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!
Why would they ban them? As some sort of swivel-eyed elven safety policy?
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...
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.
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.
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!!
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.
I always have a Leatherman Charge on my belt at work, feel lost without it.
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.
@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?
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.
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?
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!
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.
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.