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Leatherman MUT; it ain’t just for shooters 20057

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Leatherman MUT; it ain’t just for shooters
« on: October 24, 2010, 02:15:40 AM »
So for most of the year now we’ve all been hearing about this new Military Utility Tool from Leatherman. How it’s the greatest thing ever for those who ply their trade with an auto-rifle, whether they be soldier in the field or marksman on the range. And to be sure, servicing “black” rifles, namely the M16/AR15 family of weapons, is what the MUT was designed for. :salute:


 
But what about the guy who doesn’t generate a lot of empty 5.56mm brass? Does the new MUT make sense for him? Or is it just too darn weapon-centric for the average guy’s Every Day Carry tool of choice?

After carrying a MUT around myself for the better part of a week now, I’ve developed a few opinions…
To begin with, it has a hammer!



That’s right, an actual hammer. That you can hammer things with. Hard. Like a nail for instance:





And while I suspect that more than a few of us have resorted to using a multitool as a hammer before, it just works a whole lot better if said tool has been designed to work as a hammer, like the MUT.


The flipside of the hammerhead, intended as “Bolt Override Tool” according to the literature, also makes for a decent pry bar. It works good on nails…



…and even better on electrical staples:




But the tip could stand to be beveled a little more on a bench grinder in order to be ideal for most pry bar jobs.




Tucked underneath the “hammer” head, in a most efficient, near genius use of available space, is a handy dandy cutting hook with replaceable blade:




This V-cutter is wicked sharp from the factory, and did a bang up job slicing through some braided nylon rope I tested it on:






But it didn’t fare as well on a piece of heavy braided strap. The cut started well, but then “bottomed out” at the back of the pocket housing the replaceable blade. I had to finish cutting it the rest of the way through with the main knife blade. :-\




One last point about the V-cutter: If you expect to be using it a lot, remove the flat screwdriver bit from its socket and pop it into the onboard carrying slot. This clears the opening of the V-cutter and allows it to be used at a moment’s notice.

Screwdriver at the ready:



V-cutter at the ready:



Speaking of knife blades, the one on the MUT must surely be Leatherman’s best multitool blade ever. At a full .125” thick, it certainly is the stoutest:  




And it comes from the factory shaving sharp.



A brief observation here about one-hand-opening knife blades and tasks that require knives: They go well together. Where legal, nothing beats the convenience of holding the object to be cut with one hand while retrieving your multitool and flicking out the blade with the other. It’s like poetry, and if done repeatedly throughout the day, the advantages of a OHO knife blade will really make themselves felt.



On the MUT, there is a one-hand-opening saw blade opposite the one-hand-opening knife.



It too flicks smoothly into action, and like the knife blade, does not have one iota of play in its precise liner lock.

I vigorously tested the saw in a number of different media. It went through a 1” hardwood dowel with no problems…



…and through green tree branches even easier:



The teeth are set to cut on the pull stroke, and are razor sharp. I’m certain it would work well as a bone saw on medium size game.


Next up for testing was the MUT’s “replaceable bronze carbon scraper,” intended to remove carbon build up from the actions of automatic rifles without causing damage.

It looks more like an awl to me though. :D




And it works quite well as an awl too. The metal is evidently a rather tough bronze alloy, because it stood up well to a number of different awl chores, including screw starter holes in hardwood and locating drill holes in soft pine.



If your “carbon scraper” should ever become too worn or damaged, not to worry, new ones are available from Leatherman as individual components.

 
Last but not least in the MUT’s outside opening tool complement is this “firearm disassembly punch.” Truth be told, I couldn’t think of anything non-firearm related to use it for. :think:



I guess maybe it would be handy for poking in little holes, or perhaps grind two flats on the end and turn it into a mini-screwdriver? The good thing is, like the bronze carbon scraper and the V-cutter blade, it is 100% user replaceable. :)

 
Also replaceable are the hardened tool steel wire cutter inserts. Tested on heavy single strand copper, they work well:




Oddly enough though, they didn’t work as well on steel wire as I’d expected. They did cut mind you, but the hard wire point on the opposite side of the plier pivot worked far better:





An important feature often criticized on multitools is the design of their screwdrivers. How does the MUT stack up in this category? Not too badly it seems. Although there are no folding screwdriver “blades”, there are three double ended flat driver bits included. And while some folks don’t care much for the removable bit concept, it does have the advantage of allowing the user to tailor the selection of bits they carry to the jobs they are most likely to encounter. It also allows the manufacturer to use tough S7 tool steel to make the bits from, rather than relatively soft stainless steel. Last but not least, removable bits are also replaceable bits, and new ones can be obtained if the originals eventually become too mangled from use.

