How to Clean Your Leatherman Wave

April 22nd, 2011 by admin

Here are some tips on how to clean your Leatherman Wave Multi Tool. These tips are broken down by what your tool has been exposed to. If you have any tips of your own please mention them in the comments.

Salt Water/Marine Environments

  • First rise the tool in fresh water
  • Next dry it with a soft or paper towel.
  • Finally lubricate the Leatherman with a water-displacing product.

Dirt/Sticky Substances

  • Use a mild solution of water and detergent.

Tar/Heavier Substances

  • Use turpentine or other mineral spirits.  Aviod using chlorine products.

When you are finished cleaning your Leatherman Wave, appy a little bit of machine oil or a water-displacing lube such as WD-40. This will help remove any trapped moisture and help to prevent any corrosion or sticking.

I hope you found these tips helpful. If you have any tips on how to clean your Leatherman Wave Multi-Tool please leave a comment.

How to Open a Wine Bottle With A Leatherman Wave

October 20th, 2010 by admin

Imagine. You are hanging out with some friends. In the cupboard you have those bottles of wine you are “saving” for a special occasion. Suddenly you a an epiphany. If I don’t drink those bottles of wine now I never will! So you say, “Hey guys anyone interested in a bottle of gold medal winning wine I picked up last year in Sonoma?” Everyone says, “yes!” and is suddenly impressed by your class and taste. You get the wine from the cupboard and start your search for the wine opener….

Guess what? You can’t find it. In this situation, one in which I don’t have a tool handy that I absolutely need, I reach for my Leatherman Wave Multi Tool. But, the Wave doesn’t actually have a corkscrew on it. So what do you do? Well here is how you open a wine bottle using the Leatherman Wave:

1. Slide out the knife tool

2. Place position the knife in the center of the cork

3. Work the knife in to the cork with a back and forth motion. See the video below for how that looks.

4. Make sure the knife is deep in to the cork. The knife has to be as far in as it can go or this won’t work. I’ve done this many times and this is the step that if not done properly will cause this not to work.

5. Twist the Leatherman and slowly pull out at the same time.

If everything is done correctly the cork should come right out. Congratulations you are now a Leatherman Wave hero and not only do you have good taste in wine, you are resourceful and know how to get things done. Check out this video for a quick look at what opening a wine bottle with a Leatherman looks like:

If you have any handy ways of opening a wine bottle please comment. I would love to hear about it!

Hidden Lanyard Ring on The Leatherman Wave

March 2nd, 2010 by admin

I recently found this video which shows you how to find the hidden lanyard ring on the leatherman wave. The Lanyard ring can be used to attach a lanyard or to attach a pocket clip to your leatherman. It can be extremely useful. Apparently the location of the ring and how to get to it are located in the instruction manual. Most people though, don’t read the manual so they don’t know that this feature exists on the Leatherman Wave.

Check out the video:

On Site With The Leatherman Wave

February 28th, 2010 by admin

I wanted to let you all know about how I used the Leatherman Wave  on a recent construction project. During the entire project I had my multi tool on my belt and ready to go. With a tool as versatile as the Wave there’s no telling what uses I might find for it. I was surprised to discover that even on an extremely complex and large scale project the Wave was perfect.

The Project: renovate a 2,000 square foot warehouse in to 5 bedroom loft. This included framing the rooms, installing insulation,  wiring electrical, hanging drywall, mudding, taping, priming, and painting. The original Leatherman Multi Tools were designed to be used by workers in the field doing jobs like fixing city electrical lines and re-wiring phone lines. They were redesigned to be used by the consumer, which is actually what eventually made them so popular. I was skeptical about how useful the Wave would be for a “real” job, but it turned out that at almost every stage my Leatherman Wave Multi Tool came in handy.

The Screwdriver That’s Always There

The most use by far that I got out of my Leatherman was when I needed a screwdriver. It’s rare to have a driver in your pocket and then need it. Most of the time I found my self needing to open an electrical box or remount a switch while I was upstairs and the tool boxes were downstairs.

No problem, I just reached in to the pouch on my belt, took out my Leatherman, and I was ready to go. I really like the exchangeable bit set up on the Wave. It was very easy for me to switch from philips to flat head. I used it to open electrical boxes, replace exacto blades, fix tape measures, install door handles, install lights, etc. Of course there are a near infinite uses for a screw driver, but the point is that I was able to get these jobs done with no need to go running around looking for the tools. Everything I needed was right there on my belt.

