Leatherman OHT Multitool Review

Leatherman OHT Multitool ReviewThe Leatherman OHT ("One Hand Tool") is a similar design to some Gerber tools but that is where the similarities stop! This tool is like Gerber in the way that it deploys from the center of the tool rather than having to fold it open. This is one of the features I like about Gerber but Leatherman has taken this style to a whole new level.

Leatherman OHT Multitool ReviewOne thing I want to say about the deployment of the tool is that it can be a little challenging at first. If you're holding the handle too hard your pliers will not deploy at all so you need to hold the tool in such a way that the tool can deploy freely. For me this is done by holding the rear of the tool with two fingers and a thumb near where the cutouts for the tools are. Once the OHT is held this way you can open up the OHT with just a flick of the wrist. It takes a little getting used to, but over time it's very easy and fast to access.

Leatherman OHT Multitool ReviewOnce you have deployed the OHT you will find that not only are your pliers accessible with one hand but they are spring loaded as well. Every time you compress the pliers to the closed position and then loosen your hand your tool will open up. This is one feature I wished my older Gerber tool had when I was trapping. When setting traps you will find yourself needing all the hands you can get so having a tool that doesn't have to be pushed open or pried against your leg to open is an asset.

Leatherman OHT Multitool ReviewLeatherman OHT Multitool ReviewWhen it comes to blades and tools on this Leatherman, I have to say I was a little disappointed. They have included every tool you would need and all tools attached to this OHT are the most popular, but I think they should have added the bit tool. The bit tool is one feature that only takes one space but can expand the versatility greatly just by adding a bit set. I like the bit tool a lot as it allows you to carry a very small set of bits, which are light, but give you the ability to have just about any screw driver you need on hand at all times and this can save you in the long run!

On the tool you're getting:

1. Spring-action Needlenose Pliers
2. Spring-action Regular Pliers
3. Spring-action 154CM Replaceable Hard-wire Cutters
4. Spring-action 154CM Replaceable Wire Cutters
5. 420HC Knife
6. 420HC Serrated Knife
7. Saw
8. Strap Cutter
9. #8-32 Cleaning Rod/Brush Adapter
10. Can Opener
11. Bottle Opener
12. Oxygen Tank Wrench
13. Phillips Screwdriver
14. Large Screwdriver
15. Medium Screwdriver
16. Small Screwdriver

So you can see you're getting a fair amount of tools!

Leatherman OHT Multitool ReviewLeatherman OHT Multitool ReviewThe knife blades are made from 420HC stainless steel, so you're getting a quality blade similar to many tools like GERBER and SOG. The tools are not full sized like they are on the Surge, but are more than adequate for most tasks, though I would not recommend for heavy tool use where a larger fixed blade would be more preferred! This tool is marketed for heavy use and don't get me wrong it is up to the task, but like all multi-tools they do have their limitations, and in most cases they're more a companion tool to a good fixed blade when it comes to survival.

Leatherman OHT Multitool ReviewLeatherman OHT Multitool ReviewSince the OHT is designed to allow the pliers to deploy easily they have added a small but useful feature - once the tool is closed on one side of the pull slides, you will find a small toggle that when twisted, will allow you to lock the pliers inside the body of the tool. This helps when using your knife or screwdrivers ensuring that the tool doesn't open by mistake. Also I sound mention if you're getting a OHT keep this in mind as it can appear that the tool is not working or jammed in the body if it arrives locked and you don't know the lock is there.

Leatherman OHT Multitool ReviewOne part of the needle-nose pliers I love is the replaceable blades at the base of the cutting edge. This is one of the features I recommend everyone get with a tool as it allows the tool to take a lot of abuse on the blades. It also adds to the life of the tool because you can only sharpen them so much before they stop cutting well, so down the road when they are worn out and need replacing, being able to pop in a fresh pair is ideal!


Leatherman OHT Multitool ReviewOn the outside of the OHT Leatherman has encased the body with tan scales that run the full length of the body which are very light and help to protect the inner workings of the OHT. And this brings me to one of the best parts of a Leatherman; all the tools are on the outside!



Leatherman OHT Multitool ReviewAll you do to access a tool is the same as you would for any folding knife. This is a must in my book, being able to hold a rope in one hand and open the tool with the other, sounds like a small thing, but if you're in a hurry it's a big help!

The sheaths for this style of Leatherman are some of the best I've seen coming stock with a tool. They are easily the quality of aftermarket sheaths like Maxpedition, not 100% the same but very similar in quality. And even if the MOLLE strap on the back is completely cut off, you can still mount this sheath using a Tactical tailor MOLLE strap.

Having used this OHT for a few months now, it's quickly becoming one of my go to Multi-tools! Being able to open the pliers just by loosening your grip is a very big asset when using this tool especially around any electronics or wires where you need to make multiple cuts while holding the wire in your hand. This is something you really do miss when you're using other tools, so if you're in the line of work where you're not just making one cut with the pliers, this small spring loaded feature is very welcome in a Multi-tool!


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