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Leatherman 830160 Surge Pocket Multitool with Leather Sheath

4.7 out of 5 stars 612 customer reviews
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  • Surge pocket multi-tool built with tough new pliers, longer blades and easy-to-use locks
  • Features a blade exchanger with saw and diamond/wood file blades that lets you switch out blades and files
  • 2 knives and extra-strong scissors are easily accessed from the outside of the tool
  • Contains both large and small bit drivers and comes in a leather sheath
  • Leatherman's 25-year limited warranty (The item does wiggle a little as it ensures proper operation of jaws and implements.)
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The Surge Extra-Large Multitool from Leatherman

The Leatherman Surge multitool is built with tough new pliers, longer blades and easy-to-use locks. This multitool features a helpful blade exchanger with the saw and diamond/wood file blades -- and with this blade exchanger, two knives and the extra-strong scissors are easily accessed from the outside of the tool. Also, there are four outside-opening blades to give you quick access to the tools you use most. The Surge boasts both large and small bit drivers, and it comes in a leather sheath. With stronger jaws for more squeezing force with less effort, plus Leatherman's strongest scissors yet, Surge is sure to make a splash at the work site.

Key Tech Specs:

  • 100-percent stainless steel construction
  • Includes Phillips #1-2, screwdriver 3/16-inch bits
  • Includes Phillips and flat tip eyeglasses bits
  • 4-1/2 inches long (closed)

Key User Features

The Surge features four blades that can be opened while the tool is closed. Open the straight and serrated knife blades with one hand by placing your thumb at the base of the blade and rotating the knife until it's fully extended, which securely engages the locking mechanism. The locking mechanism is marked with a padlock symbol on the tool, and to disengage it, just squeeze it towards the handle until the blade slides past the lock. It's a simple feature, but it's one that guarantees your safety.

To open and close the interior blades, just grip the handles and swing them open. Each interior blade can be lifted out by using the nail nicks or the thumb lifts. And if you wish to change blades, simply remove the saw or blade file from the blade exchanger by opening the exchanger to a 90-degree angle from the closed handles. The blade releases from a t-shank connector at the clasp. Changing tool bits is equally easy. Just open the bit driver, grasp the tool bit, and pull it straight out -- then snap the desired bit into place.

The Surge is a multitool powerhouse with tough new pliers, longer blades, and easy-to-use locks.

Expand your Surge's capabilities with genuine Leatherman accessories.
Multitool Capabilities:

  • All-locking blades
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Regular pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Hard-wire cutters
  • Stranded-wire cutters
  • Electrical crimper
  • Clip-point knife
  • Serrated knife
  • Scissors
  • Blade exchanger
  • Diamond file blade
  • Wood file blade
  • Saw blade
  • Large bit driver
  • Small bit driver
  • 5/16-inch screwdriver
  • Awl with thread loop
  • Ruler (9 inches/22 cm)
  • Bottle/can opener
  • Wire stripper
  • Lanyard ring
  • Two double-ended bits

Optional Accessories (not included)

Expand your Surge's capabilities with the Bit Kit, offering 21 double-ended bits; or add a pocket clip and lanyard ring for easier portability.


All Leatherman products are covered by a 25-year limited warranty. If within 25 years from the purchase date of your genuine Leatherman tool you find any defect in material or workmanship, you can count on the manufacturer to make it right with fast warranty service. To obtain warranty service, return your tool to Leatherman Tool Group. Depending on the tool defect, they will decide whether to repair your tool or replace it with a product of equal or greater value. No variations, upgrades or refunds are offered.

The Leatherman Tool Group and its History of Quality

In 1975, Leatherman Tool Group founder Tim Leatherman was inspired by leaky pipes and a cranky car on a budget trip to Europe -- and thus the idea for his first pocket survival tool was conceived. Since then, Leatherman has become an internationally recognized company with hundreds of employees and a wide variety of durable, versatile, stylish products. Created with bold designs and truly rugged construction, Leatherman products are a perfect addition for tool kits, emergency sets, and glove compartments everywhere.

