While there’s a variety of different multi-tools that a person can choose from, there are few that can stand shoulder to should with Leatherman multi-tools. They are considered by many people to be the top pliers-based tools that can a person can own. Which is probably why they are carried by everyone from construction workers to craftsmen to survival enthusiasts.
And while there are a ton of different models out there, and everyone thinks the one they like is the best Leatherman, I have gone ahead and selected ten models that, in my humble opinion, I feel are the best Leatherman models available. Sure, as this company continues to crank out great tools, this list will probably change but for right now, it’s my definitive top ten.
9. Raptor Shears With Holster
Designed to be a useful tool for medical professionals or anyone else who may need specific tools for survival. The Raptor comes with 6-different tools which each have a very specific function. It has a pair of folding medical shears that are made from 420HC stainless steel and is strong enough to cut through clothing, a ring cutter, a strap cutter, an oxygen tank wrench and a 5-cm ruler. It also has a carbide glass breaker that can be used to break automotive glass in emergency situations. It can be hooked to a belt, used with a pocket clip or attached to a lanyard.
8. Squirt PS4 Multitool
The Squirt PS4 might be small, with a total closed length of 2.25-inches and weighing only 2-ounces, but it does have a variety of tool which makes it useful for everyday use. This tool comes with 9 different tools which include a file, pliers, a knife, wire cutters, scissors, a bottle opener and a screwdriver, among others. It can be opened with only one hand and is designed to be durable and able to hold up to regular use. On top of that, it’s back by this company’s 25-year warranty in which they’ll fix any tool they’ve manufactured and has broken.
7. Skeletool Stainless Steel Multitool
With a minimal design that’s supposed to be as compact and lightweight as it is versatile, this tool has all of the features that a user needs it to have without anything they don’t. Its pliers can be used as needlenose pliers, regular pliers, wire cutters and hard-wire cutters, and a universal bit driver is incorporated into the handle. This tool has bit storage in the handle, has a stainless steel 420HC blade, and has a carabiner/bottle opener. All in a tool that only weighs 5-ounces and has a closed length of approximately 4-inches. This makes this a useful tool for anyone who needs a variety of tools with them but doesn’t have a lot of room to store them.
6. Wingman Stainless Steel Multitool
Anyone who needs a multitool with a large variety of different tools may want to check out the Wingman. It has 14 different tools in its collection, which includes such tools as pliers, a knife, a package opener, bottle opener, wire strippers and wire cutters, a can opener, a ruler, screwdrivers and a ruler, among others. This tool can be easily opened with one hand and has a locking blade that stays in place while it’s being used. This makes this tool ideal for homeowners, craftsmen or anyone else who may need a number of different tools during their day.
5. Sidekick Multitool With Black Nylon Sheath
Easy to open and use with just one hand, the Sidekick is a multitool that has a number of excellent tools built into it and is ideal for just about anyone. It’s made out of stainless steel, has a closed length of 3.8-inches and only weighs around 7-ounces. It has 15 different tools which include pliers, knives, a small screwdriver, wire cutters and needle nose pliers. Backed by the company’s 25-year warranty and made of high-quality components, this tool is capable of lasting a lifetime with proper care and maintenance.
4. Micra Keychain-Sized Stainless Steel Multitool
Although the Micra is small, with a closed length of 2.5-inches and a weight of 1.8-ounces, it still is designed to the same design standards as other multitools manufactured by this company and comes with ten very useful tools. Some of the tools which can be found on this tool include a flat head screwdriver, a Phillips screwdriver, a nail cleaner, ruler, spring action scissors, tweezers, and a bottle opener. All of these tools make this unit helpful for dealing with anything from a splinter to a broken fingernail and is a useful personal care item to keep around.
3. Surge Multitool With Nylon Sheath
Designed as one of the largest multi-tools in the company’s arsenal of multi-tools, this device contains twenty-one awesome tools that a person could use for a wide variety of different tasks. Some of the tools which can be found in this include small and large screwdrivers, a bottle opener, can opener, a large bit driver, diamond-coated file, stranded-wire cutters, a saw, needle nose pliers, regular pliers, an electrical crimper, a wire stripper, spring-action scissors and a 420HC knife, among other tools. And it also has a stylish nylon sheath.
2. Wave Stainless Steel Multitool With Leather Sheath
This Wave multi-tool is not only made of high-quality stainless steel and is sold with a stylish leather sheath, but it also contains 17 innovative tools in it. Some of these tools include small and large bit drivers, a wood/metal file, a 420HC knife and serrated knife, wire cutters, wire strippers, regular and needle nose pliers, a saw, spring-action scissors, a ruler, and a bottle opener. And as a measure of its quality, this tool is backed by a twenty-five-year manufacturer’s warranty that ensures the buyer that if it breaks during this time period, the company will fix it.
