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Appreciation for the Explorer

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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Reply #1080 on: October 12, 2022, 05:44:30 AM
The SilverTech sure does look good! :tu:
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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Reply #1081 on: October 12, 2022, 10:30:51 AM
Thanks for the pics. The cord and hook idea is pretty cool. How'd you tie that knot?


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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Reply #1082 on: October 12, 2022, 12:54:36 PM
Thanks for the pics. The cord and hook idea is pretty cool. How'd you tie that knot?

Here's the tutorial. Check the rest of the posts in this thread, there's a lot of cool knots in it.

https://forum.multitool.org/index.php/topic,85617.msg2165684.html#msg2165684

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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Reply #1083 on: October 12, 2022, 12:55:19 PM
The SilverTech sure does look good! :tu:

Thanks! I love to carry it.

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Appreciation for the Explorer
Reply #1084 on: October 14, 2022, 02:56:45 PM
The Explorer is my favorite EDC SAK.  It has the best balance of daily function to size for my needs and pocket.


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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Reply #1085 on: October 15, 2022, 09:47:02 PM
My EDC Explorer :-)


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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Reply #1086 on: October 30, 2022, 02:10:28 AM
With a pen and mag glass, I think the Explorer is a nice balance, not Tinker not Champ.  :think:
 
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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Reply #1087 on: May 17, 2023, 09:34:47 PM
Any Explorers out there?
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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Reply #1088 on: May 18, 2023, 01:21:08 AM
Any Explorers out there?

Heck yes.  Its my favorite SAK.   :cheers:



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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Reply #1089 on: May 18, 2023, 01:36:08 AM
 :iagree:  :woohoo:
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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Reply #1090 on: May 18, 2023, 01:41:39 AM


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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Reply #1091 on: May 18, 2023, 01:43:30 AM
 :salute: omg  you win!
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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Reply #1092 on: May 18, 2023, 01:45:28 AM
:salute: omg  you win!

And I am adding 5,053 to your post count (TonySal).

Well, I would if I could.   :cheers:


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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Reply #1093 on: May 18, 2023, 02:10:46 AM
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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Reply #1094 on: May 18, 2023, 04:26:14 PM
I have such mixed feelings about the Explorer!

I love it for nostalgia reasons - it was my first SAK that I got while in the Boy Scouts.

But...

I'm really of two minds about the Phillips/mag glass layer. Sure, they are fine tools. The problem is that the 2D can opener Phillips can do 90 - 95% of what the 3D Phillips can do. Not to mention the fact that the driver is too thick to reach many recessed screws  I come across. It's also the wrong size - I wish it were more of a #0/#1 as opposed to the #1/#2 size that it is. That would make it have somewhat less overlap with the Can Opener.

Also, it's too short (e.g. - too short to reach screws on a door knob, for example)! My original Explorer is a mid 90s model and the driver is longer. I bought a new one last year with the idea that I would carry/use that one from time to time and preserve my first SAK. But the driver is shorter for no apparent reason. I've read that it's because of the change in mag glass over the years, but I'm not sure about that. There's a pretty big gap between the two tools on that layer. The driver could be longer by at least 1/8" without any issue opening/closing the new style mag glass that I can see.

I have actually found the 58mm Combo Tool Phillips to be VASTLY more useful and versatile. It can do anything from #00 to #2 screws! I keep a Rambler in my pockets at all times. To be fair, most of the screws I encounter are in electronics and kids toys where #0 and #1 size screws are by far the most commonly used. You don't see many #2 screws in that arena, though they are used much more in construction and furniture.

The mag glass is great and I do use it from time to time when working on things like computer/networking equipment. But it's not something I need to keep in my pocket 100% of the time. Instead I keep my Explorer out on my desk so it's handy when I'm tinkering with stuff.

So... yeah. I think the Explorer is great! And I don't end up carrying it much. I'm much more likely to be carrying a Spartan/Tinker/Recruit along with a Rambler. The Deluxe Tinker is attractive with the pliers though!