On the Ladder, Need to Cut

One of the great things about having a powerful multi tool that I can carry around everywhere is that there are  some places where it would be almost impossible to have everything you needed without a full tool belt. The one place I found my self needing the Wave the most was on a ladder. When I am on a ladder needing a tool like  a knife or a drywall saw is a pain.

Without the Leatherman Wave I would have to climb down and get whatever I needed. The problem with climbing down is that usually I’d be up on the ladder holding something from falling over like a heavy piece of drywall or some insulation. I found that having the tool on hand allowed me to work quickly and safely in these circumstances.

For quickly cutting insulation I found that the knife on the Wave was perfect. I could climb up the ladder, hold the insulation in one hand, un-button the holster, take out the Leatherman, and open the knife with the other hand. This saved me a lot of time and allowed be to cut and place insulation with ease.

For shaving drywall I found that the saw on the Wave worked surprisingly well. Getting a piece of drywall cut and then realizing at the last minute that it doesn’t fit is an all to common experience. Being able to just reach for the Leatherman and saw off what needs to be taken off is a life saver.

This project was fun and challenging. It was a great test for my Leatherman Wave. I will definitely take it with me when ever I know I’ll need to do some serious work.

Review of the Leatherman Wave Multi Tool

January 3rd, 2010 by admin

Here is a short review of the Leatherman Wave Multi Tool.

The Wave is the first Leatherman to include access to the blades from the outside without having to open the pliers. The blades can also be opened with one hand, which is another first. I have to say that the Wave is one of, if not the best multi tool on the market. It is the result of years of design and perfection of the Leatherman product line. It is hands down the most popular Leatherman and there is no question as to why.

Here is a list of all of the tools included in the Leatherman Wave Multi Tool:

Needlenose Pliers
Regular Pliers
Wire Cutters
Hard-wire Cutters
Wire Stripper
420HC Clip Point Knife
420HC Sheepsfoot Serrated Knife
Wood/Metal File
Diamond-coated File
Large Screwdriver
Large Bit Driver
Small Bit Driver
Bottle Opener
Can Opener
8 in | 19 cm Ruler
INCLUDED BITS: Phillips and Flat Tip Eyeglasses Screwdriver Bit, Phillips #1-2 and 3/16″ Bit

As far as dimensions, the Wave is 4in or 10cm when closed. It weighs 8.5 oz or 241 g. The blades are 2.9 in or 7.37 cm in length. My conclusion is that it is big enough to get the job done, but small enough to not be a hindrance when carrying it around with you.

In addition to all of these tools there are a few other features worth mentioning. First the Leatherman Wave Multi Tool comes with a 25 year warranty. This warranty covers any damage to the tool. This kind of warranty is a testament to the quality of Leatherman products.

Another feature of the Wave worth mentioning is that it has all locking blades and tools. What this means is that, for every tool on the Wave, if a tool or blade is in use you will be able to lock it in place. This comes in very handy for what ever you are using the Wave for. From using the scissors to the knives, being able to lock your tools in place is extremely valuable.

The Wave also comes with a leather or nylon Sheath. This is very useful when you want to take your Leatherman with you. The sheath includes a place to thread your belt through. The sheath also includes pockets to store your bit sets. My Leatherman came with a leather sheath and I was able to use to it carry my Wave on my belt very easily.

In conclusion, this stainless steel multi tool is an amazing gadget to own. It is very versatile and can handle any task from cutting paper to cutting and filing metal. It is also extremely well built with all locking blades and knives that can to opened with one hand from the outside. Last but not least it is very portable. With the sheath it is easy to take the Leatherman Wave with you whether you are on the job, doing a home project, or just being prepared.

I would highly recommend this tool, I use it my self. I’m glad I finally bought one and learned what all the fuss was about this highly popular product.

Leatherman Wave Multi Tool History

December 31st, 2009 by admin

This is a history of the Leatherman Wave Multi Tool.  It covers everything from Timothy Leatherman’s first patent in 1980 to the Wave’s release in 1998.

Timothy S. Leatherman majored in mechanical engineering at Oregon State University. After having difficulties making repairs to his car using a regular pocket knife, he created what was referred to as a “Boy scout knife with pliers”. Leatherman got his first patent in 1980. His prototype was far from the Leatherman Wave Multi Tool we know today. He initially tried to sell his creation to large companies such as AT&T who would have lots of people needing tools in the field. After failing to get any large clients he decided to try his luck with regular consumers.  After simplifying the design he began to sell his product mostly through mail order catalogs. This new business model proved to be highly successful, and in 1983 he founded the Leatherman Tool Group.

