• Product Review: Leatherman Charge TTi

    Leatherman TTi PhotoYou may or may not already know that there are three Leatherman Charge models in the Leatherman range; the AL, ALX and TTI. The Leatherman Charge TTi multitool is Leatherman’s premium, top of the range model.

    It’s basically an up-market Leatherman Wave in that it has titanium scales (handles). These are lighter than stainless steel. It also has better steel although it’s benefits are hardly noticeable as far as edge retention goes.

    There are some basic differences between the AL and ALX models. The AL has scissors whilst these have been replaced in the ALX by a cutting/gut hook.

    All of the Leatherman Charge models exhibit typical Leatherman high quality manufacturing and are made in the U.S to exacting tolerances.

    The Leatherman Charge TTi also happens to be Leatherman’s most expensive model multitool, so be aware of that when making your selection.

    If you can live without the titanium handle scales of this model and want to save a little cash then the AL and ALX are also great selections.

    Failing that the Wave may well serve you better than any of these if you want a comparable tool and also want to save a few bucks at the same time.

    The Leatherman Charge TTi is basically a combination of the AL and ALX features but also including durable titanium handle material. It has two blades; a regular plain edge made of highly durable S30V stainless steel and an equally handy serrated edge made from 420HC stainless steel.

    It all depends on what you want out of your multitool. That’s why it’s so important to make the right choice first time because if you make the WRONG one then things can work out to be quite expensive if you have to buy twice. A lot of Leatherman Charge TTi reviews completely miss this point but I think it’s such a fundamental thing it MUST be mentioned.

    Both kinds of steel used in the blade material of the Leatherman Charge TTi are excellent and have great edge durability which means a long time between sharpenings especially the S30 blade. Both blades are outward accessible in the Leatherman Charge TTi as well. This is great feature and means you don’t have to open the tool to use the blades, they’re ready in an instant – unlike some other multitools.

    Many people like this since the knife blades of the Leatherman Charge TTi  are probably going to be used more often than most of the other tools so to make them so readily available is a great design idea.

    Leatherman Charge TTi  – Features and Specifications

    • 19 tools in total.
    • All Stainless steel construction
    • Leatherman 25 year warranty
    • Titanium handle scales for light weight and strength
    • Outside-accessible Blades for One-handed Opening
    • All tools and knives lock securely in place when open
    • Two (2) lanyard rings; one fixed and one detachable
    • Removable pocket clip which is tight-fitting, very high quality and secure
    • Choice of leather or nylon sheath
    • Uses a variety of removable bits and it actually comes with a nice selection of bits. Note that a full bit set is available to purchase separately.
      The bits are of a unique, flat design so that they be stored securely on their mounting card in the nylon premium sheath.
    • Overall length of 4 in (10 cm) closed
    • 8.2 oz (232 grams) in weight
    • A main blade length of 2.9 inches (7.37 cm)
    • The tool components are held together with special torque screws

    A note concerning this last point. The Leatherman Charge TTi uses a screw system rather than pins as is the case with some other manufacturers. This facilitates servicing. For example in the very unlikely even you break a blade you can send it in for an easy repair. Or you can buy the torx bits and tighten it up if it becomes loose.

    And if it’s not your fault of course such repairs will be free over the course of the 25 year warranty.

    Most Leatherman Charge TTi owners are die-hard Leatherman fans who have had Leatherman multitools for many years. It’s quite rare to see issues with Leatherman tools but in those small number of cases where servicing of tools has been required, whether due to warranty issues or otherwise the service from the Leatherman company has reportedly been nothing but excellent.

    Given the great specifications of the Leatherman Charge TTi combined with the predominantly excellent online reviews available for it we feel very happy to recommend this multitool to anyone who wants a high quality, American made multi tool that will stand up to pretty much any task thrown at it. It will no doubt last a lifetime with minimal care. Buy the Leatherman Charge and you’ll be buying a quality multitool. Hopefully this Leatherman Charge TTi review has helped you somewhat with your purchase decision.

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