The tools are quite hard to get out. I was not impressed.
it makes my wingman look like $60 worth of hot garbage.
Is that what a Wingman costs these days? Can't say I'd ever pay that for the entry level tools.
Granted, this is a very high quality for what amounts to a Chinese-made knock-off. Granted, there are some minor but very good innovations built off of Leathermans design. And granted, the price is low.If I had no Leatherman tools, and if i really needed one, I might pick this up. Except for the fact that, while not trying to be a "nationalist", there is still nothing wrong with supporting the manufacturing sector within ones own country so that it doesnt disappear. So I choose the US made Leatherman tools (and Craftsman, and Stanley, etc), even preferring a used ones over new Chinese made items, wherever possible.It's just that, every time I see "Made In China" or the sneaky "Product of PRC", i know that at least a couple hundred jobs have been lost here.So for me, it looks very good quality and some improvements on a tried and true design, but unless I wake up tomorrow somehow missing all my dozen Leatherman tools to choose from, it will be a pass for me. Not for carry nor mod fodder.
that competition can be really good for us costumers. It forces companies to get off their butts and experiment more, instead of just doing the same with only slight improvements.
That's also why I like Gerber! They aren't afraid to try something new and different and weird. I mean, look at the Center Drive. they took a gamble and came out way ahead with that one. Other past tools, perhaps not so much, but they never stopped innovating. The Recoil, Evolution, Flick, etc.Charles.
I have seen LM pricing creeping up over the years, and I was surprised to find even the entry level tools now would cost 60usd(maybe the standard of living has risen, but I don't recall inflation has risen that high). So some healthy competition is probably a good remedy to that.
I will stick to leatherman as I worry cheap imports will force them to upsticks and move their production to China because it will be the only way they can compete price wise. If that happened it would be a travesty.That is why I was very suprised when I saw a thread on this site by Grant of all people about purchasing the fake tread, basically supporting a company making counterfeit leatherman products.
Having a 25 year warranty, and people abusing it by doing stupid sh!t to get an new tool every so often I bet raises the prices. I seen some stuff so bad makes it wonder why there was no IQ test administered before before they were allowed to purchase a multitool. Still, having said 25 year warranty or Lifetime (Victorinox) one has to pay a more premium price. You have to admit there are people out there that do some stupid things with their multitools then whine about it in every Leatherman post that their tool broke and they have to pay more in shipping than the tool is worth. So for them, perhaps cheap Chinese carp is up their alley, till they learn - or not. Way I was raised is that if you respect and care for your tools they will last a lifetime. But then Generation M, X & Y came in and I swear most of them should not even have a license to wield a butter-knife let alone anything with an edge on it! Perhaps there is a niche. Sure beats having warranties being abuse by imbeciles. Was a guy on Twitter that broke his Surge v2.0 that broke it by throwing large rocks at it, and expected Leatherman to replace it free, no shipping charges. Well, I guess that's one way to break a Surge. I've beat mine up (v1.0) doing repairs and it's not broken a thing yet! Maybe those replaceable wire cutter created a weak spot that Generation M, Y & X think they need to break, Me, I'd rather pay a premium price knowing I'd get superior product repair or replacement should the need ever arise. While the thought of breaking Surge 1.0 to get 2.0 crossed my ,ind a few times, I'd never throw boulders at it to get it replaced. IMHO that's abuse, not covered under warranty.