I’ve been a die-hard Leatherman Wave+ guy for over two years now, carrying it with me wherever I go. But after taking a closer look at Leatherman’s brand new ARC, I might just be tempted to upgrade.
There’s a lot to love about the ARC:
- It’s got everything I love about my Wave+, including diamond-coated file, small and large bit drivers, spring-action scissors, an “impact surface” I can use to hammer in nails, wire and hard-wire cutters, and more tools—a total of 20 in all.
- A one-handed, easy-open design that uses magnets to keep the knife closed when not in use, but allows it to be easily flipped open with a flick of the wrist. Not only is this convenient, but it looks and feels cool, too.
- The first use of Leatherman’s brand new MagnaCut steel blade, which offers even better blade strength, edge retention, and corrosion-resistance than the standard steel blade.
- DLC coating on the blade and handles to prevent corrosion, scuffs, and scratches. Basically, it just adds toughness to an already hardy tool.
The upgraded design and enhanced tools promise to make the ARC a multi-tool even long-time Leatherman users like me can absolutely love.