The Meat man wrote: ↑
Fri Jul 19, 2019 6:15 pm
James Y wrote: ↑
Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:55 pm
Unfortunately, I can't post photos, but every day I carry two SAKs; a Victorinox Executive, and either a Spartan or my Pioneer. In the kitchen, the knives I use are also all Victorinox...a 7" Santoku, a paring knife, a hooked fruit knife, and a serrated utility.
On the occasions I carry a pliers-based multi-tool, it's my Swisstool Spirit.
At one point in my life, when I moved to Taiwan for a decade, my only EDC knife was a Spartan SAK. It served me very well as a sole EDC knife. The Executive I carry today is the same one I've been carrying for 20 years now.
Those are what I've settled on, but I own more Victorinoxes (and Spydercos) than any other knife brand.
How do you like the Swisstool? I'm only familiar with Leatherman.
I like the Swisstool Spirit, much more than the full-sized Swisstool. I find the Spirit more 'carry-able'; it's more compact, lighter, and IMO the gently curved handles are more ergonomic and make accessing the tools easier. Prior to my Spirit, I carried a series of Leathermans for about a 10-year period; a PST II, a Supertool, a Blast, a Wave, and maybe others. Leathermans are good tools, but I like my Spirit better. Since 2010, when I bought it, it's been the only pliers-based multi-tool I use, when I need one. The Vic screwdrivers can be a bit more slippery than a Leatherman's during use, but it's never really been an issue with me. I also like that on the Spirit, I can access a tool without the others clumping together. But it really all comes down to personal preference.
The only thing I didn't like about the Spirit is the sheath that came with it. The Velcro stopped working and went to hell after about a year. When I use it now, I carry it horizontally in an old Benchmade Bali-song sheath. I'm planning on getting one of those military-quality multi-tool sheaths that also wear horizontally.