Leatherman Buying Guide

Leatherman multi-tools are world-renowned for their quality. In fact, their products are so highly regarded, that “Leatherman” has become the generic term for multi-tools. But since their humble beginnings, the Leatherman range has grown substantially, making it difficult for the uninitiated to choose the best Leatherman for them. That’s why we’ve written this guide, to help you make the best choice.

What is a Leatherman?

A Leatherman is a multi-tool similar to a Swiss Army Knife, featuring pliers, knives, wire cutters, and more folded and stored within the handle. Leatherman is an American brand, with a history of quality manufacturing dating back to 1983, in Portland, Oregon.

Why Buy a Leatherman?

You should buy a Leatherman for its utility, and build-quality. These multi-tools are American-made, and come with a 25-year guarantee. Few tools can accomplish as many jobs as a Leatherman, whether you need pliers, a ruler, a file, or anything else, it’s all there right in one fantastic bit of kit. What’s more, these tools are carefully designed and crafted to be worked with. They don’t just sound good on paper, but they’re ergonomic in your hands and highly user-friendly.

What Sizes of Leatherman are There?

Leatherman’s multi-tool range comes in a selection of sizes, from diminutive keychain tools to full-sized tools designed for heavy use by a professional.

  • Pocket tools
  • Keychain tools
  • Pocket Size tools
  • Full Size tools
  • Heavy duty tools

Whilst the names may seem confusing, each size of tool does have its place.

Pocket Leatherman

The smallest size of Leatherman multi-tool, their pocket range are designed to be carried on a keychain. These often combine two or three tools, such as a bottle opener and screwdriver into a single product. Some even come equipped with a bit holder, which is useful whilst working.

Keychain Leatherman

As the name suggests, these tools are also designed to be carried with your keys. However, they tend to be far more versatile than a pocket tool. The Leatherman Micra is equipped with tools such as a knife, tweezers, files, screwdrivers and more, they’re ideal for little DIY jobs on the go.

Pocket Size Leatherman

Not to be confused with a Pocket Leatherman, these are well-equipped multi-tools that are designed to be small enough to be comfortable sat in your pocket. What’s more, they often come with a pocket clip attachment to make your life easier. A great example is the Leatherman Sidekick.

Full Size Leatherman

This is where Leatherman truly shines. These tools are full-sized and fully equipped to tackle nearly any DIY job. Featuring 18 tools or more including pliers, knives, wire cutters, and more, there are few jobs these can’t handle. The most famous full-size Leatherman is the Leatherman Wave.

Heavy Duty Leatherman

A heavy-duty Leatherman is a multi-tool like no other. Designed specifically for dedicated professionals that will use them day-in, day-out, these tools are incredibly versatile, and hard-wearing. These tools include models such as the Leatherman Surge and the Leatherman OHT.

What Tools Can Come with a Leatherman?

A Leatherman multi-tool can come equipped with as many as twenty-one tools! These can include:

  • Knives
  • Pliers
  • Screwdriver
  • Wirecutter
  • Wire stripper
  • Scissors
  • Package Opener
  • Bottle openers
  • File
  • Ruler
  • Bit driver
  • Carabiner
  • Electrical crimper
  • Saw
  • Awl

Will I Need to Sharpen My Leatherman?

Yes, if your Leatherman multi-tool features any sort of knife, it will eventually need to be sharpened. A straight blade can be sharpened like any other knife, but if yours features a serrated edge, you’ll need to buy specialist tools to sharpen it.

In Closing

We hope this guide has been useful for you! Take a look at our fantastic range of Leatherman multi-tools and accessories today.