The Truth About Leatherman XE6

By: Richard J Runion

There are a lot of cheap knifes available in the market. You may save a bit of money by buying these knives, but these knives don’t remain sharp for long. So, when you actually need to use them at home, you’re likely to feel helpless. So, you need to realize that if you want quality, you should be ready to pay for it.

You will save yourself a lot embarrassment by investing in a quality knife. Leatherman products have a reputation for reliability and are popular among users of such tools. These include engineers, army personnel, and fire fighting personnel, among others. Anybody who loves the great outdoors, and goes on camping or kayaking trips, in particular, will just love Leatherman knives.

The handles are anodized and round-edged. This makes them very attractive to look at. Leatherman XE6 is 3.2 inches long, weighs 6.8 ounces, and packs 16 tools, all made of 100% high-grade stainless steel. It is a miniature delight that boasts quality that is difficult to conceal.

The XE6 variant, belonging to the Juice line of Leatherman tools, is the most packed one of all, with a fairly thick chassis. It comes with pliers, wire cutters, and four screwdrivers, apart from a saw, an awl, and a diamond-coated file. An option of straight or serrated knife blades is also offered.

Serrated scissors, plus a corkscrew, can and bottle opener, and a lanyard attachment are the other tools available. Sixteen instruments packed into one should take care of your needs in almost any situation. Especially when it is something as portable as the XE6.

If you think I am going a little overboard in praising this army knife multi-tool, I must inform you that I am not going to ignore its blemishes, if any. Compared to the Wave line of Leatherman tools, the XE6 doesn’t have a positive blade-locking mechanism. However, the blades slide into place.

Apart from not having locking blades, the Leatherman XE6 is a bit too hefty for its size. One-hand knife extension is conspicuous by its absence. The scales on the handle could do with better grip. The cock-screw could easily get entangled in the fabric of your pocket. The saw blade is very short.

Despite some negatives, the XE6 is a powerful tool that is covered under Leatherman’s 25-year warranty. You can reasonably expect the XE6 to last much longer than other pocketknives. And, yes, it’s a good buy.


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