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Believe it or not, I carry this SOG Power Assist multitool, SOG Aegis knife and Fenix L2D flashlight just about everywhere I go. In fact, the only time you’ll find me without at least one of the above is on the other side of airport security. Carrying all this means I’m prepared for breakdowns, emergency repairs and the occasional bear attack.
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SOG Power Assist:
Know how a quality gun or the precise mechanical components on an
exotic motorcycle just feel so damn good in your hand? This multitool
is equally evocative of perfect function.

Its headline features are the two assisted-opening blades (you push the
thumb  stud on the blade to trigger a spring, unlike button-operated
switchblades, this is legal) and the compound leverage system that
doubles input force at the pliers. Both features are super handy and
can be operated one-handed – invaluable when you’re holding something
heavy in the other hand or are clinging to the top of a ladder. The
blades speak for themselves, but the genius of the compound leverage
only becomes apparent once you need to loosen a seized bolt or cut
thick wire. With the force of a firm handshake you can cut quarters in
half with the wire cutters, this means you have an excellent grip on
bolts or whatever ever else you’re grabbing onto, making those tasks
much easier. My only gripe is that the wire cutters aren’t made from
the hardest of steels, as you can see I’ve damaged them cutting the
heads off tenpenny nails. Doing that probably qualified as “abuse,” but
that’s the kind of confidence the tool instills.

That doesn’t detract from the overall build quality of the whole tool.
Both blades and all the small tools in the other handle can be
exchanged for new or alternate tools. I ditched the V-cutter for
scissors and swapped in some other general tools like the honest-to-god
phillips head and the sharp-as-hell wood saw. Replacement parts are
super cheap and available directly from SOG. I actually use this as my
primary tool for most general automotive, bike and home work now. In
addition to a handful of cable ties and a sleeve of allen wrenches,
it’s pretty much all I need to work on bikes.


SOG Aegis:

The whole knife weighs just 3.1oz thanks to a Zytel (glass embedded
plastic) handle. There’s no steel sleeves or similar, but I haven’t
detected any flex or weakness due to that. The steel is AUS 8, which
takes an excellent edge, but doesn’t hold it as long as I’d like. Like
the Power Assist, the blade is assisted opening and flies open with the
flick of a thumb. The shape of the 3.5″ blade is super versatile, with
a fat belly for cutting, a spear tip for penetrating and a full grind
for strength. Holding the knife is extremely reassuring thanks to the
heavily textured grips and slip-free handle and the balance is spot on.
The best features, however, are the pocket clip and tip-up stowage. You
won’t even notice the Aegis is in your pocket until you need it.


Fenix L2D CE Premium Q5:

All you need to know is 180 Lumens, 2 AA batteries, 2.5 hours of
perfect, digitally-regulated LED light (55 hours at 12 Lumens). In
addition to being invaluable while working at night, I like carrying it
in New York in case the Subway breaks down and I use it in strobe mode
on my bicycle at night, blinding drunk pedestrians and drunker taxi
drivers.

SOG and Fenix

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  • Ben

    Well, don’t I feel like a hobo with just my little Kershaw Ken Onion Leek. Time to see if that paycheck hit so I can reinvigorate the economy!

  • vic

    thank for the post,
    i was looking for a good multitool but had no iddea which one to buy since they’re not very popular over here.all i need is a set of good pliers that won’t strip and a sturdy knife. you reckon it’s pocketable?
    i had a “dagger” made by a gipsy which has served me well for years.i put the “”because it has has the symetric pointy dagger shape but it has a ruffly serrated edge on one side.tough blade,even broke a doorlock[my own]

    • http://Http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Fits in my pocket.

  • Core

    I have a Leatherman multi tool.. and that was one of my complaints, too soft a steel being used for the tool. If its a multi tool, it should be the best of the best at least as far as quality metal goes..

    Anyways, liked the review of the tools above and am glade you mentioned what grade of metal was used.

  • brian

    nice light Wes! i carry my Fenix L2D about 90% of the time. if i don’t have the Fenix, i have a surefire E2D LED. and a folder, and a spacepen!

  • Adrian

    Wes,

    Does that fancy tool also include a nice aluminum spork as as well?

  • pdub

    From the picture it looks like that multi tool has an M203 sight flipped out. Wow. Now these things have everything. Never know when you’re going to need a little indirect fire.

  • http://www.theebbtide.blogspot.com ebbTIDE

    I just killed my SECOND Gerber multitool but my old original Leatherman is still kicking. It goes everywhere with me – that and my wallet and I’m good to go.

  • airmon

    I’ve been a leatherman user for years, but I know what you mean about a good multitool. I carry my Wave ( one handed opening and closing of the locking blades ) as well as a Fenix LD01. Not all of us want to carry around a 2AA light. The LD01 uses 1AAA battery and is still quite bright.

  • MrP

    I’ve carried a SOG Paratool for years, the ability to change the angle of the pliers has been a great help getting in to tight spaces on the bike. My Surefire 3P saved my ass in 2003 when NYC went dark. There is always a Spyderco in my pocket, it helps keep me safe from bear attacks in the Adirondacks and the West Village.

  • http://flailings.blogspot.com Dan

    I too always pocket my Leatherman Skeletool and have a Wave in my backpack but out of pure curiosity I’m wondering what the need is for the knife; what circumstances aren’t met by the blades in the tool?