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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Reply #1095 on: May 19, 2023, 02:53:23 AM
Any Explorers out there?

Reporting for duty  :salute:

 
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The Explorer is my most frequently carried SAK. Paired with a Midnite MC and I’m set.

I seem to be of the opposite mindset as Marlowe for carrying it, and I find frequent successful use of the Philips. but were of like minds regarding those darn door knob screws and pairing with the 58mm combo tool.


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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Reply #1096 on: May 19, 2023, 07:57:47 PM
 :iagree: with the doorknob screws but still like it.  :salute:
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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Reply #1097 on: May 20, 2023, 04:09:07 AM
The Explorer is a great SAK.  It was one I carried and enjoyed for a long time.  I think for some, we just move on to smaller or other options.  Thats true for me at least.  Thats not to say I don't like the Explorer.  I had a GAW, I like it and recommend it so much. 

I wont give mine away even tho I don't carry it all that much.  I have nothing but love for it.     
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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Reply #1098 on: May 24, 2023, 05:45:55 PM
Yes... I need the mag glass...   :whistle:
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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Reply #1099 on: July 21, 2023, 06:52:44 AM
I’ve been carrying the Explorer as my at home or as part of an out and about carry rotation for a little while now. It is easily my favorite and preferred SAK. 

The most used tools are the inline Philips, scissors, small blade, and mag glass. Sometimes the lens is just used for pics here, but it has seen a lot of use examining bug bites since our move. These tools are used several times a week if not several times a day. The scissors need a touch up and have already loosened a bit at the rivet I use them so frequently.

I’ve been increasingly using the main blade and the awl, but not as much as the above tools. The main blade would be better serrated in my opinion, which I often use a PBMT for. The awl has seen use reusing zip ties and starting pilot holes for various things as I do with my other SAKs.

All tools get several times a week use except the hook and corkscrew, although we’ve recently moved closer to family and I’ve had occasion to open more wine bottles. I’m even using the tin opener, but mostly to salvage a seltzer water can with busted tab. For some reason the brand we buy has at least 1 wonky can in the pack.

The Explorer is certainly appreciated in this house for its usefulness so much so my wife now carries one.

The Alox MC is probably the best compliment (also one on the wife’s keys), but I could get away with an Alox Rambler if such existed.

Vic did us good with this model for sure.

 
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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Reply #1100 on: July 21, 2023, 12:03:45 PM
 :iagree:  :tu:   :salute:

PBMT?
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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Reply #1101 on: July 21, 2023, 01:40:06 PM
For my next SAK I'm really torn between the Explorer and the Compact. Both have a lot of desirable features :think:
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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Reply #1102 on: July 21, 2023, 07:36:50 PM

PBMT?

Plier Based Multi Tool, I'd guess ...
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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Reply #1103 on: July 21, 2023, 08:35:15 PM
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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Reply #1104 on: July 21, 2023, 08:47:42 PM
:iagree:  :tu:   :salute:

PBMT?

Apologies, been using that in some of the other threads. like tinker gnome stated, pliers based multitool.

For my next SAK I'm really torn between the Explorer and the Compact. Both have a lot of desirable features :think:

The Compact for me is best out and about like at the shops or at the office, while the Explorer has a more versatile toolset I’d need at home (or someone else’s house).


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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Reply #1105 on: July 22, 2023, 03:05:40 AM
Explorer installed a clip to a Leatherman sheath today.  Awl and Philips used.

 
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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Reply #1106 on: July 22, 2023, 04:16:48 AM
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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Reply #1107 on: July 22, 2023, 11:45:21 PM
It is easily my favorite and preferred SAK. 

Same here.  I continue to experiment with others, but always come back to the Explorer (Plus).  Its just too good, starting with the inline phillips.


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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Reply #1108 on: July 23, 2023, 02:50:35 AM
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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Reply #1109 on: July 23, 2023, 02:34:36 PM
Explorer installed a clip to a Leatherman sheath today.  Awl and Philips used.

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Nice. Where'd you get the clip?


 

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