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After Gerber’s sliding plier head patent expired, Leatherman decided to try their hand on this particular design, and their first offering is the OHT. It’s a large tool aimed at the tactical/EMT crowd. Leatherman doesn’t say what OHT stands for, but I’m guessing there probably is a One Hand somewhere. It comes with a MOLLE compatible sheath which will also work with belt.

Most parts of the tool are finished with black oxide coating, and handle scales come in either tan or black. Black oxide finish isn't particularly wear resistant, so expect the black to fade with use. The scales are painted stamped sheet metal, despite my initial impression of anodized aluminum.

Read more: Leatherman OHT Review

Read more: Leatherman OHT Review

Lost in a sea of better known competition, the T10 Multitool by IDL Tools is a lesser known, but not lesser quality, contender.

The tool is all stainless steel construction, and held together with peened pins. The tool is 2" (51mm) long, 1 1/8" (29mm) wide, and an incredibly thin 5/16" (including pins. Without them, it's only 1/4" (6.5mm) thick. Weight is 1.7 oz (49g).

Here is the tool folded up.

Read more: IDL Tools T10 Review

Read more: IDL Tools T10 Review

Every now and then I see a cheapo tool, and think “that might actually be worth trying”. Sometimes it’s a huge waste of money, and other times you end up with a very useful tool for very little cost. Several months ago, I saw some details of one of these little tempters, but was unable to actually track one down ..... till about two weeks ago. As soon as I saw it, I ordered it. It arrived only a day or two ago, and figured it would be rude not to review it.

Tools are often based on a particular function, be it pliers, scissors, or sometimes even a flashlight. This particular multitool is based on the humble utility knife, known generically here as a Stanley knife. The fact that this is actually a Stanley FatMax model did give me some confidence, as it is a brand I have had good products from in the past.

Read more: Stanley 4-1 FatMax Review

Read more: Stanley 4-1 FatMax Review

Before I bought the Gerber Mini Suspension-P, I'd never owned a Gerber multi tool, so I wasn't sure quite what to expect.  I've owned a couple of Gerber knives over the years and I was very impressed with them, and I'd had my eye on the Gerber Suspension multi tool for a while now.   (The Paraframe is still, for my money, one of the best pocket knives there is.)

Then recently I saw the Mini Suspension-P at Home Depot for about $10.  The price was right, so I took a chance and bought it.  After carrying it and using it for a couple of weeks now, I have to say I'm a little let down.

Read more: Gerber Mini Suspension-P Review

Read more: Gerber Mini Suspension-P Review

These tools are a bit like fraternal twins, at first glance they look nearly identical however they are very capable individuals.  Both tools are lower cost options in the full size category from Leatherman but don’t be misled by cost alone as they are no Ed McMahon to Johnny Carson or Ethel to Lucy.  The Wingman is a trusted friend and companion and the Sidekick a competent multitool ready for a task.  I feel Leatherman nailed these offerings, though not just for the budget minded consumer but for anyone looking for a tool to do exactly what it was designed to do, which is perform.


Read more: Leatherman Wingman and Sidekick Review

Read more: Leatherman Wingman and Sidekick Review

Parent Category: Leatherman Tool Group

When you need pliers on the go a multitool is great to have. But what about when that multitool feels like a brick in your pocket? Sheaths are an option but not everyone wants one on their side and not everyone wears a belt. There are also keychain tools, but the pliers on them are too small for many tasks. So what do you do? You get a Leatherman Mini-Tool.
Read more: Leatherman Mini-Tool Review

Read more: Leatherman Mini-Tool Review

Parent Category: Leatherman Tool Group

Locking pliers are a feature seldom explored by the multitool manufacturers, and not a tool I frequently need – but when you do need them, nothing else will suffice. Gerber entered the fray with the Grappler which features one hand deployable locking pliers (one fixed jaw and one movable one) with anvil style wire cutters. On the outside of the tool are four additional one hand opening tools, which means this was the world’s first full sized multitool where everything can be opened one handed, despite conflicting claims from elsewhere.


Read more: Gerber Grappler Review

Read more: Gerber Grappler Review

Parent Category: Gerber

It wasn't a planned purchase.  I didn't even know it existed until I saw it in the display case at the Brigade Quartermaster on Ft. Stewart more than a year and a half ago.  I liked the idea of having a small tool to carry on my keys, since the Gerber MP600 I was issued was too big and bulky to carry out of uniform.  I purchased the tool for around $20.  It has been on my keys ever since. 

Read more: Gerber Dime Review

Read more: Gerber Dime Review

Parent Category: Gerber

I have been aware of the Gerber Curve for quite some time now and was attracted to it for it’s organic  shape, locking implements and minuscule size. I was just never able to justify paying $10 for the tool and $5 shipping.  I found one while browsing in a Dick’s store about two weeks ago.  Its the first time I’ve seen one in a store, and seeing it in person made me want it even more.  I ignored the $15 price and bought it.

Read more: Gerber Curve Review

Read more: Gerber Curve Review

Parent Category: Gerber

An often-overlooked entry into the keychain size MT market is the SOG Crosscut. I was talked into buying one from ‘Sharper Image’ or some such mall shop many years ago, and as overpriced as it was, I would have paid it again. The original Crosscut was an absolutely excellent tool. It has been replaced by the Crosscut 2.0, with only a few refinements, and a fairly major drop in build quality since production switched from the United States to China. While it’s not what it used to be, it’s still an excellent option for keychain carry.

Read more: SOG Crosscut 2.0 Review

Read more: SOG Crosscut 2.0 Review

Parent Category: SOG Tools

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