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#300368 - 11/21/21 05:01 AM Leatherman Bond - anybody have one?
dougwalkabout Offline
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Anybody tried the Leatherman Bond? It's sort of an update to the original PST, non-locking, knife law friendlier(?).

Sort of an upgrade to the Kick, which I like, mostly for the pliers. Lightweight, slim, light, yet surprisingly functional.

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#300369 - 11/21/21 06:13 AM Re: Leatherman Bond - anybody have one? [Re: dougwalkabout]
Phaedrus Offline
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I've never heard of that one, will have to look it up.
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#300370 - 11/21/21 05:12 PM Re: Leatherman Bond - anybody have one? [Re: dougwalkabout]
haertig Offline
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Originally Posted By: dougwalkabout
Anybody tried the Leatherman Bond? It's sort of an update to the original PST, non-locking, knife law friendlier(?).

Do you actually want a non-locking knife? Or are you forced to only have that kind because of some law?

I wasn't familiar with the Bond, but I checked it out on Leatherman's website. It looks like an old school Leatherman. Nothing wrong with that. I am surprised that it would have a non-locking blade however. Unless it is specifically targeted at countries that embrace those laws (useless and dangerous IMHO).

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#300371 - 11/21/21 05:46 PM Re: Leatherman Bond - anybody have one? [Re: dougwalkabout]
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It's definitely targeted for some countries laws, sort of.

Locking knives here need a reason to be carried. So if wanted to EDC in public a knife needs to be non locking.

The Bond is somewhat still ambiguous though, due to wording of the law, something like "readily closed at all times". And having to open the handles to close the knife may disqualify it.

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#300372 - 11/21/21 06:08 PM Re: Leatherman Bond - anybody have one? [Re: dougwalkabout]
hikermor Offline
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I would be on the hunt for an original Leatherman PST. Nonlocking blade and very handy. I would also consider disabling the liner lock on a Skeletool, which is a very satisfactory EDC item.

Oops! You do have to open the handles of the PST, although it is not much of a problem
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#300373 - 11/21/21 06:11 PM Re: Leatherman Bond - anybody have one? [Re: dougwalkabout]
dougwalkabout Offline
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Leatherman has been busy mixing and matching tools on established design platforms, and offering factory customizations. One thing I like is the slimming-down factor (weight and thickness). That's why I mostly carry a Rebar or a Kick these days even though I own the big boys.

The Curl:
https://www.leatherman.com/curl-646.html

The Bolster (Costco only):
https://www.leatherman.com/costco-bolster.html

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#300374 - 11/21/21 06:14 PM Re: Leatherman Bond - anybody have one? [Re: hikermor]
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Originally Posted By: hikermor
I would be on the hunt for an original Leatherman PST.


Actually they reissued the PST due to popular demand. Not cheap though. I would personally be looking at eBay instead.
https://www.leatherman.com/heritage-pst-553.html

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#300375 - 11/21/21 06:23 PM Re: Leatherman Bond - anybody have one? [Re: haertig]
dougwalkabout Offline
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Originally Posted By: haertig
Do you actually want a non-locking knife?

I don't mind them as much as some people. I don't trust the lock on any folder, so I assume they could fail and use them accordingly.

I find that closing the handles on a Leatherman provides enough safety for me. It's certainly safer than a SAK, since it can't actually close on your fingers. I once modified the fine edge blade on an original Supertool to defeat the lock (which had a very good lockup, but was a pain to close).

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#300376 - 11/22/21 12:50 AM Re: Leatherman Bond - anybody have one? [Re: dougwalkabout]
haertig Offline
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I wish Leatherman would make multi-tools that do not have blades. I never use those. I always carry a separate knife which is light years ahead of the non-ergonomic things found in multi-tools.

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#300377 - 11/22/21 12:58 AM Re: Leatherman Bond - anybody have one? [Re: dougwalkabout]
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The Rebar EDC doesn't have a blade.

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#300378 - 11/22/21 01:15 AM Re: Leatherman Bond - anybody have one? [Re: haertig]
dougwalkabout Offline
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Originally Posted By: haertig
I wish Leatherman would make multi-tools that do not have blades. I never use those. I always carry a separate knife which is light years ahead of the non-ergonomic things found in multi-tools.


I generally think of multitool blades as a backup rather than a go-to. Good to have, but not used constantly. I have cheaper and reasonably capable beater folders for most of the abuse.

I seem to recall a "knifeless Fuse" back when Leatherman was doing the Zytel handle inserts in the Kick/Fuse/Blast lineup.

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#300379 - 11/22/21 03:53 AM Re: Leatherman Bond - anybody have one? [Re: Ren]
haertig Offline
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Originally Posted By: Ren
The Rebar EDC doesn't have a blade.

Thanks. I looked that up. Didn't see the EDC model, but I did fine "Knifeless Rebar". Maybe they just name it different here.

My reason for wanting one of these (other than the blade that I just never use), was for airline travel. I pretty much always fly "carry-on only" and don't check baggage. So I wanted something I could have in my pocket on the plane that would make it past the security check. I see the Knifeless Rebar does have a saw on it, and I don't know if that would get past security or not. It doesn't really matter now though. I rarely fly anymore, and when I do, I no longer go that that old destination where I felt the need to have a multi-tool. Other destinations that I go to now I no longer feel the need. But thanks for the heads up. I will check into the saw thing, and may buy that Rebar anyway, just in case I need a multi-tool again while flying carry-on only.

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#300380 - 11/22/21 01:05 PM Re: Leatherman Bond - anybody have one? [Re: dougwalkabout]
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The Knifeless Rebar will not make it through TSA security checkpoints.

I have carried the Leatherman Style PS on hundreds of flights. The only flight that it didn’t make it onto was in a foreign country, where I saw the security person’s face light up with joy as he put it in his own pocket. A small price, that I paid without complaint.

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#300381 - 11/22/21 02:11 PM Re: Leatherman Bond - anybody have one? [Re: chaosmagnet]
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Originally Posted By: chaosmagnet
The Knifeless Rebar will not make it through TSA security checkpoints.


Agreed. The saw and awl are both red flags. I found it easier (back when air travel was a thing) to carry small individual tools like tiny needle nose pliers and paramedic shears with the bottom "foot" cut off.

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#300433 - 11/28/21 08:50 AM Re: Leatherman Bond - anybody have one? [Re: dougwalkabout]
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For many years I happily EDCed a LM XE-6, with a Vic eyeglass screwdriver added to the corkscrew. A spring on the file broke and I sent it to LM for repair or replacement.

They honored their warranty by telling me the XE-6 was no longer in production and no longer supported for repairs. So they kept the broken tool and sent me , as a replacement, a brand new Wave+ and case.

Now that was more than fair on their part and I applaud their customer relations and warranty service. But I miss my XE-6 and the Wave + is over 2 oz. heavier and much bulkier than my old XE-6. Just a bit too heavy & bulky for comfortable pocket carry in an office environment.. Albeit, I have been carrying it. It is a great tool.

Anyway, after some research , I figured out that the old discontinued LM Blast was the closet in weight and tools to the XE-6. It was slim too . I just bought one on E-bay , advertised as “mint” & “unused” , with sheath, for $75 plus shippping. Too much, but they seem to be very popular on the secondary market.

Maybe LM will sprint run the XE-6 and bring the Blast back into their regular lineup , as a sort of “ Gentleman’s ( or woman’s) Tool? I’m sure LM reads all posts on their projects. How about some of you post the same same production call?

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