Product Information

Technical Details

Part Number 830160
Item Weight 1.1 pounds
Product Dimensions 4.5 x 2 x 1 inches
Item model number 830160
Size 10.50in. x 6.75in. x 2.75in.
Color Stainless Steel
Material Stainless
Item Package Quantity 1
Number Of Pieces 1
Batteries Included? No
Batteries Required? No
Warranty Description 25 year warranty

Additional Information

ASIN B000E28164
Customer Reviews
4.7 out of 5 stars 612 customer reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #8,025 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#59 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Hand Tools > Multitools & Accessories > Multitools
#669 in Home Improvement > Contractor Supply
Shipping Weight 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
International Shipping This item can be shipped to select countries outside of the U.S. Learn More
Date First Available June 2, 2004

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By J. F. Washburn on February 16, 2008
I'm a rancher. I carry a multitool every waking hour. I've exercised the warranty on a Wave three times in three years. I've broken the detente that prevents the knife blades from bending beyond straight. I've broken the tips of the pliers pulling cotter pins, and I've chewed up the hard wire cutter. The Surge seems to do all these things and more with greater ease than the Wave, and it seems to be taking the day-to-day punishment. If not the fourth Wave is waiting as a backup.

As for the size aspect: I wear gloves in large size. The Surge is not too big for my hands and I can't imagine it'd be too big for medium size hands. IMO, frequent and continued use of the pliers with small hands could be tiring.

I depend on these things everyday. A Leatherman has never let me down even when they've broken. If you use one this much then I'd highly recommend the nylon sheath. The leather case and snap are not as convenient.

BTW, it may not be the perfect tool for the job, but when its the one that 's handy it gets the job done.

I've had the Surge for 6 months now. For whatever reason I took the Wave the other day. Its too small! I won't go back to the Wave. The Surge is the right size. For what I do, the Surge is the best tool out the have there.
Update now more than 5 years later: I still have the same tool, which means no warranty replacements. It still cuts high tensile wire as well as it did five years ago. The knives still sharpen as easily after five years. I have one minor nit. If you pull out the can opener tool and don't put it all the way back, the plier tips will catch on it when you close it completely. No big deal until you pull it out for some one handed opening later and it won't open all the way.
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I bought the Leatherman Surge as a replacement for a Wave multitool that was tragically confiscated by TSA some time ago. Having bought a Gerber FliK in the meantime and finding it woefully inadequate, I was left needing a reliable tool to carry during a 4-month term aboard a cargo ship. I needed something with a good and sizable blade, for ropework and other miscellaneous cutting purposes, a pair of pliers for loosening shackle pins, tightening wire, wingnuts and other fasteners, and screwdrivers for light prying and tightening screws without heading 12 stories down to the engine room for a phillips head driver. Reviewing Leatherman's product line, the Surge caught my attention due to several factors. I liked its larger size, as I always thought my Wave was a little on the small side. I liked the dedicated flathead for prying, as well as the bit adapter for other driver heads. I especially liked the outside opening scissors, being bigger and easier to access than my Wave's. And I was intrigued by the awl, which really at the time presented no specific purpose as much as many interesting possibilities.

My Surge arrived the day before I headed out to sea, so it's trial was by fire. To sum up the experience, it is no exaggeration to say that I used this tool literally every one of the 107 days I was aboard. The following sums up some of the good and bad points that I noticed:

-The pliers are big, beefy and strong. They grip pretty much anything, and hold on like a vice. However, the wire cutters pretty much suck.
-The blades are excellent, as are most Leatherman blades. they do require somewhat frequent sharpening, but I used and abused this tool, so that's not really shocking.
-The scissors are AWESOME.
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Through a bit of confusion, I recently got a Super-Tool 300 and a Surge at the same time. My multitool needs are primarily camping, but I also have it in my EDC for whatever may come up. Since it won't be in my pocket, weight wasn't a priority for me, so I was looking for the most versatile tool.

Disclaimer: Unlike some of the reviewers on here, I'm not a multi-tool conniseur. I don't have a bunch of other brands and types laying around to compare. Perhaps Leatherman has fallen in quality over the years, perhaps other brands are better; but both the Surge and 300 are plenty solid enough for me. Aside from bragging rights or argument purposes, I really don't see there being a practial point to complaining about the ruggedness or durability of either of these tools. I'm very happy with the overall impression of both of them.

I'll share with you my comparison of these tools in my efforts to decide which to keep:


-outside accessible tools (straight blade, serrated blade, scissors, and file/saw). Very handy, even if it isn't an emergency.
-I prefer the positioning of the blades when open (they're at the bottom of the tool instead of sticking out of the upper half like on the 300)

-you must choose to have the saw or file in the tool at any given time. They both use the same spot in the tool and you can swap them pretty easily. It's not too big a deal to keep the unused tool in its sheath, but the potential exists to lose it.
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