I found this forum searching multitools on the web and it is awesome to the point of being overwhelming. I want to buy my son a multitool for Christmas and the more I research, the confuseder I get. I am looking at full-size Leatherman tools, but still like the Gerber Center Drive.He is a Motor T in the Marines and whatever he gets will be used hard. I want a tool that isn't likely to break when he needs it in the field. I would prefer the knife to be accessible without opening. (I like the Gerber because of the accessible pliers, knife and screwdriver, but am concerned about overall quality and longevity compared to Leatherman).I have <sort of> narrowed it down to the Wave, Charge, Surge, or Center Drive. I dropped the Supertool because it has a reputation for rattle and loosening, and the others look like you can tighten or loosen the hinges. I like the black oxide finish, but I'm concerned it will quickly wear off.I would appreciate input. Thanks for your help
Welcome and Thank your son for his service. I am not familiar with the Gerber Center Drive as I dont have one. I have the others and I'd choose the Surge. Black will look great over time. Its pretty durable for the most part. I think the Surge offers a few more on board tools that could be a benefit. Add the bit kit and he's got quite a few more options. Good luck with your choice.
Thank you, everyone - What a wonderful group! I was going crazy with all the different choices. It looks like the winner is the Surge - Now I can get one ordered in & have time to make him a nice leather sheath for it.
Any thoughts about Leatherman OHT??Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
I'll be the contrarian today. The Surge is way too heavy and has a bunch of fiddley little pieces that are not permanently attached to it that will get lost, those being your screw driver bits your sawblade and your file. The Super Tool 300 is a little bit lighter and has permanent tools. It does not have one hand opening blades but a Marine is going to have his field knife on him for most of his cutting needs anyway and the multitool is secondary. Another option is the Leatherman MUT which was designed for troops and has implements specifically for weapons maintenance. The MUT might be your best option.
2) Buy the bit-kit and the extender, without it, the Surge is seriously crippled.