When you are looking for the best multi-tool for the job, it can often get confusing because if the many choices. There are full size, half size and mini’s, and there are multi-tools with seven or eight tools and even some with upwards of 20. Some are light-weight and others are not so much, and what they are made of can often change both the weight and durability.
The hardest though is when you have a tool picked out and you know what it has, but you go to purchase it and you find out there are two by the same exact name. So, you want to know which is better? Which one did you do the research on and found out you liked and wanted it?
Such is the case with the Leatherman Rebar, and we are here to tell you about which one we liked, as well as to explain the difference. We’ll point it out right here in the introduction: one has knives, one doesn’t. Our choice was the one with the knives- so if you go looking, know which one you are after right away by reading on!
Easy to use in tight places
Good locking mechanism
Knives on the inside
File is small
No interchangeable bit driver
So, what is this tool’s primary function? Does it even have one? Well, to be honest, the Rebar is intended to be a go-to when you are working on a bigger project and need to be able to work in tighter spaces where the full-size tool may not fit. All of the tools in this particular model are full size in that they are the correct size where it counts most.
Instead of coming to a Philips head screw and finding out your mini driver’s head simply will not fit into the opening, this one will grip the same as a full-size Philips head screwdriver without the extended length, making it easier to get into those tight spots and still get the job done. The same goes for the other seventeen tools on this particular model and it will make you glad you have it on hand. So, what are the tools this product has ready to go for you?
This model includes a total of seventeen ‘tools’ which are needle nose pliers, regular pliers, wire cutters, hard-wire cutters, crimpers, a smooth blade, a serrated blade, a saw, one Philips head, two flat heads, a wire stripper, a can opener, a bottle opener, an awl, a file, and a ruler. With this kind of selection, you are likely to have most anything you need on hand.
The only downside to the layout, according to those who have purchased it, is that the knives are not accessible from the outside, everything is kept inside the handles for safety.
All three blades come sharp enough to use right out of the package, which is a major must for many of those who decide to purchase any multi-tool. The two blades which are usually counted as the knives are made of quality 420HC steel and are fairly easy to sharpen if you know how and don’t dull out easily either. If you don’t know how to sharpen a serrated blade, however, it is suggested you take it to a qualified place to sharpen a Leatherman product so that you don’t void the warranty.
The saw as well as the rest of this tool is made of quality stainless steel and is more reliable than most other similar products on the market. The only complaint we have seen is that nothing opens, including the knives, without opening the entire multi-tool. These are also the tools that change which version of the Rebar you are actually looking at- since the alternate version does not have them.
Leatherman sells both, and if you pay attention during your purchase, you can actually get the sheath with your tool for only a little more than the tool goes for itself. Since this one doesn’t have a belt clip, this is something you may want to have if you don’t want to slide it directly into your pocket. The sheath is meant to protect both you and the tool itself, so it is always a great addition when you go to buy a product like this one.
Why mention oil? Because this is a stainless-steel multi-tool, and after some use, or even perhaps when you first get it, the tools may not move as easily or as nicely as you would like. Oiling is usually a good idea anyway to help prevent wear and tear by the constant opening and closing of the tools in your grip. This company has you covered even there with their own oil that works great with all of their products.
So, what is 420HC and what can you expect out of it? This is a high quality, high carbon count steel and what this means is that your knives are stronger and more durable as well as easy to sharpen and they stay sharp longer. What else does this mean, aside from the edge? Well, 420HC metal is also extremely rust resistant and stays this way even more so when in constant use.
420HC is used in many products, though most of them are knives and tools, and this is due to just how durable the metal is. In fact, blades and items made from it are incredibly easy to care for, and when or if you fear the possibility of rust or corrosion it only takes an easy wipe and dry to assure your blade stays in top shape.
The rest of this tool is made of 154cm stainless steel, so you have resistance to damage and corrosion even when you're looking at the rest of your tool- which includes the saw. This steel is considered to be one of the better on the market and holds out to the three main tests with good standings. The entire tool is given black oxide treatment to further prevent damage even and it cuts down on the reflective qualities so you don’t feel like you might blind yourself while working.
Given it is a full steel multi-tool and closed sits at about 4 inches in length, it is still pretty impressive to note it doesn’t weigh you down as much as you would think.
All three of these are given the same treatments and made with the same metals but are given different color finishes to the metal which may have those looking to own one now having a third choice to ponder. Blades, no blades, and what color do I want? In our humble opinion, we think all the options are beautiful for this tool, and it is definitely not an easy decision.
The alternate version is where you will find an answer to a different kind of safety precaution. Most multi-tools have blades, and because of this, you can’t travel long distances through public transit with them on you. If your planning to take a flight, ride a train or hop a greyhound, you’ll find that any bladed multi-tool is not going to be allowed past security. So if you want to have your other tools on hand, and don’t mind losing the blade, this is where the other version came into play.
The Rebar without the blades can stay your traveling companion this way so you are never without your to-go tools, and who knows when you might need them?
With a 25-year warranty on all of their products, however, you can be assured that even if your tool has an issue, your covered. When buying anything you want to last, having that extra padding from the company helps- and Leatherman has proven to be a company you can rely on to stand by their products.
- Non-bladed variant
- Three finishes
- 25-year warranty
- Quality steel
- Easy to use
- Safe to use
- Full-size tool