Leatherman Charge Multi Tool
- By Pete Moore
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- Last updated: 16/12/2016
Like others at the top end of the Leatherman range the design of the Charge ALX follows the tried and trusted blueprint of having the four main blades accessible from the outer side of the handles when the pliers tool is closed.
I prefer this as you don’t have to keep opening and closing the handles to access the tools you’ll most likely use most.
The ALX measures 4” closed and 6” when in pliers mode and weighs a very reasonable 8oz.
To save on repetition, all tools are opened by ‘thumb nicks’ accept the clip point knife and serrated edge knife blade which have elongated ‘thumbholes’ for one-handed opening. Also all tools are manufactured from 154CM Stainless Steel and are sensibly sized as all bladed implements and the the wood/metal file measure 2 ¾” in length and are securely ‘locked out’ with a very strong lock liner.
The fine edge clip point knife is an interestingly modified but practical design and opens easily and very smoothly from the black anodised aluminium handles. In the other handle on the same side is an aggressively toothed wood saw. Turn the tool around and the opposite side handle holds a diamond coated wood/metal file plus a serrated edge knife blade with gutting/cutting hook. Opening out this butterfly opener reveals needlenose pliers, regular pliers, crimper, hard wire cutters and wire strippers all configured in the familiar layout common to many Leatherman Multi-tools.
At the bottom is the ‘obligatory’ Bottle/Can Opener and three separate Bit Holders, these are 1x small and 2x large for the 9-double ended bits the tool is supplied with. For storage they slip into a flat semi-rigid synthetic storage rack that slips into the inner back slip pocket of the Leather pouch.
Once you’ve used any of the interior ‘held’ tools, to un-lock there is rocker type lock system. This needs to be pressed in at the lower grooved portion (located on the opposite side of the handle to the tool) allowing you to manually close the tool back into its original position.
For the hunter the ALX does go a bit overboard in the ‘Tool Kit’ department, especially as most of the flat head and cross head screw driver bits are relatively small star head and hex-head bits - not that useful in the field unless you’re a watch repairer? The Charge ALX does fill a niche, but I’d say a specialised one. To complete the package the ALX has a fixed lanyard ring, a quick release lanyard ring and a removable pocket clip.
The Leatherman Charge ALX Multi-Tool is priced at £149.95 and includes Driver Bits, a Leather Carry Pouch and a 25-yr guarantee. For your nearest stockists contact Whitby and Co on 01539 721032 or visit www.whitbyandco.co.uk