End-Times multi tool and flashlight

Discussion in 'Survival & Sustenance Living Forum' started by Benning Boy, Feb 13, 2009.

  1. Benning Boy

    Benning Boy New Member

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    As the title suggests, I'm gonna get a multi tool and flashlight this weekend. My Mag Light and Buck Tool have seen better days, Mag Light technology has fallen behind, and Buck Tools are no longer made.

    I appreciate all suggestions and arguments, and I don't want to spend more than $200 for the pair.
     
  2. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    I got a Gerber multi-tool about a dozen years ago that is STILL going strong. The black, nomex, ballistic nylon pouch has seen MUCH better days, but that damn tool is still reliable and well built. Never had a problem and I probably have carried it, truthfully for the equivilent of 6 to 7 full years during the time I have had it.

    I am currently waiting on the delivery of 5.11 Tacticals new Light for Life Mrs. JD was kind enough to pre-order as part of my Christmas present and we received notice it should be shipping "shortly". Whatever the hell that means. Check out the light and see what you think before you decide.

    I have two INOVA flashlights and I have mixed reviews. The smaller T2 is excellent. Very bright, very good at lighting up the hallway for home defense or in the dark corners of the garage. Very good on battery life.

    The much larger T5 is as bright as any light I have ever used, but the damn thing eats batteries like an Ethopian Kid taken to his first All-You-Can-Eat buffet. It just drains the life out of those things in nothing flat. I need to see about getting some rechargable ones because it's expensive to feed.

    JD
     

  3. Benning Boy

    Benning Boy New Member

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    Do I get the sports watch if I adopt the Ethiopian kid?

    Which Gerber ya got?

    I'm trying to decide what tools are essential in a multi tool. Part of the reason I never liked Swiss army knives was the fact that I could live without a corkscrew, marlin spike, etc. I kinda want to streamline this as much as possible.
     
  4. Dillinger

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    a very early edition of this one. Mine isn't black, it's kind of a brushed aluminum and it doesn't have the carbide cutters, though those would be useful. Same basic foldouts though. Also, the pliers slide out the front of the handles, you don't need to invert the handles 180 degrees like you do on the Leatherman and others. I really like it, but there are definitely, newer, better models out there.

    Have you checked out the offerings from Sog Multitool?? I have a couple of their knives and they are a great product out of Lynnwood, which is local here. Great company, really good service. I don't like their trap door on the outside of the handle-thingie ( <--- Cane said that was a technical term :D ) but they have a couple of models that don't use it. Just a thought...

    JD
     
  5. Benning Boy

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    Ahhh SOG, hadn't thought of that, got a Twitch 2, great little knife. Not bad.
     
  6. Dillinger

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    Yeah, they are a good company. Their blades come wicked sharp. Probably the sharpest out of the box knife I have ever bought. I have several, and I really liked that Twitch, but I got my Benchmade Presidio and haven't looked back.

    Check them out, see what you think. I believe they even have ones that are EOD approved...

    JD
     
  7. user4

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    Your use of similes has grown since the founding of our friendship. I am impressed, sir.
     
  8. Dillinger

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    I owe it to reading several of your clever posts and usually laughing out loud. I realized I had to raise my game.... LOL

    JD
     
  9. dragunovsks

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    Agreed, I would also have to go with the Gerber multi-tool, I found mine. Walked out of the library one day when I was still in high school and there it was lying on the sidewalk. Well built and they can cut pennies. I didn't do it but a guy I know did.
     
  10. vegasjeepguy

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    Steep and Cheap is always running great deals on multitools. Just be patient and keep and eye out. I got an SOG for 60% off.
     
  11. Benning Boy

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    Why is everything more expensive from the manufacturer? Looked at the SOG site, the Twitch I paid $40 for was $70.

    Steep & Cheap looks promising.
     
  12. bgeddes

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    I carry one like Dillinger's every day at work. It's in a mag pouch (I can not remember the maker) as the original nylon thing that came with it self-destructed.

    I went through a lot of 'super flashlights' and they can not tolerate the beating of daily industrial use. My light of choice is a AA Maglight with an LED conversion. Both very good tools and almost critical to my workday.
     
  13. GatorDude

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    For the flashlight, I'd suggest another Maglite. They've got LED lights now that really put out some serious light from a small package:
    Flashlight Review: Mini Maglite LED - Associated Content
    Of course, if you plan on using your light as a club, I'd go for a regular full-sized Maglite.

    I've also got the Gerber Suspension Multi-Tool. It works pretty well and feels nice and solid.
    Knife Review: The Gerber Suspension Multitool - Associated Content

    That might even leave you with enough money for a Marlin Model 60 or something!
    :)
     
  14. Franciscomv

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    It depends on what you need from your multitool, there are lots of models out there.

    If you don't carry a knife and will rely on the blade on your multitool for everyday cutting tasks, a Leatherman Charge might be the best choice. It has one hand opening knife blades, and the plain edge one is made out of S30V. The titanium handled model is quite light for its size.

    However, if you do carry a knife, give the SwissTool Spirit (or the original SwissTool) a look. It's a great tool, and the ratchet with the extra bits is fantastic (much better than the built in bit holders in Leatherman tools). It's very well built, and I like the design better than the other tools in the market. For starters, you don't need to open the pliers to reach the other tools, they open from outside the handles. The only downside is that the knife blade in the SwissTool Spirit is a serrated edge sheepfoot blade, which wouldn't be my first choice for an EDC blade.

    The original SwissTool is a bit heavy to carry, the Spirit is not only lighter, but it's also a lot more comfortable to handle.

    By the way, Inova is now making flashlights for Victorinox, so you can get a nice matching multitool/flashlight set.
     
  15. AsmelEduardo

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    Victorinox & Surefire

    That's right I've a Victorinox SwissTool Spirit Plus multitool for some task and most of the times a Victorinox Workchamp knife work for me.

    +1 with the Victorinox Swiss Tool Spirit Plus!

    For the flashlight I use the Surefire 6PL, It's a LED flashligt so don't eat batteries like the incandescents lights and have a decent amount of bright.