22 of 40 people found the following review helpful
, May 27, 2010
This review is from: Leatherman 831189 Squirt PS4 Red Keychain Tool with Plier (Tools & Home Improvement)
I waited for this model so I could use it on a backpacking trip. At 2oz, it may be the lightest tool with both pliers and scissors. For the money, they could have delivered a real miniature Leatherman. But they didn't. It's just a keyring toy with "Leatherman" painted on side.
The file cuts well, but why not diamond on one side? The scissors have a nice spring action, but the hinge is so loose it won't cut thread. The pliers offer 2:1 mechanical advantage and will apply plenty of pressure at the tip. It is also spring loaded, which I like. But this hinge is loose too. And instead of a real Leatherman forged hardened needlenose, it's just a clunky soft flat stamping. There is less than 1/32 inch of taper. The huge Surge tool actually has a narrower needlenose tip.
The knife blade is useful for cutting rope and ... butter. Don't expect to serve slices of hard sausage with it. The cheesy single bevel grind is so course, the edge is inadvertently serrated. Nothing like any other Leatherman blade. Like all the other tools, it doesn't lock in the open position. So even though you might be tempted to punch into a can with it--since there is no can opener--don't. It will fold right up on your hand.
The keyring loop is ok. The bottle opener/flat screwdriver/pry bar is fine. The opposing tool is ridiculous--just flat bar with a dull point that is supposed to be a half philips screwdriver. Or something. Perhaps we'll see videos of people trying to machine it into something useful.
I'm still waiting for someone to serve the lightweight backpacking market with a miniature multi-tool that makes sense to take on the trail. How about some decent heat treated tools for a start? I don't want bad screwdrivers. Nothing I carry on a hike has screws anyway. I would like real needlenose pliers, wire cutter, scissors, knife blade, pry bar, marlin spike, awl, can opener, tick puller, sewing machine needle holder, and jigsaw blade bayonet holder.
And they better lock in place so I can really use them as tools instead of toys. This thing won't even find a place in my box of sewing notions.
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