As the founder of Multitool.org Grant has been a collector of Swiss Army Knives and multitools for over 25 years, and a user for over 40 years.
With a day job working in the field, either out in the woods or on industrial sites, Grant uses tools every day for all manner of different purposes.
In case you missed Part 1 yesterday, we are doing a direct comparison of Leatherman's Skeletool and SOG's Reactor. These two multitools are remarkably similar in function, but let's see how they fare in the real world when stacked up head to head! In today's installment we are going to look closely at each of the blades on these tools and see which one comes out on top!
It’s not often you get the opportunity to pit a multitool directly against a competitor as the variety of functions makes almost every model different from every other one. Occasionally though, we manage to find a couple that are close enough that we can match them against eachother in a very fair fight- last year it was the Leatherman OHT vs the Gerber Center-Drive and it resulted in a draw. You can see last year’s match up here:
Gerber Center-Drive Vs Leatherman OHT
This year we are going compact as the SOG Reactor takes on the Leatherman Skeletool.
The first of the 2018 SOG multitools to be available is going to be the PowerAccess Deluxe, the bigger, more powerful version of the 2017 Multitool.org Multitool Of The Year winning SOG PowerAccess, and to help celebrate that, we are going to offer a special rate Group Buy on the SOG PowerAccess Deluxe in The Multitool.org Store!
For those that don't know, the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoors Tradeshow (SHOT) sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) is the largest industry tradeshow in the world for the outdoors community, and it is an event on par with the Superbowl and World Cup rolled into one for the folks that like to get dirty and smell the fresh air.
This year we sent our correspondent Kampfer to poke around SHOT and report back to us on what was new and noteworthy. Here's a list of what he came up with:
General Thoughts and Observations
The news is in and it's great if you are a SOG fan! The winner of the 2017 Multitool.org Multitool Of The Year, as voted by members is the SOG PowerAccess! First off let's say a HUGE congratulations to SOG for making the grade this year!
It's that time of year again! 2018 is here and while we are all excited about what new tools and gear are going to be announced at the 2018 SHOT Show, we also need to take a moment and look back on the gear issued in 2017!
As with last year's poll, each member has the opportunity to vote for up to three tools on the list, because let's face it, we all have a hard time just picking one!
As we get closer and closer to SHOT we are starting to get more and more info on what kinds of things we are likely to see from each of the big manufacturers. This year the folks at BladeHQ are giving us our first looks at what Leatherman is releasing, something the folks at Leatherman were't happy about when I announced their new tools before they did a few years ago during the Sidekick and Wingman debut.
Just announced, the new Maxpedition Entity series of Non-Tactical/Tactical (NTT) bags designed to look unassuming, yet afford the organiazional options needed for covert operators. Yup, insert rolling eye smiley here. The marketing is over the top (as usual), but the reality of having a non-ninja type bag but with all of the organizational possibilities we are used to in miilitary style gear would probably come in handy to those of us that don't commute to and from war zones.
With the introduction of the new black Gerber Center-Drive I thought it was about time to do a Group Buy on them. We should have also done one when the Center-Drive was originally issued, but we were a bit tied up with another Group Buy at the time, and when we got around to Gerber, everyone already had one.
It's my birthday and I'll give stuff away if I want to.... give stuff away if I want to..... give stuff away if I want to..... You'd give stuff away too if it happened to you!
Ok, now that I am going to have that song stuck in my head all day.... #facepalm
Here's this year's Birthday Extravaganza Giveaway:
It's a SOG PowerPlay with molded sheath, which I personally prefer over their nylon sheath because it's easy to clip on to virtually anything. The nylon sheath is actually really good too, but in this instance the molded nylon one is pretty sweet!
How are you going to get this excellent tool? Well, this year I am 43 years old, and I scoured the internet looking at numerology sites, scientific sites, occult sites and so on and found absolutely nothing special about the number 43 that I could use as a gimmick for the giveaway, so to commemorate that there's nothing at all special about being 43, I am calling it the Def's 43 Nothing Special Birthday Extravaganza!
Here's what you have to do- just make a post IN THIS THREAD wishing me a happy birthday (since I'm so narcissistic I want everyone to participate!) and you are entered into the draw I will make tomorrow morning (October 21st) for the SOG PowerPlay!
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!
As a special little twist (you know, since there's nothing special this year! :P) if you post a pic of your EDC in your happy birthday post, I will throw in a little extra surprise if you win. Only those who post their EDC pic will be eligible to win the extra, whatever it is.
BUT WAIT, THERE'S EVEN MORE!
Seriously? Isn't the free tool enough?
Because here is something extra- for the next 24 hours, everything in The Multitool.org Store is 10% off when you use the code BIRTHDAY at checkout! No fooling!
I don't know what else to say, but that all of this seems like a pretty exceptional birthday celebration for a nothing special birthday to me!
What kind of people would write collect and review multitools? Quite simple really- we are designers and do-ers, outdoors types and indoor types, mechanics, doctors, problem solvers and problem makers. As such, we have, as a world spanning community, put every type, size and version of multitool, multifunction knife, pocket knife and all related products to every test we could manage in as many places and environments as there are.