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THE Crunch Owners Thread

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us Offline Pacu

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THE Crunch Owners Thread
on: April 05, 2009, 06:41:55 AM
Ok who has one? I picked one up this weekend and it's a keeper. The thing has a solid feel like it exudes quality and usefulness. I will switch out my edc from my Wave to the Crunch for a while and report back here on its pros and cons. My initial thoughts are  :tu:
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Re: THE Crunch Owners Thread
Reply #1 on: April 05, 2009, 06:44:18 AM
I have one and I really love it! The only problem is I aways grab a Vicegrip before I grab the Crunch. I guess I just dont want to mess it up.  :D
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Re: THE Crunch Owners Thread
Reply #2 on: April 05, 2009, 06:52:52 AM
I have one as well. One of LM's most amazing designed tools. Even after all these years.
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Re: THE Crunch Owners Thread
Reply #3 on: April 05, 2009, 07:00:24 AM
I own one and EDCed it alongside my Vic Spirit for a long while.  Amazing tool that Crunch is...the 1/4 bit holder comes in handy at times, and that odd wire stripper works to!

I say this in every Crunch related thread, and I'll say it again...Leatherman should do an update on that design!  Bigger!  Black Oxide! Needle nose variant!
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Re: THE Crunch Owners Thread
Reply #4 on: April 05, 2009, 07:05:05 AM
Yea!  Surge sized with 2 blades and a diamond file.
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Re: THE Crunch Owners Thread
Reply #5 on: April 05, 2009, 07:25:05 AM
I got 1 and it's great a nice piece of engineering :tu:

and here is another thread I did with it might make a good read :cheers:

http://forum.multitool.org/index.php/topic,7957.0.html


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Re: THE Crunch Owners Thread
Reply #6 on: April 06, 2009, 05:19:28 PM
Yea!  Surge sized with 2 blades and a diamond file.

Yeah! and make at least one of the blades OHO. Oooh, maybe add scissors.

I love mu Crunch. It's in rotation this week. For me it requires me to also carry a quick access folder and my Twocan. It's definitely one of my all-time fave's though.

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Re: THE Crunch Owners Thread
Reply #7 on: April 06, 2009, 05:36:23 PM
I love the compact size of the crunch for pocket carry.  At first I was put off by the "swing" that has to be latched into the head, I was worried it would be prone to damage.  Doesn't seem to be an issue.

For a light duty ViseGrip, it is awesome!  I wouldn't use it for heavy duty service (Defined as clamped down as tight as possible, sometimes using a strap to locking it closed and throwing a pipe over it for added torque--a common use of my ViseGrips). Two reasons for this:

1.  I doubt the plate steel could handle a pipe put over it without significant distortion and

2.  There isn't a release lever for the jaws--just pull the handles open

With that caveat, I will say the Crunch is an extremely clever, robust and useful design.


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Re: THE Crunch Owners Thread
Reply #8 on: April 06, 2009, 06:04:57 PM
I have one as well, only had it now a couple of months.  I think it's a great tool that has some fantastic engineering. I am glad that it's still one of the older tools that leatherman still manufactures (I remember seeing the crunch something like 10-15 years ago). Now that I have one, I just have to give it some work. So far all I have done with it is play with it. (trying to get down the one handed tricks)


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Re: THE Crunch Owners Thread
Reply #9 on: April 06, 2009, 07:12:08 PM
Yep Cruch flipping is addictive and fun :D


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Re: THE Crunch Owners Thread
Reply #10 on: April 06, 2009, 09:07:12 PM
The Crunch is one of my favorite Leatherman tools.
vice-grip-type pliers are extremely useful.
It is also nice to have a standard bit driver that will take any 1/4" bit I can find in the hardware store


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Re: THE Crunch Owners Thread
Reply #11 on: April 07, 2009, 12:20:20 AM
Hi,

Many of you won't be surprised that I too have a Crunch.  While I don't carry it much, I think that the design is innovative and hope that someday Leatherman will look at the variety of ViseGrip designs and do some additional "morphs" of the initial product like them.

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Re: THE Crunch Owners Thread
Reply #12 on: April 07, 2009, 01:30:31 AM
Can i join!! :D Carry my Crunch pretty much everyday as my bike tool :)
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Re: THE Crunch Owners Thread
Reply #13 on: April 07, 2009, 01:33:58 AM
sweet! we are an army of Crunch carriers.
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Re: THE Crunch Owners Thread
Reply #14 on: April 07, 2009, 02:04:32 AM
I get to be Capt. Crunch!

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Re: THE Crunch Owners Thread
Reply #15 on: April 07, 2009, 02:22:32 AM
The Crunch was my first Leatherman, bought for me by my considerably better half, as a birthday / coming home present after an operation that I might not have come home from.

It is a fantastic tool obviously, but in my case it also marks perhaps the most significant period in my life, and I will treasure it always. I do use it, but not on anything that might damage it. I have no desire to "test" it at all.

