I had an original Leatherman and hated using the pliers. I got the Gerber MP600's and never looked back. I use pliers alot and can flick the Gerbers open one handed and quick.leatherman for survival tool.
Can opener, check
Jewelers driver, check
Phillips/flat tip, check
Checks a lot of boxes for something in the 1lb range.
If you need a 4lb machete sized blade to survive, Rambo you got other issues.
I still have two of the originals in my fresh and saltwater tackle boxes. I use the leatherman wave now, lifetime warranty. I use them hard too, every single day.I had an original Leatherman and hated using the pliers. I got the Gerber MP600's and never looked back. I use pliers alot and can flick the Gerbers open one handed and quick.
What's the length of that SOG? I like..Two of my “Go-to” knives.
On the left is my SOG Gov-Tac
On the right is my Ontario RAKView attachment 7343080
As to the Leatherman, I too switched to Gerber and was much happier. The biggest use for the pliers (for me) was punching holes in the oil cans. That way I didn’t have to carry a churchkey. One of those got left in a nacelle once, and it did not go well when it was found. The Gerber you could tell as you could feel it in your holster or not.
Without going and looking I think the blade cutting length is 7" (?) The blade cutting length on the RAK is 6.5" If you have good internet measuring skills the blue behind them is 6". 3" halfway across. Each ring is 1.5".What's the length of that SOG? I like..
Terävä Jääkäripuukko.Morakniv is a good knife, I also like ontario, essee, my personal fav is a RMJ Range 37, I’m picky when I carry it because any period in the rain or extreme wetness causes it to rust, sometimes I can’t get around to oiling it for a day or two.
I was TAD @ Subic Bay for awhile and my “ honeycombs” Uncle was a instructor at the JEST school. He made me a knife that was fashioned after a Kukris. He made it from steel pilfered from the ship repair facility. Holds a edge unlike any name brand knife I’ve ever owned.Filipinos have a long history with blades of all kinds Finding a good cultural blade is the way to go, I agree, because they've already worked out what works over centuries of use, with the caveat that they know how to use their knives in the environment they were designed for.
I have a pair of Gurka Kukris; bought very inexpensively ($40 each or something like that) from a guywho imported a bunch from the maker who supplies the Gurkas. I've seen crappy tourist Kukris and these are NOT those. Despite being 7/16" thick across the spine these are reasonably light because there's a semi-flat grind taper forged in. The edges are very sharp.
Love to find things I thought I lost , cause 99% of the time , there gone !Well I'll be damned! I went and dug out my Seal pup and I find a light in the pouch I thought I lost! I searched under every tractor at work thinking I stuck it to the frame somewhere while I fixed something!
I forgot how great of a feel these knives have!View attachment 7343052View attachment 7343053View attachment 7343054