In other words, how did you get into multi tools?For me it was 1995, and I was doing archaeology fieldwork while attending grad school and assisting at an archaeology field school (and some other projects). A friend who was involved in many of these same activities, had a SOG Paratool that he seemed to use all the time, and I couldn’t help but notice how useful and convenient it was. In talking to him, he told me about the relatively new Gerber multi tool that had come out, and It wasn’t long after that I bought the Gerber. I used that tool often until it went missing around 2003. Well, I needed a replacement and picked up a SOG Powerlock which I still have around. In more recent years I’ve found myself in the classroom and lab much more often than in the field, and the Leatherman Squirt has become an edc companion. Multi tools have proven useful enough through the years that I’ve become a fan and have tried to encourage my wife, kids, and some friends to keep one handy during their day to day for those unexpected things that come up. I am also a big fan of a Victorinox Swiss Army knives.So what’s your story?Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
Thanks SteveC, ElevenBlade, and OldBoy2016 for playing along and sharing your story. I enjoyed reading them. I will also check out the thread linked above.Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
I picked up a cheap and cheerful MT for work. While I had a tool bag in my vehicle it seemed like a good idea to carry a tool that could perform a few tasks without having to lug the bag around. That tool got so much use and was carried daily at work. I was loaning it to my helper so much that I went to get another but the exact one I had was no longer in the store. I ended up buying another CnC at another store. Over a few years that tool got used quite a lot and I came to rely on a MT over dedicated tools for quick fixes and solutions to things then and there. Around Xmas time I was at a big box store and was in the tool section. I saw a sale on the Sidekick and Wingman. Each came with a second tool, a Croc or Style CS IIRC. I bough the Wingman went to work the next day and was so happy with my purchase that I got the Sidekick that day after work. While my CnC MTs were good tools these just felt better. I can't say I knew much about Leatherman but if these entry level tools were good how much better would the Wave or Surge be? When I saw the prices of those tools I knew I had to do some research on them. I already had a Sidekick and Wingman so would these really be upgrades? As I was researching online I found MTO but in the mean time I had bought the Wave ( New version ). I knew immediately it was an upgrade. Between using my tools daily and coming back to MTO for further information I became aware of more tools. I bought a Surge ( old version ) and many older LMs. The Surge was amazing as well but since it was a beefed up Wave its not surprising I got along with it. I carried either a Wave or Surge daily. They got used quite a lot even tho during this time I was buying a lot of other MTs. At that time I was more collecting tho I did try many as they came in. The Wave/Surge format is one I really like so they stayed on my work tool belt. Many many years later and lots of MTs later I carry a Charge TTi for work. Not a big leap from my Wave. I still also am very fond of my New Version Surge. There was also a time when I edc'd my Wave. Those days are gone as I now prefer to carry the Squirt. I've fixed many things and saved countless trips to my vehicle for tools having a MT with me. Heck even when I edc'd the Wave I solved my share of things. I don't see a time when a MT will not be part of my life. Whether its a full size or small there are just to many times when they have came in handy or flat out saved the day.
Please add your story to it! As an archeologist, there's no better person to be able to formulate a timeline of tools with the key events in your life that have caused changes in what you carry for the next several years. Punctuated Equilibrium, if you will For example, a common reason for me to change tools is a change in jobs... where a slight change in workflow will change my M.O. quite a bit, such that I want to use a different tool.
Haha, now I have to admit to owning a few more multi tools since the purchase of that SOG. I can’t point to key events or even a very detailed timeline. I began doing archaeology fieldwork in 1987 and that has continued at least to some extent to the present day. As I mentioned above I bought that first Gerber in 1995, the SOG in 2003. The Swisschamp came along in 2007, and that’s about the time I went of something of a Leatherman binge. In reality (at least for me) using a multi tool was more a matter of the fact that field archaeology is a fluid kind of thing. Expect the unexpected, especially when you’re pressed for time. Experience over time combined with the somewhat unpredictable nature of the day to day, and the details of what archaeologists tend do in the field day to day came together to demonstrate the utility and convenience of carrying a portable pocket or belt tool. I started off with that Gerber. The only thing I didn’t like about it was that it would bite me every now and then. Eventually after purchasing the SOG tool I thought I’d give Leatherman a try, but probably the tool I’ve used the most in the field and lab is a Victorinox Swisschamp. The reason, is because it has an array of tools the fit the needs of both field and lab work. I eventually gave my Swisschamp to a student assistant, but I had another put away.So instead of a specific tool timeline, I think a more realistic explanation for me is to just point out how I found various multi tool tools useful for various tasks, even during times when I had more purposeful, dedicated tools available. The multi tool I was carrying often proved convenient, especially when a job required mobility...Scissors were often used to cut “rootlets”, when cleaning up an excavation unit for photographs, and for cutting graph paper in the field when mapping a site.The magnifying glass often got used as my eyes aged to get a better look at the characteristics of artifacts in the field.The file touched up the trowel every now and then.The knives often proved useful for cutting string to gridding a site and marking off excavation units, hanging a plumb bob, again when shooting in a baseline, gridding and/or for plotting in artifacts and features....not to mention they did lunch duty.The saws cut larger roots from time to time, and wooden stakes when gridding a site, and/or better establishing site boundaries.The pliers and wire cutters on the SOG and a Leatherman (Blast, Wave, and Crunch) at various times were useful when building, assembling and disassembling screens for sifting dirt and for making repairs. The vice grip pliers on the crunch handled a few jobs that none of the others could (removing rounded off screws from screens that were continually put together and taken apart year after year is one example that comes to mind)Screwdrivers were also useful for putting the screens together and taking them apart...and for doing repairs.Occasionally the rulers came in handy (prehistoric archaeology uses the metric system), so having both English and metric rulers are important.Again dedicated tools work best,but keep in mind that many archaeology jobs (phase I & II especially), as well as many research projects (land-use analysis over time, etc) require mobility and portability, sometimes carrying a field pack, shovel, screen, etc. multi tools are something of a compromise, but convenient and often capable of getting a job done. Actually I think Aloha’s comments above do a better job of explaining what I’m trying to say here.Well these are the things that come to mind quickly. Hope it addresses your comments above in some small way.Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk