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Post  roddie Sat Feb 04, 2017 12:18 pm

Got a favorite pocket tool? Post it here! I have quite a few.. as I'm sure you do too. Keychain-tools, holstered-tools/knives, flashlights/head-lights.. all count. Smile

This light-duty knife I've had for 20+ years and use daily at work. The webbed belt-sheath is something I found somewhere.. but it holds the knife nicely. I need to put a few stitches in it with good strong thread.. but paper-staples have held a ripped-out seam in the meantime. Laughing

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It holds x4 spare blades with "snap-off" points, conveniently inside the handle. The cap has a slotted-tool for snapping-off a dulled point.

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wow.. Shocked looks like it's time for a new blade..

The knives and blades can be found usually in the wallpapering section of a home-center store. Again.. it's a light-duty knife but extremely handy. The blades are .0165" thick; .005" thinner than a #11 hobby blade. A "new" blade at full-extension measures better than two inches long.. but will snap-off if bent while cutting. I use it at work to "saw" through foam packing materials for shipping packages.. opening boxes.. and cutting heavy plastic straps off skids.

The sheath/knife goes on belt every workday.. before I put my wallet and keys in my pockets.

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Post  KariFS Sat Feb 04, 2017 1:40 pm

Great idea for a thread again Smile

Here is my "arsenal" of favourite pocket tools. Mainly Swiss, I was a big McGyver fan in the '80s Smile  

From the top, the only non-Swiss tool is a stainless steel folding knife with a rubber handle. I got this from a boss for Christmas years ago. The blade locks but you can open and close the knife with one hand, just press the locking spring and flick the wrist. I usually have this in my pocket when I am working in the garden.

Bottom row, on the left is a Wenger knife. It is a special edition "Officer knife", with black anodized aluminium sides, usually these are made of red plastic. I had this one with me throughout my military service, the sand and rough fabrics took their toll as you can see Smile After the military I carried it with me for a few years, but got fed up with the way it ate through my jeans pockets. I tried a belt holster but it didn't work out. Now it is retired in a kitchen drawer, that corkscrew is really great.

In the middle there is the successor of the black Wenger, a Victorinox (the more common brand of Swiss knives). It has a tiny blade, scissors and a nail file. On the other side is a money clip, not a common thing to use around here. I call this one my "Swiss bank account" Smile My wife got it for me back in 1999 when we were living in the USA and it's been with me ever since.

On the right is the newest one. I like it a lot even though I haven't really used it or  carried it with me. It's a promotional item from a company in South Africa where I visited in business 4 years ago. Two blades, very sharp, with the company name engraved on the bigger blade. I keep it in a desk drawer... It is still sort of waiting for a purpose but I am not going to get rid of it. Maybe I'll put it in my field box or something. Or just keep it in the drawer.

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Post  wha-tah-hey Sat Feb 04, 2017 2:15 pm

My hands until right now! I just came in from running an engine and it's COLD out there!! lol!
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Post  ian1954 Sat Feb 04, 2017 3:00 pm

Roddie and Kari,

Only the "Swiss Army" knives fit the category of pocket knives in the UK. Get caught with any "locking" knife and you will get and unlimited fine. Get caught a second time and you will be detained at H.M.P. (jokingly referred to as Her Majesty's Pleasure but Her Majesty's Prison) for up to four years.

https://www.gov.uk/buying-carrying-knives

Kari's locking knife is a prime example - Roddie's is debatable. If you were a painter and decorator specialising in wallpapering then it would be acceptable providing you were in your working attire or it was in a tool box with the rest of your tools. In your pocket while strolling in public and ........ try explaining it away.

"Excuse me officer but I make model aeroplanes and I use this to trim tissue and slice balsa wood". Reply "You're nicked!"

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Post  akjgardner Sat Feb 04, 2017 4:58 pm

I have had a leatherman for the past 20 years and just missplaced it in the last month. Im bummed. Hope it turns up
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Post  getback Sat Feb 04, 2017 5:32 pm

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Post  roddie Sun Feb 05, 2017 4:50 pm

Here's another old favorite of mine..

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Post  NEW222 Sun Feb 05, 2017 6:17 pm

akjgardner wrote:I have had a leatherman for the past 20 years and just missplaced it in the last month. Im bummed. Hope it turns up

That reminds me of a story and my Gerber multi-tool. Took it on a trip with me and used it while on holidays. Day before coming home, realized it was missing. Checked all over the house we were staying at, and even asked our friends where we were staying if they seen it, it was all a big NO. So upset and all, having carried this tool over 10 years, I was very angry with myself. The day after getting home the better half went and surprised me and bought me a replacement. Slightly larger and different, but nice none the less. A few days later, I spotted one, identical to the one I lost at WalMart! So I bought it and was very happy. Started carrying it and breaking it in immediately. Fast forward to fall hunting season. Getting ready to head out, all dressed up only thing left is to put on my boots. One on, second one on, WTF? What is in my boot? Yep, that's right, the MISSING multi-tool! Over half a year later, but I still got it back.

