I have been sending follow-up/nice to meet you at Blade emails all morning, and I need a break from that particular endeavor. This weekend I finally puled the fence-pole out of my butt and formally became a member of KnifeRights.org. Purely procrastinatory-inertia on my part. However when one only needs to use their provided pen and form and hand over your plastic, it becomes much easier to become motivated to join what is obviously a worthy cause.
In exchange for my $100 annual membership (basic rate is $32) I also received 9 entries in the KnifeRights Ultimate Steel Giveaway drawing, as well as a Leatherman Rebar with the KnifeRights logo and slogan laser-engraved upon it. Much better than an NPR tote-bag.
I have never really carried a multitool much, choosing instead to toss my 15 year old Leatherman Wave in a fishing bag, truck console, or toolbox when I think it might be useful. The only time I have really ever worn it on my belt is when setting up for an event (trade show, fundraiser, etc) where I am both likely to need a tool for something and unlikely to have anything else close at hand. I also had an old Gerber one that I used to keep in my firefighting gear, though I cannot ever recall ever using it on a fire or medical scene.
Now that I have a second Leatherman, I thought a side-by-side testing regimen would be a fun diversion from my other writing. I came up with the idea for what I am going to call the Leatherman Project while driving home from Atlanta. Starting today, I am going to EDC a Leatherman for 30 days, first the Wave, then the Rebar for 15 days apiece. I will try and use them for every tool task I encounter where it might stand a chance of being applicable.
I am going to carry the Wave first because of the scissors. I think if I use them first and then no longer have them, the difference will be more noticeable since they are not contained on the Rebar. An ongoing reminder if you will.
I will talk more about the differences between the Wave and Rebar at the halfway point in the project and at the endnwhen I more intimately familiar with both tools. For now, let me know if there is anything you would specifically like to see me do while testing.