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General Chat Thread, Multitool (Leatherman) in General; Hi Guys, I currently have a leatherman multitool that I use around school for many small jobs when I don't ...
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    Multitool (Leatherman)

    Hi Guys,

    I currently have a leatherman multitool that I use around school for many small jobs when I don't have any tools handy.

    I was just wondering does anyone else use one? allowed to use one? any schools that have banned them?

    I sometimes wonder when carrying mine around if it is okay or not!

    Cheers.

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    Why would they ban them? As some sort of swivel-eyed elven safety policy?

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    I carry my cheapjack copy around at all times and have never had it questioned across 4 sites.

    Keep forgetting to take it off after school as well without problems...

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    the reason I ask is that my friend at another school has been told it is classed as a "weapon" as it has a knife built into it so is not allowed to bring his onto site anymore.

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    I think it probably depends on what type of school you work in. If you were working in a PRU, or a school with gang/weapon problems with metal detectors and police on site then it would be sensible not to carry one with you.

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    I managed the IT systems in 27 PRU's at one point and I was asked not to take it in (even in my bag where it was) due to the fact one of the kids could get it, Think it was a Leatherman Wave, the knife was under the 3" rule, and I had no specific need for a knife so couldn't justify it's use. I could have a whacking great Pz4 Screw Driver though!!

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    Juice C2 for "fix minor things". Skeletool in the toolbox.

    https://www.gov.uk/find-out-if-i-can...-carry-a-knife

    Pocketknife: cutting edge under 3 inches, blade that folds with the application of hand pressure only, don't be an idiot, don't leave it lying around for the kids to pick up.

    Fixed or locking blade: Good reason to have in a public place, burden of proof being on you. Illegal without good reason. If used in work, only legal to/from work.

    However....

    Your employer can say "you're not allowed to bring X on site", where X may be dogs, pocket knifes, kimchi, microwave seafood pizza etc, because it's their site unless the thing they're trying to prevent is protected by law.

    Though people who implement H&S policies are often the very people that the H&S Executive would cheerfully strangle, given the opportunity.

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    I always have a Leatherman Charge on my belt at work, feel lost without it.

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    Guidelines / UK Law here:
    https://www.gov.uk/find-out-if-i-can...-carry-a-knife

    I have a Charge Ti - Leatherman Multi-Tools which has a folding blade of 2.9in that I use on DofE but no need for within work.

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    @pete from your link isn't your skeletool classed as a lock knife - it has a blade that locks? Or would you argue it is ok, because it is in your toolbox?

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    I've had one for many years and so has my colleague.
    It has never been an issue, but it did occur to me that if it became an issue I could simply remove / angle grinder the blade off. It would reduce it's functionality a bit but I could probably live with that.

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    I used to have a swiss army knife until I lost it. Some staff used to ask me if I was allowed it, as it could be used as a weapon. My response is what stops a student going into DT and taking a screwdriver and stabbing someone?

    They agreed.

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    I'd do more damage with the pozidrive/phillips screwdrivers I usually carry around than the blunt blade of my multitool. I'd do even more damage with some of the computers!

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    I have a Skeletool which is permanently attached to myself via the carabiner. I don't leave it around - it's either in my hand or on my belt. No-one has ever complained about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oaktech View Post
    I have a Skeletool which is permanently attached to myself via the carabiner. I don't leave it around - it's either in my hand or on my belt. No-one has ever complained about it.
    I'd kill for a Skeletool, they look really cool.

    I've got a Sidekick, it has a very sharp blade. In fact, I cut myself on it first day I had it.

    Same as @Oaktech, it's either on my belt or in my hand, no one has ever complained about it, and I find it invaluable at least three times a week.

    Every Tech should have one.

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