Leatherman 830018 Kick Pocket Multi-Tool with Leather Sheath
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- Kick pocket multi-tool features longer, sharper, and stronger implements in a lightweight, compact tool
- Full-size pliers with newly designed jaw handles twice the squeeze-load as previous model
- Rugged Zytel handle grips ensure a firm and comfortable hold
- Includes straight-knife, 3 extended screwdrivers and bottle and can opener
- Leatherman's 25-year limited warranty
|The Kick folds down to a tight, easy-to-transport 4 inches.|
Designed for folks who prefer a little less weight on the hip, the Leatherman Kick multitool features longer, sharper, stronger implements in a lightweight, compact tool. The full-size pliers include a newly designed jaw to handle twice the squeeze-load as the previous version with no extra weight added. A straight-knife, three extended screwdrivers and a bottle and can opener fold neatly and tightly inside the tool. Leatherman's rugged Zytel handle grips ensure a firm and comfortable hold. This multitool also contains a fixed lanyard ring and a leather sheath.
Key User Features
Efficiency is the name of Kick's game. Thoughtful engineering means that a tapped screw allows you to choose a pocket clip (sold separately) instead of a belt sheath. Kick has the same super-strong pliers as larger Leatherman tools, but its narrow shape and light weight keep you moving.
The Kick's interior features are supremely easy to access -- just swing open the handles and rotate the blades out using the convenient nail nicks. The scissors open the same way, with a swift rotation and a nail nick; and when the scissors are fully extended, they lock into place. All of the tools available in the Kick are made from 100-percent stainless steel, engineered to the optimum grade hardness for each individual tool. The Kick features a system of straight blades, which can be sharpened by using standard sharpening methods, for easy maintenance
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
1) Solid Tools. Includes sturdy needlenose/plier combo with soft and hard wire cutter combo. Nice 3 inch blade. 2 sizes of standard screw driver bits and a phillips, all are tough. Wire-stripper, bottle opener, can opener combo, and a lanyard ring. Plust it has both metric and Imperial measurements on the handle.
3) Decent quality leather sheath (though I prefer nylon)
1) Although otherwise of quality construction, the cheap plastic inserts in the handle are sharp (they have an edge) and even in the finger molds, they tend to dig. The plastic offers no grip quality improvement either.
2) The knife fingernail notch sits below the handle edge, making it difficult to open. In fact, all of the tools are tough to get open to some degree except for the Phillips driver.
3) Tool selection is minimalist. Would have been better served to opt for the screw driver bit system they use on the higher end models and substitute a scissors and maybe an awl or small saw instead, of course, it's an inexpensive tool, but I'm not sure how this would be any more expensive to build in this way.
4) Pretty heavy for what you get - doesn't weight much less than my New Wave.
They look like a cheap Chinese knockoff. To some degree the handle digging into your palm reinforces this view. They are of rather plain design.
If you can pick it up for a decent price, it's a solid tool. It's design belies a nicely constructed and well balanced feel and the implements are of decent quality (though obviously not the steel used in their higher end models). If you use your pliers a lot, I strongly suggest another model with rounded steel edges like the New Wave or Charges. Based on Quality, Performance and relatively low cost, I'm giving it a 3.5. Because it lacks some utility, and the handles are pretty much a mess, I'm rounding it down to 3 stars on Amazon (no halves). I'm putting these in my vehicles as emergency gear - they won't be Every Day Carry items for me.
The cheap and sharp platic inserts are the deal breaker. If they fixed those, I would have rounded up to a 4 for sure based on your bang for the buck.
At under $30, the Kick is the Leatherman "lite" model, but don't let the price fool you. Viewing the Kick through it's boxed blister pack, concerns about compromise fade quickly - the brush-polished stainless steel exterior looks very solid and precisely machined, as do the pliers. The oversized round bolts holding the whole tool together are the same as on the $75+ Core model, with only the contured black plastic bordering the grip seeming to soften things (it doesn't - the plastic is actually the "metal replacement" polymer Zytel, which is roughly as tough as gold). Visually, it's virtually identical to most any other Leatherman model, both in appearance and quality.
All of which is confirmed when you hold the Kick. The weight and feel is that of a small semi-automatic handgun; the cold and unyielding touch of one millimeter-thick stainless steel makes it clear that this is definitely an all-business tool. "Lite" doesn't refer to weight here, though 5.2 ounces doesn't sound like much, compared to other modern portable devices, this is a serious slug of metal. But unlike a cell phone or iPod, you could accidentally run the Kick through a cycle in the washing machine or even back over it with your car without fear.
The seriousness continues with the Kick's features, each of which are made from optimized-grade density stainless steel and are just as precisely engineered as the exterior. Only the most common tools for day-to-day use are included, so you don't have to deal with the added weight and bulk of a corkscrew or some other feature you'll never use. Each individual tool is machined with an inflexible strength and design as though it could be sold seperately. The long Phillips screwdriver (ideal for recesssed/hard-to-get screws) is compatible with Leatherman's Removable Bit Driver, so if carrying the Kick's twelve tools in your pocket isn't enough, you can also add ten different screwdriver bits. Or add the Wave Tool Adapter, making any 1/4" drill bit compatible with your Kick. Of special note is the knife - though it's just a basic clip-point design, this example is *wicked sharp*, remarkably so for an under-$30 tool or knife.
Comparison shopping to other brands of multi-tools, you'll see thinner and poorer-quality metals, slipshod design and machining, strange combinations of feautres, and countries-of-origin galore, sometimes at double or more the Kick's price. It's obvious that Leatherman was first and has had the most experience with the multi-tool idea, and the Kick reflects this in every facet. So if you think you or someone you know is ready to enter the do-all world of the Leatherman owner, the Kick is a compromise-free introduction at an introductory price.
i originally bought one almost 5 years ago & still use it. i recently bought 2 more, one to keep in my emergency hurricane kit & one for my construction inspection bag.
i keep the original one in my bag (briefcase type bag for work) for those "just-in-case" moments, since i can't carry my 30 pound toolbox around with me to work. can't count how many times i've used it & in how many different ways.
the phiilips head is a real phillips, not a 2-dimensional stamped piece of steel like the swiss army knifes (SAK's), so you can get good grip on a screw & not strip the screw or chip the tool (see SAK). it doesn't replace my real tools, but like i said you never know when you'll need something, so it's great to have this around at all times. i even used the can opener to pop a lock when i was locked out of my office.
not sure why one of the reviews complained about its weight. i think the weight actually speaks to its durability & quality craftsmenship. now if you're looking for something to carry in your pocket, then i'd agree it's too heavy, but considering i throw it in my briefcase, backpack, glove-compartment, etc, it's perfect for me.
i have 3 SAK's (gifts thru the years) & all have at least 2 of the tools chipped or broken. the leatherman's tools also lock into place better than the SAK's, plus you get pliers & a wire cutter (even with the basic model).
good luck with your shopping.