Wave here. Use it all the time, and it’s the first thing I pack when going on holiday.
Great warranty too- I snapped a screwdriver on a Pulse undoing a bolt in -10 temps. Sent it back to leatherman who replaced it with a Wave foc
Also made the airport mistake but an incredibly helpful security chap walked me to the checkin desk and let me check in my hand luggage as hold with the leatherman so I didn’t have to leave it! A few years ago mind, doubt they’d do that now.Posted 1 month ago
I used to have a Charge tti, which I stupidly left in the wrong bag on a return airport trip a few years ago 🙄 it was duly confiscated!
I’ve recently bought a new Charge + tti, with some bit kits etc.
For me though, 90% of the time, I drive round with a van full of tools, so the Leatherman is more of a vanity/occasional convenience toolPosted 1 month agobenp1Subscriber
I have a few – mini, micra, p4, s4, ps4, xe6, skeletool, wave
I like Multitools, have a couple of victorinox swisstools too, plus a gerber
Ps4 gets carried everywhere, it’s on my keys. Mini is in my commuting bag, sadly no longer made. Skeletool or wave gets carried on my MTB. Juice xe6 or a SAK often in my rucksackPosted 1 month agosingletrackmindMember
Wave user here . My PST is also in the bin at LGW , my fault as I had 2 and packed one in my hold bag then the x-ray machine spotted my ‘spare’ in the end compartment of my carry on. No time to queue up for 2nd bag check in.Posted 1 month ago
Snapped one of the blades , but its a good tool . The locking mechansim is simple and clever and stops your cutting off your own fingersburko73Subscriber
I’ve got an original wave still in use. Must be almost 25 yrs old and still in good nick. Been useful loads of times. Even survives salt water occasionally with a rinse now and again.
Edit – new wave looks good. The screwdrivers were always a bit of a compromise on the original. Looks like the pliers head locks too?
Do the knife blades still lock given the recent uk law changes?Posted 1 month ago
No, actually. Leatherman is the surname of the inventor.
If travelling, nothing with a flat blades screwdriver is allowed. Nor a blade. You are allowed to go back out and check in hand luggage if you have time. There is a also a postal service offered at Heathrow that isn’t cheap. Son2 is a security officer at T2 whilst he saves for flying school.Posted 1 month agodevashMember
I bought a Wave Plus a couple of years ago. It is solidly built and usually my go to for little jobs. I think the rrp is around 130 quid but I paid less than 100 on some pre Christmas deal at what was then our local Blacks camping shop. If you need one for hiking or biking though then I would look at one of the lighter models because the wave is quite heavy.Posted 1 month agoWillHMember
I had a smallish purple-anodised Leatherman something-or-other which got nicked by a light-fingered baggage handler in the Philippines. Was good up to that point.
Replaced it with a Wave – probably twelve years ago now – which is rock solid. It gets used for all sorts of odd jobs, usually in ways it’s not designed for like using the knife blade to prise things open, or using the insanely sharp scissors as a combined digging tool/tweezers to remove splinters, or using the whole, closed tool as a hammer. It just works, and works well.
I just had the knife sharpened – on a market stall by an ancient bloke with a massive beard and blue overalls, using a belt sander contraption that looked like it’d have your finger off as soon as look at it – and now it’s so sharp I feel like Death, having just sharpened my scythe on the first rays of dawn light…
So basically, buy a Wave.Posted 1 month agosuperleggeroSubscriber
I have a Leatherman Style PS which is quite small but has proved useful on cycling trips. Has mini pliers which I’ve used to pull small thorns from a punctured tyre. Pliers also good enough to grip/pull/cut gear cable. Also has clip which allows it to attach to loop on rucksack so quite handy. Nice supplementary tool to Topeak Hexus.Posted 1 month agoeasilyMember
I think there are two pretty useful options to choose from: a Wave or a Skeletool.
The Skeletool is quite basic, but is small, light, and easy to carry everywhere. The Wave is noticeably bigger and heavier, but has pretty much everything you’ll need. Frankly, if the tool you need isn’t on a Wave you should probably be carrying a toolbox instead.
I carried one or the other with me everywhere for the 10 years I lived in Thailand, where they were remarkably useful. I bought Waves for a couple of my Thai friends when I left, as they were always so impressed with them.
Back in the UK I kept a Skeltool in the bottom of my bag until the day I visited the Science museum. When I entered they asked if I had a knife; thinking nothing of it I showed them the tool, which they confiscated from me, then called the police.
The police told me I could have been arrested for possession of an offensive weapon*, that they were confiscating it and I could not claim it back. Funnily, they couldn’t close the blade and had to give it to me so I could show them how.
Anyway, be careful what you choose, as it can get you into a bit of trouble. I believe there is a Gerber multi-tool that has only small, unlock able blades, which is theoretically UK legal. Hang on, here’s an Amazon link:
It looks a bit awkward to carry with that pointy end, but is probably your best bet if you’re UK based. I might even get one myself.
*I find this amusing, as it takes a fair time to get open and lock the blade. I can’t imagine any opponents politely waiting around while you get yourself ready. A screwdriver would be a much more effective weapon.Posted 1 month ago
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