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Leatherman 831078 Freestyle Multi-tool

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  • 420HC stainless steel, clip-point combo straight/serrated knife
  • Stainless steel with 6061-T6 aluminum handle insert
  • Includes needlenose pliers, regular pliers
  • Outside-accessible blade for one-handed opening, locking blade, removable pocket clip
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The Leatherman Freestyle is great as a stand-alone device or a companion for those activity-specific tools that don't feature pliers or a knife.

For the adventurer seeking a compact multi-tool that packs a serious punch, the Leatherman 831078 Freestyle Multi-tool fits the bill. This versatile multi-tool features durable DLC-coated stainless steel construction with a pair of wire cutters, a dual-action set of pliers, and a blade that can be easily opened with one hand.

The Leatherman 831078 Freestyle Multi-tool includes:
  • 420HC stainless steel clip-point combo straight/serrated knife
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Regular pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Hard-wire cutters

Add a pocket-size frame and an outside-access blade to the list of conveniences.View Larger.

For superior durability, the body is stainless steel with a Zytel handle insert.View Larger.
Premium Blade Holds Edge Three Times Longer
The Freestyle CX boasts long-lasting, multi-purpose strength in a pocket-size 3.45-inch frame. This multi-tool features DLC coating for scratch and corrosion resistance as well as a 154CM stainless steel blade that will hold its edge three-times as long as a traditional stainless steel knife. A carbon-fiber handle insert allows the CX to offer a superior strength to weight ratio.

Designed for Superior Control, Power, and Comfort
Designed to act as your "go to" pocket knife without giving up multi-tool functionality, the CX boasts an ergonomic grip to ensure comfort and ease of use. The outside-accessible blade is easily opened with just one free hand, so while you're holding the fishing line or the flashlight in one hand, you can swiftly make cuts with the other. The CX's two-in-one needlenose/standard pliers sport both hard and regular wire cutters.

The CX also includes a removable clip, allowing you to store it on your belt or pocket for easy access at all times. Whatever the adventure, the CX is the ideal tool for powerful functionality in a portable package.

The CX is covered by a 25-year warranty.

About Leatherman: Time-Tested Tools
On a low-budget trip through Europe in 1975, recent college graduate Tim Leatherman faced a number of impromptu "fix-it" situations that his traditional pocket knife couldn't help with. Over the next eight years, Tim used his engineering background to produce countless designs and hundreds of prototypes for the tool he wished he'd had on that trip.

In 1983, the original Leatherman Pocket Survival Tool hit the market. By 1993, Leatherman was selling more than one-million tools a year. Thanks to their durability and versatility, Leatherman products--which now include multi-pliers, knives, pruners, and LED lights--are a mainstay of tradesmen and women, sailors, fishermen, hunters, backpackers, scouts, and do-it-yourselfers the world over.

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Leatherman 831082 Freestyle CX Multi-tool

The Freestyle is a great companion tool while you're fishing, biking, or camping.

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Technical Details
Part Number 831078
Item Weight4.5 ounces
Product Dimensions5.1 x 2.1 x 1.4 inches
Item model number831078
ColorStandard Stainless Finish
Item Package Quantity1
Number Of Pieces1
Batteries Included?No
Batteries Required?No
Warranty Description25 years
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Best Sellers Rank #28,729 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Date First AvailableDecember 7, 2003
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By T. Horst on September 21, 2009
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I've been carrying a Leatherman Tool for well over two decades, and have used it at least once every day I've carried it. I've carried a Leatherman Wave for the last ten years, and it's served me rather well that entire time.
When they came out with the Skeletool, it looked too awkward for me with the large carabiner clip, so I decided against trying to upgrade to it. This appeared to be approximately the same tool minus the clip, so I pulled the trigger on buying it.
The knife blade is well placed and easy to open, which has always been a major failing of the Wave series and I'm rather happy with it.
The pliers on the other hand are kind of awkward and thin looking. Unlike the previous Leatherman tools, I don't feel as comfortable using them as casually on tough jobs. While their design does lend more toward a more comfortable carry the handles are too short and the curve makes for a clumsy handhold on them.
I would have preferred that they retained the bit driver that was on both the Wave and the Skeletool.
Overall, I do occasionally carry this, but view it more as a pocket knife than anything else, and that's just not why you carry a Leatherman. It tends to stay on my nightstand more often than not and I've gone back to my Wave almost exclusively.
I realize they can't all be winners, and I'll still look forward to the next tool they release.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Woodworking Fool on April 13, 2011
I was looking for a lightweight multi tool to take on long hikes. On the whole, I'm satisfied. The tool is smaller than I expected, but is is very well built and the blade is excellent. Although Leatherman claims that the Freestyle is a combination of 5 tools, any reasonable person will find 2: A knife and pliers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Redifer on July 10, 2013
The Freestyle is a stripped down, high style pocket sized multitool from Leatherman.

