Leatherman Sidekick Multi tool
- By John Fenna
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- Last updated: 15/12/2016
Manufactured up to Leatherman’s normal high standard with crisp and secure locks and strong springs, there’s no trace of “wobble” or slackness in the Sidekick multitool. This latest offering from Leatherman is well up to a host of tasks, thanks to a great selection of well-designed and made individual tools.
Built around spring action pliers, the Sidekick incorporates: needlenose pliers; regular pliers and wire cutters (all sprung loaded); a Philips head screwdriver and a large flat head screwdriver (inside one handle of the pliers); a 4.25cm serrated edge knife blade, a can opener, a wire stripper, a 5cm ruler, a 2” ruler, an aggressive wood/metal file, a small flat head screwdriver and a lanyard ring (all in the other handle of the pliers).
A 2.5” (6.5cm) 420HC stainless steel, hollow-ground, plain-edged knife, and a very effective 2.5” saw blade are accessible from the outside of the closed tool. These can be opened with one-hand thanks to large thumb grip slots and are held securely in position by ‘liner locks’.
All the tools in the Sidekick’s handles are designed to fold out to just beyond 180% to help prevent accidental closure in use, and these tools are also prevented from closing on your hand by the closed handles.
Clip, Case and Carabineer
On the back of one arm of the tool there is a removable pocket clip - not one of my favourite features as I find it can interfere with the grip of the tool, making it a little uncomfortable in use. However, the Sidekick also comes with a soft leather slip case and a carabineer clip. Just slip the carabineer through the grommets in the top of the slip case and clip it to your belt/webbing/strap for a secure carry. The carabineer incorporates a bottle opener and hex bit driver for added versatility.
The straight edge knife and saw, as well as all the pliers, are very easy to get at and the spring in the pliers makes them, and the wire cutter, easy to use - although some of the small tools in the handle can be a little fiddly to access. The rounded edges of the handle aid hand comfort during long-term usage and the whole tool, which weighs about 198.5g, is very user friendly.
Costing around £49.95, the new Leatherman Sidekick is a versatile tool that will prove useful over a range of tasks and should be very popular.
For more information visit the Whitby & Co. website at www.whitbyandco.uk or give them a call on tel. 01539 721032.