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Leatherman Crater c33 Straight Blade Knife

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  • 420HC Stainless steel, drop-point
  • Bottle opener/carabiner clip, removable pocket clip
  • 60% glass-filled nylon
  • Thumb stud
  • Locking liner
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Product Description

Product Description

386-860011 Features: -Thumb stud.-Locking liner.-Overall : 6.540 in.-Blade : 2.600 in.-Blade Style: Straight Edge.-Blade Material: 420HC Stainless Steel.-Handle : 3.94 in.-Handle Material: 60pct Glass-Filled Nylon. Includes: -Includes: Removable Pocket Clip, Carabiner Clip, Bottle Opener.


Lightweight and reliable, the Leatherman 8600140 c33 Straight Blade Knife is a versatile tool that's easy to store in your pocket, pack, or toolbox. A simple, folding knife that's quick to deploy, the c33 is an economical choice for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you're tackling a technical ascent on a remote peak or working on a project in the garage, this precision-crafted Crater Series knife is packed with design elements that help you get important jobs done.

The Leatherman c33 Straight Blade Knife offers:
  • Tough, US-made 420HC steel
  • A folding, drop-style blade
  • A slim, 60-percent glass-filled nylon handle
  • A liner lock for safety

A new clip lets Crater series knives sit deep in your pocket. View larger.

The c33 is a slim, elegant folding knife. View larger.

The convenient carabiner/bottle opener folds to guard the blade's tip. View larger.
Simple, Lightweight, and Reliable
Sometimes, you don't need a toothpick, a pair of tin snips, or toenail scissor--you just need a strong, sharp, reliable cutting blade. The Crater c33 is a streamlined, folding knife with a sturdy, locking blade. Its durable, 60-percent glass-filled nylon handle is shaped and balanced to sit comfortably in your hand. And weighing in at just 2.36 ounces, the c33 will rest snugly in your pocket or pack.

The in-handle storage system means you won't have to carry a sheath, and the knife's folding carabiner clip makes it easy to attach your knife to a belt loop or the side of your pack, so it's always on hand when you need it. Mariners who keep their tools on lines will have a special appreciation for this clip. And it does double-duty as a bottle-opener. You can also opt to secure your knife with the included removable pocket clip. In short, this knife was designed to meet the practical needs of active outdoorsmen, and it delivers.

Premium, US-Made Steel for Performance
A sharp knife is not only more useful than a dull knife, it's also safer and easier to control. A blade with a durable precision edge lets you make the cuts you want safely and quickly.

Crater Series knives are crafted out of US-made 420HC steel from Crucible Metals. This steel was selected by Leatherman because it provides excellent edge retention, which means your knife stays sharp longer. Plus 420HC is tough, not brittle, and it is corrosion resistant.

Crater Series knives are finished with a hollow grind, the same "premium" grind found on straight razors and some high-end kitchen cutlery. This grind technique creates a natural release when cutting, so materials don't stick to the knife, giving you a better cutting edge. The knife's full 2.6-inch blade provides plenty of versatility for cooking up backcountry meals, cutting rope to build the perfect bear hang, or even breaking down boxes to toss in the recycling.

Locking, Drop-Style Blade for Safety
A liner lock lets you secure the blade of your c33 in the open position, so you don't have to worry about it closing on your hand while you cut. This safety feature is especially important when slicing through tough materials like braided nylon rope. Having a liner lock instead of a traditional lockback system makes the c33 easier to open with one hand. It also ensures that it's easy to unlock the blade and close the knife. A conveniently placed thumb stud contributes to the ease of one-handed operation, too.

Leatherman uses blades shaped in a drop-style for all their c33 knives because they fit nicely in the handle of your knife when not in use. Plus, a drop-style blade is stronger than a clip point blade, which you might see on other pocket knives.

When it is time to sharpen your knife, you'll appreciate that Leatherman knives can be re-sharpened using standard methods. There are many ways to maintain a sharp blade, so you should be able to find one that works well for you. Sharpening stones, round files, and special kits (not included) can help ensure long-lasting performance.

