Just lately, I got myself a Leatherman Sidekick as my new EDC multitool. As soon as I got it out of the box, I understood why the brand is revered among preppers. The Sidekick is considered as an entry level multitool. A budget multitool for first time EDC people, or people wanting their first multitool. Since this one is labeled as budget, I expected substandard materials, loose parts and cheap workmanship. I was wrong. Despite being labeled as budget, it screams quality beyond expectation. This is a real bang for the buck, a solid EDC toy that won’t let you down. I could say that because I owned a way cheaper multitool before. The Leatherman Sidekick is not my first multitool. I bought it to put my older multitool to retirement.
It was a year before, and I am in the process of building a basic EDC kit. Knives are the first to come. Then came the time when I thought I need a multitool. It could come in handy when I hike, and I need a tool at work, where the company rarely issue stuffs like screw drivers. Having a multitool is an advantage both outdoors, and in my career as an engineer. Leatherman came to my mind, then Gerber. Having no budget for both, a brand came to my attention, which made a name in the budget blade community. Ganzo.
And I Chose Ganzo
A Ganzo knife (photo taken from Ganzo website).
The Chinese brand Ganzo was becoming well known in the knife and EDC community. Their knives are the ultimate beater blades. Sharp, strong and cheap! You got more of a knife in less price. My friends are delighted to own such a budget blade, though I have a bit of reservations towards the brand. The fact that they are clones of well-known brands made me think twice of buying it. Though without question, they are indeed good blades for the price, and I was delighted when Ganzo started releasing their own knife designs. I mean I will pick Ganzos everyday over Mtech and sometimes Smith and Wesson folders (I like their fixed blades, OTF and batons, but S&W folders suck