Pete Wadeson checks out a Leatherman multi and concludes that going grey isn't always a sign of ageing...
Leatherman have recently refined and even more recently revamped their range of multi-tools. In fact, soon there'll be a whole breed of new age multi's to feed our need. However, as it stands, the Charge TTI+ can still be viewed as their flagship model.
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Measuring 4" closed, and only just pushing the tape to 6.25" open, to access the plier heads it weighs in at a relatively lightweight 8.2oz. The package includes a comprehensive 'bit kit' (much more on this later), a detachable stainless-steel pocket clip and quick release lanyard ring, all of which fit neatly into the heavy-duty Nylon pouch also supplied.
When closed, you have access to a S30V 2.9" clip-point fine edge blade, diamond coated wood/metal file, aggressive toothed wood saw and a 420HC serrated edge knife with gut hook. Both blades have elongated thumbholes for one-handed opening, while the file and saw have lugs. These engage securely, as they all have strong individual lock liner mechanisms. When this butterfly tool is opened, you have access to the strong needlenose pliers, regular pliers, premium replaceable wire cutters, premium replaceable hard-wire cutters, wire stripper and crimper.
From the inner sections of the handles, you can now access the spring-action scissors, bottle/can opener, large and small bit drivers and a medium flat head screwdriver. All are easily deployed using thumb nicks or small lugs. Again, as with its close relative the Charge+, the scissors are an especially nice addition, as they're very easy to operate and, due to the sensible size, have quite a lengthy and useful cutting edge.
Incidentally, to unlock any of these tools when deployed, you simply press in the grooved portion of the lock system (located opposite and at the pivot end of the handle) then it can easily be returned into the chassis/handle. We can now take a closer look at the large bit driver and the eight double head bit kit that comes supplied, which certainly rounds out the selection.
Individual bits are fitted and exchanged by simply pulling them straight out from the bit driver head. This needs a bit of a yank, but not so much a bit would get irretrievably 'stuck' in the head. To replace a tool bit, press in the one chosen firmly into the bit driver until its spring action locking bar engages the groove on the side of the tool bit. When not in use, the bits are held in a flat ABS holder/carrier, which slips easily into the nylon carry pouch, even when fully loaded and the multi is in place.
The kit comprises of a Square driver #1 & #2, Eyeglass screwdriver, Hex 5/32" & 9/64", Hex 1/8" & 7/64", Hex 3/32" & 5/64", Hex 1/16" & 0.50", Phillips #1-2 & 3/16" Screwdriver plus a 1/8" & Torx #15 Screwdriver. The Leatherman Charge TTi Plus is obviously well manufactured, using only premium materials and is made even more workmanlike and stylish due to the titanium handle scales. Yet another major 'plus' point, is that the handles are quite slim considering the tools held and of course having well rounded edges makes the tool feel very comfortable in the hand.
Thanks to Pete Wadeson and Gun Mart / Shooting Sports for writing and letting us share this review.