Leatherman multi-tools have become the favourite tool for millions of people around the world and for all the right reasons – they’re compact, versatile and extremely functional tools that can be used in just about any situation. However, there are quite a few different Leatherman tools that vary in the materials they’re made of, the tools they include and the purpose they’re meant for. If you’re a first-time buyer, you may find yourself stuck choosing between a couple of models, with no idea which one is best suited for you. This is where someone who has used quite a few Leatherman tools, like me, can help guide you through the buying process. I’ve owned several Leatherman tools, and here are my favourite ones that I get the most out of on a regular basis.
The Leatherman Wingman is one of the most popular Leatherman tools, as it features a classic design and is constructed of premium materials. It’s the Leatherman tool of choice for people tackling projects around the home, on the campsite or on the job. It’s equipped with 14 tools that allow you to handle almost any task, including a knife, pliers, wire cutters, wire strippers, scissors, screwdrivers, bottle, package and can openers, a ruler and a file. The Wingman, just like all other Leatherman tools comes with a 25-year warranty, so you can rest assured you get a tool that will serve you for a lifetime. You can open the wingman with one hand, and it features a locking blade that allows you to make cuts confidently. It’s compact, lightweight design means it’s always within reach and ready to go.
The Leatherman OHT is the first tool that allows you to open the pliers and blades using one hand. This is one of the main reasons why many people opt for the Leatherman OHT tool as their first multi-tool. But there are more reasons why you might want to get the OHT. For instance, it features spring-loaded pliers and wire-cutters that won’t tire your hands when you’re adjusting your grip. The handles feature visual imprints for quick identification. When looking for a Leatherman OHT for sale, you’ll find a wide range of tools compactly packaged into one tool, including the aforementioned spring-loaded needlenose and regular pliers, wire cutters, a 420HC knife, Phillips screwdriver, small, medium and large screwdrivers, saw, strap cutter, bottle and can opener, oxygen tank wrench and #8-32 cleaning rod attachment. The Leatherman OHT is black-oxide powder-coated, reducing reflection and glare while you work with it. All of this makes the Leatherman OHT for sale one of the most popular Leatherman tools for professional work.
The Skeletool is a compact multi-tool equipped with a combo knife, pliers, bit driver and more. It’s lightweight enough to use as EDC and strong enough to handle tough tasks. It only comes with 7 tools, and it requires one hand to open and use. The Skeletool features a locking blade, allowing you to cut with confidence. The body of the tool is manufactured of steel and it features high-quality 6061-T6 aluminium handle scales. On the downside, it doesn’t come with a sheath, so you’ll have to purchase one separately. The Skeletool will fit your hand perfectly, providing lots of control due to its clever design.
Leatherman Wave Plus
The Leatherman Wave Plus is an upgrade to the Wave, and it includes replaceable wire cutters on top of the 18 tools that the original Wave has. It comes with a 25-year warranty just like other Leatherman tools, and you only need one hand to open and use it. The Wave Plus includes pliers, wire cutters, strippers, knives, spring-action scissors, can and bottle openers, files, screwdrivers and a saw. The steel used in its construction is well-polished and it features tight hinges that don’t bind. It weighs only about 5kg and its dimensions are 5cm by 5cm by 5cm, making it extremely compact and portable.
The sidekick is a versatile and clean multitool that you can easily fit in your pocket. Even though it’s smaller in size, it features everything you need to get the job done. It’s equipped with 14 tools, including pliers, screwdrivers, wire cutters, knives, a saw, ruler and bottle and can opener. It’s compactness and lightweightness lets you store it virtually anywhere. This tool is geared more towards outdoor use, and it’s sturdy, reliable and durable. Many people consider it the ideal multi-tool for beginners.
This tool is inspired by the original Leatherman PST. It comes with all-locking tools, stainless steel construction and removable wire cutters. It’s equipped with 17 tools, including screwdrivers, wire cutters, wire strippers, bottle and can openers, a saw, knife, awl, ruler and an electrical crimper. The pliers are optimised for strength and this is the only 10cm Leatherman tool with replaceable wire cutters.