About Leatherman: Time-Tested Survival Tools
The original Pocket Survival Tool, devised by mechanical engineer Tim Leatherman, hit the market in 1983. By 1993, Leatherman was selling more than one million tools a year. In the blockbuster movie "Speed," Keanu Reeves used a Leatherman to save the passengers on a doomed bus. Even MacGyver has been seen with one of these trusty tools. But their best reviews come from everyday people. The Leatherman survival tool is a mainstay of travelers, sailors, fishermen, hunters, backpackers, and scouts.

The simple, lightweight Crater Series knives draw on Leatherman's legacy. While the c33 knife doesn't feature the signature Leatherman pliers design, it is available in several multi-tool variations. If you work with rope or clean fish often, you might enjoy the versatility offered by the c33x, which has a combination straight and serrated blade. Similarly, Leatherman offers the c33L for those who love the ease of a having a blade launcher, and the c33T, for those who utilize Phillips and flathead screwdrivers on a daily basis. Leatherman also offers the c33B, a multi-knife with an integrated bit driver.

All Leatherman tools, including the c33 Straight Blade Knife, are backed by a 25-year warranty.

Comparison of Crater Series Knife Features

Blade Length: 2.6 in | 6.6 cm

Blade Length: 3.1 in | 7.9 cm

420HC Stainless Steel Blade
Straight Edge Blade

Straight/Serrated Combo Blade

Glass-filled Nylon Handles
Blade Launcher®

Thumb Stud
Locking Liner


Phillips Screwdriver

1/4-inch Flat Screwdriver

Bit Driver

Included Bit Phillips #1-2/Screwdriver 3/16-inch

Removable Pocket Clip
Carabiner/Bottle Opener

What's in the Box
c33 Straight blade knife

Product Information

Technical Details

Part Number 8600140
Item Weight 2.4 ounces
Product Dimensions 11 x 5.2 x 3 inches
Item model number 8600140
Color Black
Item Package Quantity 1
Blade Edge Plain
Batteries Included? No
Batteries Required? No
Warranty Description 25 Year Warranty

Additional Information

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4.7 out of 5 stars 129 customer reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #107,614 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#424 in Sports & Outdoors > Outdoor Recreation > Camping & Hiking > Knives & Tools > Folding Knives
Shipping Weight 4.8 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 Available January 10, 2008

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Let me start by saying that I purchased the c33 for my son, who has come to the age of owning his own knife. I've been carrying the e300 for the last 4-5 years as my everyday carry knife. I knew exactly what differences the c33 has compared to the e300 and purposely purchased it.

The blade and bottle opener/clip is identical to my e300. I don't know if the blade is high carbon steel or not, but it does a great job of holding an edge. I've used and abused my knife everyday, from opening cardboard boxes and plastic packaging to gutting/skinning deer, antelope, and steelhead. Only twice have I abused the blade enough to create a nick, requiring to do some serious sharpening with a stone. For the most part I've been able to use a steel or ceramic hone to bring the edge back.

The bottle opener works great, but the clip doesn't work well. I wouldn't recommend packing this knife on your belt loop. The c33 does not have the open assist. If you are buying this for yourself, spend the extra money on the c33l.

Lastly, a plug to buy american. All Leatherman knives and multitools are made in Portland, OR. Leatherman is offering a price affective pocket knife, giving no one an excuse to buy a knife made in a different country. I'm not affiliated with them at all, but please support American jobs.
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Made in USA
Good size and weight
Useful for edc or light camping tasks
Bonus carabiner and bottle opener

Difficult to open one handed as it came very tight (though it loosened up a bit after some use)
Blade did not come super-sharp
Scales look/feel cheap and the inside edges are a bit sharp
In closed position, tab for carabiner can be bothersome when using knife
Pocket clip comes loose

Overall this is a good knife for the price. I've used it on a hiking trip, making dinner and for a few other edc tasks. It performs well cutting food, opening letters, packages, etc. I really don't like the cheap, plasticy feel of the handles. They are a bit slick and the inside edges are sharp. They also flex when you squeeze the knife. I'm considering making some scales out of hardwood to replace the stock handles.

