Monday, June 21, 2010

Hobby #6 - Multi-tool Collection: The Medley

Checked the mailbox, and whadya know?

My package from the US of A is here!

Let's see what's inside..

Cool! My pair of Squirts.

Powder Pink & Inferno Red

Scissors, knife blade, nail file, cap lifer, several flat drivers, a phillips driver, and a pair of tweezers. Missing the kitchen sink though.

Red for me, Pink for the girlfriend

Rides nicely on my key-chain.

I love shiny new (multi)tools!

The Leatherman Squirt S4 is a real handy, keychain-sized multi-tool that could tackle most tasks at hand. "S4" stands for "Scissors, 4 external tools".

The other variant is the Squirt P4, "P4" as in "Pliers, 4 external tools". I opted for the scissors variant as I have two bigger-sized pliers to get a job done. I often overlooked how much a scissors is needed for specific jobs where even my scalpel-sharp knife blades won't..err, cut.

The Squirts came in Blue, Gray, Red, or Pink. I decided to take the Red for myself, and the Pink for my girlfriend. She likes the tool a lot, and quickly found many uses for it daily.

While I'm on the topic of multi-tools, I might as well show you the collection thus far:

Skeletool CX. Yessireebob, that's a real carbon fiber insert.

The Big, Bad Daddy - Charge TTi. Yup, Ti as in Titanium slabs on the handles.

The Medley: Exposed

The Medley: Lining Up for the Shot


Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Hobby #6 - Multi-tool Collection: Leatherman Skeletool CX + Custom Leather Sheath

To supplement my Hobby #5 - EDC, I carry around one, or two multi-tool on my person.


Same reason as for the rest of the things I EDC - you never know when you might need them.

You might already notice my Leatherman Skeletool CX on the previous post, and since I love to carry this sexy hunk of stainless steel (and carbon fiber) so much I opted for a better carrying method for it.

I have been using the supplied ballistic nylon sheath, which is great, to carry the Skeley on my belt. But after some surfing 'round the Net I spotted someone who crafts awesome custom-made, genuine leather pouches and sheaths. His name is Simon, and he made for me the perfect one-of-a-kind leather sheath for my Skeletool CX.

The sheath is made from genuine high-quality cowhide, and Simon owns a Skeletool himself, therefore he used it as the mold for the wet-forming process - effectively forming a sheath that is shaped perfectly as the tool it meant to hold.

Quality is top-notch, and the end product was dyed in black. As with all leather products, the aesthetic quality comes with natural wear and tear. I personally love a distressed look to my leather merchandise.

Stitch work is immaculate. At the back, the sheath features a belt-loop, but meant to be worn vertically only on the belt.

The back of the sheath is actually layered, totally protecting the tool inside.

The flap is secured with a brass stud for easy one-hand opening, but at the same time being very effective in securing the sheath shut.

The hole is where the pocket clip of the Skeletool clips in securely. Overall, I am very happy with the sheath. Simon really did a stellar job.

After knowing him a little better, he is a person who EDC too. He carries around a Swiss Army Knife, and a Leatherman Wave, and has been EDCing for years. Simon custom-makes various pouches and sheaths for knives, multitools, and even one with a flashlight holder.

For those who would like him to craft a sheath (or two), drop Simon an email.