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us Offline Craig_S

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Re: Curl Owners Club
Reply #450 on: July 28, 2023, 05:15:35 PM
I ordered a Curl last week when they went on sale. Thought they were being discontinued (give me a break, I'm still new).  :rofl:

Anyhow, it arrived early this week. Not sure how to feel about it. If I didn't have a MT, I'd think it was great. It has everything that I would want and use on a daily basis. I'd want a saw for survival/camping, but didn't have one for 25 years when all I had and carried was my PST.

That said, there are some issues with it that I don't like.

1. It came with a pocket clip and I don't use them. LM charges $10 for them for other tools, so if they have to have their $10 why can't I buy it without one and save more money?
2. The pliers close to where the wire cutters just start to come together and then there's friction because the cutters actually have interference. Never saw that before and it's annoying.
3. This whole ONE HANDED OPERATION thing is just a gimmick 99% of the time (how many situations are you in where you absolutely have to keep one hand on something while opening a tool??). Getting the knife opened is harder because the tool doesn't have the thickness of the others like the Surge and Wave. But since it's designed to be opened one handed, your brain tells you that's how it's done instead of using your other hand like on a ST or Rebar, etc.
4. Getting some of the tools out is actually hard. To open the bit holder takes a lot of strength and seems like you're going to rip out a fingernail. Not sure if it's overtightened screws or the friction lock design.

I do like the non-locking tools. Having carried a tool without locks for so long, I find myself forgetting to unlock them all the time when trying to put them away on the modern tools now. If I could get this thing loosened up somehow it might be a welcome EDC in the rotation. And THANK GOODNESS it doesn't have that stupid micro driver that I have yet to use anywhere and note that I wear glasses and so does everyone in my family!  LOL  If nothing else maybe someday I'll swap the MD from the Wave into this thing and put the 1 million percent more useful Awl in my Wave.

Overall I don't recommend this tool unless the Surge/Wave/Charge series is your fav or you want to expand your LM collection. I'd honestly consider getting 2 multijunks at Wally World instead.

Craig
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Re: Curl Owners Club
Reply #451 on: July 28, 2023, 05:22:55 PM
I agree with you on most points but I do need one hand opening blades and that is why I swapped away from Supertools and Rebars a few years back :cheers: I still carry them some but that is because I have my Charge Knife ;) I do agree that the price is to high though and even before the price hike early this year, I thought it was overpriced :facepalm: I bought one when they first came out and used a coupon code and free shipping froma site and got it for a much better deal :cheers:

As far as being hard to open, they shouldn't be but LM says they do this so the tool will break in better :dunno: I always tension any tool I get and plan on using but you really should never have to :salute:


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Re: Curl Owners Club
Reply #452 on: July 28, 2023, 06:08:51 PM
I disagree with about every point, but differing opinions are why we have such a awesome variety of tools.   :cheers:

- I love that the Curl includes a pocket clip
- A one-hand opening blade is a "gimmick" I want 99% of the time, and the Blade on both of my Curls open as smooth as silk.
- The Curl being thinner than a Wave/Charge/Surge was a huge selling point for me.
- The micro driver is so useful to me that I replaced the Curl's scissors with one.  I use it for electronic equipment, not glasses.



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Re: Curl Owners Club
Reply #453 on: August 04, 2023, 01:39:50 PM
My only problem with the curl was the pliers head, but that was simple enough to resolve. Easily becoming one of my favorites to carry at work.


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Re: Curl Owners Club
Reply #454 on: August 04, 2023, 02:04:02 PM
Nice plier head swap, Bill :salute: :like:


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Re: Curl Owners Club
Reply #455 on: August 04, 2023, 02:12:13 PM
Thanks, Poncho! I’ve got a few more mods planned for some of my other MTs but I need to get my hands on a parse wrench first.


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Re: Curl Owners Club
Reply #456 on: August 04, 2023, 03:19:54 PM
Hate to say it in the Curl thread, but everything you’ve all talked about on this page, from decent one hand opening to better pliers to an awl and saw sounds like you all need a Free P4…

I’ve considered a Curl as I don’t actually have a member of the Wave family (except a Surge), but I think I might add a P2 for everyday carry when I don’t expect to need a saw.

