Leatherman Bond EDC Multi tool
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- Last updated: 15/12/2022
The original Leatherman PST is the multi-tool that has inspired many others that have been launched afterwards by the US company. Back in 1983, Tim Leatherman altered the way we tackle unexpected challenges forever by introducing the PST (Pocket Survival Tool), which was the first-ever folding multitool. The upgraded PST II was launched in 2004 and because of its iconic status, a 35th Heritage Anniversary model was released.
As some will know, many multi-tools that have come along since have followed the PST’s basic blueprint, with the latest being the Leatherman Bond - a lightweight, UK EDC (Everyday Carry) multi-tool that packs 14 essential features into a compact design.
Interestingly, the inspiration behind the first multi-tool was due to Tim requiring a Boy Scout-type knife with pliers, because he and his wife travelled Europe and the Middle East in 1975. Unbelievably, they undertook this journey in a very old and unreliable Fiat 600. To keep it running, they often had to use a simple pocket knife to repair it. This experience and gained knowledge are why to this day, Leatherman multi-tools hold many of the same basic tools built around a butterflyopening pair of pliers.
Non-locking Measuring 4” in the closed position and weighing 5.8oz, the all-stainlesssteel workhorse holds a non-locking, 2.6”, 420HC knife blade, making it a UK-legal EDC tool.
When in the open position, you have direct use of a pair of needlenose pliers, regular pliers, wire cutters and hard-wire cutters. It’s at this point you can access the tools stored inside the handles, which include the knife blade, wood/metal file, awl with thread loop, Phillips screwdriver, large flathead screwdriver, small flathead screwdriver, can opener/bottle opener and a deployable lanyard hole. They all deploy easily from their closed position using thumb nicks or lugs.
The Bond comes from a long line of multi-tools and what should be remembered is that despite the lack of a lock-out mechanism, the knife and other tools it holds secure out very solidly when deployed. This is what is termed a ‘friction lock’ and why the tool can be classed as an everyday carry. In that respect, the precision manufacture of the tool has to be considered and in this case, it’s been made to the highest of tolerances. Also, the Bond’s handles are rounded, so your grip is comfortable while working with the pliers or tools. It’s perfect for first-time users, whether you are a hunter, outdoorsman or hobbyist.
Where this tool fits into their extensive roster is obvious. It can be carried safely and legally, yet undertake many field duties. The fact it comes with a heavyduty Nylon sheath is a bonus because there’s no pocket clip and it carries an incredibly pocketfriendly price tag.