On the LM I had, the cutters fouled on barbed wire and then the pliers wouldn't open without some force. My in-laws were putting some cattle in a field that previously held hogs, so we went around all the fence rows cleaning the loose barbed wire and generally picking up stuff the cattle would cut themselves on. I had just bought the LM that morning, so I figured this was the perfect chance to try it out. The first piece of wire I came to dented the cutters to the point that they interfered with each other when they closed. I took it back that afternoon and went back to the Gerber. In it's defence, the Gerber did the same thing, but not as bad. Nothing has hurt the SOG.
On my suggestion, my father-in-law picked up a SOG and after he couldn't tear it up, I was impressed. I got one myself and have been sold ever since. I just recently picked up two more off e-bay for backups for us both.
I have looked at the LM and Vic since, but even though they are a bit more refined, I don't think they are as strong. Gerbers don't even make the class IMO. The one hand opening, the proven strength, Compound Leverage, and the ability to modify the tools to my liking has me sold on the SOG.
I carry a separate knife for cutting (obviously), and use the SOG for pretty much anything I don't want to use the E4 on. Most of the time, the pliers and screwdriver are what gets used the most. I'm good, (or bad, however you want to look at it) about prying with the flat screwdriver and bottle opener. The Phillips is still in good shape also, it is usually the second to go, after the cutters.
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