Maybe I'll pick one up as a beater one day and see what it can do - I suspect quite a bit.


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Re: THE Crunch Owners Thread
Reply #16 on: April 07, 2009, 02:26:27 AM
It is one of my favorite LM's . I think it is there cleverest design.
Def , next time you are talking to the LM movers & shakers could you please ask them if they have any plans to update the Crunch.I suspect it probably does not sell enough to warrant the R&D $  :think:

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Re: THE Crunch Owners Thread
Reply #17 on: April 07, 2009, 03:10:09 AM
You are absolutely right on that one Mat.  I love the Crunch and use it pretty often myself, but it's not likely that we'll see any variants of it soon.  The unfortunate part is, that design is just not popular enough, which is why all of the other locking plier based multi designs went the way of the dodo.  My guess is, Leatherman is using it as a means to hold on to that segment of the market and keep anyone else from moving in on it.

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Re: THE Crunch Owners Thread
Reply #18 on: April 07, 2009, 04:37:46 PM
Isn't the crunch the only vise grip multi left? The schrade tough grip and kershaw's offering are gone now and I can't think of any other tools like it out there.


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Re: THE Crunch Owners Thread
Reply #19 on: April 10, 2009, 11:27:14 PM
So it's been a full week of me carrying my Crunch and here is my report. When paired up with a quick opening knife the Crunch is the best performing multitool i have ever used. I have the habit of putting it in my back pocket between uses so i don't have to assemble it for every use. I even put the bit driver to use troubleshooting an electrical amp. My one wish is they put a regular drop point blade instead of the serrated blade.

My second favorite is the Wave with the outside opening blades..which are missed when carrying the Crunch. That's why i carry my cold steel recon 1 clipped to my dickies.


On a side note it was funny when a coworker couldn't make heads or tails of my Crunch when i handed it to her. The other guys thought it was amazing and asked where they could get one.
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Re: THE Crunch Owners Thread
Reply #20 on: April 12, 2009, 04:34:04 AM
Great report pacu :salute: I can't what to hear how it goes in a longer term of carry ;) :cheers: Stiil really haven't found myself carrying it much though :-\


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Re: THE Crunch Owners Thread
Reply #21 on: October 03, 2009, 07:43:10 AM
i have carried a crunch almost exclusivly for the past year. it excels at every task i need it for.standout features for me are the wire stippers and of couse the bit driver. enornomously versitle tool. the locking pliers are fantastic. one day i'll  get around to j.b.weld-ing a pocket clip on there...i just know it


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Re: THE Crunch Owners Thread
Reply #22 on: October 03, 2009, 01:24:00 PM
i have carried a crunch almost exclusivly for the past year. it excels at every task i need it for.standout features for me are the wire stippers and of couse the bit driver. enornomously versitle tool. the locking pliers are fantastic. one day i'll  get around to j.b.weld-ing a pocket clip on there...i just know it

You could always try one of these http://felinevet.sosakonline.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=1177&category_id=cdcc3145eb52ad203acfcf1a1dd22070&option=com_phpshop&Itemid=1
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Re: THE Crunch Owners Thread
Reply #23 on: October 03, 2009, 02:47:33 PM
I'm a huge Crunch fan, and have carried it along side other MTs for about 1.5-2 years now.  It's always been a great help, and I sometimes call it my third hand.  (no beer belly, so can't claim that one...)  :D  Love the design, but was surprised by how much smaller it seemed to be than my initial impression from online pics...
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Re: THE Crunch Owners Thread
Reply #24 on: October 03, 2009, 02:56:40 PM
Yeah, I like my Crunch.  Capable little beast.  My favourite thing (apart from the vice grips) is the hex bit driver - clever little feature that :tu:


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Re: THE Crunch Owners Thread
Reply #25 on: October 04, 2009, 04:05:04 AM
i have carried a crunch almost exclusivly for the past year. it excels at every task i need it for.standout features for me are the wire stippers and of couse the bit driver. enornomously versitle tool. the locking pliers are fantastic. one day i'll  get around to j.b.weld-ing a pocket clip on there...i just know it

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Re: THE Crunch Owners Thread
Reply #26 on: October 04, 2009, 04:24:14 AM
Welcome to the forum will13xo :cheers: Crunch is a great little tool for sure :cheers: :D


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Re: THE Crunch Owners Thread
Reply #27 on: October 04, 2009, 06:23:47 AM
I keep one in a leather pouch in my front pocket. It's my back-up/compliment for my ST300  :D


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Re: THE Crunch Owners Thread
Reply #28 on: October 04, 2009, 07:13:24 AM
I have my Crunch paired up with a Surge in a small tool kit.



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Re: THE Crunch Owners Thread
Reply #29 on: October 04, 2009, 07:42:43 AM
I got mine from J-sews, who was kind enough to pick one up for me in the US.. That way I got it at 1/3 of what retail price
is here in DK...  :D It's a real piece of engineering... :tu:

                                   

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