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Leatherman Surge 30 April 2016

I've carried a SOG Powerlock II for years, but it was getting old and tired. This replaced it as my main belt tool.

It comes with two knife blades (straight and serrated), decent scissors, a saw blade, two slot screwdrivers, a spike, a can-opener, and a flat bit holder with a Phillips head, reversible to add another slot driver. (The bits are thinner than standard ΒΌ" hex, though a set of 21 flat bits is available from Leatherman, or one could grind down one's own with a fair amount of effort.)

The saw blade can be swapped out for a file blade, supplied, and this fitting is standard: it'll hold any other standard jigsaw blade.

The two main blades can be opened and closed one-handed. (No, one can't readily rearrange them, so left-handers are out of luck.)

This is quite a large and heavy tool, at 335g and 11.5cm closed, but it sits on a belt and fits my hand well; unlike the SOG its edges are rounded, so one can exert more force without hurting oneself. Leverage on the pliers is long enough to be useful. Most crucially it has almost all the tools I want, in practical sizes. The one I miss is a bottle opener, rather than the can opener for which I've never had a use. I'm a sysadmin, not a camper.

(In fact this is why I started carrying a Leatherman: in the terribly secure facilities of Telehouse, behind multiple layers of swipe-card doors, any tools left unattended would vanish within minutes. Funny, that.)

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