Do you fly with your tool?

Multi-tool, that is.

I bought the very first Leatherman multi-tool, which if not the first was one of the first to build these devices. Every year or so, they reved these tools and they just keep getting cooler and cooler. See review on Freestyle vs. Skeletool The problem is you can’t take one in carry-on due to the knife blade.

Question for anyone out there that’s reading this….do you fly with your tool? Have you found a multi-tool that serves its purpose yet is deemed safe for the airplane by TSA?

I have an overflowing Craftsman tool chest in my garage…so I don’t really need a multi-tool when I’m home. When I most need one is when I’m on the road. I have a strict “no-check” rule when I’m flying so everything has to go in my carry-on bags. I know there are others out there faced with the same dilemma.


~ by keithphilpott on July 31, 2009.

3 Responses to “Do you fly with your tool?”

  1. Hello there! My little tool is a Swis-Tech — plyers, phillips and slotted screw drivers. Side cutting is also possible. TSA now allows this little gem. Overall size is 3 1/4.”

  2. Leatherman 830850 Skeletool CX Multitool
    Finally received my CX. Removing it from the package I was very pleased with the overall feel of the tool, the fit and finishes are excellent and there are no immediately noticeable sharp edges. It was slightly heavier than I thought it would be, a little heavier than my usual EDC pocket knife, but not bad. Like other reviewers before me I noticed that the carbon fiber may reduce the weight very slightly, however I think it mostly serves to make the tool more aesthetically pleasing. I don’t have the problems with the bits that another review had, the bit in the bit holder is held in by a catch that has to be depressed to remove the bit, The other bit is very secure in the handle, although it may get loose once there is some wear on the bit. The bottle opener works and now I’ll carry it around for a while and see how it feels in the pocket. All in all I’m very happy with the tool, it has most of the tools I use the most, lacking only the scissors, in a smaller lighter package.

    Update – carried it around all day in business casual dress, the position of the pocket clip and the slim profile allow it to ride unobtrusively and comfortably in my pocket.

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