If the discount on the Wave or Curl had made it to this side of the Atlantic it might have been a different story.


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Re: Curl Owners Club
Reply #457 on: August 04, 2023, 03:52:58 PM
Personally I’m not a fan of the Free series. Too many screwdrivers, a file that is near worthless imo, a pry tool/package opener that will not only most certainly break but I’m fairly certain is actually just ANOTHER screwdriver and no bit driver? To each their own, I’m sure it’s a great MT for a lot of people but it’s definitely not for me.


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Reply #458 on: August 04, 2023, 04:21:50 PM
Yeah, I am not a fan of the Free series I have a cpuple P2s and still.am.trying to find a cheaper P4 ;) it's because of the tiny file (I use a file as much as a knife sometimes) and lack of bit driver :whistle: I like the Wave/Charge/ Curl platform much better :cheers: that may change with the ARC if it is anything like the 40th Anniversary tool though :D time will tell :cheers:


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Re: Curl Owners Club
Reply #459 on: August 04, 2023, 05:23:50 PM
My only problem with the curl was the pliers head, but that was simple enough to resolve. Easily becoming one of my favorites to carry at work. (Image removed from quote.)

I did the same thing  :cheers:  Great mod!   :tu:


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Reply #460 on: August 04, 2023, 05:26:30 PM
Hate to say it in the Curl thread, but everything you’ve all talked about on this page, from decent one hand opening to better pliers to an awl and saw sounds like you all need a Free P4…

I’ve considered a Curl as I don’t actually have a member of the Wave family (except a Surge), but I think I might add a P2 for everyday carry when I don’t expect to need a saw.

If the discount on the Wave or Curl had made it to this side of the Atlantic it might have been a different story.


I like the Free technology, but I don't like the tool selection on the P2/P4.  The flat-tip awl is almost a crime  :ahhh


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Re: Curl Owners Club
Reply #461 on: August 22, 2023, 03:51:34 PM


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Re: Curl Owners Club
Reply #462 on: August 22, 2023, 07:52:24 PM
I disagree with about every point, but differing opinions are why we have such a awesome variety of tools.   :cheers:

- I love that the Curl includes a pocket clip
- A one-hand opening blade is a "gimmick" I want 99% of the time, and the Blade on both of my Curls open as smooth as silk.
- The Curl being thinner than a Wave/Charge/Surge was a huge selling point for me.
- The micro driver is so useful to me that I replaced the Curl's scissors with one.  I use it for electronic equipment, not glasses.

Absolutely! Different opinions is what makes the world go around. Although in my dream world, LM would only make the PST, Mini, and ST and that's it.  :rofl:

 :facepalm:  :popcorn:

Craig
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Reply #463 on: August 24, 2023, 07:05:47 PM
What I am about to write is probably sacrilege around here...

As much as I like the PST, I would never choose it as my primary multitool over most of Leatherman's  more recent tools.  I think the only way a PST is better is the nostalgia and its compact size.  :pommel:


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Re: Curl Owners Club
Reply #464 on: August 24, 2023, 07:39:47 PM
What I am about to write is probably sacrilege around here...

As much as I like the PST, I would never choose it as my primary multitool over most of Leatherman's  more recent tools.  I think the only way a PST is better is the nostalgia and its compact size.  :pommel:
I'd agree on all that but I'm far more likely to have a pst in my Jean or shorts pocket than any other LM.
A pst in the pocket is worth two Surge's at home in the drawer :cheers:


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Re: Curl Owners Club
Reply #465 on: August 24, 2023, 07:41:24 PM

Curl on ozempic :)


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Re: Curl Owners Club
Reply #466 on: August 24, 2023, 07:59:00 PM
 :dd:


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Re: Curl Owners Club
Reply #467 on: August 25, 2023, 12:32:51 AM
What I am about to write is probably sacrilege around here...

