy to carry but a quality-made tool just as the Original.

From: Justin
Date: 05-Dec-18




I bought the wingman

From: Trader
Date: 05-Dec-18




Another vote for the Wave.

From: Ken Williams
Date: 05-Dec-18




My local True Value hardware store didn’t have the Wave in stock, but he is ordering me one. I am supposed to get it next Wednesday. Thanks for all your help.

Ken

From: Thumper
Date: 05-Dec-18




You are ruined! Seriously, keep it with you for a while and you can't be without it.

From: hawkeye in PA
Date: 05-Dec-18




Fantastic tool, I have the first one they came out, along with a spare. Also have with the saw, but don't carry it near as much.

From: cecil
Date: 05-Dec-18




I have the wave.

From: Mpdh Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 05-Dec-18




I have the original, must be 20 yrs old. Still haven’t figured out how to sharpen the knife blade with the file.

MP

From: bearfootin Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 05-Dec-18




Mpdh,.......it’s easy,....but you gotta be quick....REAL quick. LOL

From: cecil
Date: 05-Dec-18




I have broke two of them. I sent them back they sent me new ones free. great warranty.

From: Woods Walker
Date: 05-Dec-18




Wave guy here too. If I don't use that thing at least a dozen times a day then it means I'm sick in bed. Not inexpensive, but when I figure the DECADES that I've had and used it everyday it is "cheap"! I think I paid about $75.00 for it 22 years ago, so that means it's cost me about $3.50 a year, or .0096 cents a day!

From: olddogrib
Date: 05-Dec-18




ST300, which is a model I don't know is still made, is always in my hunting pack.

From: richbat
Date: 05-Dec-18




The Wave is a fantastic multi-tool and probably one of Leathermans best sellers .

From: Rik Davis
Date: 05-Dec-18




The Wave. My only complaint with it is it does not have an awl.

From: Biathlonman
Date: 05-Dec-18




I run a letherman wingman or Gerber MUT at work. Think my next one will be the one from the company that takes the scalpal blades.

From: SHOOTALOT Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 05-Dec-18




I guess I'm different. My favorite is the Rebar. It doesn't have a lot of things I don't need but does have a saw which is a must and also it has replaceable wire cutting blades which sometimes need to be replaced. Great company to deal with.

From: Keefers
Date: 05-Dec-18




My Mom got all my brothers and I each one about 20 years ago and I feel bad I keep it in a drawer . Not sure which model it is but it has about everything you would ever need .Just may get it out and start using it again.Where do you find the model?

From: Keefers
Date: 05-Dec-18




Well I just went out and found it and mine just has Leatherman Super TOOL? Not sure if that is the model or am I missing something?

From: bearfootin Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 05-Dec-18




“ I’d forget my pants before I left the house without my Leatherman “ Thumper..... you get that on the Leatherman’s Web-site. !!!

From: Silverback
Date: 05-Dec-18




I have the original.

From: Keefers
Date: 05-Dec-18




Went and did some research on it and some of the originals were time stamped on the inside of handle.What I found out is first production run was 1994 and mine was 0896 which meant August 1996 so two years after they started making them I guess? Very good condition and still everything is tight . My mother gave me mine when I was 33 years old and I am now 55. She passed away in 2002 and I didn't want to ruin it cause it was a gift from her so I stored it in a drawer in my shop But it was meant to be used so I'll put it to good use from here on. Now I am going to call all my brothers and see if they have the same time stamped in theirs as well.

From: bearfootin Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 05-Dec-18




Thumper,that is supposed to say “ you have to get that on the Leatherman’s Web- Site “.......Lloyd

From: Draven
Date: 05-Dec-18




I am a Victorinox Swiss Tool Spirit X user. It is the smaller version and nothing is redundant, from scissors to metal file and saw.

