I love my new Leatherman 830012 Charge XTI.
I am the proud owner of an original, basic, Leatherman that has served me well since 1998.
In that GO INSIDE Magazine article you can read a really, really, stupid story about how I spewed blood on my bedspread trying to doctor a brand-new Nike shoe with my new Leatherman.
That Leatherman also served as a drywall cutter for the Fire Department when we had a fire inside our apartment wall.
Plumbers were doing work trying to unfreeze a frozen pipe in the basement and they were using super-heated hot air to warm the building pipes.
Hot air spread into the walls of the apartment building and fire alarms were set off as things that weren’t supposed to smoke started smoking.
When the three fire trucks arrived, one Fireman “looked” into our wall with a heat imaging camera and saw something he didn’t like.
His partner wanted to smash our wall with his axe but the Fireman told
him to wait.
Without asking first, the Fireman grabbed the Leatherman from my desk
and stabbed its blade into the wall. In five seconds, using four swift
strokes, he cut out a 12×12 inch drywall square from the wall.
handed me the panel and told me to save it for later.
Next, he took our fire extinguisher and spit its guts into the wall
cavity and put out a smoldering, sparkly, stud fire that the
super-heated air was singeing and coaxing into a full-fledged flame.
That Fireman saved our lives, and the lives of everyone in our
building, because fires inside walls travel silently, swiftly,
unabated, and unbeknownst between floors. With the help of my
Leatherman, he also saved our wall from being destroyed by anxious axe
The Leatherman made such a clean and precise cut in the wall that our
Super was later able to reuse the cut-out panel to repair the wall
instead of replacing the whole thing.
Here’s what you get with your Leatherman:
- Titanium Handles
154 CM Clip-Point Knife
Two Large Bit Drivers
Small Bit Driver
Ruler (8 inch/19 cm)
Quick-Release Lanyard Ring
Removable Pocket Clip
Nine Double-Ended Bits
Leatherman 830012 Charge XTI will cost you around $100 and it is worth
every penny. I still have my old, trustworthy, Leatherman right here
diligently waiting to help put out the next fire.