You know, this was a question I had to ask myself years ago, and I came to the conclusion that no, I don't need a plier based multitool. Being a bit of a minimalist, I have Learned how to do just about anything I need with just my Vic Classic. Yep, you read correctly, my Classic. Don't really need anything else.Key word here, of course, is "need". I don't "NEED" anything other then my Classic, but it is a tiny little thing, and a bit uncomfortable to use. So once I learned how to survive with one (I figured, worst case scenerio, it is the knife I will ALWAYS have on me, since it is on my keychain), if need be, I still like to carry a pocket knife of some sort. A SAK, or a slippie. Lately, I have been carrying my PST, and I have to say, the one tool I use the most on it is the phillips head screw driver. It seems like the whole friggin world is held together by small phillips head screws nowadays. Maybe I will go plierless again for the time being and see what comes of it.
It rides in the pocket of my bathing suit and gets wet a lot. So far it has been in the Caribbean, the Atlantic, Lake Michigan and many inland lakes in Michigan and Wisconsin. Rust has not been a problem.It has come in handy for cutting a rope tangled around a propeller, manipulating screws and pins and of course opening bottles.