Anyone use a Leatherman Wave?

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milsurpman

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I have carried a wave since 2007 on the job as an airline aircraft mechanic. It gets used a lot and still doing well with extension and bit kit. The wave replaced a pulse broken on the job and was given as exchange for the pulse under the Leatherman warranty as the pulse was discontinued. John
 

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Ranger

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I've had a number of Waves over the last ... long time... probably since the first Wave came out. I'd break some tool on one and buy another. I recently sent in 4 Waves and 1 skeletool for repair. They promptly replaced them all with new Wave+s with sheaths and a new skeletool. I still have one original Wave, these, and a couple ARCs. I prefer the old leather sheaths; but those had all gone bad. I'm not sure my favorite. I liked all three. Carried the original Waves almost daily for many, many years... Maybe the ARC using the pocket clip and not the sheath. I'll still jump at the chance for an old Wave if see it for good price.
 

el caminero

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I'm interested in a Leatherman Wave. Any one have any experience with this multitool?
Thank you kindly,
Pistolero
Have had leathermans from real early on, edc, and now only edc the surge (it can be sharpened by itself). Still have several originals, i prefer the ones with the diamond hone 'blade'. Have gifted away every skeleton, wave, and wingman i ever owned, and a coupla surges, as well as a few originals; buy them cheap in pawnshop and overhaul as necessary, as i worked my way up to the surge. Would still carry a wave or two edc if the surge hadent come out. If one, is in pocket loose or on clip. If two, both are in beltcase. sometimes, onclip is on belt, inboard, up against me kidney. Secure, and available.
 

freakindawgen

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I had an origonal Leatherman, my son has it now. Bought this one back in 2002 after a nice one I had was set on my Jeep fender and departed the vehicle when I got on the interstate.
 

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gunzo

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Have several of the original Leatherman's, working industrial maintenance at the time. They just fit the belt of a technician better than anything at the time.
Then the Wave came out, pricey but much improved & appreciated. Grit my teeth, bought one, & bought another for a backup. With me 20 some odd years later.
 

NC FNS

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Not sure what leatherman comes with for a sheath these days, but my Gerber from about 20 years ago came with a cloth one. Didn't last but a few years. Now I use mil-surp leather magazine holders from Germany. Fits almost perfectly and reminds me of my first Leatherman (from 1988 or so, I think)…
Tools from either have been great, but as said earlier, the slide out pliers on the gerber are easier to open one handed.
 

bykerhd

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I bought one when they first came out 25, 30 ? years ago.
Great tool I carried for a lot of years. Wore out one sheath but that was it.
One of my younger granddaughters now has it as she is a dedicated outdoors person with ambitions of a career outside.
I doubt she will wear it out either.
 

s4s4u

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That IS true, but as they come, I've had to reshape some of their screwdriver blades, they were more like shapeless lumps. I can sort of open my Wave pliers one handed, but it is NOT graceful!
Interesting. I didn't have to do any reshaping, but the Philips bit on my original Gerber did round off a bit. I had that one for nearly 3 decades before I recently upgraded to a new 600. This one I can tell has better steel, and all the bits and blades lock in place when open so no more folding in the hand when putting pressure on a screw.
 
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Bought one when they first came out and carried it thu retirement. For a short while I had a desk job; all the office mice knew that I had "that tool" in my desk that "would fix anything ". It lives in my glove box now....
I like the Wave tool a lot. Last Memorial Day I used it to trim the flowers at my father in law's grave. Wifey was impressed!
 

el caminero

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Bought one when they first came out and carried it thu retirement. For a short while I had a desk job; all the office mice knew that I had "that tool" in my desk that "would fix anything ". It lives in my glove box now....
I like the Wave tool a lot. Last Memorial Day I used it to trim the flowers at my father in law's grave. Wifey was impressed!
Mom used hers, old original, on dads flowers before she, too, was buried there, but thought my wave too heavy.
 

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