On the MUT, Leatherman addressed the concerns some have had about the short length of previous driver bits by including two extra-long ones, each housed in its own clever onboard compartment:



Push the button:



Slide the screwdriver bit out:



Snap it into place in the drive socket:



Note the extra long reach:





Last but not least, when it comes to the “carry” part of Every Day Carry, the MUT has got all the bases covered. It comes with a well made and rugged Molle-type sheath, which can be strapped to your gear or carried on your belt either horizontal or vertical. It also has the obvious carabiner, similar to its little brother the Skeletool.

These days however, I tend to prefer pocket clip carry, and the MUT can do that too. It has what looks to be the most rugged pocket clip in the business:




And to address that tendency of what happens (normally) when you go to pull a multitool out of your pocket?




Those clever Leatherman engineers have included a little latch, most of the time which goes completely unnoticed, to hold the two handles shut:








So all in all, I’d say the MUT is a fine tool to have by your side, whether you are into military related shooting or not. As far as I’m concerned, any device that combines a hammer, a sharp knife, and a set of pliers into the same tool surely must be one of the greatest inventions ever, right? :salute: After that, all of the other functions are pure bonus. 8)





« Last Edit: October 24, 2010, 06:53:57 AM by J-sews »

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Re: Leatherman MUT; it ain’t just for shooters
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2010, 02:43:47 AM »
im gettin one! :drool:

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Re: Leatherman MUT; it ain’t just for shooters
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2010, 02:44:46 AM »
Great review! :salute:

If it hadn't been for the lack of scissors and the combo blade, I'd probably be all over this one.
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« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2010, 02:49:21 AM »
154CM replacement, Bob.  :pok:

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« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2010, 05:10:28 AM »
Bob you had me sold at the Hammer  :gimme: :D :D

I am just a bit concerned that I would be tempted to use the MUT's cleaning brushes to replace my Flair's cocktail fork  :ahhh :ahhh :D :D.

I am hopping the some of the MUT's new features cross over across the LM range esp the hammer lever tool  :gimme: :D :D


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Re: Leatherman MUT; it ain’t just for shooters
« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2010, 05:48:48 AM »
An other great review Bob,just wish I would have had one when I was still in the military. :salute:
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« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2010, 06:22:34 AM »
Another great write up Bob. I too like the hammer the best.  :twak:

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« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2010, 07:12:05 AM »
Fantastic review!

Cant wait to get my hands on one
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« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2010, 09:44:45 AM »
Another great review Bob...  :tu:


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« Reply #9 on: October 24, 2010, 10:26:48 AM »
Another fantastic write up Bob :salute:

Still don't want one though :P

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« Reply #10 on: October 24, 2010, 12:30:45 PM »
Many thanks for this Bob, you answered everything I wanted to know about the MUT.  :tu:

I do indeed want one.  Maybe Santa will be extremely kind to me this year?

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« Reply #11 on: October 24, 2010, 02:12:44 PM »
The write-up goes a long way towards convincing me I could benefit from a MUT but could you post a pic of the screwdriver bits side by side?


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« Reply #12 on: October 24, 2010, 02:14:02 PM »
may i ask if the standard LM bit kits work with the MUT? LM cs said they wouldn't?
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« Reply #13 on: October 24, 2010, 02:17:56 PM »
Another fantastic write up Bob :salute:

Still don't want one though :P

Oh sure you do Mike. :angel: You can keep it with your secret stash of Skeletools :D

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« Reply #14 on: October 24, 2010, 02:26:55 PM »
The write-up goes a long way towards convincing me I could benefit from a MUT but could you post a pic of the screwdriver bits side by side?



Sure, here you go.



I haven't heard yet if there are additional extra long bits available..? :think:

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« Reply #15 on: October 24, 2010, 02:28:58 PM »
may i ask if the standard LM bit kits work with the MUT? LM cs said they wouldn't?

The standard Leatherman bits do indeed work on the MUT. :tu:

The same size bits now fit the Charge, Surge, Skeletool, and MUT. :)

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« Reply #16 on: October 24, 2010, 02:42:50 PM »
Thanks to you Bob this is now added to my wishlist.  I would like to see an extended bit kit made for the MUT however.

