Leatherman

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  1. KPMom20150156

    KPMom20150156 Member

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    I purchased a leatherman for my son and it is on back order. The price was $125. I was just at Home Depot and saw a leatherman for $25. What's the difference? Does he need the $125 leatherman or the $25 leatherman?
     
  2. Lynpar

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    There must be many varieties. Your post prompted me to go to Lows.com and I found a stainless steel model called the Wave for 74.98. But they also listed model called the Blast for 29 or 39. I am sure Cmakin, deep draft, Jdog, Deepsea and the others can shed some light on what varieties are best. Also which model is most useful for deckies or engine etc. I also recall, if you have the time, there has been much discussed in the about these tools and knifes. Happy shopping! I am buying ( foul weather gear) this :eek:
     
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    Leatherman multis didn't catch on much back when I was still at sea. I do believe that I stated in another thread that I got by just fine with three things in my pockets. A flashlight, a knife and a pair of slip joint pliers (commonly called by their Channel Lock brand, or more sinister nicknames like Arkansas Knurling Tool, Mexican Nut Rounder, etc.).

    As time went by, and I started surveying AND the equipment improved, I refined my pocket stuffers to a Spyderco knife and a Pelican flashlight. Both items are used quite a bit by commercial divers and I worked with many and still do. I still have both and still use them. I started using a Pelican light about 25 years ago when just about the only place you could get the replacement bulb was at a dive shop. They are much, much easier to find now and are really a marine surveyor's most essential tool. VERY important when crawling tanks.

    I don't know that I would rush right out and get a Leatherman, to be honest. Outside of the "cool" factor, there may be much that one doesn't use on them outside of the blade. But that is just me.
     
  4. deepdraft1

    deepdraft1 Master, Ocean Steam or Motor Vessels, unlimited

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    I started carrying a Leatherman when I was sailing Chief Mate back in the early 90's. I never went out on deck without one in the leg pocket of my Carhartt work pants. I think having one is more useful for deckies than engineers. I can't tell you the number of times I used the pliers, screwdriver heads and file blade on mine. It also has a good knife blade. Try opening a frozen shackle pin, pulling a hard to remove cotter pin from a safety shackle or cutting nicro wire if all you have is a knife. You may be taking a long walk back to the Bosun Locker for that 'Arkansas Knurling Tool' to get the job done.. You should be able to get the basic Leatherman for about $42. SOG also makes a good Multitool and West Marine sells a model that even has a marlinespike for about $50. He's the link.. http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wc...10540053&PID=4003003&SID=128h0qw7c6o87&CID=cj[/FONT]
     
  5. KPMom20150156

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    Thank you for all the info. I had read the previous threads and had purchased the leatherman that was suggested. I was just wondering after seeing the $25 one if a $125 leatherman was really necessary. Thought maybe he could start with one a little less expensive that he could lose and then purchase his own later that, if more expensive and he used his own $$, had less chance of disappearing. Am using the site suggested. Appreciate your insight!
     
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    deepdraft1 Master, Ocean Steam or Motor Vessels, unlimited

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  7. Lynpar

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    Deep draft, thanks for the links. I opened the first link,,,and,,, how can I say this? OH HELL NO! He is sailing not joining the cast of The Deadliest Cathch! :eek:
    Professional grade? You weren't a kiddin! I am scared now. Thanks!

    Actually this first time out we are going through the KP coaches with the discount that is offered the students. But I will keep these links in mind when I want to scare the bejeebers out of myself.:redface:

    Wow, I read through the catalog and price list. I will have DS take a look when he is home for what else he could use. These prices seem reasonable. I was surprised. Thanks again
     
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  8. deepdraft1

    deepdraft1 Master, Ocean Steam or Motor Vessels, unlimited

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    Those Grundens 'oilskins' aren't really that expensive if you consider how well made and rugged they are and how long they'll last you.

    Yeah, I especially like the two pictures at the bottom of their home page.. One with the guy working inside a crab trap and the other with a guy running from a boarding sea on the aft deck of his boat! That's dangerous work for sure! Or as I would say.. 'that's the REAL price of fish' :eek:
     
  9. baxted

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    $25 vs. $125 Leatherman

    For what it is worth, I have both an inexpensive and more expensive leatherman (I must be obvious to shop for as both were gifts!). The immediate difference I noted was the quality of the sheath which is far better on the more expensive one. But the real difference was noted after use. The cheap one loosened up after a few uses and even with locktite (almost as essential as JB Weld and duct tape) it rattles when used. The expensive one still works as good as the day I got it. I would look at the quality of the steel (make sure it is a tool grade steel with a good corrosion resistance). That should hold together given the hard use it could get.
     
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    Engraving

    I took the leatherman by Things Remembered ( purchased at Target
    for $50)and they engraved his last name & 2015 on it. :thumb:
    He found the tool very helpful in KP100
     
  11. deepdraft1

    deepdraft1 Master, Ocean Steam or Motor Vessels, unlimited

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    sailing might not be quite as dangerous as the Deadliest Catch, but as an old Chief Mate once told me back when I was a young 3rd Mate.. "remember kid, you're goin' to sea not to Sunday School"...:biggrin:
     

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