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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 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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Initial post: May 30, 2010 12:41:06 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 30, 2010 7:22:07 AM PDT
hemu-ha says:
I haven't received it yet, will be posting a review when i do.

Small size and light weight mean reduced functionality, it's a trade-off you signed for when deciding to get this. It's impossible to ask the Squirt to do something a Charge will do, simply because of its size and reduced material. Likewise, because of its small size, the number of tools is very limited.

The things you ask for in the end in a mini multitool lack on MOST larger multitool, no way you'd get them here. No high-end multitool that i know has a marlin spike, very few of them have an awl and prybar. The best i can think of that cover what you ask for is the Swisstool (http://www.amazon.com/Victorinox-Swiss-Army-Swisstool-Spirit/dp/B0027MSC2M/ref=pd_sbs_sg_6, or http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004YVB1/ref=ord_cart_shr?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER), but no marlin spike or needle holder, and they weigh 5 ounces and 10 ounces, probably way too much for what you want.

In reply to an earlier post on May 30, 2010 9:46:15 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 30, 2010 4:37:57 PM PDT
SnowBird says:
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John says:
Wow. What a vicious response.. to what was clearly intended to be a helpful post, offering alternatives to the Squirt. The commenter even embedded links for your convenience. Your response was totally inappropriate.

@hemu-ha: those Victorinox products have a lifetime warranty, which is generally a sign that a company believes in their products.. however, I've run into problems with their lower-end models. Leatherman specializes in multitools, while Victorinox makes all kindsa things, so unless I desperately needed a specific tool, I'd personally stick with Leatherman.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2010 2:27:39 PM PDT
hemu-ha says:
Thanks for the backup, John, but it wasn't neccesary, i won't reply.

I am interested reading your comments on Victorinox and i'd like to know more about what types of problems you had, with which models, etc., if you're willing (maybe not here, though...).

To be clear, i suggested the Victorinox because those models have most of the tools SnowBird wanted. I wasn't comparing the companies, though i admit i like both of them and until now had no issues with either.

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Jason375 says:
Wow, you are one angry person. No one is knocking you personally.

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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 16, 2010 7:32:49 AM PDT
Jason375 says:
You are just unbelievable. Based on your review I held off purchasing the tool. So I took your review VERY, VERY seriously, notwithstanding your extraordinary arrogance. I will not be getting updates to this thread.
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