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My Most Useful Tool

Today’s post was written by The Deer Hunter.

leatherman tool

I have a confession to make…I have a serious addiction to tools! I also have an addiction to knives that borders on sickness, but that’s a story for another day.

I’m a firm believer that there’s a tool for every job, but sometimes I bend my own rules. Case in point is my multi-tool.

The one I use is a Leatherman Supertool 300. I use it multiple times every single day. It rides on my belt and is just as useful as the pocketknife I carry.

My co-workers tease me daily by calling it my “tweezers.” It’s funny how many times during the week they ask to borrow those tweezers.

The multi-tool often saves a trip back to the truck for a screwdriver, pliers, etc. It has a small saw and a file. I’ve been surprised how often I use them.

I would no sooner leave home without my Leatherman than I would my underwear 🙂 If you often use small hand tools you should consider picking up a multi-tool. You’ll be surprised how handy it is.

The Deer Hunter

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21 Comments

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    SusieQ and Donnie Ray
    May 31, 2020 at 1:50 pm

    My husband agrees wholeheartedly….he has both of those you mentioned , and they make great Christmas, birthday, wedding shower, and graduation gifts…

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    Quinn
    May 30, 2020 at 2:34 pm

    Miss Cindy’s comment made me wonder if the Deer Hunter would ever consider doing a knife-sharpening video for us? I’ll bet I’m not the only one who could learn something from a fellow who keeps his knives really sharp. I always worry if I’m doing more harm than good when I try to sharpen my pocket knife or the skinny-bladed pruning shears I use for trimming the goats’ hooves. I use the knife many times every day, and the hoof trimmers just about every other day, and I’m embarrassed to admit most days I think, “I really need to sharpen this thing!”

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      Tipper
      June 2, 2020 at 9:37 am

      Quinn-I’ll ask him and see if he’ll make a video. I think that would be great!

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    Gerard Michael
    May 30, 2020 at 2:34 am

    Recieved one over 20 years from my ex-wife. Two years ago someone broke into my truck I took my backpack which had my leatherman in it. I found the same model @ R.E.I. but the price was over $ 200.- the sheath was made out of cordura, mine was leather.
    Because they are now popular the prices have skyrocketed. Should you wanta leather sheath, get ready to pay.
    Damn good food, too bad they have now gotten so expensive $$$$

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    tmc
    May 28, 2020 at 6:58 pm

    Sounds like the words right out of my mouth, I even have the exact same multitool on my side, I feel plumb naked without it, I use it daily, and often, and it does save trips back and forth to the truck, couldn’t have said it or wrote it any better.

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    harry adams
    May 28, 2020 at 5:50 pm

    I carry a Leatherman everyday. when I travel, I make sure it is in checked bags so it doesn’t get confiscated. When I went to China on business, guess what I was told to carry as gifts, Leatherman tools not Chinese knockoffs.

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    Ken Roper
    May 28, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    Tipper,
    And Matt,
    I like the kind of knife in the picture also, but I don’t think I ever had one. But I carry a pocket knife in both pockets.

    This is Thursday and I called Donna Lynn at our Christian Radio Station and thanked her for playing my two Favorite Songs in this World. I had to hurry tho, cause I waited 5 minutes before she went off at 2. I told her she was one of the best Dj’s I’ve ever heard and she said, ” Awe, you’re sweet.” She played, “Cabin by the Side of the Road” by Ray and Pap and later played, “River of Jordan” by Chitter and Chatter. …Ken

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    PinnacleCreek
    May 28, 2020 at 11:53 am

    I don’t have a leatherman, but do have one of those useful tools that does everything. I don’t carry it, so it seems I always need it where I don’t have it handy. It is usually neatly placed with my scissors. I cannot count the times I have used the wrong thing as a tool. My knives get bent ends, and my scissors are dull. Thanks for this post which reminds me that my purse can carry more than lipstick , and I constantly need a tool for something. I no longer ride planes, so guess I am safe carrying something like that in my purse. 🙂 With Amazon and Ebay boxes constantly I do keep box cutters handy and have several. Grandson has not learned to carry helpful items…iPhone maybe, and he is always wanting me to cut into some heavy plastic wrappings. Thanks for your post that makes the Blind Pig interesting and well rounded.

