One of their iconic multi-tools is the iconic Leatherman Rebar. A multi-tool that has helped multitudes get out of sticky situations and solve trickier problems.
Perhaps a Leatherman Rebar review is in order. If you are looking for your first, or next multi-tool, you need to put the Leatherman Rebar at the top of your list. But before we look at the Rebar, a brief history of the birth of Leatherman is in order, it will help you understand why Leatherman is the go-to name in the multi-tool space.
Leatherman – Birth Of A Multi-Tool Revolution
When mechanical engineer Timothy S. Leatherman decided to journey through Europe with his wife Chau in 1975, he didn’t know that it was more than just a driving tour, but the beginning of a bigger journey that would change his life, and the world, forever.
On that eventful tour, the Fiat Leatherman and his wife were traveling in kept giving them issues, some of which he was able to fix with his trusted pocket knife, and others that needed a better tool. And as a mechanical engineer, who better to design it than himself, after all, he was the one who needed it.
Tim Leatherman quickly went to work on designing the first Leatherman multi-tool and finally got it patented in 1980. Knowing that this tool was going to be a handy accessory to the technical staff in many companies, he tried selling the idea to them, including AT&T, but his ingenious idea wasn’t as well received as he thought it would. But not the man to give up easily, Tim Leatherman decided to form his own company and in 1983 the Leatherman Tool Group, Inc. was born.
Although the first Leatherman multi-tool, the PST, was not taken seriously by the big corporations, the masses fell in love with. And since that time, Leatherman multi-tools have been the people’s top choice when it comes to a reliable multi-tool. A tool you can use in any situation, to sort out any problem.
I guess we owe that dysfunctional Fiat a debt of gratitude for leading to the birth of the multi-tool, and more precisely, the Leatherman line of multi-tools, including the Leatherman Rebar we are reviewing. I guess this is why the Leatherman line of products are so good at what they do, they were born out of necessity – to solve real problems. So, let’s get back to our Leatherman Rebar review, shall we?
Leatherman Rebar Review – The Multi-Tool You Shouldn’t Leave Home Without
If you are an outdoors kind of person, electrician, fencer, or someone who just likes doing technical stuff, the Leatherman Rebar is the pocket buddy you’ve been looking for. Modeled after the famous PST (Pocket Survival Tool), which was also Leatherman’s first product, it combines the original fundamental principles behind the success of Leatherman multi-tools and the innovative advancements in today’s multi-tools to create a powerful pocket-sized tool that is capable of handling even the toughest jobs you through its way, including cutting wires. And that’s why you should never leave home without it. You never know when you will need it.
But to fully appreciate this nifty little handy tool, we will have to take it apart and see what it’s all about, so let’s do just that.
Leatherman Rebar – 17 Tools In Your Pocket
Many times people look for a multi-tool, they like to ask what they can do with it. With the Rebar, the question is, “What can you not do with 17 tools in your pocket?” Because that’s what you get with the Leatherman Rebar – 17 tools to keep your life unstuck and on track. Hard to believe seeing as it only measures 4-inches long when closed and weighs a mere 6.7oz.
To sum up the tools at your disposal in the Rebar, you have your knives, screwdrivers, pliers (2 of them), bottle and can openers, an awl with a thread loop, hard and soft wire cutters, an electrical crimper, wire stripper, a saw, and a file.
Now you tell me, what can you not do with a Leatherman Rebar?
Construction And Build Quality
A multi-tool is only as good as it is built. When Tim Leatherman came up with the idea of creating a single tool that would be versatile in function, he knew that the tool had to be sturdy in build and the materials used had to be strong enough to be used vigorously without the tool breaking or coming apart. And that is what he created, and all Leatherman products are created using the same principle.
The Leatherman Rebar is no exception. Made from 420 high carbon (HC) stainless steel, the Rebar is not just stunning to look at but tough enough to help you with all your toughest jobs. And because of striking the perfect balance between weight, size, and material, the Leatherman inspires confidence even when faced with seemingly difficult problems to solve.
This is one multi-tool that was built to last you many years of use. Durability is definitely one of its strong points, from the frame to the individual tools to the joints, everything about the Rebar was given careful thought. Unlike some multi-tools on the market, this one won’t fall apart on you. It’s definitely heirloom material.
One of the toughest parts of getting a multi-tool right is the ergonomics. It definitely is no easy task fitting 17 tools into one single unit and make it possible to use without some level of discomfort. But the Leatherman Rebar is one of those rare exceptions. The design and size make it easy for you to firmly hold it in your hands and apply the required force in a surprisingly comfortable way.
Although the Rebar has reverted to the previous way of deploying tools by having to open the pliers, this method still offers you ease of access to the tools you want to use and yet still provides a firm grip and ease of use of the deployed tool. Even in tight spaces, the Leatherman Rebar is still comfortable to use and easy to maneuver, making it a cut above the rest.
When it comes to multi-tools, one of the most important aspects to consider is how well it does its job. How well does the Leatherman Rebar do its job? How good is its functionality? Well, on a scale of 1-10, I would give it a 10, simply because I can’t give it more.
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The Leatherman Rebar is an exceptional tool that is easy to deploy and easier to use because of the way it has been put together. Because the Rebar has no pinch points (a big ouch in many poorly made multi-tools), whichever way you handle it, there is no need to keep a lookout for these hazards, making it easier for you to
Whether you deploy a knife, screwdriver, or whatever tool you desire on the Rebar, you will find it pleasant to use as you get exclusive access to it. Another factor that makes the Leatherman Rebar easy to use is the locking mechanism. When fully deployed, each tool locks into place.
Whatever you need a multi-tool for, the Leatherman Rebar will give the ability to do it well. This is one of the most versatile and functional multi-tools on the market. You won’t go wrong with it.
One thing a multi-tool must do well is to make it easy for you take multiple tools around with you – it must be portable. This another area in which the Leatherman multi-tool shines over its competitors.
The Leatherman Rebar may not be the smallest multi-tool around but it certainly is one of the most portable ones around as it only weighs 6.7oz, and measures 4-inches long when closed. To make it easier to carry, the Leatherman Rebar has a lanyard ring for those moments when you are working in spaces where dropping it will mean it being difficult to recover – like high up on scaffolding or near water. You can secure the Rebar to your lanyard and carry it around without the fear of it falling.
The Rebar also comes with a pouch that makes it handy and easy for you to move around with your prized multi-tool.
The Leatherman Rebar Review – Is It Really Worth It?
At the end of the day, the question still remains, is the Leatherman Rebar worth its $69.83 price tag? Definitely. The Leatherman Rebar will definitely earn its keep in your service. From build quality, ease of use, durability, and its portability, you actually get more than you pay for. And for a tool you will hand down to your children and them to their children, it definitely is a more value than money product.
Besides, it’s a Leatherman. You can never go wrong with Leatherman. Thanks, Tim.