Before I buy most products especially those related to prepping I perform extensive research and review of the product.  So when I decided to purchase a very well made and dependable multi-tool for my BOB (Bail Out Bag) my review process was again utilized.  About 7 years ago I had a Leatherman Wave multi-tool and had performed research at that time.  After only having it for a few months I lost it which really bummed me out.  I eventually grasped the fact it was gone forever and moved on.

When I initially put my BOB together I did not have much money and I built it over time.  In order to have the key tools and equipment my purchases consisted of inexpensive items from places like Walmart knowing the quality and dependability was at stake.  I ignored my usual review process and bought a Berkley brand fishing oriented multi-tool for about $12 as I figured something was better than nothing.  Shortly after buying it I realized that if my life depended on the tool it would not last long and I knew I needed something better however I had to wait until I could afford the upgrade.  When the time for upgrade approached I put some time into review of different multi-tools despite the fact I had already tentatively planned on purchasing another Wave.  After two to three hours of Youtube, amazon and other reviews my decision regarding the Wave was solidified.  One significant factor which aided the affirmation was the fact that the newest model of the Wave included a locking mechanism on all of the blades and tools.  This was something that only the main blades and tools of the previous model had.  Another factor was the new bit socket which replaced the fixed in place screw drivers on the older Wave model (see picture below).


Last year my wife purchased a Leatherman Wave with pouch and an included Monarch 400 flashlight for my birthday.  She paid about $62 with shipping for the combo which was a good deal.  The combo as pictured below is very good for an EDC because the sheath carries the flashlight and has room behind the knife for the extra bit kit.  In my case I used the bit kit pocket for a magnesium bar and striker which fit snugly inside effectively providing the tool and ability for fire and a light source.  You could carry a lighter in place of the magnesium bar in the pocket if desired.


It is my opinion that the Leatherman Wave is the best choice for quality, value and dependability when compared to all the similar multi-tools available.  Currently you can purchase a Wave through Amazon for about $52 with free shipping.  There is no shortage of reviews available on the web should you choose to conduct your own research of the various available multi-tools.  The  capabilities of the Wave are listed below for your convenience.  And oh yeah to my elation last year I found my old leatherman Wave which was left in a paint sprayer box 7 years prior.  So now my wife and I both have Leatherman Waves in our BOB’s.

Multitool Capabilities:


  • Needlenose pliers
  • Regular pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Hard-wire cutters
  • 420HC knife
  • 420HC serrated knife
  • Saw
  • Scissors
  • Wood/metal file
  • Diamond-coated file
  • Large bit driver
  • Small bit driver
  • Medium screwdriver
  • 8-inch (19-cm) ruler
  • Bottle opener
  • Can opener
  • Wire stripper

Key Tech Specs:

  • Length closed: 4 inches
  • Length open: 6.3 inches
  • 100 percent stainless steel blades and tools


  1. Jay says:

    My wave doesn’t have a caribiner ring. How come yours have one to fit a paracord?

    • If you have the new Wave that has the locking mechanism for all of the tools like the one pictured with the paracord you should also have the lanyard. The lanyard on this model is hidden inside near the saw blade. I have supplied a link below to a youtube video that instructs you how to find it. The older Wave on the left in the top picture does not have one.

  2. Ron Hurst says:

    Thanks for your information on the Wave tool especially about how the tools lock in place. I bought 3 Leatherman Super Tools before the wave even came out and love everything about them except using the pliers and having the arms fold every time I try to loosen them after gripping down on something (makes for a lot of extra annoying work).. Please comment when you see this and tell me this is no longer a problem it alone will be worth updating at least one tool to a Wave if so. FYI: I also had a Gerber small multi-tool in the shape of a multi-blade knife (no pliers). The tools were well made however the pin that went through all of them eventually got rusty and made all the blades a pain to open.

    • I had some time today to look my newest model Wave over and I did discover that the arms do fold fairly easily when I open the pliers. So to my knowledge they are similar to the Super Tools function in that respect. I see how that can be annoying and wish they could make the plier arms lock in place like the rest of the tools in the Wave. Gerber seems to also be a pretty good multi-tool in my opinion based on my research, I just am partial to Leatherman I guess. I hope this helps.


  3. Tara says:

    I love the wave but recently bought a freestyle and I just can’t stop carrying it…. it’s like the sort of multitool that Solid Snake would carry!

    • I just checked out the Leatherman Freestyle and it does look like a pretty cool tool. I especially like the lower cost, gonna have to get one someday. I think it would make for a nice lighter weight pocket edc. Thanks for the comment.


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