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