Leatherman Wave Review


The Wave model has excellent blades that can be accessed with the tool closed. That is, they can be accessed quickly by the exterior of the multi tool. (The knife can only be opened with the tool closed.) You can operate the blade with only one hand, all you need to do is place the thumb in the thumbhole. The knife works by locker line mechanism.
The saw and file have nail nicks at their tips, which ensures quick access. They both works by the same mechanism as the knife–the locker line. To access the blades, all you have to do is press the locking mechanism toward the handle until the blade slides past the lock.
Accessing the inside of the multi tool is very simple – just grip the handles and rotate them open. Each interior blade can be opened quickly with the nail nicks. The scissors are very easy to handle, they lock intoplace and are super safe. As for the tool bits, just remove and fit the desired bit.


Leatherman Wave features

Source: Leatherman.com

A. All Locking System

The “All Locking” system allows the user to operate all tools in an entirely safe and efficient way. By locking them into place when fully open, the user can put pressure and move the tools the way they want, all without worrying if the blade or saw will slip and cut his finger.

B. Outside-accessible Features

The tools are accessed without the user having to open the multitool, thus ensuring a much faster access to the tools, something similar to a pocket knife.

C. One-hand Operable Features

All Leatherman Wave functions can be operated with just one hand. This enables the user to perform their activities even when the other hand is occupied or injured.

Leatherman Wave Tools

  1. Needlenose Pliers
  2. Regular Pliers
  3. Hard-wire Cutters
  4. Wire Cutters
  5. Wire Stripper
  6. 420HC Knife
  7. 420HC Serrated Knife
  8. Saw
  9. Spring-action Scissors
  10. Ruler (8in | 19cm)
  11. Can Opener
  12. Bottle Opener
  13. Wood/Metal File
  14. Diamond-coated File
  15. Large Bit Driver
  16. Small Bit Driver
  17. Medium Screwdriver



CLOSED LENGTH: 4 in | 10 cm

WEIGHT: 8.5 oz | 241 g

PRIMARY BLADE LENGTH: 2.9 in | 7.37 cm


First, I understand that there is a concern about the cost of the product. However, you just have to open the box to see and understand that you have acquired an extremely high-quality product and that every penny spent will be worth it.

The Wave is built in high-carbon (HC) form of 420 stainless steel, an excellent choice of steel for products that will be employed in a variety of situations, such as multitools. Besides, Leatherman optimizes the steel using heat treatment. For those who prefer equipment with a more tactical air or that need equipment that does not denounce their position through the reflection, there is the option Black Oxide (powder-based metal coating). Excellent option for military use.


A 25-year warranty covers all Leatherman products. That is, if during 25 years you find some manufacturing defect, you can trigger the warranty service that will repair your tool at no additional cost. If the situation requires the replacement of your multitool, you can be sure that this will happen. The guarantee is one of the points that make Leatherman Wave the best multitool in the market.

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Leatherman Wave Tools


Needlenose Pliers and Regular Pliers

Leatherman Wave Pliers

A cast pinching tool with an angled nose for material handling or holding, ideal for tight spaces or small objects, or to remove a hot cup from the campfire.

Hard-wire Cutters and “Normal” Wire Cutters

Leatherman Wave Wire Cutter

420 HC stainless steel bypass cutting blades, meant for cutting regular-gauge wire. The hard-wire cutter, by the way, is excellent for cutting hard wire.

Wire Stripper

Leatherman wave wire stripper

A useful notch for safely stripping wire. It fulfills its function if it is used with a “suitable” size wire.


Leatherman Wave Knife

Unlike other models, the knife can be accessed without opening the multi tool. A very sharp blade, built in 420HC steel, which translates into resistance to corrosion and ease at the time of sharpening it. The locking system is something like a liner lock, which makes it very safe.

Serrated Knife

Leatherman Wave Serrated Blade

As you may know, tooth blades perform much better than straight blades when it comes to fibrous materials. Therefore, the Wave offers an excellent option for cutting strings and other fibrous materials. Its locking system is the same as the straight blade.


Leatherman Wave Saw

Built to cut the maximum with minimal effort, the Wave saw has interlaced teeth and is extremely sharp. Excellent choice for cutting wood, making small notches and things like that. Just like the knife, it use a liner lock system and is built in 420HC. Excellent saw.


leatherman wave scissors

The scissors already come very sharp from the factory. An excellent choice for daily cuts, whether they involve papers, small ropes, fabrics, or nails. An interesting point to highlight is the ease of handling the scissors. Many multi tools come with scissors, but they are not always easy to use. Also, the scissors have a locking mechanism, just like all the other Wave tools.

Ruler (8 in | 19 cm)

Leatherman Wave Ruler
There are rulers on both sides of the multi tool. It helps a lot to determine distances when notching or cutting something.

