Is a Swiss army knife the ultimate CoolTool?
Do you think that the Swiss Army Knife Range could be collectively classified as the Ultimate CoolTool?0
No! It's the Jack of all trades but the Master of none! A simple single blade, light weight, lock back pocket knife, 3.5 inch more or less gets it done.
No. If you want a durable and usable multi-purpose tool get a Leatherman or SOG. For a knive my preferance is a 2 1/2" 3 blade Uncle Henery #897 UN by Schrade. It sharpens easily and holds an edge very well. I use the large blade for utility work, keep one small blade razor sharp all the time and keep the other small blade pretty sharp. Actually I guess I keep them all pretty sharp all the time. I'm not dressed without this in my pocket and have no idea how anyone gets through a day without a good pocket knife. When I travel by air one of the first things I do after landing is find a place to buy an inexpensive knife that I can give away upon my return.
Get a decent (they're all pretty inexpensive) 6-in-1 screw drive and keep a knife or leather man on you. You'll use the 6-in-1 90% of the time if you work on machines in a facilities kind of job. Unless you ultimate tool is a knife the screw driver and nut driver combination will always win
The ultimate cool tool has got to be a Leatherman. My personal favorite is the Charge TTi and the Wave. The only possibly missing item is a flashlight but it's better to have a separate one anyway.
I have been disappointed with my recent Leatherman purchases. I miss the simple functionality of the original!
I did find an interesting bladed option recently that I really like though! It is a stainless steel box cutter blade holder (the blade slides into the holder which folds shut like a pocket knife. If the blade gets dull, slide it out and reverse it for another good blade!). The blade locks open, and there is a little LED light on a swing-out arm. It is really an overpriced piece of Chinese junk! (It was included in a "rip off" periodic tool mailing club that someone I know got roped into joining, but surprisingly this thing is great!)
I have never seen anything like it in my many trips to the hardware store (closest thing is a box cutter). I like it, and carry it now instead of my pocket knife. If I ever forget, and TSA corners me, I can simply slip out the blade and throw it away, and keep the rest for another day!
I guess it's time for somebody who actually uses one to speak up. I don't know about this "ultimate" business, but I'm willing to send a little love the Swiss Army Knife's way. "Jack of all trades, master of none"? Maybe so, but for what I can get in my pocket it ain't bad. Take for instance the "Farmer" model I had in my pocket yesterday-- I opened a can and a bottle with it, opened the mail, tightened a couple of loose screws, pried some pistachios open with the can opener, made a new hole in my belt, started a couple of screw holes, and sawed some sheetrock out so I could get some conduit through. That's just what comes to mind right away. I had access to a purpose-made tool for most of that, but the Swiss Army Knife was right there with me and I knew it'd do the job plenty well enough. For cutting that sheetrock it was the best thing I could use, because of the limited space. Now with a nice lockback single blade knife, you better stick to opening the mail. I make adapters for 1/4" hex screwdriver bits that'll fit on a Swiss Army Knife's cap lifter, or even on a straight screwdriver, and with one of those, I can drive any kind of screw with my Swiss Army Knife. Leathermans and such are nice, too, but I can stick a real pair of pliers like, depending on what I'm up to, a small pair of dikes, some little slip joints or even a Channellock 426 in my pocket with a Swiss Army Knife and there you are, Bob's your uncle.
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