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Leatherman Tools / Re: Ye Olde Club of Old School Leatherman
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Leatherman Tools / Re: MINI Tool Monday!
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Leatherman Tools / Re: MINI Tool Monday!
« Last post by Poncho65 on Today at 12:04:43 AM »
Nice one Steve  :like: :like:
Watch it! / Re: Pocket Watches Anyone?
« Last post by jalind on May 21, 2018, 11:53:28 PM »
I know what you mean. Someone asked me the time a few weeks ago and I turned my wrist so they could see my watch's dial. They looked bewildered.  :rofl:

I have worn an analog watch on my wrist for over 20 years and cannot understand why anyone would want to manipulate and wiggle their phone out of ther pocket to see the time. You risk dropping and breakingyour cell phone just to check the time.
Digital is fine, but I do think people need to be able to read a traditional clockface. It is particularly important for military applications. And even I use the "Of the Clock"(O' Clock) directions to let people know where to look in relation to where they are at.  :)

A number of tests have shown that reading an analog dial showing minutes and hours is much faster than reading a digital time display. The brain processes the singular image showing hands positions faster than it serially processes the individual digits. The positions of the hours around a 12-hour dial are every 30 degrees. Military still uses it for giving approximated directions relative to a specific one, such as current heading. It's hard for me to imagine, as we are surrounded by analog clock dials, that someone older than about 6 or 7 would be analog dial illiterate. The actual watches in the current US military inventory, even though they're never issued to anyone, are all analog dial. AFAIK they're currently made by Marathon in Canada and have been for over 20 years now.

Tools Needed / Re: Leatherman over the Phillips Bit driver
« Last post by ezdog on May 21, 2018, 11:53:05 PM »
I always carry the Leathernan adapter with the Spirit X so YMMV as they say!

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General Tool Discussion / Re: What do we have on the way?
« Last post by ChopperCharles on May 21, 2018, 11:51:37 PM »
Okay got all the knives  in today! 

First impressions:

I love the mini champ. It’s the perfect keychain size but it’s also supremely useful. I’ve already used it to open all my packages and write a few notes. It feels so much more substantial than the SD. May eventually mod it with some wenger tools, but right now I’m loving it as is.

The wenger swissbuck is cute. It desperately needed a cleaning and lubing, and now it’s all working great. I like the clip point blades a lot, and all the springs are nice and tight. It doesn’t have toothpick or tweezers, so I lose nothing by putting the wood scales on it - when they come in. The pliers are pretty damn neat, but more on those later.  Great score for $20 imo.

The shining star however is the “Marlboro unlimited” branded Victorinox Troubleshooter. It’s very, very lightly used. One little nick on a scale but otherwise it’s perfect. Super clean. I oiled the awl, as it was a little tight (nail breaker), and that fixed it right up. Every other tool opened easily and snapped nicely. $28 for a near mint troubleshooter with pliers is amazeballs I think.

So about those pliers... the wenger pliers feel a bit like a toy. They work and all, but they’re very light duty. Great for holding something while soldering it, or bending thin metal or whatnot. I tried to bend a hook tool I made and the pliers themselves started bending, so I stopped. The Victorinox pliers are far more substantial. They feel beefy and they work far better. That same piece of metal I was bending I could just barely bend with the Victorinox. The jaws didn’t have enough grip force, but adding finger pressure helped the bend along. The pliers themselves did not bend.

However, the wenger pliers open far wider and can hold bigger items. The wenger wire cutter inside the pliers is far superior to the Victorinox. The Victorinox nibbles at the wire strand by strand. The wenger just cuts it. The Victorinox cannot cut wire with insulation on it. The wenger can, so long as it’s rather thin wire. (Motorcycle wire harness wires fit, and that’s what I care about).

Overall the Victorinox pliers win for me though. Heavy duty is betterer!

Another thing of note... I really like this Victorinox knife. It’s my first 91mm. As far as a tool goes, the 91mm is pretty much the perfect size for useful tools. But it’s not nearly as pocketable as my Wenger handyman. For an everyday carry knife, I think the 85mm wenger is the ticket. It looks to me that 7 layers of wenger will be about the same thickness as 5 Victorinox layers. So a similarly equipped knife will be shorter and thinner. 

This has me thinking I should keep a 5 layer wenger for everyday carry, and maybe a 111mm work champ or Hercules for the motorcycle, car, garage, etc.

Swiss Army Knights Forum / Re: Motorcycle-related swiss army knives?
« Last post by Nick4 on May 21, 2018, 11:46:44 PM »
Here are my "Ducati Corse" knives.
:like: Very good set!
The Break Room / Re: Mechanickal's office.
« Last post by Syncop8r on May 21, 2018, 11:45:56 PM »
If he brought another cricket home he might strike it lucky...  :whistle:
The Break Room / Re: Lets get posting!
« Last post by MadPlumbarian on May 21, 2018, 11:44:41 PM »
Only 6 to go..
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