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    Cynthia
    May 28, 2020 at 11:46 am

    I have a similar tool by Remington that I carried in my briefcase when I taught, as I never knew when I might need pliers or a screwdriver. I retired two years ago and now it’s in my desk drawer at home. I ought to put it in my SUV.

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    Ed Ammons
    May 28, 2020 at 11:30 am

    I’ve never owned a Leatherman but have wanted one since I first laid eyes on them. I’ve had cheap knockoffs but never the real thing. I have hinted around my birthday and Christmas to no avail (that’s how I got the knockoffs). A friend at work had one that he used to work on handheld scanners and the like. Delicate computer equipment was no match for the Leatherman. I still want one! Hint! Hint!

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    George Pettie
    May 28, 2020 at 11:18 am

    Echo that. My Leatherman, nearly identical to the Deer Hunter’s, stays on my belt and is constantly useful, to the point where I feel naked without it.

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    Colleen Holmes
    May 28, 2020 at 8:40 am

    As a teacher, I had one in the back of my desk drawer. It was handy for many things. It’s surprising how many other teachers borrowed it. Especially since a small knife was included with its many accessories. I retired 2 years ago. Miss my students.

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      Gregory
      May 29, 2020 at 1:43 pm

      I was given a Leatherman about 20 years ago. At that time, I was a hobby farmer, the tool was always in my coveralls and was used several times a day. No longer a farmer, I moved last year and the tool was lost. Went on line every few days to find one exactly like the prodigal tool. Moved again recently, found it !!! It never leaves my side !!

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    Jim K
    May 28, 2020 at 8:27 am

    Its surprising how many men don’t even carry a pocket knife these days, if you see someone carrying a Leatherman usually they are use to having to doing their on repairs.

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      Ed Ammons
      May 28, 2020 at 11:37 am

      I quit carrying a pocket knife when I quit wearing pants with pockets. Now I still have pocketed pants in the closet and I still have knives but since I retired and my health went down I have lost the habit. I still grab a knife when I’m going outside and know I have a need for it.

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    Ron Stephens
    May 28, 2020 at 8:12 am

    I have never formed the habit of carrying my Leatherman. I have one and from time to time it would sure be handy but my mind has just never made the connection, unlike with my pocketknife. The real Leatherman is quality, unlike the knock-offs. I really think every camper or fisherman should carry one because those are just the kind of activities that might unexpectedly require a tool and also where the need for it is very important. Says a lot about a man or a woman if they have and carry a multi-tool but moreso if they also carry a pocketknife. Kinda like the way I feel about a town where you can see a tractor on main street. What a relief, home folks!

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    aw griff
    May 28, 2020 at 7:44 am

    I don’t carry a leatherman but probably should. I’m rough on knives using them for jobs they weren’t intended for. The few times I forget to carry my Case brand trapper I’m lost without it, reaching into my pocket over and over. My Trapper is a 2 blade and I only keep 1 blade sharp. The dull blade is used for things a knife shouldn’t be used for.

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    Sanford McKinney Jr
    May 28, 2020 at 7:44 am

    “Deer Hunter”
    I have always heard the term, “Tools of the trade” which brought to mind that this Leatherman might be called the “Tool of the trades?”

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    Miss Cindy
    May 28, 2020 at 6:46 am

    I’ve seen you use that tool many times. It is a handy tool, indeed and I bet that knife blade is as sharp as all your other knives….which are all VERY sharp. When I pick up a knife to cut something and it’s so dull it will not cut, I want to throw it. I’ve never known anyone else that could sharpen a knife blade like you can!
    I have a very small adjustable channel locks pliers that I always keep close at hand and use more than you can imagine.
    I love tools!

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    Joe Mode
    May 28, 2020 at 6:29 am

    Odd, but of all the tools I have, the Leatherman is one that I have always wanted, but have never bought. I have some other multi-type tools, but not the coveted Leatherman, perhaps due to the cost. I’m sure it’s worth its weight in gold though and I would likely carry it around with me when working, just as I do my simple Swiss Army knife. It’s not bulky, but sure comes in handy when I need it. Oh, don’t let your wife cut clothes line cord with it. Below the rubber is a nice piece of twisted steel cord., ha ha lol.

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    Watt
    May 28, 2020 at 6:19 am

    Don’t leave home with out my Leatherman, have been carrying one for 25 years.

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