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1. Posted by PeteMuzz (Budding Member 51 posts) 9y

Lets settle a debate.... Which would be best for a round the world trip, a Swiss Army Knife or a Leatherman?

I'm torn between both at the moment and I have to say the Leatherman XE6 is winning.

2. Posted by Dezafinado (Respected Member 177 posts) 9y

They both good but the Leather's nose-plier has bigger/longer handles, which makes it easier to maneuver.

3. Posted by boreal2673 (Respected Member 345 posts) 9y

I agree the Leatherman is a better option. If you are worried about size then get the smaller leatherman. The nose-pliers are worth it in themselves.

4. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

I cannot remember when ever I needed a pair of pliers while travelling... I'd go for a knife (really just a knife; I never used any of the other tools on my Victorinox, except for the tweezers)

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 2, 2007, at 1:54 AM by bentivogli ]

5. Posted by roskelld (Budding Member 21 posts) 9y

Has anyone had any problems travelling with a knife like this?

I can think of many uses, but I do worry about the problems if you're stopped in a country and it's found on you.

6. Posted by Emmalineau (Full Member 94 posts) 9y

I am going to weigh in in favour of the Gerber. Lightweight, very hardwearing and a really comfortable grip (for girly hands like mine!) I work in theatre and events so I always seem to be reaching for it - things like tweezers, mini scissors, knife and can opener come in very handy when travelling. I've never had any problems carrying it when travelling but always check you've put it in your pack/suitcase before you hit the airport - would be awful to have to chuck it at customs because you forgot!

The only thing it doesn't have is a corkscrew - but I'm addicted to my corkscrew that I carry anyway so no big loss!

7. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

Quoting roskelld

Has anyone had any problems travelling with a knife like this?

Actually, the police in Mongolia tried to claim that my leatherman tool was an offensive weapon that could be used for stabbing unsuspecting Mongolians, but I think they were just trying to get some leverage on me to extort some cash out of me, because no one could reasonably claim that a 2 inch blade would be good for anything other than slicing cheese or boring holes in picnic tables.

I think the larger issue I find is the fact that having it requires you need to check your bags when flying, which is a pain in the ass and leads to lost luggage.

Back on topic - I have a leatherman. I like it. I have used the pliers - they have come in handy mostly for bending zippers and other fasteners into shape, or providing some leverage while trying to open said stuck zippers.

8. Posted by hawaiinate (Budding Member 33 posts) 9y

latherman, hands down much better made tool if you ask me

9. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

I'm a big fan of swiss army knives (my trusty one has barely left my person in the last 9years, and that replaced an indentical one lost in a cork in a bottle of wine after during an extremely memorable [although i barely remember anything] and boozy evening).

Having said that, i've never had a leathermans, so can't comment on them - When i replaced my Swiss, they weren't as easy to get hold of and i needed something quickly and cheaply, so I went with what I know.

Has anyone had any problems travelling with a knife like this?

Not really. Because i ALWAYS have it on me, i tend to forget about it, so it's been 'smuggled' into all sorts of places entirely by accident, and it's small enough not to be considered as evil as all that.

I never used any of the other tools on my Victorinox, except for the tweezers)

Interesting. I use all of my tools. Admittedly the main blade, bottle opener, can opener and corkscrew are used much more than anything else, but the scissors in particular come in surprisingly handy, ditto the phillips screwdriver, and i have lit a fire using the magnifying glass thingy before

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 15, 2007, at 9:11 AM by Gelli ]

10. Posted by sushi_ (Budding Member 49 posts) 9y

Gerber, leatherman and swiss army knives are all pretty good, I personally use a gerber that cost me about £50 but has lasted me 4/5 years so far. The best thing about it by far is the fact that the blade/tools lock into place on mine, as I have nearly chopped my fingers off when a swiss army knife folded in on itself, whilst I was destroying something!!