- By John Fenna
- 1 Comments
- Last updated: 08/12/2016
I have been a fan of multi-tools since I first laid eyes on the original Leatherman Tool and find the latest Leatherman Tool, the Rev, to be a well thought out item in its materials, shape, tool selection and tool location. To start with, look at its materials and shape – the body and tools are all made from stainless steel for corrosion resistance and practicality, the main tools are all suitably hardened for their function, and the knife blade is made from 420HC stainless steel. This has very good edge retention, corrosion resistance characteristics and is not overly difficult to hone once dulled in use.
The body of the Rev is subtly curved to fit the hand and is surprisingly comfortable when you are using any of the tools, while the handles of the pliers never meet in use, thus avoiding the risk of pinched fingers.
The selection of tools on the Rev is well thought out to cover many needs, and comprises:
The knife blade is the only tool to be accessible with the tool closed and has a drop point 2.6 inches (6.6cm) hollow ground locking blade. The blade has a generous ‘nail notch’ cut-out to aid its opening, but I found it fairly difficult to open the knife onehanded. However, the lock was strong, engaged easily and was simple to release when you want to close the knife.
None of the other tools lock, but snap securely into place and are designed to be difficult to accidentally close during use, having the centre line of the tool beyond the pivot. The tools all have generous nail notches to make extracting them for use easy, and all the tools do their jobs well.
A replaceable/removable pocket clip on the back of the Rev provides a secure carry and is, surprisingly, not an uncomfortable intrusion into the grip of the multitool in any of its uses.
If I had any negative comments to make about the new Leatherman Rev Multi Tool, it would be that the file/ruler is a little short for my taste, and that I doubt I will ever need the package opener tool; though it does work well!
Overall, I find the Leatherman Rev to be a well thought out multi-tool for everyday use, with a good selection of tools, well-placed in a handle that is more comfortable to use than many multi-tool handles.
Measuring approx. 3.8 inches/9.7cm closed and weighing about 6oz (170g), the Leatherman Rev is a full-size multi-tool that costs around £39.95 and should be able to complete the majority of dayto- day jobs you come across. As ever, the Rev has Leatherman’s 25 year warranty.