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 ...
26th September 2013, 02:44 PM #1
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!
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26th September 2013, 03:04 PM #2
Why would they ban them? As some sort of swivel-eyed elven safety policy?
26th September 2013, 03:09 PM #3
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...
26th September 2013, 03:11 PM #4
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.
26th September 2013, 03:17 PM #5
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.
26th September 2013, 03:27 PM #6
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!!
26th September 2013, 03:35 PM #7
Juice C2 for "fix minor things". Skeletool in the toolbox.
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.
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.
26th September 2013, 03:39 PM #8
I always have a Leatherman Charge on my belt at work, feel lost without it.
26th September 2013, 03:47 PM #9
Guidelines / UK Law here:
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.
26th September 2013, 03:52 PM #10
@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?
26th September 2013, 03:52 PM #11
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.
26th September 2013, 03:56 PM #12
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?
26th September 2013, 04:00 PM #13
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!
26th September 2013, 04:03 PM #14
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.
26th September 2013, 04:19 PM #15
I'd kill for a Skeletool, they look really cool.
Originally Posted by Oaktech
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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