Im pretty much in the same boat, I started with a sak, but then came along the multitool plies that I just had to have forgetting about the Sak, I was a hvac/p, but then met my father in law and we ended up doing handyman work, plus we rebuilt antique vehicles, so again that multitool never left my side where ever I went, but then after I kinda retired do to health I really didn’t need the pliers, but I won’t leave home without a knife, so I remembered my sak, so why not go back to something like that? You get your blade plus a few other odds and ends, and when I got my first alox I was totally in love, no plastic, got some weight to it, but not to heavy, plus a good grip! And to top it off not overloaded with tools,,JR
I used to be obsessed with plier based multitools, I carried a leatherman everywhere and all but forgot about my dozens of SAKs in my tool box. One day I was watching a MacGyver episode and I thought that if all he needs is a SAK that's good enough for me. My name and that story may make it seem like I'm trying to be an imitator, but it's actually more like a new way of life for me. You see I've worked a lot of different jobs from kitchen work, to mechanical work, to law enforcement, and now operating heavy equipment. I've unwittingly become a jack of all trades and master of none. I'm as comfortable handling a cutting torch in a shop as I am studying at the library. My big plan is to become a seaplane pilot someday. After that who knows? I'm always looking for a new challenge. (I have always wanted to try Tae Kwon Do ) And because I like a challenge I now only carry a Swiss Army Knife. (Along with some bubblegum, a paper clip, and duct tape in my wallet) I'm always thrilled when a problem presents itself because my SAK and I are ready to spring into action!
Mine was a slower transition. But like you, changes in occupation were an important motivating factor. Why I carry a multitool at all has to do with work... Where I needed pliers. Otherwise at the time I was carrying a folding knife. Simply having a screwdriver with me... (Flat not Phillips... Go figure) changed the way I did little things here and there. That led to me pocket carrying LM Wave for several years after I switched jobs. But with the new lifestyle, it took me a couple of years to notice that the pliers had become nothing more than a grip assist - picking up hot pots, and things like that. Since I was pocket carrying and wasn't using the pliers, it made sense to make the switch to a SAK. I suppose I just scaled it back to halfway between a HD multitool and a folder, in a way. I like to carry just one tool that is appropriate for my reality. I solve problems, but I don't repair things. I go camping and hiking with the SAK, and the Leatherman stays home in the guitar bag. I think back on the time when I didn't have my Leatherman on me because it didn't fit in my shorts, and I needed a can opener for the beach cookout. I can remember going to the bookstore with a Leatherman strapped to my belt, sitting idly by... doing nothing. ln my mind I replay that day when I had four screwdrivers on my Leatherman and what I needed was the long thin flat file on the SAK. I've never saved the day with full sized pliers.
After years of carrying a LM I swapped for a Knipex 125mm and hex key. With a SAK on my belt, I just don't need any more, don't need the redundancy of tools, compromises, etc. Like you I now only carry a SAK. Even my 'suit knife' is a SAK Waiter. I just can't go back on the utility that a SAK brings to the table.(Image removed from quote.)
There's actually been times where a fish scaler was exactly the tool I needed. Not for scaling fish though, I needed a thin piece of metal to push something in a crevice I couldn't reach and it did the trick! You never know what life is going to throw at you. That's why I like SAKs I rotate a different one almost every day and it's cool to see what I can accomplish with what I have on me.
Actually now that you mention it... It might be that I used the fish scaler for the pivotal job in question I guess my memory isn't as good as I make it out to be.
That's why I like SAKs...it's cool to see what I can accomplish with what I have on me.
I wholeheartedly agree. There’s something very special about solving the problem in front of you with the contents of your pocket and a little ingenuity.
That's cool MadPlumbarian! It takes both a mechanic and an artist to restore an antique car!I'm more biased towards cellidor models but I have several alox and I definitely understand why people love them so much! I love my Wenger Soldat. I just dig the classic look along with toothpick and tweezers so much! I tend to carry 3-6 layer models with those mini pliers or a saw being my top priorities usually. If they made a Lumberjack with pliers I would scoop it up in a heartbeat!
What's the handle material??
Old cars are the only way to go JR!
The tool for pound ratio is off the charts!
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Pomsbz, can you please provide some details on how you dyed your scales? They look amazing! Nice work!