Leatherman Super Tool 300
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- Last updated: 14/12/2016
I have to say that for me a multi-tool should live up to its name and the trend over the last few years to drop size and therefore minimise functions takes away a lot more than it gives. So it was with great delight I saw that Leatherman, one of the originator’s of the concept, has reintroduced their big and bold Super Tool 300.
By choice I carry a Leatherman Wave, which I rate as one of the best designs out there, but the 300 is close behind it on functions and ability. The build goes for the old-style, butterfly folder with all the tools on the inside of the handles, so you have to open it up to get at anything. Not a huge problem!
The build is all-stainless and measures 4 ½ x ¾ x 1 ½”, with metric and imperial ruler markings, so it’s a decent handful. The pliers are of good size and offer the following features; needle nose and regular, replaceable hard and braided wire cutters, crimper and wire stripper. With their fine and course gripping surfaces there’s not a lot you can’t get hold of.
When open the box-section handles are hollow though the top edges are rolled over to give a comfortable hold and allow you to apply solid pressure to the pliers. Tool functions consist of the following: 3” scalloped and straight edge blades, metal file, diagonally-opposed wood saw, small, medium and large slot head screw drivers, medium Phillips drive, can/bottle opener and large awl. Plus there’s a swing-out lanyard hole.
All the tools are solid and well proportioned and in the case of the knife blades show side nicks for deployment. The others show nose or rear nicks and all lock into position and are controlled by large and easy to use catches. The 300 comes in a black, nylon belt pouch with Velcro flap.
In use I had no complaints about the tool’s abilities. Amongst other things I used it to cut up an old leather sofa and arm chair set I was getting rid of. Items like the saw, scalloped and plain edged blades were really put through the mill and not found wanting. Likewise the screwdrivers were hard and did not flex and the rest of the functions worked well. My one niggle is the lack of scissors, which would have made the functionality 100%. However, they are not there so you will have to live with it.
The Leatherman Super Tool 300 is old-style and in my opinion – all the better for it and at a good price too.
For: Old style, multi-tool build and values; you can’t beat it
Against: Scissors would have completed the line-up
Verdict: If you want a grown up multi, this is well worth consideration