|Item Weight||3.2 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||9.1 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches|
|Item model number||8610140|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Warranty Description||25 Year Warranty|
Leatherman Expanse e33L Straight Blade Knife
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(1) High-End Features
(a) 154CM steel. This is a grade of steel usually found in more expensive knives. Knife fanatics have moved on to more exotic steels, but 154CM is known to maintain a sharp edge.
(b) Screw-together construction. The knife is assembled with Torx-head screws. The pivot clearance is adjustable to control degree of friction and amount of side-play. Bronze washers are used at the pivot joint.
(c) Removable pocket clip. The pocket clip is held by three Torx screws. The screws mate with metal threaded bushings embedded in the nylon handle. Cheaper knives have non-removable molded plastic clips which easily snap off or screws that bite directly into the plastic. Note: In the first knife I received, one of the screws wouldn't back out (freely rotated). I exchanged it; second unit was fine.
(2) Good Design Features
(a) Blade. The blade has a simple curve and a flat grind that is easy to sharpen. The 2.6" length handles a wide range of tasks, yet results in a compact knife that can be carried in a pocket. Straight out of the package, the edge was razor sharp and readily shredded newsprint into long strips.
(b) Handle size. Handle is full-size with molded contours for thumb and fingers.
(c) Light weight. To reduce weight, the knife does not have a full metal frame. Handle is primarily glass-filled nylon.Read more ›
I also liked the bottle opener, and the carabiner clip is very sturdy indeed. Overall, an excellent value for money in a ~$30 knife. My favorite EDC now.
Imagine my delight when I saw this update to the model. The e33l has a couple improvements over the e304x, amazingly enough. The overall profile of the handle is thinner, so it takes up less space in your pocket, and it's lighter by an ounce or so. The blade also has some grooves added to the base of the spine for better grip and control, and the pocket clip is improved to allow the knife to sit lower in your pocket. It even opens a little bit more smoothly, too.
The only negative I can see is that the harder steel of the blade makes it a bit harder to sharpen than other blades (154 CM stainless rather than your typical 440 stainless), but it'll keep that edge longer, too.
Basically: the e304x was a great knife, and this one is even better.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Leatherman makes great knives and this is no exception. I got it as a gift for my boyfriend two years ago and he loves it. Read morePublished on September 1, 2013 by Erin Stehr
I bought this to replace an older version of leatherman knife (c303) that I had misplaced. I was sorely disappointed. The blade didn't hold an edge. Read morePublished on August 12, 2013 by Thor
I really like the pocket clasp, saves me from hunting through the coins at the bottom of my pocket to separate the knife. Read morePublished on July 12, 2013 by D. Burnett
A decent everyday-carry knife. The Pluses: very good steel (154CM), caribiner end (doubles as a bottle opener), pocket clip. Minus: a little on the heavy sidePublished on July 11, 2013 by Silky Sam
I was looking for only a few things out of a knife, since I want to use it on fishing trips in the back woods:
- Must open with one hand and lock in place
- Must... Read more
To be perfectly honest, the best feature of this knife is the bottle opener. That is really the only reason to consider it over some other knives at this price point. Read morePublished on September 1, 2012 by Jonathan Dermer
I've been carrying this knife every day since the beginning of August. This is the best knife I have ever owned to date. Its pretty robust for $30. Read morePublished on April 1, 2012 by Andrew
I gave this to my Father-in-law as a gift and I notice that he is carrying it all of the time. It is a nice knife. Read morePublished on January 28, 2012 by Greg
I personally really love this knife. Came extremely sharp out of the box and does a solid job.
The bottle opener works great and now you dont have to carry one on your... Read more