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I got my Charge TTi for Christmas. It is great, I find more and more uses for it wherever I go. However, it wasn't great when I got it. The main straight blade didn't lock when opened and the inside accessories on one side wouldn't budge by hand - had to PRY THEM OPEN with another screwdriver. I sent it to Leatherman for repair after calling them first and describing my problem. I also included a note with specific instructions that, whether the tool is repaired or replaced, I want it checked for being 100% operational before being shipped back to me. I received a replacement tool with all blades locking properly, but the inside accessories (this time on the other side) were still COMPLETELY JAMMED! The tool also had some cosmetic blemishes (scratches, the big flat head was chipped), so I guess my brand new item was replaced with a returned one... I decided not to send it back again, purchased a set of tamper proof bits (if anyone is interested, Charge TTi is put together using male...
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The Leatherman Charge TTi replaced my venerable Leatherman New Wave as my every day carry closing in on two years ago. I've loved everything about this gear since I got it. About the only thing I've found is that the titanium really didn't decrease the weight much. It's a near perfect instrument, and for those of us who like to keep a solid multitool handy at all times, this should be the one. I've been carrying a multitool in a sheath (and sometimes clipped in a pocket) for many years now, and I've made it no secret in my other reviews that I've come to appreciate the Leatherman line. I'm going to break down why you should be buying this tool vs. one of the many others on the market:Pros:1. Pound-for-pound, I've found no other gear that packs so many high quality tools in such a clean and comfortable design. Much attention was given to the layout and ease of use. It's solid when doing any task and still feels comfortable and "beefy" in your hands. Its...
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I was a big fan of the L-Man Wave and carried one for several years. I loved the convenience of having the blades, saw & file open from the outside. These components also featured high quality cross-locks similar to the ones on a lot of premium pocket knives. These basic design features are maintained in the Charge TTi.The quality of these particular items - blades, files and saw - seem to me to be the things that set one multi-tool apart from the other. The quality and design of one screwdriver bit or can opener is pretty much the same as that of another. And the good multi-tools all have "decent" pliers. But it is not so with cutting blades, saws and files. Here there can be a big difference.The L-Man Charge is NOT the largest multi-tool I own but its two cutting blades (my others have just one) saw and file ARE the largest featured on any of them (no longer true, as I now have a Swisstool X). I believe this is possible because of the fact they are accessed...