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Leatherman Signal

Leatherman joins the survival craze with a new tool incorporating 19 features including:
Safety Whistle, Ferrocerium Rod, Diamond Sharpener. Made from 420HC Stainless Steel and featuring DLC (diamomd like coating), the Signal’s survival features may seem like afterthoughts, but this is a great multi-tool for keeping in the trunk for emergencies.  



9 Responses to “Leatherman Signal”

  1. "Bob" says:

    Glad to see they’re sticking with the knife on the outside.

  2. James Irwin says:

    Yes, all bells and whistles but no cigar. Not that great in real life outdoor use. It has so many little issues I simply got fed up with in the end. Purchased directly from Leatherman website store, eventually returned back for a refund.

    Will get either Wave or Rebar, instead.

    • Charlie Bravo says:

      I was looking forward to this design. What did you not like about it? Currently, I don’t leave home without my Wave clipped in my pocket.

      • SSD says:

        The survival tools are really more last ditch stuff than tools you’d regularly use.

        • James Irwin says:

          SSD got it, CB.

          It’s more of a stripped down ‘standard’ MT to accommodate specific bits you may need in a survival situation. But alas, none of them do their intended job well.

          As a long term user of the full-size ‘survival’ tools LM included as yellow plastic bits all I could summarize them as – fiddly to use, small too handle and under-performing.

          Whistle isn’t loud enough, ferrocerium rod (firesteel) is too small for it use and it sits inside whistle plastic, close to your mouth…WTF Leatherman? LM designers – back to drawing board, and think this one through a little more this time, please.

          Knife sharpener is again too small to use. I have to remember when was the last time I needed to sharpen my MT knife while trekking, MTB-ing, camping etc – basically never. I sharpen my knives and MTs at home either pre-trip or on my return. The saw was also shorter than I found comfortable.

          Skeletonised DLC coated handles (scales) are a nice touch and add to overall lightweight-ness. But the tool load is sub par.

          Younger folk and tender female crowd will most likely like the tool, as an extra assurance along their outdoor escapades, it’s a nice boy-scout tool to be honest. But it stops there and falls short of being something you can depend on in survival situations. Only as a very last resort.

          I have to say I liked the hammer, though and the 2-sizes hex bit driver at the bottom. Bottle opener works fantastic too…umm, yeah…see where I’m going with this?

          • Charlie Bravo says:

            Thanks for the detailed review. I haven’t seen one at my local store yet. Your advice saves me time and money. This confirms that I need to continue carrying the Leatherman Wave and reading SSD.

  3. JS says:

    I’ll stick with my MultiTasker…

  4. Matt says:

    I’ve handled it. I like the ferr rod but that’s about it. Nothing ground breaking. I’m sticking with the wave. It’s very very hard to best.

    • D.B. says:

      Yeah, handled it too. And put it back on shop shelf, with a thank you, but no – thank you.

      I am a long time user of a Leatherman MUT, this Signal tool tries to emulate in a smaller, lighter civilian version.

      For me, LM Surge at home and LM MUT dowrange and out there in the field.

      LM Signal is nothing more than a toy, great concept but poor execution.