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      While researching for multitools, the primary ones I identified were the Leatherman Wave+ and Charge+ TTi, Victorinox SwissTool Spirit X, and Victorinox Hercules.

      The Hercules has some advantages over Leathermans – a large knife, [probably] better saw, better awl/reamer for poking holes in wood, toothpick, tweezers (good for ticks, splinters)… But it’s a multitool based around a knife, and I already have a field knife. And I want to be able to lock my tools in place, not do that thing I’ve always done with Swiss Army knives where I don’t wrap my whole hand around it in case the tool were to swing back towards my fingers. So that one is out, even though there’s a lot of good stuff there.

      But the Spirit X looks like it really could replace a Charge+ or Wave+ just fine. According to what I’ve read, the pliers are better engineered, don’t put the user at risk of getting pinched, and the whole thing is more ergonomic and solidly constructed. Looking at the tools the Spirit X has, the only thing I feel like I’m missing compared to the Charge/Wave is the diamond file and serrated blade. If I have a field knife and separate sharpener, it doesn’t seem like that much of a downside.

      So this is all to ask, was there a reason the Spirit X wasn’t considered for review? I got a Skeletool CX in the meantime, but I’ll be looking for a full-service multi-tool at some point. At this moment, the Spirit X is looking like the one, unless there’s something I’m missing.

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        Thanks for the tip! I agree it’s definitely worth looking at, and we’ll include it in our next version of this article.

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      I’ve had a wave for years and like it okay.  I had an old one handed open gerber about 20 years ago, and have always wanted a similar feature on the better constructed leatherman – thats why I really want to try the Leatherman Free. 

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      I’ve been hearing a lot of good about Leatherman’s Free P2 and Free P4. The key advantage over the Wave to me is that all the tools are on the outside, which has really been a problem for me with the Wave.  The P2 is also lighter than the Wave, but it has a combo blade and no saw, which is a dealbreaker for me. The P4 is .1 oz heavier than the Wave and brings back the separate serrated blade and the saw. The pricetags are (so far) preventing me from taking the leap, but I’m really liking the idea of not having to open up the tool every time I want to use one of the smaller tools…