From: StikBow
Date: 05-Dec-18




I have an original model. I also have one that was issued in black with a blasting cap spike and blasting cap crimper. Showed it to an EOD guy and he drooled but had never seen one before. I find them to be just the right thing in many situations, and mine is in mysterious pack

From: StikBow
Date: 05-Dec-18




My day pack-auto correct

From: Curtiss Cardinal
Date: 06-Dec-18




I like the wave and the Rebar. The Rebar is actually thenmost pocket friendly Leatherman.

From: mahantango
Date: 06-Dec-18




This is from the perspective of a who makes a living with tools. I have enough in my work van to build a house, because well, that's what I do. Are multi-tools ever the best tool for the job? No, but they are a darn sight better than nothing. Having said that, I have a Wingman and one of the original Super tools, I think the old Super tool is higher quality but more of a pain in the butt to get tools open and closed. Always keep one in the car when traveling and usually have one along on stump or 3d shoots.

From: RJH1
Date: 06-Dec-18




I have had all kinds of multi tools over the years, gerber, SOG, Schrade, original leatherman, Wave, Surge, SUpertool and supertool 300, and rebar. The leathermans are IMO consderably better than all listed with the Wave being the best, or at least that was the case until I picked up the Swisstool sprit and then the Swisstool. The swisstools make the leathermans look cheap in fit and finish, and i was a huge leatherman fan. But after getting the Swisstools i sold all my leathermans. The leatherman is still a good tool and i think you will like it fine, just don't go look at a Swistool. And yes once you carry a multitool it is hard to not have one with you.

From: Glunt@work
Date: 07-Dec-18




Sidekick and Wingman most recently. I used to fly for work a couple times a week and lost several due to getting to security, forgetting to put them in baggage and no time to mail it to myself.

Wave is great but bigger than I like for every day carry.

From: Maynard
Date: 07-Dec-18




Have original leatherman with case .... this tool has been just excellent for 20+ years. My constant companion

From: Gvdocholiday Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 07-Dec-18




Carried a wave for a few years. 99.99% of the time all Inisee were the screws drivers, pliers, and knife.

I discovered the Skeletool CX, and haven't looked back for 12years now. I use it multiple times a day. Even field dress a bunch of rabbits, a few squirrels, and a bunch of turkeys with it.

From: OklaLeatherMan Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 07-Dec-18

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One thing I've found over the years is no matter which one you choose the case they come with are not made of good quality materials.

In fact I lost an expensive SOG muti tool one year elk hunting while using one of the cheap sheaths these tools come with.

That prompted me to come up with a belt sheath that not only holds the tool securely but is comfortable to wear on either the right or left hand side and doesn't interfere with putting on a seat belt.

Here is what I build for multi tools. I highly recommend you get a good sheath to carry your multi tool in!

From: GrizzerBear
Date: 07-Dec-18




Had mine forever, think it's a wave. A lot of tools on it. I don't leave home without it, if I forget it I turn around, my wife thinks it's rios. Most people freak out if they forget there phone, my whole day is ruined if I don't have my leatherman on my hip.

From: Woods Walker
Date: 07-Dec-18




You too? It's like being NEKKID!

From: Thumper
Date: 07-Dec-18




I'll add that I bought my girlfriend a red Skeletool a couple years. She loves it and carries it everyday. Last week she whipped it out and tightened the battery cable on a co-workers car. He would have been stranded otherwise. I was so proud......lol

She had it "detained" when she went to a concert last year. The security guard promised to hold it and she could get it back after the show. Well, after the show the guard was nowhere to be found. She asked around and got a tip to where he was parked.

She tracked him down and found him "accidentally" leaving with it on his belt. Something was said by her along the lines of "you better be glad you have my tool, or I'd cut your @$$ with it!"

So I guess she's a convert too!

From: Ken Williams
Date: 13-Dec-18

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Got my tool today. I am impressed by it’s main knife blade. Thanks for all your imput. It seems as good as some of you said it is.

From: Archergreg
Date: 13-Dec-18




I liked the original Pst and pulse. What is not cool about Leatherman is they will not repair a PST or Pulse, instead you will be sent a new equivalent model. I do not care for the new ones.





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