I have a dozen or more multitools from Leatherman, Gerber, Swisstool and chinese knock-offs. My all-time favorite has been the Juice S2. I've carried one in my pocket for more than a dozen years. I bought the Freestyle just to try out a minimal tool for awhile.

The Freestyle is a modern looking tool with a nice pair of pliers and a nice locking blade on the exterior. The problem with the freestyle is that it has limited functionality, but isn't as compact and lightweight as Leatherman's previous offerings.

What I like about the Freestyle:

- The looks - it looks cool just sitting on my desk.

- The exterior, one hand opening, locking knife blade - hard blade holds a good edge (see cons below)

- The pliers - have great ergonomics and a tight joint. They grip well and I can bear down on them hard - a clear step up from my juice tool.

What I don't like:

- The size and weight. For a smaller size and weight, my Juice S2 tool has many more functions than the Freestyle. I understand this is a low priced tool, so the lack of functions is a given, but it seems like it should be a bit lighter with fewer functions.

- The blade has a weak spot. I found it and snapped it off at the first lightening hole past the thumb hole. I don't think I was abusing the tool, I just think the blade is either too hard, or not strong enough for this size tool. I'm sure Leatherman would fix it if I sent it in, because they have an excellent warranty, however it doesn't seem to be worth my time to send it in.

Sorry Leatherman, I love your tools in general, but the Freestyle is more flash than function for me. It's not terrible, or unusable, but there are better products in the Leatherman line.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Williams on September 6, 2011
I bought this in hopes of replacing a Swiss Army Knife I have been walking around with for the last 21 years. I figured that I would lose the usefulness of the pocketknife but I would gain a much-needed pair of pliers out of the deal... and since I am 37, I can live without a bottle-opener and a toothpick.

The knife is sturdy and sharp. The pliers "FEEL" good. I was happy with my curvy little gadget.

My car battery died a week ago. Luckily I was in a mall parking lot and Sears was nearby, so I bought myself a new one and I unfolded the Freestyle to get to work.

The bolts on the battery cable were corroded and a little but "cranky", so I had to fiddle with the Freestyle in order to get a good grip. Lots of opening and closing that pair of pliers...

Long story short: after about 5 minutes of fumbling and cursing and opening and closing, the knife wiggled itself loose and sliced the outside of my thumb apart.

TEN stitches later, I'd chock the incident up to my own idiocy if it weren't for the fact that when I described how I cut myself to the E/R doctor, he told me that THE EXACT SAME THING HAPPENED TO HIM WITH THE EXACT SAME KNIFE on a fishing trip he took last summer. He still had HIS scar to prove it!

A multi-tool shouldn't have a blade that swings open that easily, not on a spot on the knife where you will be wiggling your hands a lot.

So my Swiss Army Knife is back in my pocket. I missed the bottle-opener anyway.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Clayton C. Johnsen on December 30, 2014
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Owned (and still own) for many years and it has never failed me when needed.
Rugged and solidly built body & parts in a small package so it doesn't take up much space.
Limited usefulness due to limited capabilities (knife & pliers only).
The price (32.51 USD as of 6:17PM CST 12/30/2014) is a little high for something lacking a little more.

Great craftsmanship that comes in a small, but durable frame that will meet and excel simple needs.
Fantastic gift idea for young people (ages 10+) that are mechanically inclined and understand both the privilege and risk of being given a tool that has a knife as a part of it.
Though the price is a bit high for something with such limited capabilities, it is still a Leatherman and, though I used to go for Gerber multi-tools and knives years ago until introduced to Leathermans, the quality will always last....unless I have the misfortune of proving that wrong in the future, still have all phalanges though!

I have provided several pictures with a ruler to help show the length and width of the multi-tool in many positions.

The knife has the following measurements:
Overall Length ~2-3/8 inches
Non-serrated Edge ~1-3/8 inches
Serrated Edge ~1 inch (from 1-3/8" to 2-3/8")
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