The company grew exponentially. The Leatherman Tool Group began to experiment with new designs and products. For example, they added scissors to the tool. They also created tools that were smaller and easier to carry around. By 1992 the company doubled and then tripled their factory size. They were on a roll. The world had caught on to the usefulness of a multi tool. The Leatherman began appearing in movies and television such as the hit show “MacGyver” and the blockbuster movie “Speed”.  The Leatherman became more than a useful tool, it became a cultural phenomenon.

In 1995 the Leatherman Super Tool, which featured the first locking blades, sold over one million units.  The Super Tool became the Leatherman to have. The company began an ad campaign in 1996 showing real life stories Leatherman users’ using their Leatherman’s to survive. The Leatherman Super Tool was the tool that the Leatherman Wave Multi Tool would eventually be based on. One might argue that the popularity of the Super Tool was vital in driving the company to take the necessary steps in designing the Wave.

In January of 1998, the Leatherman Wave Multi Tool was introduced at the Shooting Hunting Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show. The Wave is the first multi tool allowing access to the blade without opening the pliers. It also allows for access to the blade with only one hand. This one handed action came in handy for Jackie Chan in “Rush Hour” who used the Leatherman Wave Multi Tool to fend off mobsters. This would be the Wave’s first big screen appearance.

The Wave has become the most popular Leatherman in history. It is used by everyone from handy men to law enforcement to survivalists. It features pliers, wire cutters, clip-point knife, serrated knife, saw, scissors, wood/metal file, diamond-coated file, large screwdriver, large bit driver, small bit driver, ruler, bottle/can opener, and a wire stripper. In 2004 the Wave was redesigned with larger knives, stronger pliers, longer wire cutters, and all-locking blades. The Leatherman Wave Multi Tool is the most versatile and well designed Leatherman yet.  The company has continued its tradition of innovation and has come out with several new tools since the Wave, but the Wave continues to be the Leatherman Tool Group’s best selling product.

Leatherman Wave Multi tool Vs. The Leatherman Surge

December 31st, 2009 by admin

In this post I will be comparing the Leatherman Wave Multi Tool and the Leatherman Surge. I will first give a short introduction on what the features are of each. I will then give a brief overview of the pros  and cons of each. Finally I will compare the two side by side and give reasons for why would want one over the other.

The Leatherman Surge is one of Leatherman’s premier products. It offers 18 tools and 2 exchangeable bits.  The Surge boasts that it was built with the company’s largest pliers and longest multi tool blades.  It also has the ability to exchange blades. It’s built tough and has the feel of a serious multi tool.

The Leatherman Wave Multi Tool is smaller than the Surge (4in vs.  4.5in). It has 17 tools and 2 exchangeable bits. The Leatherman Wave is the most popular Leatherman ever sold by the company.  Its claim to fame is its blades which are accessible without opening the pliers and using only one hand. The Wave was redesigned in 2004 with larger knives, stronger pliers, longer wire cutters, and all-locking blades.

One pro for the Leatherman Wave Multi Tool would be its size, which makes it perfect for carrying on your belt in its leather sheath. Another pro would be the Wave’s weight (8.5oz vs. 12.5oz). The Wave is the perfect weight for carrying on you all the time. One more pro, although this may not be a pro for everyone, is that the Wave is hands down the most popular Leatherman available and because of that it has been road tested quite a bit and you probably already know someone who owns one and can ask them for any tips or tricks they’ve learned along the way.

One con for the Leatherman Wave would be that if you are doing serious work and need large tools such as large pliers or large knifes, you are out of luck. Another con would be the lack of interchangeable blades. One last con would be that there is no Awl on the Wave.

One pro for the Leatherman Surge is its large tools such as large pliers and large knives. Another pro would be its solid feel and construction. Another pro would be the interchangeable blades. One last pro would be the Awl with thread loop that the Leatherman Wave Multi Tool lacks.

One con for the Leatherman Surge would be that the Surge is larger and heavier than the Wave and is really meant to be carried in your pack and not on your belt. Another con I have heard is that the Surge can pinch your skin when opening and closing access to some tools.

Overall, whether you use the Leatherman Wave Multi Tool or the Leatherman Surge is based on how you plan to use your tools. If you need something that you can keep on you pretty much all the time and bring out for small jobs, then go with the Wave. If, on the other hand, you want a tool you can take with you, in your pack, out to jobs that require larger and heavier tools, go with the Surge.

I hope this helps in deciding between two of the best Leatherman products ever made.