As much as I like the PST, I would never choose it as my primary multitool over most of Leatherman's  more recent tools.  I think the only way a PST is better is the nostalgia and its compact size.  :pommel:

 :sa: :dwts: :to:

I would probably choose it over most of the Free series :think: well the P2 anyways :whistle: I would carry an OG Supertool over it for sure though :salute:


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Re: Curl Owners Club
Reply #468 on: August 25, 2023, 12:33:33 AM


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Re: Curl Owners Club
Reply #469 on: August 30, 2023, 03:27:14 PM


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Re: Curl Owners Club
Reply #470 on: September 02, 2023, 06:13:12 AM


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Re: Curl Owners Club
Reply #471 on: September 24, 2023, 10:36:38 PM
Got a Curl !
June 2023.
Real cheap from Alaska,
Because blade was a tad bent, with extensive chipping and the file had broken off. . .

Now,
it's my trusty       Lazarus Franken-Curl

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Reply #472 on: September 24, 2023, 10:39:52 PM
Welcome to :MTO: and that is a great mod as well :salute: :like:


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Reply #473 on: September 25, 2023, 12:29:36 AM
Your kind note, is much appreciated!


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Reply #474 on: September 25, 2023, 01:33:44 AM
Nice pics, Poncho and Dust  :tu:


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Reply #475 on: September 25, 2023, 01:35:14 AM
Thanks Rich  :hatsoff:


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Re: Curl Owners Club
Reply #476 on: November 12, 2023, 01:38:37 PM
So I am on the brink of joining the Club guys. The past 1,5 year I’ve been keeping the Surge as an EDC in rotation with a Vic Farmer. Lately the Surge seems to be too heavy for EDC also quite redundant at work because I have all kinds of proper tools with me anyway that are also way cheaper. I guess my life changed a bit now that my house is almost done. So my preferences changed and it is time for my Surge to retire. I need a fairly lightweight tool for Edc and I kind of fell in love with the concept of the Curl since I almost never used my serrated blade or the electronics flathead or surprisingly the saw or the wire cutters for that matter. I used them occasionally but not too hard. So I will order a Curl once the retailer announces black friday and hopefully gives a chunky discount on the tool. it might replace the Surge as an edc tool for me. I am very curious about the sliplocks. Surge will go to someone else since I cant have more than one plier based multitool. Thats a safety rule I created myself so that I wont become homless.  :D
Is anyone still carrying their Curl nowadays?

Ps.: also I have no problem with the price. It is not a Rebar. That is the cuase of the difference. It seems like it is a niche tool. I hope it will hit a sweet spot being lighter than the Wave and stronger than a Skeletool.
Some people thought it was for british and german people and it wont have a locking knife. I am greatful it has one. This tool is for those who dont want to carry the bulk of the Wave and still want a full size leatherman.
Also did you notice it almost has the same toolset as the Pst II and the Pulse. That gives it an old school style in my eyes.
Will see if it lives up to my hopes.
« Last Edit: November 12, 2023, 01:51:30 PM by Mangyang »


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Re: Curl Owners Club
Reply #477 on: November 12, 2023, 04:15:16 PM
The Curl is a nice tool for sure :salute:

It is nice to have a scaled down Wave sometimes and the toolset it has is very great for me as it has the tools I want most :cheers: I just tend to carry more for work as the type of tools that are on a MT are not what we typically have and it makes more sense for me to carry something with more things but I totally get it :salute: Plus having a Farmer you have some of the tools that the Curl doesn't,  making for a very excellent combo :woohoo: :like:


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Re: Curl Owners Club
Reply #478 on: November 12, 2023, 05:21:31 PM
I'll be joining the Curl club at some point this week. It just depends on when it gets to my mailbox. I actually have a Free P2, my only multitool currently, so I'll be curious to see how the Curl fairs against it. It seems like the toolset covers pretty much all my mostly used tools, while giving me a full size file. And there's always the option to pick up some parts from a Wave if I feel the need to swap something out.



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Re: Curl Owners Club
Reply #479 on: November 16, 2023, 01:08:51 PM
I just got the Curl in hand last night. I have to admit, after using a Free for so long, I'm going to have to get used to the stiffness of the Curl. I won't be flipping this one open like a butterfly knife for quite a while. I'm still trying to decide if it will be my work carry, or my outside of work carry, and I'm kind of leaning toward the latter until it breaks in a bit more. So far I'm digging it. The tools are a bit tight, but I'm sure they'll loosen up with more use and carry.


 

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