Leatherman vs Gerber Multi-Plier

Leatherman New Wave Multi-Tool

Leatherman New Wave Multi-Tool

When most people think of a hip-mounted all-in-one tool, they think of Leatherman. I mean, honestly, even the multi-tools that aren’t Leatherman’s are still referred to as a Leatherman. That is probably because they were the first to produce the idea of a “Boy Scout knife with pliers.” That was back in 1983, and since then there have been plenty of other companies trying to make their own mark in the multi-tool arena. Some are competitive, but most can’t keep up with the legendary name and reputation of the Leatherman brand. There are, however, some decent competitors out there…

Gerber Multi-Plier

Gerber Multi-Plier

Gerber Multi-Plier

When I was in the navy, I was onboard a submarine. Almost everyone carried some kind of multi-tool on their hip. When we were out to sea, the uniform was just a pair of coveralls, a tee shirt, and a uniform belt. I had the Spec-Ops Belt, and I had my Gerber attached to it. For me, the Gerber was just a better feel. With the Leatherman, you have to open it with two hands. No big deal, unless you can’t let go of something and need your tool in a pinch. That was the main thing that I liked about my Gerber. I could take it out of my pouch, flick it, and the pliers would come out, all while not having to let go of what I had in my left hand. That may not seem like a big deal, but for me, it was the deal breaker. I put mine back in the pouch the same way every time, so when I took it out, I could also get to the knife with the one-handed operation too. Simplicity was kept in mind when the folks over at Gerber designed their multi-tools.

So what do you carry? What is your preference, and why? I would love to hear what you think in the comments below…

 

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