So, don't hold your breath, yours may return when least expected.
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Post  Cribbs74 Sun Feb 05, 2017 6:59 pm

You guys carry around a lot of stuff in your pockets. All I have is lint and dirt!

I am maintenance tech of sorts for the Air Force, have been for over 20yrs. I have had numerous Leatherman and Gerber type tools issued to me over the years. Probably the most misused tool I have ever come across. Responsible for more stripped screws marred bolt heads and broken hardware. I usually give them away when I receive them. I'd rather use the correct tool than cut corners, it costs more time and effort in the long run.

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Post  dckrsn Sun Feb 05, 2017 7:30 pm

I hear you, Ron. Until I found this one, I'd had
it with multitools. I know people who won't
even try one, because of their lousy reputation.
This one's a little pricy, but I've had it for at least
10 years and it's TIGHT as new. Phillips and flat
drivers are all still good. I carry it 40hrs a week
and am on my third holster. Not taking anything from
most of the other tools out there, but I don't think
they're meant for full time field use(mho).
Forgot to fold out the pruning saw, sharp as all get out.
Victorinox 53936. Saves a lot of trips.
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Post  roddie Sun Feb 05, 2017 7:36 pm

Of course.. the mobile-phone is a tool in itself that most of us carry on our person. It can also be a flashlight, a camera, a web-browser, a TV, a radio, a personal music-player, a level, a GPS transceiver, a control-transceiver.. the list of apps goes on and on.
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Post  roddie Sun Feb 05, 2017 7:41 pm

Here's my Leatherman. My brother gave it to me (used) last year. It cleaned-up pretty well.

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Post  Marleysky Mon Feb 06, 2017 9:18 pm

The only one  kept in my pocket is the bottom one in the picture. The other two have belt clips for quick retrieval when needed to. I think they are ALL banned from being carry -on in Airplanes.  Especially the Iranian hijacker tool ( box cutter ) for you Breaking Bad fans.
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After reading the Linc Ian sent on rules for knifes in the UK, I am reminded of our favorite Austrialian in New York:

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Post  Ken Cook Tue Feb 07, 2017 3:57 am

is the top knife a Ka-Bar knife? My grandfather had one on him all the time when he was hunting. It looked very similar.
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Post  crankbndr Tue Feb 07, 2017 6:29 am

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Post  Marleysky Tue Feb 07, 2017 9:09 am

Ken Cook wrote:            is the top knife a Ka-Bar knife? My grandfather had one on him all the time when he was hunting. It looked very similar.

Ken, this one is made by "Kinfolk" and probably older than me.
http://kinfolksinc.com/knives/hunting.htm
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Post  ian1954 Sun Feb 26, 2017 8:34 pm

I have managed to lose a Gerber and a Leatherman - well misplace! They were gifts and all I have left is this horrible Chinese thingy.

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To say "poor quality" is an understatment. It is "stainless steel" that stains, the cutting jaws on the pliers are not tempered and galled on 22 swg mild steel.

The scissor baldes do not meet and, like most multi tools, the screwdrivers are to be avoided.

Cross head or flat blade drivers/crewdrivers are a nightmare at the best of times - lets face it - we have Philips No 1 to 5, Posidrive No 0 to 4 - not to mention Superdrive! The cross head on the above doesn't match anything but, luckily, is likely to give way before the screw head!

I find this a problem on all "multi tools" and the temptation to use a poorly fitting cross head or flat blade driver can be a disaster. If it hadn't been a well intentioned gift I would have consigned it to the bin.

I like the little "Swiss Army" kits - thsi one has a nail file, scissors that work and a nail file.

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but my favourite baldes are these folding ones that use standard "Stanley" replaceable blades.

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Unfortunately, the blades lock and have to be released by pressing a lever. Thgey are technically illegal to carry in your pocket here but OK in a tool box.

Next on my list are these.

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In the UK we have an overwhelming array of spanner sizes and these are ideal. ALthough if something is stuck really tight, I wouldn't use them especially on brass or aluminium. On steel nuts - they work a treat!

I have a similar problem with allen keys. I have every sixe imaginable but they get mixed up and even hough I have sets of the T handled versions as well as many loose - these are great or keeping themselves together.

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both metric and imperial.

I liked these so much I bought the ball ended version pluse a full set of Torx drivers.

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It is a pity I haven't found a cross head driver equivalent!
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Post  Marleysky Sun Feb 26, 2017 10:17 pm

Hey Ian!  Do you wear cargo pants?  Or do you have a Yoda style tool belt for all those neat tools?  Once you use them, you don't want to be without them!
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Post  rsv1cox Mon Feb 27, 2017 7:16 am

Watching this thread progress and feeling left out because normally I don't carry anything in my pockets.  Then Looking at this (big time cropped) picture I had a revelation.  

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A recent necessity. Walmart 2.5 powers a constant companion if I want to see anything close-up.  Hate-em.  I'm always losing/misplacing  them then having to chase them down.  Big time wasters. Got to find a string and hang them around my neck like a cow bell.

