Gear review – Leatherman Surge Multitool

Gear review – Leatherman Surge Multi-tool
I love the Leatherman line of products, they are made in the USA and have a well-deserved steller reputation. I have had my surge for about a year and have used it on more occasions than I thought I might. It is a solid piece of gear that will compliment any EDC, camping, fishing, hunting, bugout, emergency or disaster gear you already own. Below I have my list of Pros and Cons on the Leatherman Surge multi-tool

Leatherman Surge -1

Product Pros:

This is a BEAST of a Multi-tool with a Sturdy design that really has not been rivaled. It has no “Flop” in it, the pliers, blades and tools are in place for the log haul and so far there have no issues with the structural integrity of the product
Your daily use items are on the exterior of the multi-tool, making them much easier to access. The 2 knife blades are one had open with a liner lock design that makes then a one handed close as well. Scissors and saw blade can be done with one had if you practice but are still simple to get to. This feature makes this an EDC worthy pocket knife.

The Pliers are your standard needle nose design with a larger opening for nuts and bolts toward the back of the assembly. They work well for the standard sizes most commonly used on automotive and household needs. The wire cutters work just fine for metal coat hangers, electrical wire and just about any standard household wires you may deal with. I would also like to note that they are replaceable, but I don’t use them enough to warrant it.
The interior tools, Awl, can opener, small and large flat head screwdriver and the bit driver that comes with a Phillips and flat head all work as expected. The surge has a locking mechanism for these tools as well to keep them from moving on you while in use.

Leatherman Surge Multitool - Blade

There are 2 distinctly different blades for your use, a straight and a serrated edge. I have been told on many occasions that a knife, unless used for cutting meet is to be a straight edge, if it has serrations it should just be a saw. I don’t agree with this logic, I personally believe the serrated blades come in the handiest cutting rope, or a small piece of wood, really anything that can fit in the divits between the peaks of the blades.

Leatherman Surge Multitool Saw file
The saw blade can be swapped out for the file they provide in the factory package. It is an easy exchange between the 2, also note you can order replacement saws and files from the Leatherman website. I had to replace my saw after it was chewed up by some concrete rock board I cut during my shower remodel project.

You have read all the good up to this point, now let me tell you a few of the things I don’t really care for.

Product Cons:

At 14.4 ounces, it is a heavy tool, if you wear it on your belt in the sheath they provided it is not too bad to carry, if it is in your pocket, be sure to have a belt on to keep your britches up! This is definitely a better pack item in my opinion.
This is a Multitool not just a pocket knife, so keep that in when you are using it as one. The next statement holds true for the vast majority of multitools, so I don’t hold it against Leatherman. When using the blades the bulk of the tool can get in the way of what you are trying to cut, especially if you are in a tight space or up against another object. It can make it more difficult than it needs to be and this is when you just want to go with a standard pocket or utility knife.

Leatherman Surge Multitool open

Here is my big complaint, the bit driver is proprietary, yes you have to buy your bits from Leatherman. I understand because of the design and function of the tool you were cutting down on the thickness of the bit driver and bits, but this really limits the size of hex or star heads you can use in the driver.

In Conclusion:

All in all, I like my Surge enough if it were ever stolen or lost I would replace it. The cons on this do not outweigh the pros by a longshot. This piece of gear has traveled with me on several campouts, fishing trips and has never failed me. I have used it camp cooking, getting the hook out of fish and even wrapping gifts at Christmas (Yes, I used the scissors, not the knife). For the foreseeable future the Leatherman Surge Multitool will have a place in my Everyday Carry bag.

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Everyday Carry (EDC) Part 3

A good Pen is priceless, no not a $300 pen that an executive would have, just a solid ball point or gel pen that is dependable. Great for everyday use and has replicable ink. I like the Zebra stainless steel series, it is solid and has easy to find ink refills. For those that don’t know, this is often your first best self defense weapon!

Now we come to what may be to some a very sensitive subject. To some this could can be perceived as a weapon, for others it is just another tool, the pocket knife! If you can carry one do so. First of all this is not a plea to get you to carry a self-defense weapon, this is a box/letter opener, cutting tags off clothes, and general use tool. You are welcome to carry 2 if you so choose. I do! My basic tool is the Leatherman Style SC. Super small with scissors, tweezers, file, screwdriver, bottle opener and knife blade. Roughly the size of my index finger closed. It is perfect for cutting oranges and apples, snipping wild hairs, quick wrapping gifts and pulling splinters. I also carry a Kershaw folding knife with a 3-1/2″ blade, I carry it for peace of mind and larger task that the little one wont handle. Feel free to select any knife you would like, just make sure it is appropriate for the daily life you live and conforms to your state and local laws.

I personally carry a very small True Utility Lighter – I don’t smoke, so you are thinking why carry one? I carry one for emergencies only. We do lots of camping, have birthday parties with candles that need lighting, sometimes the stove wont lite with the built in ignition or I need to fuse the end of a rope or straw for a project. There are many uses for a lighter, this is something you need to decide for yourself.

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Thanks, and remember, it’s your life, prepare for it!