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Leatherman Vs Gerber

#1
I have had a Leatherman for years ... but since someone decided to help themselves to it, I now need to replace it ...

Anyone have or had a Gerber .. Which is best ?? Where offers the best prices ??

Cheers
 
#2
I used to have a Leathermans, very handy, and good quality. Better than a Gerber in my opinion.

If you want a multi-tool, buy leathermans. If you want a good folding knife, buy a Gerber.
 
#3
Whereas I always found the gerber multi tool better.

Horses for courses really, depends on what you are using it for.

A gerber for the finesse required of an ammo tech

Leather man for ham fisted Recy Mechs.
 
#6
Multitools - in my experience (and admittedly its over a decade out of date), a piece of kit used by people in inverse proportion to their technical skill, and in direct proportion to their laziness in finding the correct tool for a job.
 
#7
Must be something in people helping themselves to your Leatherman. Same story, although I knew the culprit. A ******* chook (Corps of sigs radio operator) 'borrowed' mine and failed to return, upon questioning of "can I have my leatherman back", replies of "I gave it back". Anyway enough of babble more of opinion:

Leatherman.
 
#8
Multitools - in my experience (and admittedly its over a decade out of date), a piece of kit used by people in inverse proportion to their technical skill, and in direct proportion to their laziness in finding the correct tool for a job.
Bollocks.

What when there are no tools? (Company choice, not mine.)

Personally, where Gerber are brilliant is in the scissors, they are damn near tin snips where Leatherman are a bit weak in that department,
However, with a leatherman, you do get the option of the extra bits, which can lead to a mini toolkit all by itself..

Cheers
Gadge
 
#9
Multitools - in my experience (and admittedly its over a decade out of date), a piece of kit used by people in inverse proportion to their technical skill, and in direct proportion to their laziness in finding the correct tool for a job.

As Gadgwah says, Bollocks!

Not everyone can or will carry a collection of tools everywhere they go. The multi-tool is very useful for many tasks when you are not traveling with boxes of tools. I used to own a sailboat and would never leave the dock without my leatherman. When my son was old enough to bike to the harbour and sail on his own I bought him a Leatherman and made sure he was carrying it when he headed to the harbour. He usually had it on his belt at all times.
 
#12
That is why they have a little place to attach a lanyard. It works. I wish I had put a lanyard on my new pair of bifocals. Somewhere in Massachusetts bay a striped bass is using them to take a careful look at all bait and flies.
I had the same problem with a pair of Randolph Engineering (US issue) pilots glasses.

David, a solution for some things that need help floating: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005GLLHIM/?tag=armrumser-20

Mark0497, don't you know anyone out at a BFPO that can get you a replacement from a PX? I'd offer to get you one from here but by the time postage and customs have taken their slice it isn't worth it.
 
#13
My experience is bollocks? I ******* doubt it, I was there. I did say though, that it was over 10 years ago. The number of people I saw in green kit who bought themselves a multitool, and instantly thought they were now a qualified spark/ vm/ tech/ whatever, was vastly greater than the tradesmen I saw using them. No doubt people are issued with EMER's/ AESP's/TM's/ whatever the nomenclature is today (and the knowledge to use them), when issued with one of these bits of kit.....

As an emergency backup tool, they are ok, but nothing more than that.

As an aside, a septic National Guardsman VM equivalent had similar views. He carried one of these in a pouch on his belt, and reckoned it was far more useful, and less likely to get stolen 62579.jpg
 
#14
My experience is bollocks? I ******* doubt it, I was there. I did say though, that it was over 10 years ago. The number of people I saw in green kit who bought themselves a multitool, and instantly thought they were now a qualified spark/ vm/ tech/ whatever, was vastly greater than the tradesmen I saw using them. No doubt people are issued with EMER's/ AESP's/TM's/ whatever the nomenclature is today (and the knowledge to use them), when issued with one of these bits of kit.....

As an emergency backup tool, they are ok, but nothing more than that.

As an aside, a septic National Guardsman VM equivalent had similar views. He carried one of these in a pouch on his belt, and reckoned it was far more useful, and less likely to get stolen View attachment 53997
Couldn't agree more. Ive lost count of the amount of times I've seen people in a workshop struggling away with a leatherman when their toolbox was feet away. Spring loaded gerbers are the way to go now though!
 

jim24

LE
Book Reviewer
#16
Leatherman refused to comply with their lifetime guarantee policy, after I melted the blade , using it to start construction plant by shorting the starter solenoid, they said it was beyond normal wear and tear, use a Gerber now
 
#17
Having had both, because like many others they get 'borrowed' i've settled on Gerber, stronger than Leatherman and a little user friendlier.
Current Gerber for me is the 'Freehand' brilliant bit of kit; as for being called Lazy and unskilled for using one for the last 10 years, just because you use it for the wrong jobs doesnt mean everybody else does...
 
#18
Leatherman refused to comply with their lifetime guarantee policy, after I melted the blade , using it to start construction plant by shorting the starter solenoid, they said it was beyond normal wear and tear, use a Gerber now
Errrr, I wonder why they refused........

I've had my Leatherman Surge for about five years. Very handy to have when you can't lug a tool box about.

Horses for courses.
 

Cutaway

LE
Kit Reviewer
#19
Leatherman refused to comply with their lifetime guarantee policy, after I melted the blade , using it to start construction plant by shorting the starter solenoid, they said it was beyond normal wear and tear, use a Gerber now
Leatherman refused or the shop where you bought it ?
Did it melt under normal Tropper-speed use or because you were being a hoop ?
 

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