Leatherman Wave multi-tool
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- Last updated: 13/12/2016
Though having an extensive range of multi-tools, Leatherman decided the time was right to do a bit of a make-over on their tried and trusted Wave; a model that has more than served its time on the front line. This upgrade supposedly will make it more compatible with their newer models. Maybe so, but was there anything wrong with it in the first place? As I know plenty of guys; your Editor amongst them who still use and swear by this exceptional multi-tool.
The basic concept is still in evidence; manufactured from stainless steel it has a closed length of 4”, 6 ¼” in plier mode and now weighs a substantial 8.5oz. Even though it’s quite broad and wider (1 ¾”) across the closed handles the Wave is still relatively compact when in its accompanying leather belt pouch. The larger handles not only easily accommodate the up-graded tools they hold but afford the user an assured and sturdy grip.
In its closed position this butterfly opener offers four, exterior, tool/blade functions: 3” clip point knife, serrated knife, wood saw and a substantial, diamond-coated, wood/metal file. These engage and use a liner lock system to keep them securely deployed when in use. Overall an efficient and practical part of the design.
Opening the handles reveals the needle nose/regular pliers and extra long wire cutter with hard and standard wire strippers. In this mode you can access the tools located on the inside of the handles. These being; large and small bit driver with 2 X double ended bits, large screwdriver, bottle/can opener, lanyard attachment point and something I like to see on any multi - a pair of scissors. All lock out solidly and are returned by using the familiar rocker lever on the outer bottom edge of the handle.
The Leatherman Wave has always been one of the top multi-tools around, being rugged, robust and a highly practical design. I’m sure the recent redesign it’s been given will certainly help it remain as one of the company’s most popular models. However, the question does arise; did it need this make over? Frankly I don’t think so. More than likely it has been done to raise its profile in what is an ever expanding market place. After all, how many multi-tools that all do the same basic job can one company offer?
Nonetheless there’s little doubt that old or new style; the Wave is right at the top of the tree and therefore a top choice for the serious user!
PRICE: £99.95p incl leather pouch