Re: Leatherman SIDEKICK / WINGMAN Owners Club
« Reply #873 on: November 13, 2019, 03:52:00 PM »
Wow, but a least its under warranty!
Yep! Interestingly enough, I bought this one brand new from Home Depot when they were on winter clearance a few years back, paid all of $8 for it!
I opened it while playing MT with my youngest... we like to just hold them and open and close them and he switches and trades with me (he's 2). He can't physically open the blades, so biggest safety concern is plier-ing himself (or me). But we opened the Wingman (which honestly, sits most of the time) and snapZILLA! Repaired or replaced unit should be here Thursday.
What do they do to the wingmans that give them such a bad rep?
Ive heard very little bad things about the Sidekick (I own one) but so much about the wingman
Should be identical in terms of quality and production. I mean, they change out 3 tools- scissors/saw, serrated blade/pkg opener, and main blade. All else is the same except for the stamped name on the side. Should be no difference at all. It may just be that there are more Wingmans sold than Sidekicks, people love their scissors!
I do have to say... the Sidekick was my first personal Leatherman tool. It was gifted to me by my brother some years ago. They were still about $35-40 at the time. My only other exposure to MT's was a SAK Classic and a Pioneer, and my dad's original Super Tool.
I did know that the SK was LM's "entry-level" tool... the one for people who weren't multitool people, maybe to get you introduced to them. Given that, I knew that it was not indicative of the quality of their higher end tools (that I never thought I'd be able to afford or own). I used the crap out of that first Sidekick. It was a FANTASTIC tool and continues to be. Never a shortcoming with it at all.
That specific, first one I've sort of retired being sentimental to me now. I have another Sidekick that I recently disassembled... just playing around. I made it more like the new T2/T4 tools with a plain edge blade and moved the flat and phillps driver to the same arm. Left the arm as a standalone tool with pocket clip. I made a pocket knife with two drivers, basically. Again, just tinkering.. wanted to see if it could be done. Yep.