Why We Chose The Leatherman Bond Multi-Tool: Decent value, lightweight, compact.
Leatherman is a brand that has become synonymous with the concept of the multi-tool. First developed by Tim Leatherman back in the mid-70s, his concept was essentially to design a Swiss Army Knife on steroids – one based around that most useful and versatile of tools: a pair of pliers.
Since the first Leatherman, the PST, was introduced, the range has grown massively. There’s now a Leatherman for almost every use and occupation – but there’s only one designed with Brits specifically in mind. That’s the Bond: a light and compact 14-feature multi-tool that conforms to the UK’s strict knife laws, being UK-legal for everyday carry thanks to its non-locking, sub-3 inch blade.
Who Is The Leatherman Bond Multi-Tool For?
This multi-tool is ideal for active outdoorsy types who want a versatile bit of kit that isn’t too bulky or heavy to carry around. It would certainly be a useful bit of kit for bikepackers and cycle tourers, as well as hikers, kayakers and canoeists and climbers too.
The fact that the Bond has been designed to conform to UK knife laws also makes it a viable everyday carry item, whether you use it for work or just keep it in the glovebox of your car for emergencies.
Materials and Construction
The body of the tool and all its implements are made from sturdy and durable stainless steel. The knife blade is 420HC steel, a high-carbon stainless steel that is corrosion resistant and sharpens easily. The Bond also comes with a durable nylon storage sheath.
With the Bond, you get no less than 14 hard-working tools. This includes a set of needlenose and regular pliers, two types of wire cutter, a wood/metal file, an awl or punch, Phillips screwdriver, larger and small flat-headed screwdrivers, a can opener, bottle opener, wire stripper, a ruler and lastly, a non-locking 2.9” knife blade made from 420HC stainless steel. That last function ensures that this tool is UK-legal for everyday carry, which makes it the perfect companion for a pocket, daypack or even to keep in your glove-box.
In use, the Bond is also ergonomically designed. Its handles are rounded for a more comfortable grip while working with the pliers, and frame cut-outs ensure that the tool you want is easy to access.
Helpfully, the tool also has a Pocket Clip Attachment Point (pocket clip sold separately) and a lanyard hole – both of which should help to stop you from losing it, especially if you’re, say, climbing or out on the water.
Simple but effective, this is a practical and versatile multi-tool that – importantly – is lightweight, compact and UK-legal for everyday carry.