Just for the record, I do not own the featured image on this page, rather it is the property of Leatherman Tool Group, Inc.
I have been fascinated by tools and gadgets since my mid-childhood. I bought my first multi-tool at the age of nineteen (March 2006.) It was a Winchester and one of the very many Leatherman knock offs. I’ve also carried Gerber and Garrity multi-tools.
I bought my first “real” Leatherman, a Kick model, in January of 2010 as a birthday present to myself. That Leatherman Kick was what I was EDCing on my wedding day. Because that marriage was very faulty, I don’t like to be reminded of it and therefore I sold that particular Leatherman tool of mine at some point in late 2019 or early 2020. I wish wouldn’t have sold my Leatherman Kick, because it is now a discontinued model. For those of you who criticize me for being a divorced Christian let me just say that I bent over backward to make that marriage work, but after years of all sorts of abuse and neglect I suffered, not to mention frequent harassment from her family members, I gave up. I never once hit my then-wife now ex-wife and I never cheated on her either, though many times I was very tempted to cheat. I have since forgiven her and I’m only mentioning this as a teaching tool.
In the Fall of 2017, I purchased a Leatherman Style CS, second hand, but eventually sold it.
In February of 2018, I purchased a Leatherman Style PS, misplaced it and purchased a duplicate one in May of 2018 and I still EDC it to this day. It is featured in many of my selfies, usually clipped to the belt loop on my pants. I even wrote a review about it last year.
Earlier this month, I purchased a second hand Leatherman Micra.
Now, let me tell you, the reader, about my latest Leatherman, a Wingman, which I recently purchased and the story behind it.
I’ve wanted a Leatherman Wingman since it first came on the market in 2011 or 2012.
At the time I was married and definitely could not justify spending $30 for a multi-tool. But, oh man, did I ever want one!
I think most of all because a former coworker who was recently divorced in 2011 and had wanted me to be his wingman while he would frequent the bar rooms. As a Christian, I felt totally out of place in a bar room, but I didn’t mind drinking the very light amounts of excellent beer (for the taste, not the buzz) as well as eating the Buffalo Chicken and gourmet pizza, all on my friend’s dime. He’s now happily remarried and I can take some partial credit in that because I helped him set up his dating profile online in addition to being his wingman.
Anyway, I first saw a Leatherman Wingman at my local Academy Sports and Outdoors. When I got home, I did some reading on the said multi-tool and was thoroughly impressed. However, I was more focused at the time on buying budget-friendly (but name brand) flashlights because I always liked flashlights and entry-level scanners along with their accessories for my foaming hobby.
My EDC at the time consisted of either a Pelican MityLite 1900 (Xenon) or 1960 (LED), a 3 D sized Maglite (Krypton), a Klein Electrician’s knife, a Radio Shack Pro-404 and later a Mini Maglite (Xenon) along with a TI Math Explorer calculator. That was 2012 and incandescent flashlights were still in the mainstream market.
Fast forward to 2018-2020, I enjoyed my Leatherman Style PS very much and EDCed it continuously. I had a Sunday School teacher from May of 2018 until October of 2019 who also carried Leatherman tools on him, but his Leatherman tools were higher-end models than mine.
Starting in early December of 2019, I was footloose and fancy-free which meant that I didn’t have to answer to any significant other about what I had purchased. So I began to revisit the idea of purchasing a long wanted Leatherman Wingman
In January of 2020, I started going to my current church.
Now, Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior commands me not to brag about my love offerings and the only reason why I will in this piece because I find it to be a powerful testimony, otherwise, I would keep this to myself:
I do set aside a little cash each month to spend on myself for enjoyment, after my tithe, rent, utilities, credit cards, and debt management program are paid. In February of 2020, I was looking at eBay and discovered that gently used Leatherman Wingman tools were selling for $25 on there. I was planning on using that extra money to purchase a gently used Leatherman Wingman the following March. Then I was sitting in church one Sunday in late February 2020 and we were asked to consider giving to the building fund. God spoke to me right then and there and He told me to use that $25 for the building fund. He went on to say that if I did so, He would provide me with the funds for a brand new Leatherman Wingman instead of a used one. Because of some factors unknown to me, the MSRP for a brand new Leatherman Wingman is no longer $30 but $60. But I made a leap of faith and when I received my disability pension for March of 2020, I gave $18 of the $25 to the building fund. I needed to get some groceries with the other $7. Later this month I unexpectantly came into a decent sum of money, which allowed me to pay off the court fees for my divorce among other things. I also gave the remaining $7 of the $25 I promised God to the building fund as well as another 10% of the sum I recently received to my church. And of course, on March 17, 2020, I went to Lowe’s and purchased a brand new Leatherman Wingman and I own it free and clear! God did for me just as He had promised and He went above and beyond for me!
I’ve been so excited to share this testimony!
Now that I have shared it, I will write my review on the Leatherman Wingman:
This will be mostly my initial reaction because I have only owned it for about two days.
Let me first say that it is everything I hoped it would be.
It feels very comfortable but equally solid in my hand.
I dig the shiny finish.
The pants pocket clip is very sturdy and secure.
The spring action for the pliers and wire cutter implements are highly robust!
The nice clicking sound it makes while lining and locking the implements in place is very reassuring of how well it is made!
The Leatherman Wingman generously features 14 tools in 1:
I have commented on the implements that I have used since purchasing this awesome tool.
01. Spring-action Needlenose Pliers.
02. Spring-action Regular Pliers.
03. Spring-action Wire Cutters-I’ve tried these out on twigs and branches and they cut fairly decently, especially on drier pieces I’ve cut.
04. Wire Stripper.
05. 420 HC Combo Knife-This is both serrated and straight-edged and I must say the sharpness is almost on par with that of a Victorinox blade.
06. Spring-action Scissors-For these to work properly, the implement must be line and locked completely out, but it works very well.
07. Package Opener.
08. 1.5 inch/3.8 centimeter Ruler.
09. Can Opener-I wish the can opener design would be more like that of Victorinox, but maybe that would result in patent infringement?
10. Bottle Opener.
11. Wood/Metal File.
12. Phillips Screwdriver
13. Medium [Flat Head] Screwdriver.
14. Small [Flat Head] Screwdriver.
My only complaint thus far is the can opener because it isn’t as smoothly operated as what I usually use which is the can opener implement on a Victorinox Swiss Army Knife.
I know I’ve only owned it a couple of days, so maybe it will eventually wear out due to fatigue, but I plan to keep it and cherish it as a reminder of how my God blesses me and what just a little bit of faith will accomplish.
If I had my way, I would keep it on me at all times, but I must follow the laws of the land as a Christian, so therefore I will only carry it where I am legally allowed to do so.
Let me just say that weapons carrying ordnances won’t stop someone who wants to cause harm and may allow him or her to cause even more harm. We don’t have a weapon problem but we do indeed have a heart problem. Anyway, I wouldn’t want to use this as a weapon, to begin with, I see it more as a cool tool that happens to have two sharp blades on it, of which I could take or leave. But, I get it, the very concept that brought forth Leatherman tools, to begin with, was to have a pair of pliers with a knife on it and it was a multi-million dollar idea (maybe even in the billions now if we consider all of the knockoffs and copycats made globally.)
All in all, I give the Leatherman Wingman a 4.95 out of 5 stars, because the can opener implement is not what I am used to.
This, therefore, concludes my review of the Leatherman Wingman.
I hope you, the reader, have been informed, entertained and maybe even a little enlightened.
Thank you for reading!