The Leatherman Wave is the be-all and end-all of multi tools. And arguably the most beloved because of its revered durability, American manufacture, and ease of operation – blades can be used one handed because they’re outside accessible. Redesigned in 2004 with all-locking blades and stronger pliers, it’s the largest and top of the range of Leatherman tools.
There really is a Mr Leatherman. Prior to Tim Leatherman there was nothing that combined scissors and pliers. He and his wife took an erratic second hand Fiat around Europe in 1975 – and were frustrated by breakdowns and an inadequate pocket knife. It was eight months into that trip that he started sketching a new tool in a Tehran hotel room. In 1980 he made his first stainless steel Leatherman tool (containing knife and pliers), and by 1983 the Leatherman company was born.
Since then, the Leathermans have been used by anglers, hikers, sailors, campers, tradesman, tinkerers, and home handywomen and men around the world.
They use it with rare confidence that a company guarantee will be honoured – fully 10% of the Leatherman factory space is devoted to repair and rebuilding.
The Wave is the supersized Leatherman with eighteen functions : needlenose pliers, regular pliers, 420hc clip point knife, 420hc sheepsfoot serrated knife, wire cutters, hard-wire cutters, wire stripper, large screwdriver, large bit driver, small bit driver, scissors, wood/metal file, diamond coated file, saw, bottle opener, can opener, 19cm ruler, and fixed lanyard ring. Included bits : Phillips and flat tip eyeglasses screwdriver bit, Phillips #1-2 and 4.5mm bit.
· All-Time Top 100 Gadgets, Time Magazine Oct 2010
· Made in Portland, Oregon, USA
· 25 year warranty
· Includes leather pouch
Specifications : length (closed) = 10cm ; blade length = 7.37cm ; weight = 241grams