|Item Weight||6.7 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||5.1 x 3.5 x 1.7 inches|
|Item model number||831548|
|Discontinued by manufacturer||Yes|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
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- READY FOR ANYTHING: The Rebar is inspired by Tim Leatherman's original PST. With all the features for the toughest tasks in a smaller, slimmer size, the Rebar is right at home on the job or at the house.
- FIT MORE FUNCTIONALITY: Needlenose and regular pliers, replaceable hard-wire cutters, electrical crimper, wire stripper, plain and serrated knives, saw, awl with thread loop, ruler, can and bottle openers, wood/metal file, Phillips screwdriver, and small and large screwdriver.
- ALWAYS ON HAND: With its compact size, lightweight design, and lanyard ring, your Rebar is always within reach and ready to work.
- SAFE AND SECURE: All-locking features means that every tool and knife will lock when fully opened, keeping you safe and the tools securely in place.
- GUARANTEED: We go to extraordinary lengths to make sure your Leatherman gives you many years of dependable service. If it doesn't, we've got your back with our 25-year limited warranty. Just send in your tool and we'll fix it up.
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Featuring 17 Tools
- 1. Needlenose Pliers
- 2. Regular Pliers
- 3. 154 cm Replaceable Wire Cutters
- 4. 154 cm Replaceable Hard-wire Cutters
- 5. Electrical Crimper
- 6. Wire Stripper
- 7. 420HC Knife
- 8. 420HC Serrated Knife
- 9. Saw
- 10. Awl w/ Thread Loop
- 11. Ruler (8 in | 19 cm)
- 12. Can Opener
- 13. Bottle Opener
- 14. Wood/Metal File
- 15. Phillips Screwdriver
- 16. Large Screwdriver
- 17. Small Screwdriver
A Classic Never Goes Out of Style
With the new Rebar, Leatherman fans will immediately recognize the iconic box-like shape found in Tim Leatherman's original PST design. The Rebar pliers have been optimized for strength and feature replaceable wire/hard-wire cutters—a first for a four-inch tool from Leatherman. With all the features to get even the toughest jobs done, in a smaller, slimmer size, the new Rebar is sure to be an instant hit on job sites and home projects the world over.
Out here in Oregon, we're used to getting things done - you could call it our pioneering spirit. It's just how we do things. It's the reason Tim Leatherman built his first multi-purpose tool, and why Leatherman Tool Group has made a promise to our community to stay local. Why? Well, we're proud to support U.S. workers who are dedicated to the quality craftsmanship that goes into each of our original American multi-tools, just like our founder.
420HC Stainless Steel
An improved, High-Carbon (HC) form of 420 stainless steel that works well with high production tooling. 420HC's strength is optimized in Leatherman multi-tools by heat treatment.
420HC Stainless Steel
Removable Wire Cutters
Optimized for Strength
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|Item Dimensions||3.5 x 5.1 x 1.7 in||1 x 3.8 x 1 in||1 x 3.8 x 2 in||1 x 3.5 x 6 in||5.5 x 4 x 9.5 in||2 x 4 x 0.75 in|
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With the new Rebar, Leatherman fans will immediately recognize the iconic box-like shape found in Tim Leatherman's original PST design. The Rebar pliers have been optimized for strength and feature replaceable wire/hard-wire cutters - a first for a four-inch tool from Leatherman. With all the features to get even the toughest jobs done, in a smaller, slimmer size, the new Rebar is sure to be an instant hit on job sites and home projects the world over. Closed Length: 4 in (10.16 cm); Weight: 6.7 oz (189.94 g); Primary Blade Length: 2.9 in (7.36 cm).
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The "full size" line of tools are all about 100mm long when folded, and include the Charge TTi, the New Wave, the Rebar, and the Wingman. The first two are much more expensive than the latter two, and I will only discuss the Rebar and Wingman.
Leatherman multitools can be further subdivided between blade-in and blade-out designs. In the former, you must open the tool to have access to the knife blade(s); in the latter they are available just as they would be in a pocket knife
The Rebar is a blade-in design; the Wingman is blade-out. If your most common use of the tool will be for cutting with the knife blade(s), then the Wingman would be more convenient.
The Rebar has a much superior shear-type wire-cutter with replaceable blades. The Wingman has a butt-type or pinch-type wire-cutter. Both work, but the Rebar works noticeably better, especially for hard wire.
The Rebar has two large blades, a plain blade and a serrated blade; the Wingman has only a single combination blade, but it is instantly available because of the blade-out design.
The Rebar has a full-size double-sided file with a serrated edge that can serve as a hack saw. Wingman has what can only be described as a toy, a single-sided, half length file. I would consider it worthless.
The Rebar has a full-size wood saw; the Wingman has none.
The Wingman, however, has an excellent scissor, the best of the whole line, while the Rebar has no scissor.
The Wingman's pliers are spring loaded; not so the Rebar.
All the blades, even the small screw-drivers, of the Rebar lock; only the knife and scissor of the Wingman lock. A negative, however, of the Rebar is that the lock-release levers protrude enough to catch if you carry it in your pocket.
The Rebar comes with a nylon sheath, while the Wingman has no sheath but does have a good retentive pocket clip. Also the Wingman has a somewhat more rounded shape at the end so carries better in the pocket than any of the other full-size multitools.
Both Rebar and Wingman have a good Phillips screw driver, but the Rebar's is superior.
Unlike the Rebar, the Wingman has no awl.
At around 22 dollars the Wingman is the best value; the Rebar with sheath is around 37.