But hey, I'm now a player here!  Smile

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Post  roddie Mon Feb 27, 2017 10:28 am

rsv1cox wrote:Watching this thread progress and feeling left out because normally I don't carry anything in my pockets.  Then Looking at this (big time cropped) picture I had a revelation.  

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A recent necessity. Walmart 2.5 powers a constant companion if I want to see anything close-up.  Hate-em.  I'm always losing/misplacing  them then having to chase them down.  Big time wasters. Got to find a string and hang them around my neck like a cow bell.

But hey, I'm now a player here!  Smile

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Yup.. I used to feel your pain... Now I wear prescription-eyeglasses (no-line bifocals) but I must have at least 12-18 pair of those readers, in various places around the house. I still keep a few pair in a plastic bag in the car. My eyesight really diminished when I became a computer-user in the late 90's (I was a late-bloomer..)

Where these aren't "pocket-tools".. I HIGHLY recommend them for the shop. Lighted magnifiers. They actually do make some nice LED lighted pocket-magnifiers now, that are great.

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Several of these were being thrown away where I used to work. All they needed was either lamps or a starter to fix them. I need good light when I'm working on something. I'm constantly telling my wife to turn another light on.. especially when she's reading or working in the kitchen.
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Post  fredvon4 Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:47 am

'bout the only things in my pockets of pants are lint and the odd coin I get as change...less so now that I predominately do NOT use folding money much any more

Hell it has been years since I wore* my wedding ring and I know for a fact that I have not worn a watch since I retired for active duty on 1-1 1996

*Wife and I were both mechanics, electrical geniuses, and safety Nazis in our former employment so each of us has lost the (Taken off for safety reasons) wedding rings several times....

Now they are just part of dressing up to go out, funeral (many these years), and visiting family or relatives

At one point I had quite a few must carry tools in belt pouches.. Lineman pliers, Sheath knife, Good version leather-man etc

I can attest for a fact, and any one can prove,  I carried a too full Zippo too often...by the permanent skin burns on both outer thighs...grin

Thank God for Colibri.... Humm I wonder what my 25ish collection of Zippos is worth?
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Post  KariFS Mon Feb 27, 2017 1:20 pm

ian1954 wrote:Roddie and Kari,

Only the "Swiss Army" knives fit the category of pocket knives in the UK. Get caught with any "locking" knife and you will get and unlimited fine. Get caught a second time and you will be detained at H.M.P. (jokingly referred to as Her Majesty's Pleasure but Her Majesty's Prison) for up to four years.

https://www.gov.uk/buying-carrying-knives

Kari's locking knife is a prime example - Roddie's is debatable. If you were a painter and decorator specialising in wallpapering then it would be acceptable providing you were in your working attire or it was in a tool box with the rest of your tools. In your pocket while strolling in public and ........ try explaining it away.

"Excuse me officer but I make model aeroplanes and I use this to trim tissue and slice balsa wood". Reply "You're nicked!"


I checked the Finnish regulations the other day, they are a lot like the ones in the UK. The level of enforcement varies, I think that a carpenter or just about anyone in overalls could carry an ordinary non-folding knife without a problem, even though technically one should leave it in the toolbox when leaving the van or the worksite. I have had a knife visibly with me many times without thinking about it... My overalls have a dedicated pocket for a knife, located in the right pant leg, and that's where my "work knife" is. If I go to the hardware store or lumberyard, I rarely remember to leave my knife. Well, should it get confiscated, I can get another for 5 euros Smile This is what I am talking about, I have several of them for general use and abuse:

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Then again in the street in the nighttime one would get into trouble if searched by the police or security guards, in "non-work" clothes but with a knife. But one would already have to be in trouble to get searched in the first place.
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Post  roddie Mon Feb 27, 2017 1:37 pm

fredvon4 wrote:

I can attest for a fact, and any one can prove,  I carried a too full Zippo too often...by the permanent skin burns on both outer thighs...grin

Thank God for Colibri.... Humm I wonder what my 25ish collection of Zippos is worth?

I have a few (5 or 6) Zippos.. but this one is by far my favorite..

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It was my Grandfather's. He worked at Clark-Cutler-McDermott (the Mill..) until his retirement sometime in the 1970's. Air-Loc is a product that was manufactured there. It's anti-vibration padding for keeping heavy stationary machines from creeping during operation. Another product that was made there was a felt-batting, used on the inside of automotive door-panels and under carpeting.
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Post  pkrankow Mon Feb 27, 2017 3:30 pm

I have a Camillus rigging knife, often a little Cree flashlight, keys, wallet. There is a really cool flashlight on my keys, a really really cool Prometheus Beta-QR in copper.
http://darksucks.com/store_BetaQR.html

On multi tools I used to carry a Gerber pliers tool with all the blades in the handle Unlike the Leatherman style the Gerber pliers slide out so the grip surface is not the open part of the channel. I carried it for years. I received one from my uncle, which ended up getting misplaced at some point so my big brother replaced it. A few months later the original showed back up. I don't have need to carry one so they are put up for now.

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