A Three Year Test of the Leatherman Blast Multi-tool for Adventure Cycling

A really useful item for travelling overland is a good multi-tool. Gerber and Leatherman are the main brands. The blast is a lightweight, solid-feeling tool which comes (unsurprisingly) in a leather case. 

It has the following tools:

  • Bottle Opener
  • Hard-wire Cutters
  • Large Screwdriver
  • Needlenose Pliers
  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Regular Pliers
  • Saw
  • Small Bit Driver
  • Small Screwdriver
  • Wire Cutters
  • Wood/Metal File
  • Wire Stripper
  • Spring-action Scissors
  • 420HC Blade

Materials

  • High-carbon (HC) form of 420 stainless steel optimized by heat treatment.
  • Black oxide powder-based metal coating for reducing glare and reflection.
  • Zytel® is an abrasion and impact resistant material that can be inserted into handles for comfort and protection from scratches and wear.

The tool was useful for cutting fingernails with the small scissors. I used the main blade knife for cutting food and it took a while to lose its edge and was easy to sharpen. 

The small screwdriver was good for electrical items, although after a while it fell out and I lost it. The screwdriver positioning is okay but there isn't enough leverage or length for tough or different to reach screws. 

I managed to snap the saw off cutting through a piece of plywood. The pliers arent strong enough for many tasks probably due to compromising weight over strength.

To conclude, its a useful and compact tool but needs to be more rigid and durable to last any long-term use.

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