When I got deployed to Iraq in 2004 I had been using a Gerber multi tool that was issued to me. My son gave me a Leatherman multi tool because he thought it was better and I used it throughout my deployment. It worked well, and due to a lot of use it just wore out and fell apart. I had planned on buying another one when I returned to the U.S.
When we were due to redeploy to the United States, I was walking back from the mess hall and there was a Leatherman Wave lying on the ground. I picked it up; it was in good shape, hardly used. I couldn't take it on the plane with me, so I packed it away since it didn't have a case any way. Once I returned to the U.S. I bought a case for it and used it a lot; it worked very well for all my needs. I have worn out three cases using the tool.
I got deployed to Iraq a second time in 2007, and of course the Leatherman went with me and got used again. When I returned to the U.S., I used it all the time; I carry it at work and to my drills. It's just something that once you use it, it's something you've just got to have with you. When I don't have it with me, I find myself reaching for it. I have used many multi tools, but I like the Wave the best; it has everything I need and it's light.
I was using it the other day at my son's house and broke the serrated blade. I thought of buying a new one, but I have a sentimental connection to this one so I just keep using it. I like the way the handles are curved so they don't pinch my hands and it has the tools I need without the weight.
Dave H., MSG N.D. National Guard
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