CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to one of our Airgun titles today click here

Review: Leatherman Micra EDC

PUBLISHED: 15:07 04 October 2017 | UPDATED: 15:07 04 October 2017

Despite its size, this is a proper working tool

Despite its size, this is a proper working tool

Archant

Sometimes good things do come in little packages as the editor finds out

I’m a self-confessed fan of multi-tools, and ones from Leatherman especially. However, even I have to admit that they can be a little bulky to carry along all the time, so I thought it would be nice to look at a smaller compromise. Now, it’s obvious that the Micra cannot do what the bigger tools can, but it does have a lot of functions for such a tiny device.

Measuring just over 2” long, it’s small enough to be attached to your keys and I noted that all the corners are smoothly rounded, so that it won’t wear a hole on your pocket. It folds just like the bigger Leatherman tools, and opens to display a pair of scissors where you’d find pliers on bigger models. These are spring loaded, making one-handed use easy. I found these practical for many jobs and especially useful for trimming the excess line from a fishing hook knot.

Although it might be small, Leatherman didn’t cut corners with the very sharp main blade. The 1½” drop-point design is made from 420HC stainless steel, so it’s strong and will hold an edge way better than most small pocket knives. Importantly, it does not lock, so can be considered an ‘every day carry’, although please don’t try to get on to an aeroplane with one.

It really is small enough to fit on your key ringIt really is small enough to fit on your key ring

Clever design

The other fold-out blades are a choice of screwdriver bits, a pair of tweezers and a nail cleaner and file, plus the ubiquitous bottle-top remover. I was disappointed to see a Phillips driver missing until I read the side of one of the blades. Its tip had a shallow grind that’s designed to fit across two of the four Phillips slots, a job it does well. I’ll declare myself impressed at this way of making a bulky driver slim and flat. Along the outside of the frame halves, Leatherman has imprinted a rule that will measure 4.7” (12cm) which I found handy on a number of occasions.

Despite its capable build, it must be remembered that this is a small, lightweight, get-you-out-of-trouble tool that should be treated with some respect. If you lean on it too hard you’ll bend it. There are much better tools designed for heavy work. All the pivot points are riveted, so if you beast it you won’t be able to adjust out the slack you’ve created.

I’ve used mine a 1000 times; opening boxes, when out fishing, tightening loose screws, and a hundred other jobs that I was able to resolve there and then rather than needing to go away and get a workshop tool to resolve. Leatherman makes some great tools and I’m adding this one to that list.

Model: Leatherman Micra EDC

Website: www.sportingcutlery.co.uk

RRP: £29.95

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Airgun Shooting visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Airgun Shooting staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Airgun Shooting account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from News

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Eddie Jones shows us just what he’s been using kit-wise recently

Read more
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The editor’s follow-up test on the B.A.R. bullpup kit morphs into an examination of the whole bullpup deal

Read more
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The editor tries a new, British-made stock on his beloved Air Arms S410

Read more
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

James Thornber brings us his view on the Umarex M&P40

Read more
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Sometimes good things do come in little packages as the editor finds out

Read more
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The editor has some fast-fire fun with Beretta’s latest

Read more
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Jamie Chandler tells us why our actions affect the whole sport

Read more
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Even Eddie can have a bad day now and then

Read more
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Phill Price has a blast with a blow-back from Gamo

Read more
Thursday, September 14, 2017

“I accept responsibility for every time I pull the trigger when aiming at my quarry, and I must do everything in my power to achieve a clean, one-shot kill”

Read more

Subscribe today

Air Gunner Application Link
Airgun World Application Link

Follow Our Titles

Airgun World
Air Gunner

Most Read

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Latest expert advice