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Pros Large, excellent construction, full-size functions, customizableSophisticated, comprehensiveCompact, light, with multiple carry options, smart, effective toolsComprehensive, well-made, aftermarket accessories and carry optionsEasy tool and plier deployment, Leatherman pedigree
Cons Heavy and large; limited portability. Proprietary bit driverHeavy, expensiveFew featuresProprietary bit driver, no pocket clip includedNo bit driver, magnets pick up metal grit
Bottom Line This tool pulls no punches: it optimizes for function at the cost of portabilityThe 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 carryAll you should need, with proven pedigree, at a forgiving priceTypical feature set packaged in a fundamentally different hinged package
Rating Categories Leatherman Surge Leatherman Charge+ TTi Leatherman Skeletool CX Leatherman Wave+ Leatherman Free P4
Functions (40%)
8
9
5
8
7
Construction Quality (25%)
9
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8
Ergonomics (20%)
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Portability (15%)
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Specs Leatherman Surge Leatherman Charge+... Leatherman... Leatherman Wave+ Leatherman Free P4
Number of Functions 19 + bits 19 + bits 5 + bits 18 + bits 21
Weight (ounces) 12.2 oz. 14.3 oz with case 8.8 oz 5.0 oz 8.5 oz. 9.5 oz with case 8.8 oz
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, wire cutters, hard-wire cutters, crimper Needlenose, regular
Tools Accessible Without Deploying Pliers Blades, saw, file Blades, saw, file Blade Blades, saw, file All
Blades and Type 1 straight, 1 serrated 1 serrated gut hook type, 1 straight drop point 1 straight drop point 1 straight, 1 serrated 1 straight 1 serated
Scissors Yes Yes No 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 4 included, more available aftermarket for proprietary driver 5 included/integrated. More available aftermarket for proprietary driver 1
File? Yes, wood/metal and a diamond-coated file Yes, wood/metal and a diamond-coated file No Yes, wood/metal and a diamond-coated file Yes
Saw? Yes Metal and wood No Yes Wood
Openers Can and bottle Can and bottle Bottle Can and bottle Bottle and can
Other important Features Ruler, awl, wire stripper Ruler, cutting hook, wire stripper None Ruler One-handed blades. Replacable wire-cutters
Sheath Included? Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Other carry options Pocket Pocket clip, key ring Carabiner style clip, pocket clip Pocket Pocket , pocket clip
Closed dimensions (Length by thickness, in inches) 4.5 x 0.8 4 x 0.8 4.3 x 0.6 4 x 0.7 4.2 x 0.7
Open Length (Pliers) (inches) 7.1in 6.2 in 6.2 in 6.3 in 6.5 in
Open Overall Length (Primary blade deployed) (inches) 7.6 in 7 in 6.8 in 6.9 in 4.25 in
Length of Primary Blade Effective Edge (inches) 3.1 in 2.8 in 2.6 in 2.8in 2.8 in
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