1. Super Tool 300 Stainless Steel Multitool With Leather Sheath
Equipped with the strongest pliers ever produced by this company and with 19 invaluable tools built right into it, no wonder it’s called the Super Tool 300. It has large size cutouts that make it easier to handle with gloves and has hard, stranded and regular wire cutters that are removable so they can be resharpened when needed. The other tools which can be found in this multi-tool include a 420HC knife, an awl with thread loop, small screwdrivers, medium screwdrivers, a can opener, bottle opener, metal file, large screwdrivers, a ruler and a saw. All of which makes this tool useful for everyone from craftsmen to handymen.
A Guide To Buying Leatherman Tools
Leatherman is an American company that’s been making quality multitools since the early 1980s. That’s when they released their very first product called the Pocket Survival Tool in 1983. Ever since the launch of that initial product, the company has continued to design and manufacture a variety of high-quality tools that are well-loved by hunters, campers, survivalists, and anyone else who has ever needed to have a wide selection of tools available at their fingertips. Some of the products that this company makes include the PST I & PST II, the Wave, the Flair, the Free line, and far too many more for us to list here.
The popularity of this brand doesn’t make it easy for consumers who are looking to find the perfect multitool for their needs. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of different models available. That makes trying to find one that fits your style or needs very tough indeed. Fortunately, you don’t have to do it on your own, however. In this guide, we’re going to arm you with all of the information you need to buy the best leatherman product that you can buy, A tool that fits your style and your needs.
Before we venture into the different types of leatherman tools available, we thought it would be a good idea to take a few moments to talk about the history of this company. This company was started by Tim Leatherman in 1983 because he had a personal need for a multitool in his day-to-day life. He discovered that he used his pocket knife to fix several things around the home and garage, and noticed that the knife would be the perfect tool, if only it had a set of pliers on it. Since he was an engineer, he decided to give it a little bit of thought and that was when he invented the first Leatherman multitool. And the rest is, as they say, history.
The Different Leatherman Categories
The first step to finding the best Leatherman multitool is to choose which category you need to select from. There are a variety of different categories and collections of these tools, but most of them fall into one of the following categories: Keychain tools, Pocket tools, Full-size tools, and Heavy-duty tools. If you need something that doesn’t fall into those four categories, then you’ll probably need a custom-made leatherman.
The Leatherman Squirt PS & PS4 are two tools that fall into this category. The Squirt PS4 comes with a key-ring, a knife blade, scissors, three screwdrivers, and a very small pair of pliers. All together it comes with 7 different tools, which makes it very useful, even though its extremely small size does disqualify it for some jobs.
The next category we should probably talk about is Leatherman pocket tools. This category includes the Leatherman T4, a pocket tool that has 12 tools on it and can be opened with one hand. Some of the tools you’ll find on these models include a 420 high-carbon blade, a pry tool, spring-action scissors, a wood/metal file, a bottle opener, a pry tool, a medium screwdriver, a Philips screwdriver, and two smaller screwdrivers. As the name implies, these tools easily slip into a pocket, so they can be carried around.
Leatherman Full-Size Tools
As their name implies, these tools are full-size and usually have 15+ different tools on them. Some of the tools that can be found on these full-size multitools include wire cutters, different sets of screwdrivers and pliers, serrated knives, clip-point knives and usually a lot more. Because of their size, they’re not easy to slip into a pocket, so many people usually keep them in a glove box, or if they need to carry it, buy a hip holster for it.
This is another category of Leather multitools in which the name tells you everything you need to know about the tool. The tools in this category are some of the most expensive ones available, but they’re more than worth it. These are the models that are built with the biggest pliers and/or knives, and they come with a variety of different tools including an assortment of wire cutters, can openers, bottle openers, diamond-coated files, wood/metal files, awls, bit drivers and a whole lot more. They are also sometimes sold with a hip holster so they can be carried from job to job.
Consider Your Budget
The last thing that you will need to consider is how much you’ll want to spend. Leatherman tools come with a bunch of different price points and how much you’re willing to spend is probably the biggest thing that’s going to determine what type of tool you will want to buy. Prices for genuine Leatherman tools range from under $25 to over $200 and everything in between. Just choose a price that you’re comfortable with paying and you’ll be on your way to buying a tool that will probably last you a lifetime.
One Last Thing…
As it can clearly be seen, buying a new Leatherman tool doesn’t have to be a complicated or difficult process. Sure, there might be over 40+ different models manufactured by this brand, but if a person takes their time, chooses a category and then chooses a tool that matches their budget, then they’ll find the perfect one for their purposes.