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fi Offline engblom

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Your favorite small sized multitool
on: March 13, 2016, 08:03:11 PM
I am daily carrying either Leatherman Squirt ES4 or Gerber Dime. Both got their good and bad sides. I picked these because I very often need pliers, scissors, files, knives and screw drivers. I also want the tool to be as small as possible as it will be in my pocket.

Leatherman Squirt ES4
+ Very good selection of tools and and good design
- Very soft material. Screw drivers (especially the Phillips) degrade very quickly.
- Badly built. From the beginning both my Squirts hardly cut finger nails with the scissors.

Gerber Dime
+ Slightly better material than Squirt
- Bad design. The stupid bottle opener makes the already too short file almost impossible to use. Why not putting the files on the box opener sides and also remove the not necessary bottle opener?

What are your favorite small sized multitools?
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Re: Your favorite small sized multitool
Reply #1 on: March 13, 2016, 08:08:25 PM
For me it is most definitely the Leatherman Style PS. I have been carrying one every single day for probably the last 3 years and I would never leave home without it. The great thing is I never have to as it has no blade so it is not restricted anywhere. I have traveled across the country with only the Style PS at my side. Its been a great companion.
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Re: Your favorite small sized multitool
Reply #2 on: March 13, 2016, 08:39:22 PM
Mine has to be the Micra.



Unproportionally strong scissors, capable drivers.



Much slimmer than any other Dime, Squirt, etc. Lighter as well.



The blade is a true slicer, and the finish doesn't get scratched up.



The best LM of all, IMO. But I like my Squirt and Dime as well.



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Re: Your favorite small sized multitool
Reply #3 on: March 13, 2016, 09:25:35 PM
I would go for the Micras as well. Don't really need scissors but, the long tools and the tool density are hard to beat.


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Re: Your favorite small sized multitool
Reply #4 on: March 13, 2016, 10:04:14 PM
I prefer full-size multitools, knives, and SAKs but you've got to hand it to the mini tools when it comes to packing light or as a backup.

Leatherman 6 and Craftsman 4-in-1 "Lucky Clover" for one piece tools.   The Leatherman 6 gets used mostly for its wrenches and is almost always on me, and the "Lucky Clover" always accompanies a pocketknife when I'm not carrying an SAK or multitool with it.    And at $1 and US made, the price can't be beat on the Lucky Clover.

As far as small multitools I own, that would be the Victorinox MiniChamp.  Has everything I need as a backup tool.  Favorite tools on it are the bottle opener/No. 0/1 Phillips driver and the Wharncliffe blade. 

I am looking at the Bear and Son Mini Bear Jaws as my next small multitool, since I prefer pliers to scissors, since the SwissCard that almost always accompanies me when I go out (in my wallet) has them.
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Re: Your favorite small sized multitool
Reply #5 on: March 14, 2016, 08:01:18 AM
My all time favorite MT is Swiss Tech Utili-Key, which I EDC over 15 years.
It offers a couple basic functions like blade, drivers and cap lifter, weights next to nothing, hides in plain sight, takes up no space.
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Re: Your favorite small sized multitool
Reply #6 on: March 14, 2016, 08:13:17 AM
I currently edc a Victorinox Rogue, but the absolute best would be a Vic Drifter (I might mod one soon).

I don't like the SOG Crosscut... strong scissors but poor fit & finish and far too heavy.

For the Gerber Dime I am ambivalent. It has a great design and looks awesome... it also made of recycled bedpans... I have never seen poorer excuse of QC as with Dimes... I had two NIB ones.. one was a nailbreaker with offcenter pliers, the second came in with scratches a a huge welding error on the handle...
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Re: Your favorite small sized multitool
Reply #7 on: March 14, 2016, 04:29:18 PM
Micra  :tu:


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Re: Your favorite small sized multitool
Reply #8 on: March 15, 2016, 03:19:49 AM
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Re: Your favorite small sized multitool
Reply #9 on: March 16, 2016, 12:04:52 AM
How do you find carrying the Leatherman 6? I'm considering one as a cheaper alternative to the piranha..
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Re: Your favorite small sized multitool
Reply #10 on: March 16, 2016, 01:10:31 AM
Leatherman P4.  Mine is getting pretty beat up.  I love this thing but truth be told I must pair it with a Classic. 
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Re: Your favorite small sized multitool
Reply #11 on: March 19, 2016, 02:54:12 PM
Definitely the leatherman micra.  The best drivers on a keychain multitool, as others have pointed out great tool density.  Excellent scissors.  Simple but robust design.  Wonderful fit and finish. 


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Re: Your favorite small sized multitool
Reply #12 on: March 20, 2016, 03:59:56 AM

Another vote for the Micra. Nicely complements my bigger MT with robust scissors and smaller drivers. I wish they made them in BO to match my other BO tools. I am weird that way.



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Re: Your favorite small sized multitool
Reply #13 on: March 20, 2016, 02:10:17 PM
How do you find carrying the Leatherman 6? I'm considering one as a cheaper alternative to the piranha..

Screwdriver is one of the worst I've used on a multitool, but it's value is in the SAE wrench set and the tool's overall small size.   It fits in the small front slot of a Wave sheath, a keychain, or in a pocket all equally well.  It works great--in a pinch when you have nothing else that will work better. Last summer, I had a nut that needed replacing on a lawnmower (fell out due to vibration, I think) and the hole was recessed, meaning the 6 inch Crescent wrench I had one me at the time wouldn't fit in there. So, I pulled the 6 out of the Wave sheath I had my first generation Super Tool in, and was able to fix it.
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Re: Your favorite small sized multitool
Reply #14 on: March 20, 2016, 02:15:13 PM
I may have to change my answer. While I do carry my Style PS every single day I have been carrying a Vic Classic every single day as well, but for much longer.

