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The latest creation from the makers of the original plier-based multi-tool, Leatherman, is the super lightweight Freestyle model.
Engineered to the high standard you expect from Leatherman, the minimalist Freestyle actually comes in two versions, the Freestyle and Freestyle CX, the Freestyle CX having a DLC coating and carbon fibre insert, while the Freestyle has a Zytel insert.

Both models are otherwise identical, featuring the essential components of a true multi-tool; needle-nose pliers, regular pliers, wire cutters and hard wire cutters, as well as a semi-serrated knife blade of 420HC stainless steel that is single-hand opening and closing with a very effective liner lock.


The handles of the Freestyle are very comfortable in use, both when closed in using the knife blade and when open in using the plier head, despite the fact they are both drilled to reduce weight and have a pocket clip feature (not normally something I like).

Leatherman Freestyle Blade.jpg

The semi-serrated blade comes razor sharp, holds a good edge and is straight forward (if time consuming) tore-sharpen once blunted, while the pliers and wire cutters are all you would expect, and can snip through fencing wire with ease. The handle design avoids the possibility of pinching flesh as you squeeze the grips.

Leatherman Freestyle closed.jpg

Looking very slick and modernistic, yet totally practical in use, this new multi-tool is lightweigh tat around 4.5oz, but punches above its weight to give great performance during a host of tasks. The Leather Freestyle costs around £49.95, while the Freestyle CX costs around £79.95 and both come with a 25 year warranty and a full user’s guide.

I have been using the Freestyle for various tasks, ranging from field cooking (food preparation with the blade, bending alloy tent pegs into pot hooks and pan supports with the pliers and using the wire cutters to trim fencing wire into pot handles etc), to canoe maintenance as well as other more mundane tasks. The Freestyle performed well in all these roles and still looks pristine!

For more information visit www.whitbyandco.co.uk
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