Leatherman Wave Multi-Tool with Nylon Sheath
The most popular for a reason
The Wave is Leatherman's most popular tool, in a Toyota Camry or Cessna 172 sort of way. It's not perfect for any one thing, but it's pretty good at nearly everything.
It's a little heavy for everyday carry, but it is possible. I would recommend belt carry in it's included sheath. Relegated to a vehicle or tool box, it's a great tool. While I store mine in my bug-out bag, I find I use it a lot around the house. My EDC Skeletool isn't as ideal for some tasks. The Wave's pliers are much better for bending tasks, for example.
I like the bit driver on the Skeletool better, and the can opener on the Wave is difficult to deploy, but otherwise, there aren't many multitools out there as capable as the Leatherman Wave. If you don't have one, get one.
April 15, 2013
Excellent product! Best multitool you can buy. It has all of the standard tools that a multitool should have but unlike like most multitools the knives are actually sufficient. They are sturdy, sharp, and long enough for practical usage. Also the scissors work well surprisingly. I really like the mini flat head as well for use with glasses. All around amazing multitool
July 23, 2012
Leatherman Wave Multi-Tool
June 9, 2012
Very solid product
Does everything I've ever needed it to do. Very well put together, and feels solid and durable in the hand (much more so than Gerber tools, in my limited experience). The knife blades come very sharp and have held their edge quite well. The pliers are solidly constructed and well suited to all sorts of tasks, which is the main advantage that multitools have over something like a Swiss Army Knife. The wire cutters are fine for anything up to like a coat hanger; for tougher jobs you will probably want a heavier tool. The minor tools all work very well; there's nothing extraneous and no wasted space. The sheath is fine. Velcro is a bit loud, but isn't that always the way. A few minor quibbles: - There is very little to distinguish one side of the tool from the other, meaning that if you want to use one of the knife blades, you will open the wrong one roughly 50% of the time. Kind of annoying. - The knife blades are nice to have and work fine for day-to-day stuff. That said, they are clearly not designed for a lot of heavy cutting, and the attachment point feels pretty breakable. If you do a lot of cutting you might consider just getting a pocketknife and carrying that as well. - The minor tools (scissors, screwdrivers, etc) are packed in pretty tight, and can be stiff to open. - It's not the most ergonomic grip in the world. Not uncomfortable, exactly, but there are a few little ridges sticking out, and if you're using the knife a lot your hand will be tender the next day. - No tweezers. Whenever I get splinters I feel a slight pang for my Swiss Army Knife. Overall it's an excellent little tool, arguably about the most useful and versatile thing you could carry. If you want something like this, buy this.
December 30, 2011