Can Opener and Bottle Opener

leatherman wave can bottle opener

A lever/punch style tool to help with opening canned products, ideal for outdoors or in survival circumstances. The edge of this instrument has been ground in a way that it pushes the cut metal into the edge, shielding sharp edges from cutting the client as the can is handled. Another excellent utility for this tool is to use as a flint striker. The tool allows the user to pop the top on a favorite beer. After all, this is one of the most loved utilities.

Wood / Metal FileLeatherman Wave Metal File

A 420HC stainless steel tool with a crisscross pattern that forms a rough surface for the user to file or smooth both wood and metal surfaces. An extremely versatile tool, allowing to perform various tasks, ranging from sanding nails to finishing woodwork.

Diamond-coated FileLeatherman Wave Diamond coated File

Great little tool for sharpening in the field.

Large Bit Driver

Leatherman Wave Large Bit Screwdriver

One of Leatherman’s most useful tools. This driver slot holds any of the full-size Leatherman tool bits in place and allows the user to exchange bits for different jobs. If you want to have a wider variety of options, I recommend that you invest in the 21 Double-Ended Bits kit. However, if you do not see so much use in this type of tool, be carefree, because the Leatherman Wave already comes with the single double-sided bit with # 1 and # 2 combination Phillips and 3/16 “slotted tips. The sheath has a compartment to store the 21-bit kit.

Small Bit Driverleatherman wave small bit driver

Good option to fix minor equipment. An excellent tool to have on hand if you shoot.

Medium Screwdriver

 leatherman wave medium driver

A flat bladed screwdriver tooled from 420HC stainless steel, intended for use on medium slotted screws.

Lanyard Secret Loop

Leatherman Wave secret Lanyard

Few people know, but the Wave model has a secret lanyard loop. If you have trouble finding it, comment below so we can help you find it.

Leatherman Wave Sheath

leather wave sheath

He sheath that accompanies the Wave model is made from a blend of leather and nylon. It’s a good sheath. There is also another sheath that can be purchased separately, which is built with premium nylon. You can carry it vertically or horizontally. It has three pockets, slots for accessories and the best: permits holstering of tool in open position and has a 25-year guarantee. Check it here.

Leatherman Wave Accessories

Bit Kit 

If you want to expand your “arsenal” of options for using your screwdriver, I highly recommend you take a look at this BIT KIT with 21 Double-Ended Bits-42 tools in all.

The Bit Kit Includes:

Leatherman bit kitEyeglass Bit (Philips / Flathead)     1.5mm Allen – 2mm Allen
Philips 2 – Philips 1                         2.5mm Allen – 3mm Allen
Philips 0 – Philips 3                         4mm Allen – 5mm Allen
Flathead 1/8 – Flathead 3/32          1/4 “Allen – 6mm Allen
Flathead 3/16 “- Flathead 5/32       Torx 6 – Torx 8
Flathead ¼ “- Flathead 7/32           1/16 “Allen – .050 Allen
R2-R1                                             3/32 Allen – 5/64 Allen
Torx 10 – Torx 15                             1/8 Allen – 7/64 Allen
Torx 20 – Torx 25                             5/32 Allen – 9/64 Allen
Torx 27 – Torx 30                             7/32 Allen – 3/16 Allen
Pozi 1 – Pozi 2

Bit Driver Extender

Bit Driver Extender

The bit driver extender fulfills what the name promises: it extends (and much) its effective range. It is the perfect solution to reach that small place or out of reach. Do not worry about the chance of your bit falling from the extender, and the docking is very secure. The Leatherman’s 25-year warranty also applies to this product.






The bottom line is that Leatherman Wave is an excellent buy. It does not matter if you are a prepper, a fisherman, a hunter, a shooter, a military man, a doctor or a gardener, the point is that a multi tool is always welcome. You will be amazed at the quality of this tool. Best of all is that anyone can use Wave successfully, from a child to an old man. This is due to several years of experience in the market, which has provided several transformations in the tool, making it extremely reliable and secure.


  • Extremely durable and resistant
  • 25 year warranty
  • All parts can be replaced at an affordable price
  • Secure locking system
  • The blades can be accessed without opening the multi tool


  • The price can be considered a little high. However, remember that “You get what you pay for.”

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To end the Leatherman Wave Review, see the video below on how Leatherman’s multi tools are produced in Oregon. Remembering that they are 100% made in the USA.

If you have any questions about the Leatherman Wave, check here its instruction manual.

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  1. I am having difficulty opening my Wave to utilize the ruler and can not find the scissors. I am use to my other Leathernan which is not a Wave.
    Would appreciate help with opening the entire unit to use ruler.
    I have watched the tutorial as well.

  2. Re the Leatherman Wave:
    Why is there a gap next to the bit driver and at the far end of the file in the Wave? Is it for as yet undisclosed accessories or for after-market accessories that I do not know about?

  3. Saludos, necesito la parte número
    6 y 16 de la herramienta. Cuánto es el costo total de estos?

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