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« Reply #17 on: October 24, 2010, 02:48:41 PM »
I like the extra reach those MUT bits have  8) 8) 8) , hopefully LM will make a wide range of longer bits  :gimme: :gimme:


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« Reply #18 on: October 24, 2010, 03:44:58 PM »
Bob you had me sold at the Hammer  :gimme: :D :D

I am just a bit concerned that I would be tempted to use the MUT's cleaning brushes to replace my Flair's cocktail fork  :ahhh :ahhh :D :D.

I am hopping the some of the MUT's new features cross over across the LM range esp the hammer lever tool  :gimme: :D :D

The hammer/lever/v-cutter is what really makes this tool sing IMO. :salute: It would be nice to see it on a Charge-size unit next year. :)

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« Reply #19 on: October 24, 2010, 04:31:32 PM »
Maybe they'll come out with 154cm blades for future models  :)

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« Reply #20 on: October 25, 2010, 05:39:11 PM »
good write up.  :tu:
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« Reply #21 on: October 25, 2010, 06:11:59 PM »
This review has now been added to the main site.

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« Reply #22 on: October 25, 2010, 06:20:19 PM »
My AR would love this little companion!  I also do IT Work and think this could be one of the best tools for it.  I carry a LM Wave but it doesnt have a pocket clip which I would prefer, I love the sheath with the Wave but it certainly has its limits...you need a belt, it take time to put on, and if you need a bathroom break and unbuckle your belt it will sometimes slide off the belt and end up on the floor...NASTY bathroom floors too!  But wow the MUT is expensive!  I really like it.  How does it compare size wise to the LM Wave?
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« Reply #23 on: October 25, 2010, 06:28:04 PM »
It is a fair bit bigger. :-\ About in the same class as the Surge if that helps. I'll get a few comparison pics up.

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« Reply #24 on: October 25, 2010, 06:28:22 PM »
The longer screw driver bits would be very welcome as well!  I run into issues inside of PC cases where the LM Wave bits are too short and cant reach with out removing stuff to get to screws.  I have spend a long time and a ton of money searching for a MT that can fully replace my Klein 11-1 Driver in my bag, I was almost there with the LM Wave but just could cut it.  On the AR front, I had a jam that the MUT would have cleared...when the jam happened my day at the range was done!!  I believe the MUT would have be able to get it.  I have to say I am impressed and want in on the Give-a-Way!
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« Reply #25 on: October 25, 2010, 06:34:18 PM »
It is a fair bit bigger. :-\ About in the same class as the Surge if that helps. I'll get a few comparison pics up.

That would be great!   My Wave is nice but does tend to fall a little short when  some bigger tasks are necessary.  I know these things arent meant to do everything but I certainly try to use them for space and weight are a big plus if I can get away with a MT instead of a Pliers, Knife, Screwdriver, Punch, wire-cutter, and more!  These MT have saved me so much space and I feel I am never at a disadvantage when I have it with me!  The MUT looks to up this nicely!  I even thing the v-cutter will be great for cutting of strapping and zip-ties!  Im diggin it!  If I switch to it like I did with the Wave I am certain my crew will follow (many of them are AR guys too).  Great review and pictures...the pocket clip has put this over for me!  I just wish I didnt buy 2 Benchmade Mini-Griptilians...DAMN IT.  Will have to sell the wife on this for x-mas maybe.
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« Reply #26 on: October 25, 2010, 07:57:29 PM »
soapbox...just wanted to point out that you can buy a pocket clip for the Wave.  It is the same clip that the Charges use, and comes with a removable lanyard ring as well.  Makes the Wave a completely different beast.

And I imagine that the long bits will work in the Wave's bit holder once you can get them separately.  But the bit holder probably won't be nearly as sturdy in the long run as the MUT's.

Besides that...I want to hammer things!  Smash like holding rock!  GRRR!  And it would work OK with my SKS as well, since I don't own (and probably never shall) an AR-15.

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« Reply #27 on: October 25, 2010, 08:39:43 PM »
Great review!  :drool:
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« Reply #28 on: October 25, 2010, 09:00:40 PM »
Great review, as always, Bob. :tu:

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« Reply #29 on: October 26, 2010, 01:03:37 AM »
Bob, 

Great review.  After playing with my new three-some for half an hour, I can only say that these are "COOL TOOLS".  Despite being a T/C Contender guy, I may have to find an AR :>)

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