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What’s the best EDC multi-tool? There are some pieces of gear, whether meant for every day carry (EDC), or survival that I would be carrying even if I wasn’t a “prepper”. Flashlights and multi-tools fit that category. We’re going to take a look at one of my favorite EDC multi-tools.
Anyone interested in survival and preparedness knows that a multi-tool is an awesome piece of kit to have on your belt or in your pocket. From handling odd jobs around the property, or fixing and fastening gear – a multi-tool can get things done.
Now, truth be told, I’ve owned many multi-tools over the years – everything from low end $5 dollar models to the top end name brands. I don’t baby them either. So, it’s no surprise that I’m partial to a quality built multi-plier set.
Enter in the Leatherman Free P4
It’s perfect for quality, function and isn’t too hard of a price point, (for a tool that will last many years). Leatherman is probably the most recognized manufacturer of quality multi-tools. They literally have a multi-tool for people of every walk of life.
- 01 Needlenose Pliers
- 02 Regular Pliers
- 03 Premium Replaceable Wire Cutters
- 04 Premium Replaceable Hard-wire Cutters
- 05 420HC Knife
- 06 420HC Serrated Knife
- 07 Spring-action Scissors
- 08 Saw
- 09 Pry Tool
- 10 Package Opener
- 11 Awl
- 12 Can Opener
- 13 Wire Stripper
- 14 Ruler (1.41 in | 25 mm)
- 15 Wood/Metal File
- 16 Bottle Opener
- 17 Electrical Crimper
- 18 Phillips Screwdriver
- 19 Medium Screwdriver
- 20 Small Screwdriver
- 21 Extra-small Screwdriver
Want to Buy One?
You can buy this EDC multi-tool and other Leatherman products at outdoor & sporting good stores, and online just about everywhere. Speaking of which, if you have Amazon Prime like I do – you can have this piece of kit in about 2 days on your doorstep:
I purchased mine toward the end of 2020 for $139.00. Again, this isn’t the cheapest multi-tool, but it’ll last 3 times as long as something half it’s cost . . . you can do the math.
*Want to know something cool about Leatherman?
Their products are made right here in the USA. Specifically, Portland, OR.
From the Leatherman website: “A more robust version of the P2, the P4 also includes a saw and 420HC serrated knife so you’re prepared for every job. Even with 21 tools, it weighs in at a barely-there 8.6 ounces and has a closed length of just 4.25 inches, so it’s just as comfortable in your pocket as on your belt.”
- CLOSED LENGTH: 4.25 in | 10.78 cm
- BLADE LENGTH: 2.76 in | 7.02 cm
- WEIGHT: 8.6 oz | 243.8 g
- 420HC Stainless Steel, Stainless Steel
Impressions & Performance – EDC Multi-tool
As with any other Leatherman, Gerber and quality built multi-tool product, the Leatherman Free P4 came well packaged, with a high polish, and felt sturdy right out of the box.
The main attraction to this Leatherman product is that the Free P4, opens with one hand. For an EDC multi-tool, that’s amazing. I find this really helpful, as my other hand is usually holding something else when I need a tool like this.
How does it open one handed and still make sure it stays in the closed position when not in use? Leatherman did this with strong magnets that hold the closed position enough, but not so much that you can’t flip open with one hand.
It’s I love that this model has a pocket clip. Every EDC multi-tool should have a pocket clip 😊
It really is cool.
One more thing: So, while the function of one handed open and close surprised me – using the screw driver to a point well over the torque strength that I feel should be used on a multi-tool (Leatherman or not), it didn’t even phase the Free P4.
I’m really impressed, the Leatherman Free P4 is tough as nails, and as a EDC multi-tool, I know mine will last for practically ever.
Areas for Improvement
Obviously $139.00 for a multi-tool is not cheap. There are more expensive ones out there, and you usually get what you pay for – but it sure would be nice to see this around the $99.00 price point. This is a small thing – and being American made and assembled – I’d pay $199.00 for this ( Shhh . . . don’t tell Leatherman).
The only other improvement could be size and weight. This is a full-size multi-tool, sleek and sturdy, but you notice the weight in the pocket. With all the offerings that Leatherman has, you’ve got a lot of options for something a little smaller when traveling into the office.
But with a huge portion of the US population working from home these days – it’s easy to carry a full-size multi-tool, or whatever else you want into the home office 😊. This EDC multi-tool should take care of any needs you have.
While I have lots of multi-tools, I like having a “go-to” model, that I carry every day and that’d I’d want in a survival situation, FIRST. This is the one that I want on me all the time.
The Leatherman Free P4 is perfect for anyone that loves a robust full-size multi-tool, with a sleep look and one handed operation.
If you’re looking to learn more about this and other Leatherman products you can follow this link.
So if you’ve decided you’re ready to get yours – Amazon will get it to you quickly, and for the best price on the net:
If you have some thoughts or questions I didn’t cover, drop a comment, and let us know what you think.
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