THE LEATHERMAN MUT
Private Military Contractor International|July - August 2020
Leatherman has been a staple in my family for as long as I can remember. My father always had a standard Wave model on his hip he would flip open at a moment’s notice. After serving his time in the US Air Force, then later as Daytona Police Department, he honed his craft as a computer security specialist. Both on the job and at home, every tool on his Leatherman was put to use. I would join the Air Force as well, signing on with Security Forces and while at my first duty station I acquired my own, the Leatherman Mut, specifically. -JM-

What I knew about my father’s Leatherman was learned when I was gifted one as a hand-me-down just in time for the Boy Scouts. It has a standard pocket knife style set up. Each of the tools were carefully tucked away inside an arm of the multi-tool, flatly flushed side by side with a pair of pliers taking up the center. This is not the case with the Mut as it takes a more creative and elegant approach to its design.

While closed, it is approximately five inches in length, weighing eleven ounces and can slide into a pocket with a clip on one side to hold it in place. It has a retractable lock to hold the tool properly closed. Personally, I prefer this over the pouch on my belt when off duty. It does, however, come with a sand-colored pouch that will not appear out of place on a standard multi-cam plate carrier.

The Mut maintains its compact attribute with creative compartmentalization. Within this multi-tool are a pair of pliers that hold traditional functions such as hardwire, standard wire cutting, and electrical crimping. This specific plier set also holds a cleaning rod/brush adapter housed on the outer side. Misplaced the T-bar handle for your cleaning rod? The pliers, as well as one side of the multi-tool, can hold the one end of a rifle cleaning rod. The entire tool can be used as an impromptu handle.

One leg of the multi-tool holds a stainless steel 420HC Combo Knife and saw, not unlike the standard Wave. Though with a Wave or otherwise similar multi-tool, there are a series of screwdriver heads that fit alongside the knives. There are a total of three attachments, each holding a head on either end. One of them is housed between the blades. The measurements for this are Torx #15 and Hex 7/64”. This and the others (which are Phillips #1-2 & 3/16” Screwdriver on one and Phillips #2 & 1/4” Screwdriver on the other) can be inserted into an opening on the tip of this leg to act as a screwdriver.

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