I carried a Leatherman PST II from sometime in 2000 until late 2011. I loved that tool, used it daily. It finally got worn enough that I went looking for a replacement. Bought a SOG Powerlock and instantly found reason for regret.
Now recently I’ve bought another Leatherman, and I’m living in fear. I got the PST II in a proper knife shop and thought I was going to have to prove myself worthy before being permitted to plunk down my $75. The proprietor wished me to understand that this was not just any tool. And indeed it wasn’t. It was a faithful friend, withstood more than ten years of daily use and only let me down once – and that under severe misuse.
So now enter the Leatherman Wingman…
…and as far as I can tell it’s a perfectly fine machine. It’s got the tools I use, doesn’t subject me to that dreadful reversible driver-bit nonsense, and the knife is literally sharp as a razor. But it cost half as much as the PST II, came in a bubble-pack in a Lowe’s and doesn’t say “Portland, Or.” on it anywhere. I’ve a feeling that’s because Chinese people don’t know how to spell Portland, and I hate Chinese stainless.
And now there’s this. My old Leatherman would have thrown itself on its own knife blade before failing in such an ignominious way.