The Leatherman multi-tool was born out of necessity and was invented with a single function: to get things done. The Pocket Survival Tool (PST) was the first Leatherman model. A portable mini toolbox with 13 functional tools.
And now there is the Leatherman FREE series.

Last August on a Ride & Hike road trip through Scotland, the Leatherman FREE P2 Multi-Tool was one of the gear items that I carried “chronically” with me. Used both for the “small jobs” en route and during the multi-day hikes.

Design

The Leatherman FREE is characterized by its unique magnetic design and locking mechanism. This system uses magnets that ensure that the tool opens and blocks smoothly. A nail will never be used again.

Moreover, this mechanism reduces wear on the individual parts, so that a FREE has an even longer lifespan than all its predecessors. The Leatherman FREE has its tools on the outside, making them easy to open, and the device is also equipped with interchangeable wire cutters.

Leatherman FREE P2

Specifications

Weight: 215 gr.
Length (total): 17 cm
Length (blade): 7 cm
Number of functions: 19
Steel type: 420 HC (High Carbon) stainless steel
Hardness (Rc): 57
Length handle: 10,7 cm
Case: Nylon

The review

I have the Leatherman Wave that I have been using for years. Absolutely handy to have in every car or as an emergency kit. A Leatherman tool can save your life … or at least your day. Leatherman tools work always and everywhere, (extremely) cold weather, warm weather, so it doesn’t matter if you are at the North Pole or somewhere in the middle of a desert.

In recent months I used the Leatherman FREE P2. The P2 is equipped with the following tools: pointed pliers, ordinary pliers, wire cutters, cable cutters, pliers, combination knife, scissors, wood / metal file, flat head screwdriver (M), flat head screwdriver (XS), awl, can opener, bottle opener, Phillips screwdriver, mini awl, package opener, cable stripper, ruler, flat head screwdriver (S), removable clip.

When it comes to multi-tools, the Leatherman FREE series is in a class of its own. Leatherman stands for quality, craftsmanship and high-quality modern functionality. It is the result of years and years of testing, engineering and customer feedback.

The first time I got hold of the new FREE P2 multi-tool, I was impressed. The 420 HC stainless steel construction feels extremely solid, yet is surprisingly light, just 215 grams. The FREE technology works buttery smooth and feels exceptionally well refined and developed. During the hikes in Scotland, I experienced that I had no problems at all with operating the P2 with only one hand.

Leatherman FREE P2

It turned out to be a solution when cooking outside with titanium pots, and they became “hot.” The integrated handles on most pans are simply not enough to handle larger meals. At that moment, the integrated forceps are a solution.

All tools of the Leatherman FREE can be opened from the outside. The great thing is that with some practice, this can also be done with one hand. All tools have a lock. A kind of variant of backlock. This, too can be operated with one hand with a little practice. To carry the tool with you, Leatherman supplies a beautiful nylon case. There is also a pocket clip if you prefer.

Conclusion

The Leatherman FREE P2 has all the functions that you, as a fan of previous tools such as the Wave, can expect. I am particularly pleased with the improved blade locking mechanism in combination with the other “subtle” technical adjustments. These make the FREE easier and more pleasant to use. For me, a “sustainable” recommendation.

Points of sale

The Leatherman FREE has a suggested retail price of € 159.95 and is available at Bol.com and Bever

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