Although I like the design of the flip-out carabiner, it's a bit small and the wire feels flimsy and doesn't line up well. Also, the tab to open it rubs against my palm in an irritating way when I open and handle the knife. If you keep the -biner open though, it adds some welcome length to the handle which improves comfort and purchase while using the blade. I am happy that the bottle opener works well enough--not amazing, but better than the opener on my Leatherman Micra.

After a couple days, the pocket clip began to wiggle side-to side. Perhaps this is because I was using it for leverage to open the blade (which came pretty tight from the factory.) I removed the clip since I don't wear this knife in my pocket, but this made it harder to open the knife and I didn't like the look of the empty screw holes.
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This Leather Crater c33 is a fantastic little working knife. It doesn't cost much, but it's quite rugged, takes a great edge, and is VERY well made. It has the features that really count, such as phosphor bronze bushings, light weight , (2.4oz), ergonomic handles, (even for my larger hands,) a tough, tip-up clip, and a great blade of USA-made Crucible 420 high-carbon stainless, (like Buck uses.) Best of all, unlike most cheap folders, there is absolutely no play in the blade, and with the phosphor bronze washers, and Torx pivot, it's likely to stay that way.I know some knife guys don't like 420HC, which I can understand in a higher-end knife, where you want the ultimate edge and retention. But for a daily-carry knife that's gonna see a lot of light to moderate use, and occasional heavy use, the C33 is perfect. I know knives pretty well, and appreciate many types. I own some nice knives from higher-end makers like Randall, Benchmade, Spyderco and ESEE as well as high-value workhorses like Opinel, Mora, (my favorite bargains,) and of course, Buck.

I'd firmly place this Leatherman c33 in the latter category. I do a lot of work with knives, and my EDC gets A LOT of use. My c33 has been one of the best buys in knives I've made in a long time, and I'd highly recommend it. For price and weight reasons, it doesn't have full steel liners, and the stop pin is integrated into the liner lock, but the FRN handles are so tough that for basic use, this doesn't bother me. I wouldn't recommend any twisting motions with the knife, ( well, that's ALWAYS A BAD IDEA WITH A KNIFE,) because the FRN does flex a little bit, and you could possibly unlock the blade that way.

Does anyone ever use the bottle opener on these things?
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I've owned many, many inexpensive knives and as short, light folders go, this is one of my favorites. The steel gets incredibly sharp and holds an edge well. The carabiner makes an excellent bottle opener and the handle, heft, weight and feel of the knife are RIGHT in every way. This photo shows it alongside some of my favorite blades.

I've owned three. One found its way into one of my prepacked kits for backpacking and I thought I lost it. I had other alternatives, but I ordered another one. I used it extensively on said trip, and my brother swiped it, preferring it over his own go-to knife. So I bought another. I still have two of them. My first one was purchased in about 2010 and it remains one of my top picks for favorite inexpensive folder.

What's good:
- Super sharp steel that is easy to get and keep sharp.
- Comfortable handle grooved for a proper hold that is also made of very strong material.
- Functional carabiner that serves as a bottle opener (if you like knives and beer) or as a clip to attach your knife with.
- Relatively light and easy to carry.
- 2.6" blade length and shape make it a functional as a pocket knife, a utility knife, a skinning blade, a whittling blade (not ideal, but serviceable).
- Thumb stud makes one-handed deployment easy.
- Strong liner lock.
- Excellent clip held in place by three screws.
- Amazing value.

The cons:
- Your friends may try to steal it.
- OK... really, the handle doesn't have a rubbery, grippy texture, though it is TEXTURED. It's just not a 10 out of 10 because it could, possibly, slip in the hand.
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