When speaking of multi-tools, Leatherman is a name that will certainly come across your mind. No wonder their founder, Tim Leatherman, actually invented the first modern multipurpose tool.

“A young Tim Leatherman, with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University, and his wife take a trip to Europe. Along the way, they constantly battle leaky hotel plumbing and other obstacles. Their budget $300 Fiat requires multiple road-side fixes. He had the right know-how, but not the right tools.”

“I was carrying a scout knife and used it for everything from slicing bread to fixing the car. But I kept wishing I had a pair of pliers!”

With a history of almost 40 years, Leatherman is a trustworthy tool manufacturer and if you are thinking of investing in one, you should definitely check some of their models.

There are a few things you should consider when choosing a multi-tool for yourself. 

  1. Type of multi-tool – although they are known for their pliers, there are other models such as bracelets or pocket knives.
  2. The number of tools you need – there are simpler models with just 2 tools but the number can go over 30!
  3. Size – depending on your needs, besides regular size there are also pocket-size and key-chain size models.
  4. Opening mechanism – if you want easy access to any of the tools, this is a feature you should pay attention to.

Here, we made a list of the 7 best Leatherman Multi-Tools for 2021.

1. Leatherman Wave +

Leatherman Wave


  • Closed length: 4 in
  • Open length: 6.25 in
  • Primary blade length: 2.9 in
  • Weight: 8.5 oz
  • Width: 1.2 in
  • Overall thickness: 7 in
  • Materials: 420HC Stainless Steel, Black Oxide
  • Number of tools: 18

This is Leatherman’s international best-seller. Wave + model has all the essential tools with the addition of replaceable wire cutters. Most of its 18 tools can be accessed even if it’s folded, and all tools and knives on the body (except plier head) will stay locked in place while you use them.

Every feature can be opened with one hand, which makes this multi-tool perfect if you need to multitask.


2. Leatherman Surge

Leatherman Surge


  • Closed length: 4.5 in
  • Primary blade length: 3.1in
  • Weight:12.5 oz
  • Materials: 420HC Stainless Steel, Black Oxide
  • Number of tools: 21

Leatherman Surge is one of the largest models. Equipped with the largest pliers and longest blades, this multi-tool is built for tougher jobs. It is also one-hand operable and has all lock features (beside plier head) for safe handling.


3. Leatherman Skeletool

Leatherman Skeletool


  • Closed length: 4 in
  • Open length: 6 in
  • Blade length: 2.6 in
  • Weight: 5 oz
  • Width: 1.42 in
  • Overall thickness: 0.52 in
  • Materials: 420HC Stainless Steel
  • Number of tools: 7

Skeletool is perfect if you are looking for something minimalistic and lightweight. With just 5 ounces it is perfectly equipped for everyday jobs. This model includes a 420HC combo knife, pliers, hard-wire cutters, bit driver, removable pocket clip, and a carabiner/bottle opener.


4. Leatherman Raptor

Leatherman Raptor


  • Closed length: 5 in
  • Open length: 8 in
  • Shear length: 1.9 in
  • Weight: 5.8 oz
  • Width: 1.9 in
  • Overall thickness: 0.67 in
  • Materials: 420HC Stainless Steel, Glass-filled Nylon, Carbide
  • Number of tools: 6

Leatherman Raptor may seem like some strange scissors, but in fact, this is a perfectly balanced, highly efficient multi-tool created for emergency situations. Raptor shears are developed with help from fire professionals, special operations medics, and EMTs. Some of the tools included are a strap cutter, oxygen tank wrench, and carbide glass breaker, it comes with a holster for quick access. 


5. Leatherman Signal

Leatherman Signal


  • Closed length: 4.5 in
  • Open length: 6.75 in
  • Blade length: 2.73 in
  • Weight: 7.5 oz
  • Width: 1.5 in
  • Overall thickness: 0.63 in
  • Materials: 420HC Stainless Steel, DLC Coating, Cerakote
  • Number of tools: 19

If you are an outdoorsy type of person, Leatherman Signal is a perfect multi-tool for you. Besides some standard features like needlenose pliers, regular pliers, and wire cutters it includes a knife, a saw, and a built-in hammer (perfect for anchoring tent stakes). It is also equipped with some survival features like an emergency whistle and ferro rod.  


6.Leatherman Rebar

Leatherman Rebar


  • Closed length: 4 in
  • Open length: 6.25 in
  • Primary blade length: 2.9 in
  • Weight: 6.7 oz
  • Width: 1.18 in
  • Overall thickness: 0.65 in
  • Materials: 420HC Stainless Steel, 154CM Stainless Steel, Black Oxide
  • Number of tools: 17

Looking at the Leatherman Rebar fans will recognize the iconic box-like shape of the original model designed by Tim Leatherman. Its pliers are adapted for tougher jobs, and this model is ideal on job sites and for home projects.


7. Leatherman Micra

Leatherman Micra


  • Closed length: 2.5 in
  • Open length: 4.2 in
  • Blade length: 1.6 in
  • Weight: 1.8 oz
  • Width: 0.75 in
  • Overall thickness: 0.37 in
  • Materials: 420HC Stainless Steel
  • Number of tools: 10

As the name states, this model is really tiny and lightweight and it can easily fit on any keychain. However, it still packs 10 useful tools, some of them are a knife, spring-action scissors, tweezers, and bottle opener. Micra is the most popular multi-tool among anglers and hobbyists, but it is perfect for anyone who needs a super small, easily portable tool.



The reason why Leatherman multi-tools are so popular is simple, they are just so useful! The diversity of models is big and we are sure you can find a model that will perfectly fit your needs whether you are a survivalist, fisherman, or just a regular dad.

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