Product DescriptionLeatherman 831078 Freestyle, Stainless Steel-(5 TOOLS)
The first thing you'll probably notice with the Leatherman Freestyle is opening the outside-accessible blade is easy and fast, just like a pocket knife. When you unfold it and use the pliers you'll understand that when something is engineered correctly, power isn't a matter of size, but a matter of years of design expertise. Freestyle is great as a stand-alone tool or a companion for those activity-specific tools that don't feature pliers or a knife.
- Needlenose Pliers
- Regular Pliers
- Hard-wire Cutters
- Wire Cutters
- 420HC Combo Knife
- Locking Blade
- Replaceable Pocket Clip
- Outside-accessible Features
- One-hand Operable Features
- Closed Length 3.45 in | 8.76 cm
- Weight 4.5 oz | 127.57 g
- Blade Length 2.6 in | 6.60 cm
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Overall this is a solid minimalist multitool. Realistically it's a pliers that will cut wire and a knife. As a pliers it's a bit small but very solid and well made. The knife blade is very good although I prefer the non-serrated version of the Freestyle CX. My main issue with the tool is the weight; it's not appreciably lighter than the Skeletool which offers more functionality.
It's a good tool for anyone looking to replace their pocket knife while gaining a pliers.
While I do geek out to multitools the simple truth is that I rarely use most of their functions. Probably 80% of the time what I generally need is a pliers, screwdriver or a knife. So realistically the Freestyle is almost as useful as a Wave but much lighter. Ultimately I think the Skeletool CX is a better tool since it adds the one tool I use a lot that isn't on the Freestyle (that being a driver).
Aside from lacking a driver my only complaint is the serrated blade. I'm not a fan of serrations at all. Still the blade gets the job done. I have a Freestyle CX as well- it's basically the same tool but with a 154CM plain edge blade. I've had mine for years and maybe they don't make it anymore as I haven't seen them for sale in a while.
Overall a great yet compact multitool with tons of uses.
I really like the Freestyle. The capabilities are somewhat limited compared to larger tools as this one doesn't have a ton of different ones. Honestly, most of the jobs I wind up doing require a pliers, screwdriver or knife- this handles a those pretty well (especially if you're not afraid to use the knife tip as a screwdriver).
The Freestyle doesn't replace a toolbox worth of tools nor a bigger MT but it's very handy to have in a tackle box or in my camping gear. It's perfect for digging out a deeply set fish hook or fiddling with a balky gas stove.
My only complaint is that you need to step up in price to the next model up if you want a plain edge blade, but for most tasks the supplied serrated if okay.