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Rated5out of5bycltinseattlefromIf you want nothing but the bestFirst let me say that I have many Leatherman tools: Micra, XE6, Wingman, Surge, Wave, Charge TTi, and a few no longer in production, so my review comes from my experience of using many Leatherman tools and, obviously, being a huge fan. In my opinion, it just doesn't get any better than this. It is true that the Charge TTi and the new Wave are very similar. Knowing that the Charge TTi is not going to be within everyone's budget, if you can't get a TTi then by all means get a new Wave. Having said that, I still believe it is worth it to save up a little while longer and get the TTi instead of the Wave.
I purchased my Charge TTi with the leather sheath and also purchased the 21-piece bit kit and the bit extender. Everything fits together very nicely in a belt pouch made by another manufacturer. I don't think I am allowed to mention the name of that manufacturer but if you are into rugged heavy-duty belt pouches you can guess.
With the belt pouch I also carry a flashlight and a "tactical pen" with a carbide glass-breaker tip. Together, this makes up a fantastic tool kit that you can have with you at all times.
I have been using this for about a year and a half now and I am surprised at how often I actually use it in my day-to-day activities. The thing that really sets the Charge TTi apart from the others, for me, is the S30V steel main blade. This is probably the best blade steel available today. It just never goes dull. The Titanium handle scales are comfortable with smooth, rounded edges that do not bite into your hands. All of the tools are very usable and pull out of the handles nicely. They also lock into place, which is a huge plus as well, because you do not want any of the blades this sharp folding back on your hand when using it. I have used this Charge TTi for just about everything you can imagine and some things that it was never intended for. It can take a ton of abuse. Keep it clean and lubricated so that it will not start to rust.
I also recommend the 21-piece bit kit. When someone needs a #6 Torx or a 1.5mm Hex where do they go? Yeah, I end up fixing a lot of things for a lot of people.
If I would change anything at all about this tool it would be to add the replaceable wire cutters that Leatherman has on many of their heavy-duty tools, but even that is not really a criticism because if they ever broke Leatherman would fix it.
I could go on but I won't. I will just conclude by saying that I love my Charge TTi and I highly recommend it over any other multi-tool out there.
Date published: 2014-04-15
Rated5out of5bybitheadfromI love this thingI never realized how many uses this thing had until I started carrying it around. Now I feel like I'm missing a hand when I *don't* have it.
I have used it on scuba gear, photography equipment, my car, monitor stand, glasses and just about everything else I own.
Date published: 2013-11-21
Rated4out of5byCameronpowefromThe honest truthPrice is over the top-more of nice to have than an essential if you have one that is similar in the size. Could be made better in terms of weight and ergonomic uses; wanted something for carry-all-around purpose, but with the weight, it's better strapped on a belt. This would be a clear winner if it combines the spring loaded action of the OHT model while retaining all the tools that it has. Otherwise, this is the bigger bulkier version of the xe6 model minus a corkscrew and missing a hiding toothpick. Hence, i tend to get more use from the xe6 in all around excursion-type
Date published: 2013-08-31
Rated5out of5byYonderingfromFlawless perfectionI know, I know, flawless and perfection are the same. Still, I am making sure to be as clear as possible that this is the finest, best made, best designed, most useful, most comfortable, strongest for its size multi-tool ever made.
I am VERY glad valuable space wasn't wasted on anything as useless as a wine opener.
If you are an avid multi-tool user, you already know this is the best tool available.
I also recommend that anyone who purchases this tool (or the almost as good Wave) buy the bit extender accessory.
Lastly, if you are wondering if you want the Charge or the Wave, the Charge has a cool box opener blade (they call it a gutter), is a little lighter, and has a much better stainless blade than the otherwise excellent Wave.
Date published: 2013-08-12
Rated1out of5byNiccofromCan Not RecommendThe Leatherman company has a good reputation, and I bought this because it was suppsed to be the best of the best. However, this tool does not live up to the expectation. Currently, I'm on my 3rd Charge tti. The first two broke during use (one with the pliers, and one with the screw driver), but REI's satisfaction guarantee replaced both without hassle. In both instances, the store clerk commented on how clean and new looking the tool appeared to be. It was clearly not abused by me when the breakages occurred. In my opinion, the tool seems too brittle, and will break under moderate use. I have no use for a tool that can not perform under normal work conditions. If the 3rd replacement fails me, I will not be repolacing the tool.
Date published: 2013-07-24
Rated5out of5byHoppiefromCompare what you needCompare the Charge tti with the Wave. If you need premium cutting blade steel over perfectly functional lower tier cutting blade steel and a weight savings of .3 oz and a few more bits, AND are a 20 year Leatherman fan like me, then get the Charge tti. If you are a little more grounded in reality, then get the Wave and buy the accessories as needed. You will be pleased either way.
Date published: 2013-06-26
Rated5out of5byThrasherfromTHe BEST fit and finish.The quality of this tool is immediately apparent. It's all stainless or titanium and opens very smooth. Every tool locks and the four main blades all open without having to open the pliers, which was a big selling point for me. The s30v steel of the main blade is great and it is very sharp. Slices tomatoes that have been bouncing around in a cooler for three days sharp. I use the serrated blade, pliers, and screwdriver the most. The pliers are top notch. This is THE multi tool to buy if you want the absolute best. Compare to the next nicest multi, full sized, tool and you will understand. Hold it, open the tools, and you will understand. It also breaks in a bit and gets better. The fit and finish are second to none. Compare to any other company or similar leatherman tools.
However, two cons. It is still heavy. The titanium scales don't really drop any noticeable weight. Its a burly tool. If you want featherweight buy something different but don't expect it to withstand the same kind of abuse. Also, it's expensive. The nicer steel on the main blade and the Ti scales are the only obvious differences, but like I said above, it is the best quality available, which costs $$$.this is not apparent in pictures, compare in person.
Date published: 2013-06-19
Rated4out of5byHiHowsItGoinfromGood gizmo, horrible packagingThe gizmo aside, which is fine so far, Leatherman products come in these blister packages that are very difficult and dangerous to open. It takes a strong and sharp blade and a significant amount of force to do it and while you're trying not to cut or otherwise damage what's inside, you risk cutting yourself. Of course this Leatherman has a tool inside for this purpose, but that doesn't do much good in getting it out.
Date published: 2013-04-29
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