I'm pretty sure SOG is still run by Frazer, but they changed a lot of people in the design team to get the brand popular again Gerber I have no idea about Sent fra min M2002J9G via Tapatalk
You clearly know more than me. The early SOG’s and Gerber’s were way over engineered.However, like I’ve stated in separate threads I think the tool load out is the Achilles heel. Why would you buy a new MT costing £££‘s when a used one off eBay for £‘s does exactly the same thing….probably better actually!!I can’t ever envisage myself buying another new Leatherman or Victorinox simply because they offer nothing new.The fact LM after 36/7yrs of production still hasn’t developed a blunt nosed plier head is no longer a joke….it’s a embarrassment. I’m assuming it’s because the chassis and linkages couldn’t withstand the pressures exerted. Too arrogant to source outside expertise, so instead they simply come up with cheesy names and silly covers.Fair do’s, whatever….The tragedy is they originally weren’t like that. Same goes for Victorinox. Years gone by they were exciting, now it’s the same old same old with silly paint schemes and sparkly scalesPathetic My main hobby is photography I’ve only really ever used canonOriginally with the old FD mount, was fine. Canon then introduced the EF mount. At first I decided I was fine without it, but eventually I realised it was better so had to start over again, then along came digital…again I didn’t want to upgrade but I was missing out on so much that I gave in, now mirrorless has come along and I find it offers new and exciting aspects that my current gear doesn’t give so I’ll probably upgrade again….What I’m referring to is Canon are constantly moving forward with much better technology. The same can’t be said for the MT / SAK market. It’s as dull as ditch water, basically overpriced crap. Hence save your money and buy a older used tool. When sales dwindle they may either go bust or get to work , as it is it’s nothing more than stagnant and depressing.
There does seem to be a familiar pattern emerging here..Tim leatherman semi retires and with it goes the quality. Carl Elsener passed away and the innovation disappeared along with himDon’t know if Gerber or SOG are still run by the same person that brought us the over engineered Gerber's and SOG’s of yesteryear.It seems the newer generation of CEO’s have a completely different mindset.I often get the feeling those early pioneers wanted to build and deliver the best possible tools, the byproduct was profit, today it seems they want to deliver maximum profit with the byproduct being a much inferior tool.
There were a few complaints for the 31, I think, and the overall quality after he left, as seen in BFs Cris Reeves sub-forum.It was hinted that the divorce settlement/agreement that basically removed the owner/dreamer/head designer from the company was the reason for the issues.Originally he was supposed to stay on as a consultant but later he left. This is what I recall from the discussion (not 100% correct, possibly),and the information is still available in various BF threads. Success seems to be a burden on marriages, as the GEC owner is also divorced, with his wife leaving for a few years and now returning to the company to do admin work. And lets not forget the recent divorces of the tech billionaires
Reeves knives, after Chris left. Cold Steel, without Lynn, similar thoughts and issues
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Finding them does seem to be a bit of a problem. I have two that I got from another member, but I've never seen one "out in the wild" before.Other than eBay or the Swiza website, I'm not really sure where to get them.Def