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Leatherman Wingman

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Leatherman Wingman 831426 multi-tool
  • Price: ~$55
  • Weight: 4/5
  • Size: 4/5
  • Durability: 4/5
  • Utility: 3/5
  • Overall Rating: 3.9/5

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Leatherman Wingman Multitool – A Hands On Review

We appreciate Leatherman’s dedication to quality tools and the Wingman is no exception. It doesn’t have the top of the line materials or build quality of the Charge or the Wave, but for right around $55 the Wingman offers incredible value. At this price, you can afford to have one in your tackle box, hunting kit and the glovebox of all your vehicles and not worry too much if they get lost or ‘grow legs’. The Wingman comes with a pocket clip and not a belt sheath; at 7.0 oz, 3.8 inches long and 1.2 inch thick on the main body (not including the width of the belt clip and rivets) its on the upper end of what can be comfortable for pocket carry. We enjoyed the Wingman much more after removing the pocket clip and using a belt sheath.

The Leatherman Wingman multi tool keeps the tools you use most frequently on the outside for easy access – namely the knife blade and scissors. Right-handed users will appreciate the one-handed opening of the knife blade (sorry lefties); once opened the 420HC steel blade with lower half serrated is a joy to use. The knife blade and scissors are the only tools on the Wingman that lock in place, but during use we found our thumb would naturally rest on the unlock mechanism for the knife blade. No accidents yet, but accidental closing injuries are a painful lesson that we don’t want to repeat.

Drawbacks

At first look, the spring-action scissors are reminiscent of those found on Swiss Army knives, but the spring mechanism is much stiffer when engaged. With only slightly more than an inch of surface, the wood/metal file is of limited use – as is the 1 1/2 inch long ruler. The small flat-blade screwdriver is at the tip of the file which means that access to any recessed screw will be impossible. The box opener is handy if you already have the tool open or plan to open many boxes, but because it is not accessible without opening the handles we found ourselves just using the knife blade in most cases.

Pliers are the heart of any multitool and these are well made with a smooth movement and the tip of the jaws meet together properly – they are 9/32 in wide tapering to a 3/32 in tip over the last 3/4 in. The spring action works well and we haven’t experienced any binding or roughness, even after using the Wingman in a dirty, sandy environment with lots of small grit. Pinch-type wire cutters are effective for cutting copper wire and other soft metals, but we don’t recommend them for cutting hard wire.

The Leatherman Wingman is just that: your go-to tool for projects around the house, on the job, or at the campsite. A great stainless steel tool multi tool; the Wingman features an outside-accessible, one-hand opening blade and newly-designed spring-action jaws. With plenty of handy tools, and backed by Leatherman’s 25 year warranty, this is one amazing value.

Leatherman Wingman Specifications

  • Blade length: 2.6 in with lower half serrated
  • Closed length: 3.8 in
  • Weight: 7.0 oz
  • Pocket clip: yes
  • One-handed: yes (knife blade)

Official Tool List for the Wingman as provided by Leatherman

  1. Spring-action Needlenose Pliers
  2. Spring-action Regular Pliers
  3. Wire Cutters, spring action
  4. Wire Stripper
  5. 420HC Combo Knife
  6. Spring-action Scissors
  7. Package Opener
  8. Ruler (1.5 in | 3.8 cm)
  9. Can Opener
  10. Bottle Opener
  11. Wood/Metal File
  12. Phillips Screwdriver
  13. Medium Screwdriver
  14. Small Screwdriver

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