Mora2013 wrote:I currently keep a victorinox rambler on my keys. I've also had a victorinox classic sd, leatherman style ps, leatherman style cs, and leatherman micra on my keys.
It's a great way to have a lot of utility in an unobtrusive package.
In my mind, the frequency that I need a tool:
Daily or near daily: toothpick, knife, scissors
Weekly: screwdrivers, nail file, pen
Infrequent, but really want to have when you need it: tweezers,corkscrew
Infrequent, and can usually substitute or wait: pliers, wire cutters, awl
I choose to edc an additional folding knife or pocket sized multitool. Currently it is the dragonfly 2 frn. Of the 3 items I use daily, there's no reason for me to carry a larger toothpick. And it's more useful to have a larger knife than a larger pair of scissors.
Carrying a knife alone, which i do utilize more often than any other specific tool ... well, I'm not using my knife as a toothpick, pen, or file. And I really don't want to use my knife as a screwdriver, scraper, awl or pry bar. Whereas I wouldn't have an issue with using the multitools bottle opener or screwdriver as a pry bar, and I wouldn't mind using the screwdriver as a scraper, or the scissors as a makeshift awl.
Frankly, I think multi tools are under appreciated. People complain that the knife blades are too small and too thin. Well, my thought is that they don't need to be any bigger nor any more stout because all they need to be is a knife. You've got other tools in the package that can be used for non-knife duties. Whereas if you're carrying a knife only, you're using that knife for non-knife duties more often.
I couldn't have worded it better. It's exactly my line of thinking.
I carry a knife for knife things
my multitool is there to trim my nails, pull out that painful thorn, make that hole in the belt or pry that stubborn drawer open.
The only thing it doesn't give me is light
capabilities, but those are covered by my AAA flashlight
and the mini pen
in the Vic SAK that goes with me everywhere, copying your pattern, my needs are:
Daily or near daily: knife, scissors, light
Weekly: screwdrivers, prybar, pen
Infrequent, but really want to have when you need it: tweezers, file, corkscrew, gripping/pinching action (pliers)
Infrequent, and can usually substitute or wait: saw, wire cutters, awl, fire (lighter)
very nicely put mora2013!