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Would you recommend a Gerber?
Mine, though basic, has been useful, and has not broken yet. I guess that's a good recommendation. I actually repaired a computer with it once, sorta by accident, but without it the machine would have been non functional.
I'd look into CRKT. just a hop, skip, and a jump up the Gorge from Portland. I swear by their products. I have one of the first folding knives Gerber ever made, but they seem irrelevant these days. They were bought out by Fiskers I believe.
I have a couple of old leatherman tools I keep around - glove box, tackle box, range bag - that are ok when all else fails. But no multi-tool can replace a real set of tools. Do receive any kickbacks if I order from Amazon using your link? I really enjoy your site and don't mind helping out if I'm going to order something anyway.
Yep, a small percentage of all sales that are made by following the link to Amazon. I appreciate very, very much any order you make through the blog, believe me.