We enjoy bringing you as many options as we can with each and every article we write. With this particular article, we are bringing into focus another pocket knife, or rather a multi-tool, to either add to your collection, complete it, or perhaps become your very first. Whatever the case may be, you will not find yourself disappointed in the knowledge we choose to provide you with so that you can make an informed decision as to whether or not you want to purchase this particular item.
There are a lot of options out there for what you can choose to carry, however, some are better at particular tasks than others. So, what is it this knife does best, and what is the task it might just not hold up to par comparatively? Let us dive into research for you and pull out the nitty-gritty so you don’t have to seek out every available note to have it all right at your fingertips.
As far as pocket knives go, even multi-tool versions, many bought this one and found they weren’t sure what to make of it. After having thought they might want a full-sized multi-tool, most would end up setting it aside and feeling it was too heavy or clunky to carry around. This is where they felt it lacked- until they realized that it was not meant as a ‘daily’.
This multi-tool is built for heavier jobs, such as construction. That means it is not intended for the day to day small jobs and may seem oversized for them, but when you finally need a full-sized tool to work on bigger scale projects it may quickly become your go-to tool. Most found this to be the case in the end and have since begun carrying it around like it is an everyday tool.
Once this particular tool is in play with your bigger projects, however, you may find that it is worth the extra size and weight to have around. Unlike smaller versions of the multi-tools, it had better grip and more room to work, which is what makes it stand out among the rest.
Overall it is definitely a good blade though, and the tool itself is sturdy, so you don’t have to be concerned that it will lose its value after only a few uses. One of the notable aspects of anything this company chooses to produce is the fact that its blades are listed among the best money can buy. Of course, if you are not used to, or do not have the knowledge on how you may want to have someone else work on the serrated edge of the knife.
Serrated edges can’t simply be sharpened without knowing how, or you could end up either harming yourself or damaging the blade. There are many ways to learn how to do this, and there are places that can do it for you, so even this is a temporary issue and easily resolved.
Along with these two tools, this great product offers other needed items for quick access when you may not be able to get to your toolbox right away. For instance, these have a pair of spring-loaded pliers, which means better grip and pressure for using them, just like with your toolbox set. The pliers supplied in most multi-tools do not come spring-loaded and this can decrease their usefulness.
They also offer a pair of wire cutters, which for using around the house or garage can seem pointless at first, until you hit that point where you realize that you absolutely cannot do without them. Many of us have run across this issue with numerous tools, only realizing why you’d need them after you do, and then seemingly needing them every time you can’t get to them. This multi-tool would have you covered quickly.
Other tools that this particular model has includes both a flat and Philips head screwdriver, can opener, bottle opener, file, ruler and even a clamshell opener. While a few of these may not seem useful, several of them are incredibly useful. We all know that we will end up calling on both screwdrivers, after all, you always seem to run into the screw you don’t have the right tool for-or is that just us?
Once you have sharpened the edges for your knife, these two also prove durable and long-lasting. It holds an edge for weeks at a time without truly needing to be sharpened again, which is a quality very few multi-tools seem to carry outside of this particular company. Not only do the edges hold, but even if you do note some wear in the blade after a while, most have stated that it is easily buffed and sharpened back to perfection without having to sacrifice on anything.
The screwdrivers also seem to hold up under pressure and don’t slide as easily as some, making it easy to use them without having to constantly fight them staying out and ready as you work. They are also built so they fit into every screw head you may come across, and if the usual flathead is too wide, there is a smaller one at the top of the ruler/file combination tool. This means you will have what you need on hand regardless.
The only downside to any of the tools is the clip. It simply does not hold up to the weight of the tool it is on and most found they had to switch to a sheath if they wanted to keep it on their belt instead of in their pocket. Considering the weight and size of the tool, however, this wasn’t all that surprising.
You are basically cutting your tool weight to about one third just on those tools alone, and all of them are high-quality steel, so they will work as good if not better than trying to hull all of them separately. This isn’t ‘lightweight’ but is it an advantage when you really bring it into the point with what you would otherwise be looking at for full-size tools.
The beauty doesn’t falter from one tool to the next, either. The tool goes together and holds its shine no matter which part of it you are taking in, and its build only makes it look that much more sleek than you could think a bare steel tool could be. The only real ‘color’ comes in when or if you decide to add on a sheath for your tool.
If you do decide to add this accessory onto the price tag, it can be ordered with a black leather sheath that is just as well crafted as the tool itself. Given that the clip doesn’t tend to work well, the professional-looking leather sheath may just become your ‘finishing touch’ to this great tool.
So, what is a ‘liner lock’, and what makes it something that may or may not be up for your tasks? This type of lock is a springboard style locking mechanism which can be operated one-handed both when locking and unlocking- at least of it is done right. When you pull the knife (or scissors) open on this tool a springing metal piece snaps into place which prevents the tool from closing.
When this is made correctly, it will hold your tool open and keep it from closing on you while you are working. As expected, this company has this lock done perfectly, and even to where the rough part comes in with others, closing it. No one has had an issue so far with using a single hand to press the bar back out of the way and slipping the tool closed again.
Knowing your tool is well put together with the bolts and how tightly everything is secured is most important in the safe side of things. If the pieces seem insecure and wobble where they are secured, chances are any security mechanism is likely to fail. Thankfully if you are buying Leatherman, you can be literally guaranteed that this won’t be an issue.
This particular tool also comes with the company’s standard 25-year limited warranty so you can be assured that if there is a defect, they’ll take care of it for you.
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-25-year limited warranty