Knife

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Cheap and Pretty Gerber MultiTool

This probably isn't as nice as the one I reviewed elsewhere, but on the other hand, you can't beat this price with a hand-cut stick. The price listed above is higher than you'll get on the order page for some reason.

I probably wouldn't want one of these for a daily use knife, but the price, size and features are just right for use as the knife that sits in your bug out bag or sealed up in your emergency kit.

Gerber MP400 Compact Sport MultiTool

I looked at a lot of online reviews when my wife asked for a Leatherman, and ultimately took the risk of getting her something different from what she asked for.

We both ended up happy. This Gerber Multitool is every bit as rugged as a Leatherman, but the pliers in particular are much more convenient. You don't have to open the handles up and do some crazy butterfly knife twist to access them, like with most leathermen.

Not too big, not too small, my wife carries it everywhere. While it is probably too big to comfortably keep in a pocket, (especially if your pants are tight) it goes very handily in a purse, messenger bag or computer bag.

I love my Swiss Army CyberTool!

I've been carrying the Swiss Army CyberTool 34 around since Christmas of 2000 or so, when my wife gave me one. Aside from a season where temporarily lost it, it has been with me almost constantly.

It's great. The translucent plastic, once so mod as a sly reference to the original and second generation multicolor translucent iMacs, now seems quaintly retro. The plastic is the only part of this knife that shows any real wear.

If you're a computer person, you'll soon discover how handy it is to have a set of torx drivers always at hand.

I've also used it for all sorts of handiwork that convince me it would be useful in a survival situation. The pliers aren't as beefy as you would find on a Leatherman or similar tool, but it's smaller than that and I'm more likely to have it with me because of that.

I do find myself puzzled by one thing on this knife, however. What is that hook for? The only tool it resembles is a farrier's hook, and a tool for cleaning horse shoes seems an unlikely candidate for inclusion on a knife aimed at computer techs.

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