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Pros Compact, light, with multiple carry options, smart, effective toolsSophisticated, comprehensiveComprehensive, well-made, aftermarket accessories and carry optionsEasy tool and plier deployment, Leatherman pedigreeLarge, excellent construction, full-size functions, customizable
Cons Few featuresHeavy, expensiveProprietary bit driver, no pocket clip includedNo bit driver, magnets pick up metal gritHeavy and large; limited portability. Proprietary bit driver
Bottom Line Clever and clean, with only a few tools, all of which are executed well for everyday carryThe sky-high standard by which other multi tools are comparedAll you should need, with proven pedigree, at a forgiving priceTypical feature set packaged in a fundamentally different hinged packageThis tool pulls no punches: it optimizes for function at the cost of portability
Rating Categories Leatherman Skeletool CX Leatherman Charge+ TTi Leatherman Wave+ Leatherman Free P4 Leatherman Surge
Functions (40%)
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Construction Quality (25%)
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Specs Leatherman... Leatherman Charge+... Leatherman Wave+ Leatherman Free P4 Leatherman Surge
Number of Functions 5 + bits 19 + bits 18 + bits 21 19 + bits
Weight (ounces) 5.0 oz 8.8 oz 8.5 oz. 9.5 oz with case 8.8 oz 12.2 oz. 14.3 oz with case
Locking Tools? All but pliers All but pliers All but pliers All but pliers All but pliers
Pliers Type Needlenose with 2 wire cutters Needlenose with wire cutters, crimper Needlenose, regular, wire cutters, hard-wire cutters, crimper Needlenose, regular Needlenose, regular, wire cutters, hard-wire cutters, crimper
Tools Accessible Without Deploying Pliers Blade Blades, saw, file Blades, saw, file All Blades, saw, file
Blades and Type 1 straight drop point 1 serrated gut hook type, 1 straight drop point 1 straight, 1 serrated 1 straight 1 serated 1 straight, 1 serrated
Scissors No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Number of screwdrivers 4 included, more available aftermarket for proprietary driver 1 integrated. Many bits included, with more available aftermarket for proprietary driver 5 included/integrated. More available aftermarket for proprietary driver 1 4 included, more available aftermarket for proprietary driver
File? No Yes, wood/metal and a diamond-coated file Yes, wood/metal and a diamond-coated file Yes Yes, wood/metal and a diamond-coated file
Saw? No Metal and wood Yes Wood Yes
Openers Bottle Can and bottle Can and bottle Bottle and can Can and bottle
Other important Features None Ruler, cutting hook, wire stripper Ruler One-handed blades. Replacable wire-cutters Ruler, awl, wire stripper
Sheath Included? No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Other carry options Carabiner style clip, pocket clip Pocket clip, key ring Pocket Pocket , pocket clip Pocket
Closed dimensions (Length by thickness, in inches) 4.3 x 0.6 4 x 0.8 4 x 0.7 4.2 x 0.7 4.5 x 0.8
Open Length (Pliers) (inches) 6.2 in 6.2 in 6.3 in 6.5 in 7.1in
Open Overall Length (Primary blade deployed) (inches) 6.8 in 7 in 6.9 in 4.25 in 7.6 in
Length of Primary Blade Effective Edge (inches) 2.6 in 2.8 in 2.8in 2.8 in 3.1 in
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