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Leatherman

Postby chris268 » Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:47 am

Hi all,

Does anyone use a Leatherman on their kayak? If so:

- what sort of Leatherman do you have?
- how does it hold up with use in/around saltwater?
- how do you maintain it to keep it rust-free?

I'm mainly looking at something with pliers, scissors or wire cutters (as long as it can trim braid), knife, and philips & flathead bits.

These three look ok and are all under $100.

Squirt PS4 - https://www.leatherman.com.au/products/ ... -79/p-1036
Style PS - https://www.leatherman.com.au/products/ ... -79/p-1049
Wingman - https://www.leatherman.com.au/products/ ... -79/p-1046
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Re: Leatherman

Postby cam07 » Mon Mar 20, 2017 2:02 pm

I've always had a leatherman at work until I started the job I'm on now. And never had any problems with rust but whenever they were in contact with much salts they were rinsed. Cheaper knock offs were always rusting and seizing and just plain rubbish that quickly got binned
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Re: Leatherman

Postby spork » Mon Mar 20, 2017 2:29 pm

I usually have mine (micra) in my pocket, on or off the 'yak.
If it gets dunked in the brine I rinse it, otherwise I give it the (very) occasional spray with WD40 / innox / w'ever.
gets some very minor surface rust, biut nothing serious.
I usually manage to lose it every 2-3 years and replace with another 0 can be had for $30 - $35 if you look around.

Can only assume the bigger ones would be same quality material.
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Re: Leatherman

Postby Azzah » Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:07 pm

I keep a wave in the pocket behind my seat in case. Just rinse in tapwater, dry and wd40 if it gets wet. I use crappy rio tinto alcan ones that are fairly disposable as pliers etc., scored half a dozen a few years ago. Super handy!
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Re: Leatherman

Postby chris268 » Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:45 pm

Thanks guys.

Decided to go with the Leatherman Wingman. Found it for a decent price and it looks like it has what i need.
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Re: Leatherman

Postby Digger » Wed Mar 22, 2017 7:33 am

I've got a couple of them but keep them away from salt myself as even though rinsed in fresh I've had some tarnishing.
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Re: Leatherman

Postby Paulioq » Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:10 pm

I have a wave. had it a few years now, use it atleast once a day and has saved my axx a couple of times i.e. need'd some pliers etc not used it to fight of sharks yet
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Re: Leatherman

Postby pavo » Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:57 pm

I use the leatherman skell tool
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Re: Leatherman

Postby Pete49 » Sat Apr 22, 2017 2:41 pm

I've had a Pulse for years and never had rust probs. Always rinsed in fresh though.
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