Posted 19 January 2015 - 06:25 PM
I was shocked how much use I get out of the Shard. I use all the tools on a regular basis, exept the screwdriver. I have used the screwdriver sparingly, but have considered grinding it down as it digs in from time to time when sitting down. It's pretty damn sharp. I've wondered if it could be used as a glassbreaker in a pinch, but have nothing to test it on.
The pry is exceptional, except the driver might dig into your hand, depending on your hand size and grip. I have even used it to open paint cans and once as a shim in a pinch. The "prongs" are two different sizes to be used as flathead drivers which I use fairly often. The bottle opener, well...all the time when out with friends. I bought the Shard because I thought it would get some use as a pocket pry tool and if I didn't it wasn't an expensive purchase, and I underestimated it. There is just enough of a corner/edge to use it for opening packages, but not so much as to shred your clothes.
The SAK Classic is in the same boat. I use every tool regularily. I found it so useful I bought one for my mother, and she uses hers nearly everyday as well. If I have a regular sized SAK on my keys instead...same deal.
I have a Leatherman Skeletool CX. It's my first (and so far only) Leatherman style multitool. I wanted it because it doesn't have smaller tools, but simply pliers, bit drivers with storage, and a clip. I was pleasantly surprised with the blade. I bought the more expensove Skeletool because the blade on that one is 154CM, which I adore. The sheepsfoot blade on that has actually become one of my favourite blades of all my knives. (The Skeletool CX is outstanding in all categories). However, I found that 99% of the time, anytime I needed a tool like bit drivers or pliers I had my actual tools with me, thus it has phased out of my EDC. It now rides i. My cyclong kit, where it has saved my ass a bunch of times. The Skeletool is also fairly large and heavy, which is part of why I let it drop off my keys. I pccasionally carry it (it has a pocket clip as well) in my pocket as my knife, as the blade is accessible easily from the side, and locks, if I think I might need the tools. (I.e. Helping people out with minor issues like repairs etc).
To sum up, I love the Shard. I may modify it, but I haven't decided. I think it's an amazing tool. Same with the CX, but I'm looking at a much smaller Leatherman to add into the mox. The Classic is invaluable as well. Worst case scenario, without a knife etc, if I have my keychain with those two items, I can get by in a pinch.
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