Leatherman LT550 Rebar Multi Tool
Around late September last year, I lost my old Leatherman which I had purchased 10 years previously. Being gutted about loosing my old Multi-Tool was an understatement. It took a lot of convincing but eventually managed to acquire a new one. These type of multi-tools are NOT cheap. Just like the old Swiss Army Knives, they come in many varieties and configurations. So purchasing a Leatherman LT550 Rebar Multi Tool was an ideal replacement.
The old Leatherman used to have a set of small scissors. I think because it is that old, they have done away with the model I use to have. The Leatherman LT550 will do as an adequate replacement for my former faithful leatherman, it would make up for the old in so many ways, for which I was glad to have.
There are legal issues you need to consider when carrying this Leatherman because of the length of the knives but from my understanding of UK Law, you should be okay.
Leatherman LT550 Rebar Multi Tool – In Safe Hands
Basic laws on knives
It is illegal to: sell a knife to anyone under 18 (16 to 18 year olds in Scotland can buy cutlery and kitchen knives) unless it’s a knife with a folding blade 3 inches long (7.62cm) or less carry a knife in public without good reason – unless it’s a knife with a folding blade 3 inches long (7.62cm) or less carry, buy or sell any type of banned knife use any knife in a threatening way (even a legal knife). Lock knives are not classed as folding knives and are illegal to carry in public without good reason.
Lock knives: have blades that can be locked and refolded only by pressing a button can include multi-tool knives – tools that also contain other devices such as a screwdriver or can opener. Good reasons for carrying a knife or weapon. Examples of good reasons to carry a knife or weapon in public can include: taking knives you use at work to and from work taking it to a gallery or museum to be exhibited if it all be used for theatre, film, television, historical reenactment or religious purposes, for example the kirpan some Sikhs carry if it all be used in a demonstration or to teach someone how to use it. A court will decide if you’ve got a good reason to carry a knife or a weapon if you’re charged with carrying it illegally.
So, it would be advisable that keep your leatherman in a pouch and in or preferably with a toolbox, just to make sure you being safe and legally responsible.
If you are fisherman or enjoy going camping, then tool will also come in handy. The saw will help you cut up branches so you can start a raw camp fire. Sometimes there is just no screwdriver when you need one, well there are 3 on this type of Multi-tool. Two different types of Flat bed driver and one posi-drive screwdriver. At least with the LT550 type Leatherman, you will be able to open a can of food, even if it the old school way.
This Real leather case is best way of storing your leatherman, while holding on your belt on in any other utility pouch. The leather case also stops the multi-tool from getting dirty or rusty. The last two of these have met with an unfortunate demise. One of my Bichon’s has managed to find his way on to my desk and totally destroy both cases. /cry.
It’s ironic, that the leatherman in the above pic is the one I lost and way more expensive now that it once was. Having a leatherman to me, is like having one of the old Swiss Army Knives. I would rather own one and not need it, then need it and not have one. When it came to repairing my Mountain bike, my leatherman was always nearby. I knew where it was when I needed and always stored my leatherman in my old carpet fitting tool-box. Now, current leather is always on computer desk, so I know where it is 100% of the time. I have heard of people purchasing these in the USA, but I am sure I would want to risk bring one through customs.
These type of multi-tools may be everyones cup of tea, but my leathermans have helped me out of many difficult situations, even when I did think I needed to carry one with me. I always stand by the phrase of: ‘I would rather own one and not need it, then need it and not have one’. Even when it comes to my photography and setting up my tri-pod. The flat screw that secured my camera to the securing bolt, I always needed my leatherman with me so I could deal with this awkward moment. There have been times when I needed to replace a gear cable on my mountain bike. With the pliers and screw drivers. I was able to sort out my bike with one multi-tool rather than having a whole tool box. There are times you need all of your tools, but not always at the sametime.
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