User Review: Leatherman Wave
Source: received it as a personal gift
Clearly a multitool fit for the gods.
- Solid design
- Excellent selection of tools
- Fantastic warranty
- No user replaceable blades/files
This phenomenal tool, clearly of Asgardian ancestry, has been sitting on the right hand side of my belt since 2007. It has been everywhere with me (from Haiti, to Virginia, to the Yukon), and done every task I threw at it (from cleaning weapons to cutting helipads).
Only when I went significantly above and beyond what I should have done with it did I start to think that maybe I should use something else (which of course is the problem, as the Wave inspires such confidence in its user that you use it for things you shouldn't have).
I'll mention what I broke now to get it out of the way, both were my fault and I haven't really bothered to fix them yet. First thing was the small screwdriver with the very long thin bit. I was cleaning carbon off my rifle when I managed to snap the bit in half when I was reaching into a tight corner.
Second, I was getting ready for a helicopter pickup, cutting down some trees and all we had was two Waves and one machete. The Waves were working great (much faster than the machete for the small trees for whatever reason) and again the tool inspired a reckless amount of confidence that the little saw blade would be able to fell a tree six inches in diameter. It did. The blade is now bend quite badly so that I have to force is back into shape to close it again.
The uses for the Wave are near limitless, and you find yourself using it for things that it definitely wasn't designed to do, but it does them damned well anyways.