Leatherman OHT Multitool
Sometimes you just need a set of pliers or a phillips head screw driver. The days of digging through the junk drawer and the toolbox are over, with the Leatherman OHT Multitool. With 16 different attachments, your DIY dad will wonder how he ever survived without this tool. A great gift for the man in your life.
So, I’m filling out my everyday carry set, and needed a comprehensive multitool to carry on me for those tasks that always require a tool when you seemingly never have access to one. Sure a knife is great for most tasks, cutting open a box, trimming rogue threads, and the like. In a pinch, it can even be used to tighten a flat head screw. But I’ve chipped countless blades, and come dangerously close to slicing open my hand.
Leatherman has been in the multitool game for quite some time, so they are a trusted brand, that makes quality products. The OHT multi tool is no different, and I’ll give you a rundown of all the features that make this my choice over their other options.
Leatherman OHT Multitool Features
Alright, lets talk about this beauty in all its glory. The tool comes in a variety of colors to match the style of the guy on your list. For the military and law enforcement sectors, you’ve got the coyote tan variety or the black for someone looking for a more modern look. You can get a matching case, or mix and match. This gives you 4 setup options. I chose the coyote tan handled tool, with the matching coyote tan case.
You’ll need a way to conveniently carry this, lest it get relegated to the junk drawer with the other miscellaneous tools. A snap button attached to a vertical strap and two cross member straps allow you to customize fitment to a belt. It’s also great for attaching to a backpack with the MOLLE system.
The material is thick canvas so it’s incredibly durable. For those guys working a construction site, there shouldn’t be any concern about the case deteriorating for some time. A pocket for the tool is secured with a velcro strap to allow easy access and storage on their hip.
Operating The Pliers/Wire Cutters
As I said before, the Leatherman OHT multitool has 16 attachments, and all lock into place. Designed to be operated using only one hand was what really sold me on this tool. Being able to flick your wrist and have access to pliers or wire cutters saves time when you’re on a job. It’s convenient and can be put away just as easily.
In order to access the wire-cutter/pliers simply pinch the buttons at the bottom and use momentum to slide your fingers up the handle. Simply put the pliers in the closed position, pinch the buttons, and invert the tool to let gravity put the tool away. The pliers are strikingly close to a needle-nose setup, but not quite. Nevertheless, it will fit into some tight spots.
Other Available Tools
Unlike the other varieties of Leatherman multitools, the screw drivers are fixed. You get a flat head, and a philips head. While this does limit your options, I’ve found that the need for specialty bits insignificant. Carrying around interchangeable bits adds to your load, and offers more external pieces to keep track of. Losing small bits is a very real possibility, and one I didn’t want to concern myself with.
Here’s a list of the available tools:
- Pliers (needle nose and regular)
- Wire Cutters (doubles as scissors)
- Flat Head Screwdriver (small, medium, and large)
- Knife (fully serrated and straight blade)
- Can/Bottle Opener
- Hand Saw
- Philips Head Screwdriver
- Diving Tank Adjustment Tool
- Seat Belt Cutter
- wire cleaning brush adapter (for firearms) – note the brush is not included in the kit
There’s a convenient outline of what tool you’re opening inlaid into the handle. Until you get used to the setup and can do it by memory, this is a nice feature. Also, each tool locks into place much the same way that a fold out knife works. This prevents the tool from folding up while in use. You’ll need to compress the retaining bar to put each away.
This is a superb gift for any man who knows his way around the tool chest, or someone looking for a convenient tool for everyday tasks. With convenient belt or MOLLE storage, its a cinch to take with you every day. Opening and closing this tool is a breeze and being able to fully operate the tool with one hand sets this apart from all the others. I highly recommend the Leatherman OHT multitool.
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