It's getting to the point now where I really don't even notice what I use my SAK on because I use it so much, for so many things, without thinking. The only thought process is, which of the SAKs I have on hand will be best for this job, or easiest to get out and open up, etc. ?
Used Cybertool pliers to pluck price/inventory staples out of cedar slats for raised planter boxes. Used the metal saw/file tool in CT to file off a burr left after hacksawing off a screw point. Metal saw edge needs cutting improved. File is quite good. Vic needs to improve cutting of metal saw to be equal to the effectiveness of the file; then I could junk my hack saw, along with my file.
Is it the "new" stainless steel version?
Pliers on SAKs have become so frequently used that I wish Vic would add them to any 2 layer model to become a 3 layer. A Tinker with pliers would be super. For example, I used to pry staples out with the cap lifter’s tip, but the pliers is so much easier and faster!
No SgtTowser, a Tinker with scissors would be Super. A Tinker with pliers would be Deluxe. SorryI'll see myself out.
I built a custom SAK about a month ago that is now my daily carry. I've really enjoyed it. I seem to use screwdrivers more than I think normal people do, due to my tinkering, makering, 80 year old house, etc.Here it is tightening a loose door handle. It's great to be able to just whip it out, screw around, and carry on. (Image removed from quote.)(Image removed from quote.)
The deluxe Tinker is the next SAK I’m going to pick up, because I like to carry two SAKs each one with pliers, so I can ply from both ends, or choose the optimal tool to drive on either tool, and ply with the other. This is even more desirable to me now that I have expanded my driver opportunity set on my Cypertool with a Wiha 4mm to 1/4” converter. Presently I carry a CYBERTOOL L and an S557 Wenger, which gives me exceptional flexibility of wrenching/driving choice, and exceptional tool density, as well as one 91mm form factor and one 84mm form factor. But with the expanded sockets and drive tips the converter allows on the CT, I can afford to cut back layers from the S557 to a DELUXE Tinker. But what I would really like is just a Tinker with a plier layer added, OR my ultimate ideal—a 111mm OHO Sentinel with a plier layer added to it. I have tried carrying a 111mm Work Champ with my CT and it’s just too much knife load out for my taste, though I really like the big blade and big pliers. CT-L with a Sentinel with a big plier layer added would be SAK Nirvana for me.In never need two scissors. I never need two can openers and two cap lifters. I don’t need two parcel hooks and two awls. And so on. But I do need two pliers and one hand opening on at least one of my two knives.
This is why I weaned off my leatherman tools and my “real” tools and came full circle back to SAKs. If I were still working with money riding on things, then I would pack a leatherman, and a Wiha 11 in One set, plus all my tool boxes, plus god only knows what other new stuff exists I don’t even know about. But I’m retired. And my goal has been to lean down to a tool set that frees me of as much stuff as possible. Two SAKS, one in each pocket, does it. I love my CT-L in one pocket and my WENGER S-557 in the other. No clips. No nursery knife. Every tool on both are visible with a quick flip. No unfolding this and opening that. No opening and closing a tool box. No rummaging through other tools to find the tool I want. Either I fix it right then, which I usually do, or speed dial some one else to solve it. If I’m bored, I’ll go to my real tools, otherwise it’s fix now, or speed dial. I can’t believe how often I use my two SAKs and how rarely stuff hangs over my head anymore. My way won’t work for those that want to McGuyver every situation, or that HAVE to go get their real tools, both proving their skill and resourcefulness. I respect that. I just have nothing left to prove. I carry tools now solely to keep things from hanging over my head. Just. Use. The. Tool.NOW!Or...Speed dial. I can’t tell ya how much more I enjoy my days, when I no longer feel I have to fix everything. But I still mightily respect all those at that time of life, in the crossfire, when they HAVE to, or the wheels come off.
Very cool, Jim.
Nice, but please do not wear gloves when using a drill press or a Dremel. Please just don't.
Got some jerky, needed the sak to open them!JR
Or a lathe!JR
Really? When I worked in a fabrication factory you were forced to were gloves when you did anything, including the drill press... So how close to a horrific injury was I?