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Pros Small, inexpensive, two bladesSophisticated, comprehensiveCompact, light, with multiple carry options, smart, effective toolsComprehensive, well-made, aftermarket accessories and carry optionsLarge, excellent construction, full-size functions, customizable
Cons Flexible construction, stiff hingesHeavy, expensiveFew featuresProprietary bit driver, no pocket clip includedHeavy and large; limited portability. Proprietary bit driver
Bottom Line A keychain-ready multi tool, uniquely outfitted with a regular blade and a serrated oneThe 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 priceThis tool pulls no punches: it optimizes for function at the cost of portability
Rating Categories Gerber Vise Leatherman Charge+ TTi Leatherman Skeletool CX Leatherman Wave+ Leatherman Surge
Functions (40%)
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Specs Gerber Vise Leatherman Charge+... Leatherman... Leatherman Wave+ Leatherman Surge
Number of Functions 9 19 + bits 5 + bits 18 + bits 19 + bits
Weight (ounces) 2.4 oz 8.8 oz 5.0 oz 8.5 oz. 9.5 oz with case 12.2 oz. 14.3 oz with case
Locking Tools? none All but pliers All but pliers All but pliers All but pliers
Pliers Type Mini pliers with wire cutters Needlenose with wire cutters, crimper Needlenose with 2 wire cutters Needlenose, regular, wire cutters, hard-wire cutters, crimper Needlenose, regular, wire cutters, hard-wire cutters, crimper
Tools Accessible Without Deploying Pliers All Blades, saw, file Blade Blades, saw, file Blades, saw, file
Blades and Type 1 straight, 1 serated 1 serrated gut hook type, 1 straight drop point 1 straight drop point 1 straight, 1 serrated 1 straight, 1 serrated
Scissors No Yes No Yes Yes
Number of screwdrivers 3 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 4 included, more available aftermarket for proprietary driver
File? Yes Yes, wood/metal and a diamond-coated file No Yes, wood/metal and a diamond-coated file Yes, wood/metal and a diamond-coated file
Saw? No Metal and wood No Yes Yes
Openers Bottle Can and bottle Bottle Can and bottle Can and bottle
Other important Features None Ruler, cutting hook, wire stripper None Ruler Ruler, awl, wire stripper
Sheath Included? No Yes No Yes Yes
Other carry options Keychain Pocket clip, key ring Carabiner style clip, pocket clip Pocket Pocket
Closed dimensions (Length by thickness, in inches) 2.2 x 0.5 4 x 0.8 4.3 x 0.6 4 x 0.7 4.5 x 0.8
Open Length (Pliers) (inches) 3.9 in 6.2 in 6.2 in 6.3 in 7.1in
Open Overall Length (Primary blade deployed) (inches) 3.6 in 7 in 6.8 in 6.9 in 7.6 in
Length of Primary Blade Effective Edge (inches) 1.4 in 2.8 in 2.6 in 2.8in 3.1 in
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