Leatherman Wave Plus
When you want to be ready while on the move, or simply want to make sure you have the right tool when working, having a good multi-tool is definitely a plus. Even better yet, finding one that you know won’t bust and will actually have something useful on it. We have all had the experience of purchasing multi-tools that ended up having nothing noteworthy folded up inside of it beyond the usual main knife, or one that folded closed every time you tried to use it. That is why we look out for the tools that are worth carrying in your pocket as much as those that go in your toolbox. The Leatherman Wave Plus has our eyes right now, and we want to make sure that it is not just another shiny object to attract attention, but actually meets the standard. Just to make sure, we took a look at what is inside, and just how good the tools are.
As always, we want to bring you the good and the not so good, that way when you go looking you know exactly what to expect from the items we bring to your attention. We do try to make sure each one we introduce, however, is worth your time to be considering from the start. After all, we want your time with us to be well spent. That being said, we already feel this one will satisfy anyone looking for a great multi-tool, and most everything we have researched on it is turning up good. Leatherman is known for bringing great products to the table, after all. For those of us who already enjoy the original version, you may be wondering why the plus? What could they possibly do to make what many consider an already perfect tool better? Well, the plus has some new additions to the tool count, as well as an improved case. When designing the Wave Plus, Leatherman took into consideration what those who already love the Wave had to say. Without further delay, we bring you all the qualities that you asked for and what to expect with this new addition to the Leatherman arsenal of tools!
Improved durable Velcro case
- Durable multi-tool
- Extremely easy to use
- Great company
- Good for outdoor exploration
- Great for home use
- Can be used one handed
- 25-year limited warranty
Black coating can wear easily
The other items are a ruler, screwdriver, a bit driver, pliers, and scissors. The latter two of these seems to be where the other complaints arise. The pliers, if the seller is unreliable, tend to have a gap where the wire cutter section is. This can make the tool inefficient to use. The scissors, on the other hand, appear to cause problems with pinching the user’s hand when squeezed. Of course, both of these complaints are not true testaments to the Wave Plus itself, but rather the reliability of the source and the user being used to the design of the tool. That being said, even these complaints did not seem to be common and very few people actually seemed to have the issues.
Optional accessories are also available, though a few have pointed out that one of the ‘options’ would have been better coming as part of the overall original package. The three options are the lanyard, an additional bit slide holder for extra bits and the belt clip. We do agree that the belt clip might have been a great addition to the original build, but it isn’t something we would say is a necessity when looking at the value of this product. The entire thing is just wonderfully made and the options already there are all wonderfully thought out. The case that comes with it is extremely sturdy and personally, it fits in the pocket, so it is not that big of a deal if we can’t hang it from a belt loop where it could more easily get knocked free or lost.
The only consideration that is not seeming to be all that durable is the black coating. Not just the fact that it appears to come off with very little use, but that often times it seems to have flaws to it from the time it arrives. If a coating is not a necessity to the buyer, and really, it seems to be more of an aesthetic preference to us, then this single flaw doesn’t really change our minds about the quality of the product either. Even with the coating, the tool itself functions perfectly and lasts just as long. Because of the fact this tool is so overly reliable, we would simply suggest going for the quality product in stainless steel and ignoring the ‘flair’ option just to have something worthwhile in our pockets.
The other option is a black coating finish. For those who just want to look good, this may be an immediate bandwagon they think they want to hop onto. The black finish does not really offer anything extra beyond just ‘looking cool’ and in the end, unfortunately, it does not seem to offer that for long either. Whatever the reason, the black finish seems to often come with its own flaws in the box- often having some sort of wear to it before you even pull it out. It also comes off the stainless steel easily through normal use. For us this is an obvious expectation- after all, it is stainless steel, and the black is not actually part of the metal- it is just a coating. With that said, we feel the stainless-steel look is better anyway and brings common sense to the table when discussing a tool not meant for display- but for actual use.
-Several tools most do not have
-25-year limited warranty
-Needle nose pliers