Rick writes: “This is sort of along the lines of the Victorinox RescueTool. As a firefighter, I should probably look into that one, too, but I realized that I’ve been carrying around the SwissTool for about three or four years now. I don’t have a lot of experience with the Leatherman branded multi-tools, so I can’t draw a direct comparison, but I do know that after four years of wear — and two of those as a full time general contractor — it’s help up really well. It came with it’s own ballistic nylon sheeth with belt loop, and it’s never failed me yet. At this point it’s probably time to rehab it a bit — sharpen the blades up and clean up the phillips screw head as it’s beginning to cam out of screws. Still, that’s not bad for a 4-year-old bit.”
Read on for more from Rick about the SwissTool RS.
“The standard blade is great, and the saw is good too. I’ve used it to saw through tree branches, etc. in a pinch. But my favorite is the serrated blade. (I think they call it a ‘belt cutter’ here.) That thing cuts through pretty much anything I’ve thrown at it. Also, one thing I liked versus other ‘off-brand’ multi-tools of this ilk is that the plier pivot point is nice and solid, sans any unwanted — and at times dangerous — play in it.
“Victorinox has a number of different takes on the SwissTool, some at higher price points with fewer features — but a larger more colorful logo on it. Personally, I like this one. It gets the job done without too much fanfare, and it’s decently priced. I actually bought mine at a Sam’s Club for like $85 way back when. Not sure what they go for now.”
It’s funny: Unlike the RescueTool, the SwissTool RS is easy to find for sale everywhere in the U.S. It’s tough, however, to find a specific page at Victorinox for the RS itself. The page linked below is for the SwissTool in general.
They seem to go for around $65 at most places now. Indeed, they offer quite a few variations as well, which makes it a little difficult to shop; make sure the ones you’re comparing are the same!