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In Praise of the Leatherman

About two years ago, I stood up in a wedding for a friend and received as a groomsman’s gift a Leatherman Surge. Not being familiar with Leatherman at the time, I threw it in a drawer where it sat for at least six months, gathering dust.

An error. I have found the Surge to be a marvelously handy┬ámultipurpose knife┬áthat I use almost every day. Despite that, the blade is still razor sharp and the Surge performs as well as it did the first time I used it. If I travel, the Leatherman travels with me. In an era where we are accustomed to buying high priced junk with a definite shelf life, it’s a pleasure to have something ruggedly made to last. I recommend it highly to anyone but for the Gents, a Leatherman is a must-have for your dude arsenal.

A useful tool ( much like Zenpundit himself).

4 Responses to “In Praise of the Leatherman”

  1. CKR Says:

    Eh – don’t carry it on your person or in your carryon baggage if you’re flying!
    I lost a much-loved Swiss Army knife that way.

  2. zen Says:

    Hi Cheryl,
    Very true. Shortly after 9/11 I was flying to DC out of O’Hare and the security woman triumphantly confiscated a nail clipper from me, much to the disdain of the two M-16 toting National Guardsmen she had summoned to be on alert as she rummaged through my bag.
    Have to wonder what profile I was fitting at the time to merit the pre-emptive armed response.

  3. Smitten Eagle Says:

    I cannot say I fly with my Leatherman (thievery among TSA agents being the primary reason).  However, I never deploy in support of my military duties without my Leatherman tool.
    It’s a great piece of gear.

  4. deichmans Says:

    Personally, I prefer the Gerber — though it looks like Leatherman has corrected their initial design error, where the edges of the metal handle wear positioned outward (i.e., gripping the pliers = narrow metal edges into your palm).

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