Which to buy? If you want a multitool small enough to carry in your pocket, one that you will keep in your desk or kitchen junk drawer, if you will mostly use the knife, and find a scissor handy, I'd recommend the Wingman.
If, however, you want a more fully competent multitool, that can compare well with the much more expensive Wave and Charge, a tool that includes excellent file, awl, and superior wire cutter, choose the Rebar.
What if price is no object? I'd still probably recommend the Rebar. It is noticeably lighter (191 vs 241 g) than the New Wave, and it is 3 mm less in breadth and thickness, which seems little until you hold the two together. The Wave and Charge are simply too big for even occasional pocket use.
All of the multitools mentioned in this review are of high quality and will last a long time. Some reviews have said that Leathermans are not made like they used to be, and a review here compares unfavorably the Rebar with the Supertool. (They are similar in design but the Supertool is considerably bigger.) In any case, I have an "old Supertool", made when they still forged "USA" into the pliers, and for the life of me I can see no difference in quality. Certainly the wire cutter of the Rebar is superior. (Incidentally, they are still made in the USA, but because of stupid California law can't say so.)
So, just buy one, or several, they are all good. I have one in each car, pack, kitchen tool drawer, backpack, etc. I guess you can have too many Lethermen, but I have not gotten there yet!
Although the PST was a well made and useful multi-tool, it lacked certain implements I would have wished for, and those it had did not lock. What I liked was the light weight and pocket size, and still keep it for travel to places where locking blades are not street legal, but I moved on.
My next LT was the Super Tool, which added a serrated blade and saw to the tool mix, also everything locked. OTOH, it was larger, almost double the weight of the PST, and the unlocking method was slow, awkward and potentially dangerous (although I never actually got cut). Despite its drawbacks, I settled for the ST and spent years with one hanging on my belt. It turned out to be endlessly useful for all sorts of everyday tasks and got me through several "emergencies," as well.
Eventually, I upgraded to a Super Tool 300, basically an updated and much improved version of the original, but even heavier. Belt carried, it was manageable, but I would have preferred a smaller, lighter weight version for every day carry, pocketable, basically a Super Tool scaled down. Apparently, I was not the only one, because at last Leatherman responded with the Rebar, just what I had been waiting for. ASAP, I ordered one from an Amazon
vendor and eagerly awaited its delivery. Then, I read several negative online reviews about the tool, complaining about the build quality. Oops?
Much concerned, I went to a nearby sports chain store to examine one they had on display. To my dismay, it seemed to confirm the negatives. The tool exterior was nice and shiny, but something about the finish seemed off, hard to describe but the tool looked chintzy, leaving me with an impression of corners cut, careless assembly and poor quality control. Implements were much too stiff to draw out easily, not all parts lined up, and the pivots very gritty. From experience I knew this degree of resistance would not free up to an acceptable level even after oiling and spending hours working the hell out of it in front of the TV set while watching "Antiques Road Show" re-runs (wife's choice).
Altogether, this Rebar sample did resemble a cheap knockoff, as one critic described it, and I started kicking myself around the block for having made the purchase in too great haste. When at last Fedex delivered the package, with some trepidation I opened the box and brought forth the Rebar.
It was perfect.
Unlike the demo I had handled, the implements were "Leatherman tight," which means a bit stiff at first but would break in with use (or from playing with it while sitting in front of the TV watching "Antiques Road Show" ) and keep a reasonable level from then on. Everything looked better, parts fit as they should, implements opened and closed precisely, as well as any Leatherman product I have owned. Mine came with the leather box sheath, which looks substantial, much like the original ones from the late '90s, but only time will tell how well it will hold up.
Frankly, I can't account for the bad experience of other Rebar purchasers, or the defective demonstrator I handled, except possibly poor QC in its initial run. By now I hope this has been corrected. Rather than returning their Rebars and swearing off, I would urge dissatisfied customers to send their samples to Leatherman, which has just about the best warranty service ever. On two occasions I sent multi-tools to them for service, one clearly damaged by abuse and not a manufacturing defect, the other needing a minor adjustment. Both were fixed and returned within 10 days, no charge.
After a few weeks of using it on all the jobs for which I normally use a multi-tool, the Rebar has met and exceeded expectations. To my delight, even though it was smaller, I was able to access all implements without having to remove my work gloves, an advantage I always appreciate with my other full size Leatherman tools. Also, as expected, it has broken in nicely and now operates right and tight. It was a wish come true, if 16 years late.
for the most part very solid construction with a little give in some areas but thats not to big a deal.
The saw works wonderfully, the file is perfect for shaping and cutting, the wire cutters are strong and chomp down along with the needle nose and pliers having a very good even grip.
The leather sheath is great and fits snug on my belt loop and the rest of the tool is fairly decent and comfy.
I noticed right away that is a bit difficult to open and close and sometimes i pinch myself on it but with every tool that'll change.
On the other hand of having it being a little stiff, i was a little frusrtsted while using the dowel or punch which ever youd call it. When i open up the side with the dowel and go to close the rest of the tool to get a good grip, the pliers jam inbetween the pair of screw drivers and it gets scratched and nicked which what ever tools have wear an tear but its definitely a negative.
My last thing on this is the blade, as ive said before i collect knives and mostly higher quality ones and i look for weak metals and make sure i stay away. This particular one at first seemed very sturdy and sharp as a razor but after some basic whiddling of some fallen branches outside my work place i took a closer look at the edge of the blade closer towards the heal and it has little mini dings and dents in it and i thought wow thats pretty disapointing considering i was only working with wood.