What are your feelings about pocket knives? Compact flashlights? Multi-tools? Pocketable accessories, doodads, and what-nots?
Shown above is the Leatherman OHT multi-tool, which I reviewed quite a long time ago. I still own it, but don’t use it as often anymore, as I have come to favor other tools.
Folding knives, multi-tools, flashlights, compact versions of common tools, most tools and gear that can be described as “everyday carry” (EDC) tend to draw very polarized opinions.
Some dislike the idea of multi-tools, claiming they can buy an entire tool box full of gear for the same price as a quality multi-tool.
Others don’t like folding knives, preferring utility knives that work with widely available disposable blades.
Flashlights? Many make the “I can buy a 10-pack of super-bright flashlights from Amazon for way less money!” arguments.
I would say that most opinions and views can be classified in one of three ways. There are collectors and enthusiasts that are really into what they like, more casual or beginner users and anymore who is trying things out for the first time, and “not for me” types of folks.
To each their own – there’s no right answer, opinion, or stance to take here.
As with most types of tools, I tend to take an “I want to understand the differences myself” standpoint, which involves exploring a wide range of brands and price points.
Around 15 years ago, gathering these insights and understanding involved a lot of running back and forth to different stores to check out different brands and models, and also thoroughly researching online purchases. Wanting to share my findings led to ToolGuyd’s creation.
Now? Especially with EDC gear, I take a more hands-on approach. ToolGuyd is an enabler in that regard. I’m not buying it for myself, ToolGuyd is buying it for review purposes.
What I’d like to know is how you feel about these types of tools.
I have a huge backlog that I’m working on, and understanding your interests (for or against), will help me plan things out and prioritize future product selection.
If more readers are on the “not interested at all” side of the line, I’ll still proceed, but with a more spaced-out schedule.