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Big fan of all Leatherman prodcuts. This is a nice scaled down tool with the same build quality as other Leatherman products. Not a big fan of pocket carrying multitools, keep a couple in the car and one in my backpack, however this squirt fills that gap. Barely even notice its on your keys. Pair this with an O-Light i1R 2 EOS and you got a great mini setup that goes with you everywhere with no added bulk.
I've carried Victorinox for decades, but decided to go with this when I needed a replacement for my keychain. I got it largely because I wanted a semi-real set of pliers which I knew Leatherman is good at.
First of all I need to mention the size and weight. This is literally a keychain fob. It is not much larger than the tiny Victorinox I had previously and offers more functionality. It is really light too - I don't notice extra weight on my keys, and I'm not concerned about it wearing out the ignition in my cars (yes I still have ignition keys).
The pliers are the centerpiece here and they are a really handy set. They have small wirecutters all the way inside the jaws, and the set on the jaws is about right for light gauge steel (20 gauge?) or maybe a thick thumbnail. Anything much thicker than that and it won't hold right, but at that point you probably should just go get proper pliers. They have positive detents that work great - not to difficult but hold it when it needs held.
The scissors I was really worried about but the spring mechanism on them is actually much better than what Victorinox uses. No complaints on the scissors except they are kind of buried in there. Not hard to get out, but hard to tell at a glance where they are. They cut fine but Leatherman definitely loses points to Victorinox on quality of blades.
Which brings us to the knife... I mean, it's not import Asian junk, the steel seems ok, but it is way more crude than I am used to. This was the case with the scissors too, but the knife was not very finely ground - I spent about 5 minutes on the diamond hones starting at 400 grit - starting at 400 isn't that bad, but I've never had to do anything to a Victorinox blade out of the box like that.
The weirdest thing of all is that the knife blade is single-bevel. One side is completely flat and the other side bevels down to make the point. There are two cases where I know single bevel blades are used: wood chisels, and boning knives. I'm not going to do either of those tasks with a tiny pocket knife. I wonder was this a cost-saving measure, or is there some reason for it? It's not a dealbreaker for a keychain knife but it's a head scratcher for sure.
The small slotted screwdriver and the bottle opener/large slotted driver are also buried in the frame and difficult to get out. I probably won't use any of those features - the bottle opener in particular seems really too small to get the job done easily. It does seem like the small standalone slotted driver was an afterthought. I think it would have been handier to have a can opener or Phillips driver. Or better yet, tweezers... I used my Victorinox tweezers, a LOT.
The file is NOT a nail file. There is a single-cut side and a double-cut side, one edge is safe, and the other edge is single-cut and coarser than the flat single-cut. It's a real file. Which makes me wonder... what use do I have for a 1 1/4" pocket file that has single and double cut? I actually can do my nails with it because it has the one safe edge, but it's clearly been added as a real file... I just don't see myself trying to do an emergency lawnmower blade sharpening with this thing. I'd rather have a nail file.
In summary there were always things I didn't think Victorinox did well and I went with this Leatherman (it's my first BTW) in order to evaluate whether Leatherman fixes those things. The answer is yes, but it drops the ball on other things Victorinox does well. However I'm happy with my purchase... but I am glad I'm reviewing a keychain fob first, before spending real money on a full size Leatherman.
When I unboxed this little rascal, I could not believe how small it was. I did look up the dimesnsions before buying but didn’t realize how small it was gonna be. I was honestly disappointed in how small it was and starting initiate a return and maybe buy a Juice model by Leatherman as well. However, after ignoring it for about 2 days I started fiddling with it and gave it a chance. I noticed that the quality was really good witch wasn’t a surprise given who manufactures it. It has a nice weight to it that makes it manageable, not too light that it feels toyish and not too heavy that it makes you notice it when in your pocket. The action on every tool feels adequately robust and reasonable especially the pliers, given how small it is. Now, the things I really have an issue with are that the bottle opener is pretty much useless. I found it extremely difficult to lock on to a beer bottle cap and when I did the bottle opener just cut through the beer cap without opening the bottle since it’s so small and narrow. Also, the wood/metal file are useless to me and can it being useless to most that buy this. The file can work as a larger flat head but honestly flatheads this size tend to require higher torque levels that just aren’t possible to produce with the Squirt. The chiseled blade on this isn’t exactly the best either and find the pen knife on my Victorinox which is the same size to be significantly sharper. Finally, the size. If this little gem had similar dimensions to the Juice then this would probably be one of the best multi tools ever hand down. It’s boxy design which I fell in love with actually kept me from exchanging it for the Juice. Hopefully we can get a slightly bigger similar version in the near future but for now I find it barely practical and do appreciate it for what it is in and of itself. In conclusion, I do recommend buying this little booger albeit used and as a backup to a bigger and more practical tool.?
I like these and over the last decade have bought multiple of them both for myself and as gifts. It’s a great multi-tool because the tools within it make sense. I actually use them all regularly in fixing things on the fly, backpacking, fishing, and other daily activities. It doesn’t have any corkscrews or whatever that never actually get used.
Just understand that the spring in the scissors is gonna break pretty much immediately. The ones that I’ve owned, the scissor spring broke within a week. One tool that I gifted, the scissor spring broke within a day. Of course, I told them that would happen. Still, it was disheartening to get that “you were right” text within a day.
This is still a great tool and I always keep it on me. It’s gotten my truck back on the road a couple of times and has been very useful just about daily. But, it rubs me the wrong way to pay for something that can be relied upon to have a component break immediately.
Leatherman, why is it that in the ten years that I’ve been buying this product, this issue hasn’t been sorted out? Maybe just nobody’s reporting it?
I have had this in my pocket for daily work carry for around a week now. During that time it has came in handy multiple times already - impromptu screwdriver, pliers to grasp a nut, opening packages. I have not had any chance to use the scissors yet, and I doubt i will ever need to use the file. The bottle opener is a little small and took a few wrenches to get a cap off a beer.
All-in, it is still a handy, lightweight multitool for quick and simple tasks. I would still recommend anyone to own one for pocket or key-chain carry. I would be more comfortable with a price of $20-25 though than the $35 I paid, but you are paying for the Leatherman name and reputation.