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Old 09-02-2015, 05:43 AM
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Hey fellow THT'ers!

Does any one out there know of a good MARINE GRADE multi tool?

I have a basic one from lowes that I use but I want to get a new one. I would prefer the any that are marine grade so that way it doesn't rust up on me.

Any info / links would be greatly appreciated!!!
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You should be fine with most anything from the big names in that field. Leatherman would be my first choice. SOG, Gerber, Victorinox...
You're gonna have to spend a little more to get one that will last. I carry a Leatherman and have carried a Gerber for many years on my belt on the boat almost daily. I only rinse them if they come into direct contact with saltwater (dunked).
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Originally Posted by coores14 View Post
You should be fine with most anything from the big names in that field. Leatherman would be my first choice. SOG, Gerber, Victorinox...
You're gonna have to spend a little more to get one that will last. I carry a Leatherman and have carried a Gerber for many years on my belt on the boat almost daily. I only rinse them if they come into direct contact with saltwater (dunked).
Thanks for the feed back. I guess a Nice leatherman would do the job! just was curious if there were any marine grade stainless steel sets. But I guess if I rinse it and maintain it then I should be fine! thanks!
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The Leatherman SS will rust, but not too bad. I had one of the black versions of a Leatherman and it seemed to hold up a bit better (I guess because of the coating?), but a buddy set it on deck and it slid out the scupper.
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I have a Gerber Suspension with no rust after 3 years. I do rinse it off with fresh water after each trip.
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My new leatherman does not look good. I've had it for 3 months and dunked it once, rust everywhere. The old one looks brand new and has been dunked in salt water multiple times. Someone must have decided to save a buck and change the recipe for their SS
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I have an older (but not ancient) Leatherman Wave that I use on the boat and beach all the time.

The key for me is to rinse/clean it when I get home, and then give it a good spray and wipe with WD-40.

Still in excellent condition with virtually no rust (maybe just a bit on the file blade surface because it's harder to wipe down).
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Originally Posted by schoolsout1 View Post
The Leatherman SS will rust, but not too bad. I had one of the black versions of a Leatherman and it seemed to hold up a bit better (I guess because of the coating?), but a buddy set it on deck and it slid out the scupper.
I seen the black ones and I guess it does have a special coating. I know there are some MULTIs out there that are SS with titanium coating? I Believe those are to be the best options for MARINE purposes but I'm not entirely sure.

You would think West Marine or any other marine shop would carry specific MARINE GRADE tools.

Maybe this is a open venture for someone.

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My Gerber Suspension has minimal rust. My Leatherman has a tiny bit. It bothers me none and doesn't affect the functionality on either. Leatherman also makes Titanium multi-tools. I believe the Charge is one of them.
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Originally Posted by coores14 View Post
My Gerber Suspension has minimal rust. My Leatherman has a tiny bit. It bothers me none and doesn't affect the functionality on either. Leatherman also makes Titanium multi-tools. I believe the Charge is one of them.
Thanks for the heads up!

And NICE RIG BTW!
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They are all going to rust after awhile. Maybe if someone made one out of H1 steel like the Spyderco Salt series than that be the tool to get.Best you can do is buy a quality one and wash it down and lube it after every trip.
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i have the black one kept in it sheath right next to helm. every so often i spray and wipe with wd 40. still looks good
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I have a black leatherman that has been on the boat for 10+ years, it still looks good, I don't use it a lot, but it is still exposed to salt air.
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my job has me on a flats boat almost every day, hiking through salt marsh swamps, sweating like a mothereffer. My leatherman/gerber rides on my belt every single day. I do very very very little maintenance. CorrosionX the pivot points every once in a while. That's it. I'm telling you, any of these quality tools will work for you. Common sense says don't dunk it in the ocean and leave it on the boat for two weeks.

I've recently started carrying a pocket knife on fishing trips, as well. One is in my pocket every other second of the day, so why not? The spyderco H1 will be my next knife purchase for this exact reason.
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I have a Gerber multi tool, not sure of the model, that has gone the distance on my boat for 4 years.
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+1 for the leatherman wave

I found my Leatherman Wave tucked down in the glove box of the boat when I purchased it. That was 12 years ago and it hasn't acquired a spec of rust. Admittedly I do not spend my life in salt water like some, but spend enough time on the boat and occasionally in the bay for it to receive a salt water sprinkle semi-frequently. Cut open a ton of fish with it, general tackle usage and it performs as well as the day I found it.

Also admittedly, I neglect the bejeez out of it, it maybe gets a WD-40 douche down once maybe 2 times a year if I'm charitable (if I think about it when the boat is in the driveway or garage). Without hesitation if it flopped overboard, I would strive to replace it with the exact same tool.
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My Leatherman Wave has lived on my console for almost 2 years and barely a spec of rust to show for it.

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