Leatherman Rebar Multitool Review
Multitools may be one of the smaller pieces of equipment, but what they lack in size, they make up for in practicality. Just to be clear, I am not referring to those cheap knock-offs on eBay. I’m talking about higher-end tools such as Leatherman, Gerber, SOG. I was given a Leatherman Rebar as a gift a few years back, and it has never left my side while on the job. Until I started to use my Leatherman, I had no idea how much I needed one for a simple task. Here is a quick breakdown of function and practicality.
At an initial glance, the craftsmanship is the first detail that stands out. This piece is beautifully constructed in stainless steel and has a clean overall finish. Measuring roughly four inches when closed, it is a decent size to fit the average adult hand. Besides fitting well in the hand, it also has a pretty decent weight at 6.7 oz (0.25 kg). Engraved on the surface are the words “Leatherman Rebar” and a measuring guide.
When closed, this guide covers the full length of the tool which is 4 inches (ca. 10 cm), and extends to 8 inches (ca. 20 cm) when opened. There is a duplicate guide converted in centimeters on the opposite side. Though it is a nice touch, I have never seen it necessary to use this feature since I normally carry a measuring tape.
Each unit comes with a leather carrying case that you can attach to your belt. Although, you have the option to purchase a different one that matches your style. Like the tool itself, the carrying case is well crafted and securely holds your tool in place when closed. This should be a bonus for most since multitools tend to get misplaced due to poorly built sheaths.
Needle nose pliers, Regular pliers, Replaceable wire cutters, Wire stripper, 420HC knife, 420HC serrated knife, Saw, Ruler, Can/bottle opener, Replaceable hard-wire cutters, Stranded-wire cutters, Electrical crimper, Awl w/thread loop, Wood/metal file, Phillips screwdriver, Small, medium, and large screwdrivers
Equally impressive is the way the design allows you to access each of these gadgets by having the right amount of tension. An adult would be able to easily extend each tool without effort, unlike a child who would require a bit more hand strength. When extended out, each tool firmly snaps into place by a lever built within the handle.
To put away the extended tool, you need to push this mechanism down to have the tool move. This is especially useful when using tools like a saw or knife that involve a back-and-forth motion. Needless to say, the ramifications would be unpleasant if any of these tools was to snap shut on the operator’s finger while in use.
Using in the field
So, we have looked at the quality and all the nifty gadgets included, but what about using this tool? Well, that all depends on the type of task you intend to perform. So far, I have put many of these tools to the test without being disappointed. As a matter of fact, the three tools I apply the most are the Phillips screwdriver, wire cutter, and file. The tip of the screwdriver is still in great condition after many uses, unlike cheaply made ones that wear down after a couple of uses.
When weeding whacking, I tend to use the wire cutter for snipping off nylon strings. It is readily available on my built and gives me the mobility to move around when carrying extra equipment. For sharping brush blades or sanding down unwanted buildup on my small engines, I use the file.
The Rebar is not meant to be a replacement for any dedicated tool, so always use the correct tool when available. Instead, it is a handy substitute for working in tight spaces, camping, or in situations where you can’t access your regular means. If you are like me and enjoy the convenience of having a portable backup toolset when outdoors, then go buy one.