I would be lost without both.
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Re: Your favorite small sized multitool
Reply #15 on: March 20, 2016, 11:03:05 PM
I would have to say the Swiss+Tech 6in1 Utilikey is probably my favorite small sized multitool simply because it is a constant companion hiding among all my keys.

It doesn't do anything all that great, and the tool does have plenty of limitations. However, I find that what it does do, it does fairly well. Compact size is excellent. A big caveat is how dangerous this tool can be in use. It can be quite easy to cut yourself once the utilikey is folded out. I haven't cut myself yet, but I am extra careful about that aspect. the little Phillips is great at eyeglass repairs.
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Re: Your favorite small sized multitool
Reply #16 on: March 21, 2016, 05:10:01 AM
For my everyday life I don't often need pliers, scissors or a file but they do come in handy often enough that I prefer to have them with me all the time. Thus my pick and EDC for the last several years is a PS4. That and my four layer SAK mod (Explorer plus with a saw swapped for the scissors) work extremely well together for me.


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Re: Your favorite small sized multitool
Reply #17 on: March 21, 2016, 02:19:11 PM
I may have to change my answer. While I do carry my Style PS every single day I have been carrying a Vic Classic every single day as well, but for much longer.

I would be lost without both.

Then you keychain carry both or you alternate them?

As a back up of another bigger tool I suppose

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Re: Your favorite small sized multitool
Reply #18 on: March 21, 2016, 02:39:07 PM
I may have to change my answer. While I do carry my Style PS every single day I have been carrying a Vic Classic every single day as well, but for much longer.

I would be lost without both.

Then you keychain carry both or you alternate them?

As a back up of another bigger tool I suppose

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Keychain carry the Classic (alox minichamp now) and the Style PS just gets dropped into my right front pocket. I carry both everyday. The Style PS has a Uncle Bills sliver gripper attached.

Depending on the day I will sometimes carry a larger tool like my Blast or Fuse (both with locking pocket clips). I have been getting away from sheath carry lately.
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Re: Your favorite small sized multitool
Reply #19 on: March 23, 2016, 06:06:13 AM
Victorinox Manager > Any other 58mm Victorinox > Leatherman Micra > Leatherman Squirt PS4

Gerber Dime is garb all the way around. Style PS scissors usually break themselves for no reason.
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Re: Your favorite small sized multitool
Reply #20 on: March 23, 2016, 10:44:00 PM
My all time favorite MT is Swiss Tech Utili-Key, which I EDC over 15 years.
It offers a couple basic functions like blade, drivers and cap lifter, weights next to nothing, hides in plain sight, takes up no space.
I would have to say the Swiss+Tech 6in1 Utilikey is probably my favorite small sized multitool simply because it is a constant companion hiding among all my keys.

It doesn't do anything all that great, and the tool does have plenty of limitations. However, I find that what it does do, it does fairly well. Compact size is excellent.
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Re: Your favorite small sized multitool
Reply #21 on: March 29, 2016, 08:14:18 AM
I've been carrying a Vic Manager for close to 9 years now and I've recently attached a Brewzer to it.
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Re: Your favorite small sized multitool
Reply #22 on: April 03, 2016, 10:48:57 AM
I've been carrying the LM Micra on my keys for more than a year, and it's just great.
Not a scratch on it. Amazing.
the blade is awesome, had to resharpen it a couple of times. Scissors are excellent.

I'm going to get a Vic Signature and try it out, though. I wanted a pen too.


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Re: Your favorite small sized multitool
Reply #23 on: April 03, 2016, 10:32:01 PM
Jetsetter (with signature scale added) is my favorite, with a recently acquired Style PS running a close second. These are ones I don't have to give up at security. The Jetsetter gets scrutinized so often that I carry the Style when I don't want to be hassled by security (some of them really don't get it  ::)). The iconic and widely recognized 58mm SAK is always a target for them, but the tool selection is better for me than the Style.  :salute:

I don't carry small tools regularly, they are only placeholders for bigger and more capable EDC tools.


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Re: Your favorite small sized multitool
Reply #24 on: April 04, 2016, 12:31:30 AM

When I go small, my favorite combo is the PS4 + Manager.


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Re: Your favorite small sized multitool
Reply #25 on: April 22, 2016, 03:34:57 AM
As far as small multitools - I like the  LM Style CS. I don't find the pliers on the Keychain sized tools very useful as pliers, more like the best tweezers ever. So the CS replaces pliers with really good scissors and it has tweezers in the scale so, double win. I also like the lightness and thinness of the Style, it is truly easily forgotten on a keychain.

But I only carry OPTs on my keychain now. Currently the NiteIze Key-looking-thing.

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Re: Your favorite small sized multitool
Reply #26 on: May 04, 2016, 10:00:42 PM
Victorinox Manager > Any other 58mm Victorinox > Leatherman Micra > Leatherman Squirt PS4

Gerber Dime is garb all the way around. Style PS scissors usually break themselves for no reason.
I carry a Victorinox Manager too. Fits into the small front pocket on my jeans.


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Re: Your favorite small sized multitool
Reply #27 on: May 18, 2016, 10:58:30 PM
Victorinox rambler for me , a very handy little tool
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Re: Your favorite small sized multitool
Reply #28 on: May 21, 2016, 12:47:10 PM
I'd have to add these two to the "Favorite" section because I've found they're the ones that get more use on a daily basis.



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Re: Your favorite small sized multitool
Reply #29 on: July 17, 2016, 12:53:04 AM
I have carried a leatherman PS4 at work.  Every day for the last 7 years or so.

Weekends I like to mix it up,  usually something bigger like a wingman or freestyle (today's carry).
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