First gear review is for my newest zombie knife the Leatherman Charge TTi. This is an upgrade to the knife I’ve had for over 2 years and still gets used everyday, the Charge XTi.
A good multi-tool is a must for when the zombocalypse comes, you simply won’t be carrying a full tool set with screwdrivers, saws and pliers and yet each of these is incredibly useful in a variety of survival and everyday situations.
Leatherman tools are easily the number 1 multi-tool, with over 30 years of experience and a 25 year guarantee on their knives, these things are built to last.
Let’s look at the stats. The Charge TTi has 19 different tools:
- Needlenose Pliers
- Regular Pliers
- Wire Cutters
- Hard-wire Cutters
- Wire Crimper
- S30V® Stainless Steel Clip Point Knife
- 420HC Serrated Knife
- Cutting Hook
- Wood/Metal file
- Diamond-coated file
- Large Screwdriver
- Large Bit Driver
- Small Bit Driver
- 8 in | 19 cm Ruler
- Bottle/Can Opener
- Wire Stripper
INCLUDED BITS: Phillips and Flat Tip Eyeglasses Screwdriver Bit, Hex 5/32″ and 9/64″ Bit, Hex 1/8″ and 7/64″ Bit, Hex 3/32″ and 5/64″ Bit, Hex 1/16″ and .050 Bit, Square Drive #2 and #3 Bit, Screwdriver 1/8″ and Torx #15 Bit, Phillips #1-2 and 3/16″ Screwdriver Bit.
Note, that you’ll have to carry most of these seperately to the knife.
- Stainless Steel with Premium Titanium Handle Scales
- Stainless Steel Body
- Outside-accessible Blades for One-handed Opening
- All Locking Blades and Tools
- Fixed Lanyard Ring
- Quick-release Lanyard Ring
- Removable Pocket Clip
- Leather or Nylon Sheath
- 25-year Warranty
- 4 in | 10 cm (closed)
- 8.2 oz | 232 g
It’s also pretty sexy.
The Ti of the TTi stands for Titanium but this is only for the exterior of the multi-tool as the blades themselves are stainless steel. Again though, the Leatherman goes that extra mile and is crafted from S30V steel, which is 4x tougher than ATS-34, although only half the toughness of D-2.
If you’re not a knife geek then what this means for you is that the blades are made to be and stay sharp, have the flexibility for precision cutting and be hard enough to stab zombies in the face without shattering.
The XTi isn’t cheap, coming in at about £160/$160 new but for something that will get everyday use for possibly 25 years you can’t grumble at the price.
Aleady this week I used mine to strip wires for my sub-woofer, put together a chest of drawers, open a couple of bottles of beer to celebrate and there are loads of these examples on the Leatherman site, including this one from Rolf H from Sweden.
Last weekend my wife was in charge of the finger food for the VIP room during a musical event. She asked me to put a toothpick thru a black olive and into two pieces of Swedish hard cheese. When I opened the olive jar I realized she had bought the wrong kind of olives, the sort with the stones.I took my Leatherman Charge, pushed the needle nose pliers into the first olive and was able to remove the stone without ruining the rest of the olive.With this great tool I successfully completed my 50 cheesy snacks and saved the day.
There are of course more serious applications, the Charge TTi can be used for tightening rifle screws, nocking arrows, skinning and gutting animals or cutting through seatbelts in emergencies and all the general advantages having a knife confers in a ZPAW.
I wouldn’t be without my Leatherman and it’s a staple part of my emergency kits, the TTi comes with my full recommendation but if you can’t afford it make sure you have some sort of multi-tool knife.