Saturday, January 30, 2010

Everyone Should Have a Leatherman multi-Tool

Nothing in my toolbox is used as much or does as much as Leatherman multi-tool. I could lose just about every tool I own and still manage to do all the repair jobs with it. I have the Freestyle- the original Leatherman multi-tool. Think of it as a sort of a Swiss Army Knife- many different tools with one handle.

The Freestyle has five different tools in one handle: a knife with a serrated and a straight blade, needle nose pliers, regular pliers, wire cutters and hard wire cutters. Yes, the last two are completely different tools. In places like, say the attic, trying to crawl around in a tight space with a bunch of tools is impossible. I just drop it in my pocket and away I go. It weighs less than half a pound, so carrying it around is easy.

My bicycle tool case has a Leatherman of its own. The Juice S2 has twelve tools: knife, needle nose and regular pliers, wire cutters and hard wire cutters, extra small screwdriver, medium screwdriver and a large screwdriver, a Phillips screwdriver, can opener, bottle opener and scissors. I can make any repair on the road in a matter of minutes or help another cyclist. Being able to open a can or bottle of refreshment doesn’t hurt, either. I consider it indispensible.

There are other Leatherman tools available. There are multi tools with as many as eighteen tools in one. Some Leatherman tools carry a corkscrew as well as other tools. I know that someday I may just run across a use for that.

I love the versatility and the lightweight of my Leatherman tools. Giving them as gifts is always fun and no one has ever said no. Many people have personalized their tools with initials and even have had some engraved with poetic prose. There are many colors to choose from so any style or taste can be satisfied.

The Leatherman tools’ price is justified because the quality is outstanding. The reputation of the company and the tools has never been tarnished by using cheap materials or selling anything that does not meet the highest quality control inspections.

My Freestyle has lasted nearly twenty years and shows no signs of slowing down or wearing out. All I really need to do is sharpen the knife. Since I don’t have to carry multiple tools in my bike bag, I save money there as well as space and weight for long distance riding.

This year I’m planning to buy a Leatherman adapter tool. There are four different models with ten different tools. The Squirt S4 is made for ladies: tools, tweezers and nail file included.

I heartily recommend buying a Leatherman tool for your own toolkit, and one for everyone you know. One can be used in almost every job, around the house, picnics, recreation and every place imaginable.

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