Leatherman Free P2 Review :
The ‘Free’ Range is the latest set of multitools released by Leatherman. The huge new difference from this and their previous tools are magnets.
Integrated FREE™ technology means all 19 tools are easily accessed with one hand, open smoothly, and click into place with a confident snap.Leatherman Website
Everything you expect from Leatherman is here, amazing quality and craftsmanship and the trusted Leatherman 25 year warranty.
The Leatherman ‘Free’ Range comes in 3 variants – the ‘P’, ‘T’ and ‘K’. Each of which then also has two variants, namely the ‘P2’, ‘P4’, ‘T2’, ‘T4’, ‘K2’ and ‘K4’. They are distinguishable as Pliers, Tool and Knife.
You can find the full specifics of the entire range here : https://www.leatherman.com/free.html
I opted for the P2 which holds an impressive 19 tools in its 10.78cm x 1.6cm x 3.4cm chassis.
19 TOOLS INCLUDE:
- Needlenose PliersPerfect for holding small objects or using the pliers in tight, narrow spaces.
- Regular PliersConveniently hold and manipulate items.
- Premium Replaceable Wire CuttersEasily cut through regular and light-gauge wire with this replaceable, edge-retaining tool.
- Premium Replaceable Hard-wire CuttersEasily cut through electrical hard wires with this replaceable, edge-retaining tool.
- Electrical CrimperFound in the jaw of the tool and used for general purpose crimping of electrical connectors.
- Wire StripperSafely strip multiple gauges and types of wire.
- 420HC Combo KnifeA knife made from 420HC stainless steel with a half straight and half serrated edge. This style of blade gives the user a choice of precise cuts using the plain section, or cutting through fibre and rougher material using the serrated area.
- Spring-action ScissorsUse one hand to quickly and easily cut through thin materials.
- Package OpenerEasily slice through thick plastic packaging or packing tape.
- AwlPuncture materials like leather, canvas, or wood to create or enlarge holes.
- Can OpenerSafely and easily open canned goods in wilderness situations.
- Bottle OpenerA tool that allows the user to pop the top on a favourite beverage.
- Wood/Metal FilePrecisely file and smooth edges on wood and metal surfaces.
- Phillips ScrewdriverTighten or loosen Phillips head screws.
- Medium ScrewdriverTighten and loosen medium-size flathead screws.
- Small ScrewdriverTighten and loosen small flathead screws.
- Extra-small ScrewdriverTighten and loosen extra-small screws such as eyeglass frame screws.
- Pry ToolA implement designed to gain leverage between two objects
- Ruler (1.41 in | 25 mm)
- Made in the USAWe build and manufacture all of our tools in Portland, Oregon.
- One-hand Operable FeaturesEvery feature on this tool can be opened and operated with one hand. This enables the user to keep the other hand free for situations that require multi-tasking or a free hand.
- All Locking FeaturesAll locking features means that every tool and knife on the body of the handle, with the exception of the plier head, will lock into place. Note that the Crunch; however, does feature both all locking tools and plier head. The all locking design enables the user to operate individual tools safely and effectively. By locking them into place when fully open, the user can put pressure on the implement while safely completing the job, before manually unlocking the tool to stow it away.
- Magnetic Opening & ClosingLeatherman FREE’s revolutionary magnetic locking system allows smooth, quick access to tools, letting you work with speed and confidence for years.
- Frustration Free Tool AccessEvery feature of FREE is accessible on the outside, allowing you to easily open tools with one hand.
- Removable Pocket Clip
Initial Thoughts and Review :
If you have ever owned a Leatherman then you know what to expect – an exceptionally capable, exceptionally useful, exceptionally built multitool.
If you compare a Leatherman to a cheap multitool it will only take you a few moments to realise the difference and once realised you’ll never use a cheapo again.
A Leatherman will give you decades of faithful service, and if anything ever happens it Leatherman’s 25 year warranty will, without question, keep you right. My oldest Leatherman is now 15 years old, it has been through everything and was even lost for about 2 months. It was found ‘self welded’ onto a motorcycle’s exhaust, having travelled a few thousand miles stuck in place. The only tell tale sign this ever even happened is a tiny burn mark on the metal body.
After a clean and quick drop or two of oil it was as good as new – with an added scorch mark for prosperity.
This Leatherman fits those expectations – a functional every day carry multitool. It is easy to recommend, but are there any negatives?
- The Price. The ‘Free’ Range is expensive. The Free P2 has a RRP of £144.95, the larger Free P4 comes in at £169.94. In comparison you can get some fantastic tools much cheaper. For example Amazon is currently (May 2020) selling the Leatherman Surge for under £95. (The beauty of the Surge is that it comes with the changeable bit driver.)
- No bit driver. The Leatherman Bit Kit just adds so much diversity to the tools. Unfortunately the Free Range does not have the compatibility, when you couple this with the Leatherman Extender there are very few jobs you would struggle with.
- The Nylon Pouch. Leatherman Pouches used to be as reliable and dependable as the tools themselves. Unfortunately the current leather nor nylon pouches are great. My original Leatherman’s pouch latest well over 10 years before the daily abuse from wear / tear, weather and hard work, finally got to it. I still have the pouch and the leather survived remarkably well. It was one of the metal studs that finally gave up on me. I now opt for a custom pouch made by a leatherworker.
- Don’t opt for a ‘Free’ it if you work with metal filings. Obviously the magnets will attract metal – so if you are in that line of work, one of the more traditional Leatherman tools is the job for you.
Hopefully those negatives don’t seem over bearing – they shouldn’t be. The Free P2 is, as I have already said – exceptional. If you get a good deal on one (I got 40% off from a mail shot), and don’t work with metal and aren’t reliant on the pouch then this is a fantastically functional and well put together multitool, that will last as long as you don’t loose it. I guarantee that can’t be said for the cheaper alternatives.
If you work with metal filings, or the bit kit is essential then I would take a look at one of the other ranges.