To Every Day Carry (EDC) a knife in Malaysia can be tricky. I asked friends, local shops and even a police chap about this and their advice is always the same, ‘avoid’ it…just to be on a safe side. I have gotten away from the hands of law a few times here but I am not going to push my luck too far. So…a compromise on an EDC knife VS the local law is a Leatherman multi tool.
A Leatherman is a multi tool that also has a knife on it. What a knife (especially a folding knife) can do…a Leatherman tool can do as well, if not better. It has more tools in a compact package than a fixed or folding knife. . As a prepper and gadget enthusiast, practicality and functionality takes precedent over everything else.
Why a Leatherman Wave? It is a balance and compromise of what I need and what is available. My priorities for a good EDC must fulfill criteria such as functionality, ease of use, practicality, reliability and robustness. EDC must not fail at any time of use as your very life may depend on it.
The 3 tools I find the most used would be the knife, the tiny screw driver (Leatherman calls them ‘small bit driver’) and of course the can/ bottle opener. The rest are bonuses. For a guy with glasses…the tiny screw driver saved the day a couple of times.
What I also love about the Wave is its ‘locking’ mechanism. The pliers are probably the only tool that does not have a lock on it. The knife and the rest of the tools have locking mechanism. The blade has a ‘liner’ lock. Not sure if I can call it that but that’s the closest I can think of.
The knife also stays on the outside of the tool. Single hand opening (single hand lock and unlock too) means your other hand could be free. The same goes with the saw, the file and the serrated blade. All on the outside of the tool, one hand opening, fast access.
Leatherman lists the Wave as having 17 different tools. The 4 main tools on the outside of the tool while the rest are on the inside. The locking mechanism for the tools on the inside is brilliant. They are a far improvement of their old locking mechanism where one has to open another tool 90 degrees to unlock the locking. With the new press tab…unlocking a tool is a breeze.
Last but not least…the can/ bottle opener. Be it beer or a can of tuna…this tool is priceless. This claw like can opener is so much more efficient and effective compared to some I have used. The Swiss army knife can opener for example is not match for this design.
Be it cutting myself loose from cable ties, opening a can of tuna or cutting barb wire (with the pliers of course), the Leatherman Wave multi-tool is by far the best EDC for me here in Malaysia. I don’t see myself replacing it anytime soon.