Leatherman OHT Multitool
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $82
For the first attempt at this design (formerly Gerber), it's not too bad.
- One-handed use
- Build quality
- Knife length
So far the OHT has been a mixed bag in the online reviews that I've read. I was hesitant after reading them. After actually handling it, I'm more comfortable with my purchase.
I will say this, the multi-tool is a fine piece and will get the job done, but overall, it's not quite up to the build quality standards I've come to expect from Leatherman (based on the Wave that I also own). The reasons being, the outer skins of the tool are very thin, if you can find one on display somewhere you will see. They appear to be stamped aluminum I'm guessing.
Also the movement when the tools open isn't as refined and fluid as on my Wave. I'm not sure how the steel compared between those two models either, but the OHT has very visible grooves from grinding on some of the tools. It's also very heavy, heavier than my Wave even...I didn't think that was possible, I think it's a bit wider too.
The spring loaded pliers are very nice and the mechanism for deploying them works very well. The other blades and screwdrivers are all well made but still lack the finish and overall design that other Leatherman models have. The knife blades are very short and some of the screwdrivers are so short they're virtually useless. It lacks scissors, but I already knew that going in. Also no option for the bit kit.
I got this to carry on the trail and for that it works just fine. I also like the addition of the rescue hook, I read one review where they complained about its dullness, but I had no issue slicing through some extra webbing I had lying around.
I'm not not recommending it, but I would try one out at a store before you buy it, or buy it from REI with their fantastic return policy. I'm enjoying it so far, and for the first time Leatherman has tried using this mechanism, it's not too shabby. I can't wait until they refine this a bit more with input from actual owners.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
The Leatherman OHT multitool may ensure the success of your next backcountry excursion or extended backpacking trip. Be a little more prepared for the unexpected with its easily accessible tools. Fully operable with 1 hand, spring-action needlenose and regular pliers plus hard and regular wire cutters are easy to use without needing an extra hand. 2 knife blades, 3 regular screwdrivers and 1 phillips screwdriver offer great range for everyday tools that always come in handy. 1 saw blade, 1 strap cutter and an oxygen tank wrench offer more specialized utility for situations requiring more than the standard blades or tools. Can opener, bottle opener and a cleaning rod attachment complete the full set of tools neatly stowed in this compact multitool. All blades and tool lock in place while in use for safety and strength. Stainless-steel body is durable and rugged, perfect for enduring outdoor adventures for years. The Leatherman OHT multitool features visual imprints on the handles that indicate the interior tool. 4.5 in. length stores perfectly in a pack pocket, taking very little space in your pack.