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- Last updated: 16/12/2016
For many years if you wanted a top quality multi-tool you had two major brand options and two distinct ‘opening’ designs; the butterfly opening Leatherman or the slide out (or flick out) style plier head used by Gerber. Leatherman have managed to fuse these two popular and time tested designs and produced what the company proudly state is ‘the first ever 100% one hand operable multi-tool’
The OHT features slide out plier heads - similar in operation and more familiar to the system used on many Gerbers. However, Leatherman don’t claim they need a ‘flick of the wrist’ operation, rather you only need push both serrated edged opposing catches inwards and the weight of the OHT’s body and tools enable it to drop down, while the plier heads quickly and very smoothly slide up and lock out, giving you the easiest access to pliers in a one handed design that I’ve ever used.
The plier head features the spring action needlenose pliers, regular pliers and 154CM wire cutters plus hard wire cutters, both of which have replaceable cutting edges. It’s at this point I noticed how more comfortable the OHT were in relation to quite a few of the more ‘blocky’ looking multi-tools of this ilk. Closer inspection shows both the handles outer edges have a slight inward curved profile and are more rounded at the edges than similar featured and sized models in the Leatherman line-up. The OHT weighs 9.9oz and measures 4 ½” in the closed position, extending to 6 ¾” once the plier head is deployed.
There are a good selection ‘edged’ implements consisting of a 2 ¼” modified fine edge clip point blade, a 2 ½” serrated edge blade, and an aggressively toothed 2 ½” wood saw. All these blades are made of 420HC Stainless Steel. As you ‘thumb’ out these tools the OHT begins to show a distinct military look. The sample on test is the first civilian model for the sporting shooter and hunter, but there are going to be military only variants too (which will have extra features such as an Oxygen Tank Wrench and #8-32 Cleaning Rod Attachments).
The rest of the tools are an elongated Phillips head screwdriver, large flat head screwdriver, Can/Bottle opener, Strap Cutter with medium flat head screwdriver at the end as well as a ‘semi’ awl design tool ending with a small flat head screwdriver.
Some tools have elongated ‘thumb holes’ for opening while others have thumb nicks. Don’t be fooled by the latter description as they can still easily be opened one-handed due to the generous and well designed indents in the handles outer frame. These allow you to put enough side-on pressure with thumb or forefinger to push the tools out. All lock out securely in the open position with strong liner-lock mechanisms.
In my opinion this is a very well manufactured, cleverly designed and thoughtfully featured multi-tool that’ll quickly gain popularity amongst Leatherman’s already comprehensive range.
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