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Wednesday, 21 February 2018 15:53

SOG Vs Leatherman Part 5

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Part 5 1As we get closer to the finale of this shootout the big question is- will Leatherman gain some ground or will SOG reign supreme?  It's getting pretty heated here as both the Skeletool and the Reactor both try to be the top light duty EDC Tool in this shootout!

Part 5- Bottle Opener

I don’t even know if there is a comparison needed here- this one is as open and shut as it can possibly get, and the Skeletool absolutely kills the Reactor on this one.  But, since I am dragging this out into a serial, let’s get into why.

First off, there is no prep needed for the Skeletool.  If you have it in your hand, chances are it is ready to cleanly snap the top off a bottle.  The carabiner end is not only an excellent and effective bottle opener, it is also a carabiner and lanyard hole, adding extra function to the bottle opener.Part 5 2

By comparison the bottle opener on the Reactor is quite lacking, being a small fold out hook that seems like it was thrown in as an afterthought.  It also features a lanyard ring but suffers from being very difficult to pull out when needed.  Maybe some out there are looser than mine, but I can’t comment on things I have not experienced myself.  And, being one small point of contact on a cap means it won’t lift nearly as smoothly as the Skeletool’s bottle opener would.

Part 5 3But, this is Multitool.org and we are famous for finding the good and bad in everything, except of course Schrade, which is absolute monkey crap through and through.  In light of that (the finding good thing, not the Schrade thing) here is the one way in which the SOG Reactor bottle opener is better than the Skeletool’s:

It is compact. 

As we have seen from the Freestyle the Skeletool is a perfectly functional tool with a carabiner stuck on the end making it quite large for what is supposed to be a compact tool.  In fact, we awarded a point in Part 1 to SOG for just that reason.  While the Reactor’s bottle opener may not be as effective as the Skeleool’s, it is at least a heck of a lot smaller and doesn’t impact the use of the rest of the tool in any way.

But, that’s not enough to take this point away from Leatherman, and the Skeletool moves up another notch.

SCORE- SOG 4, Leatherman 3

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Grant Lamontagne

As the founder of Multitool.org Grant has been a collector of Swiss Army Knives and multitools for over 25 years, and a user for over 40 years. 

With a day job working in the field, either out in the woods or on industrial sites, Grant uses tools every day for all manner of different purposes.

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