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Leatherman Sidekick & Wingman by Nutnfancy

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Published on Mar 15, 2012

These MTs achieve amazing quality for their cost. The 6.8 oz Leatherman Wingman and Sidekick are medium duty multi-tools (MDMTs) that are mostly made in the US. The will act as a tractor beams to the entire Leatherman line for folks who perhaps have never integrated such a handy accessory into their daily activities. Both don't quite achieve the same quality levels of the higher priced and proven Hall of Fame MTs like the Leatherman Juice, Blast, Fuse, Charge, Wave, Rebar, and the others. The main blades do have some wiggle in them and one unlocked on me during firecrafting in the mountains. But these hollow ground 420HC blades, like the opposite tool (scissors in Wingman, saw in Sidekick) are accessible from the exterior and are easy to get to. This is a favorite design feature. The blades arrive very sharp and I prefer the non-serrated version on the Sidekick. They don't offer quite the same cutting performance as the Wave/Charge tight-locking, flat ground clip blades but they should be adequat for most users. Interior toolsets feature: phillips and flat blade drivers, a coarse stubby file with measurement markings, can opener/cap lifter, lanyard ring (Sidekick), package opener (Wingman), and short serrated sheepsfoot blade (Sidekick). No toothpicks, tweezers, diamond files, awls, or removable bit drivers will be found in these MTs given the price levels. The springloaded pliers were excellent in testing and the wire cutters are functional. Quality is mostly excellent on these MTs. While you will find some play between the tool halves, the Side Sidekick/Wingmans' tools snap into place with authority. The polished stainless steel should resist rust better than the bead blasted predecssors (shown). Value is phenomenal. At www.cutleryshoppe.com I got the Sidekick for $27, the Wingman for $20! These will be standard setters in the entire industry and decimate the generic Chinese-produced Leatherman knockoffs (like Kobalt) in terms of quality and durability. Each comes with a 25 year warranty as well. In the POUs of daily carry, solider MT, BOK tool, car MT, or even gift item, the Sidekick and Wingman are worth every penny and this value catapults them into Hall of Fame MT status here in TNP.///////////////////////////////Nutnfancy Likability Scale: 9 out of 10 (given the extremely low pricing)

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