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Leatherman Flair 10084

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Leatherman Flair
« on: March 10, 2008, 02:58:51 AM »
(I noticed the site didn't have a review for the Flair. Well, I happened to have one idly sitting in some box, and heck, I'll give writing a review for the site a shot!)

So imagine you're at a fancy dress party, and there is a big plate of hors d'oeuvres sitting on the table. But alas, there are no more forks! "Darn." You think to yourself, but you remember you have your trusty sidekick, Leatherman Flair on your belt! What can a Leatherman be any good to you at a fancy dinner party anyway? Well, let me show you.



The Leatherman Flair is certainly a unique design to come out of this company. From the outside, it looks like a everyday normal PST, except with a corkscrew. But lets open it up.



Still looks like a PST... lets fan the blades.



This is where it differs from the PST. Tool selection is quite different. The Flair houses a Clip-point combo blade and scissors, a la the PST II, along with a large, medium, and extra small flathead screwdrivers, phillips screwdriver and (here's where we get weird) a cocktail fork and spreader knife! First, lets discuss the cocktail fork.



Kinda scrawny, huh? Well, this isn't meant to be used to eat a steak! It's just meant for picking up delicious goodies, without using your hands and minding your etiquette. I don't suggest using this to eat tonight's dinner with.



This is the spreader knife. It kinda looks like the blade on Victorinox's "My First Victorinox" except really short and stubby. I've tried using this, and I got less then spectacular results. Mostly, it's to show to you're buddies and try to make them guess what it is.



This is also the first Leatherman model to feature outer accessing blades, and the predecessor to the Juice series. The Flair is the first model to feature a corkscrews, which the Swiss manufactures had been doing years prior, and combination Bottle opener/Can opener/Corkscrew assist. The bottle opener is definitely one of the best I've used. My first attempt at using the corkscrew and assist, I also got less then spectacular results, but that's just chalking it up to me not being much of a wine drinker. I'll bet it works really amazing if you know what you're doing.



The sheath it came with is an old style brown leather sheath that came with many of the other old models. Leatherman should have stuck with this design, as I think it's still the coolest around.

All in all, the Flair is a showpiece, and since it's now retired, kind of a collectors item. It was nice that Leatherman experimented with different features, but the Flair just isn't a practical tool, especially for an EDC. But hey, it's still cool as the Fonz.

Pros:
- Outer accessing tools (kind of)
- First model with a corkscrew
- Definitely unique!

Cons:
- Cocktail fork not really good for doing much
- Same as spreader knife
- Too many flatheads, could have used a file.
« Last Edit: March 10, 2008, 05:13:21 PM by E. Danny »

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No Life Club Posts: 3,950
Re: Leatherman Flair
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2008, 03:15:09 AM »
Nice pix and and review. This is the first time I see it. I believe this is one of the discontinued models. Thanks.
Chief of the Absolutely No Life Club! Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here... Posts: 42,959 Why haven't you got a Farmer yet!
Re: Leatherman Flair
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2008, 08:30:11 AM »
Great review and pictures there mate :cheers:

You've got to wonder what LM were thinking when the tried to incorperate a hobo knife into a MT ???

Give in, buy several Farmer's!!!!!!
Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,340 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Re: Leatherman Flair
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2008, 12:43:08 PM »
An upscale Hobo Knife! :D

Def

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Global Tuffy Absolute Zombie Club Posts: 28,078 Just Awesome! And a Slayer of Polar Bear!
Re: Leatherman Flair
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2008, 01:42:43 PM »
Great little review that mate.  :cheers:

I'm back!!
Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,340 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Re: Leatherman Flair
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2008, 02:21:00 PM »
Every day for the past month I've looked at my Flair and thought "I should write a review for that" but I never actually did it- thanks for saving me the effort! :D

Def

Leave the dents as they are- let your belongings show their scars as proudly as you do yours.
Full Member Posts: 180 17 of 500
Re: Leatherman Flair
« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2008, 05:17:17 PM »
I know its not the most inciseive and in depth review. I'm no good at writing reviews.

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Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,340 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Re: Leatherman Flair
« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2008, 06:20:14 PM »
I enjoyed it- feel free to practice anytime you like!

Def

Leave the dents as they are- let your belongings show their scars as proudly as you do yours.
No Life Club Posts: 2,886
Re: Leatherman Flair
« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2008, 09:27:52 PM »
Good job E. Danny. I never did understand the Flair. But you have to give LM some credit for trying to think outside the box.

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Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,340 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Re: Leatherman Flair
« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2008, 09:49:40 PM »
Notso Hobo?

Def

Leave the dents as they are- let your belongings show their scars as proudly as you do yours.
No Life Club Posts: 3,972
Re: Leatherman Flair
« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2008, 07:14:34 PM »
I had often considered myself far too manly to consider The Flair. A Multi for fops and dandies, but your fine picture taking there has perhaps brought me to change my leanings

Not that I'd be able to get my hands on one anyway, but it is the thought that counts.
Full Member Posts: 180 17 of 500
Re: Leatherman Flair
« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2008, 07:25:52 PM »
Aye, when I got my Flair, I got it from eBay, NIB, for $70. And I had to fight for it. It's definitely a harder model to obtain.

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Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,340 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Re: Leatherman Flair
« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2008, 08:34:00 PM »
Now I don't feel bad for the amount I spent on mine!   :o

Def

Leave the dents as they are- let your belongings show their scars as proudly as you do yours.
Admin Team Absolute Zombie Club Posts: 23,213
Re: Leatherman Flair
« Reply #13 on: March 12, 2008, 01:36:15 AM »
I'm particularly smitten by the lovely floral pattern they have stamped into the corkscrew assist  :)


In order to be certain of having the right tool for every job.........one must first acquire a lot of tools
Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,340 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Re: Leatherman Flair
« Reply #14 on: March 12, 2008, 02:13:42 AM »
It certainly is pretty!

Def

Leave the dents as they are- let your belongings show their scars as proudly as you do yours.
Global Moderator He Who Has The Most Nuts, Wins! Posts: 58,977
Re: Leatherman Flair
« Reply #15 on: April 09, 2008, 04:44:41 AM »
My dad has a Flair the scissors on it are huge especially compared to my Blast. I believe that our company gave it to him several years ago he's not really used it very much and it is in like new condition and like has been said the fork and spreader on it look useless. Always thought (what were they thinkin with this tool.) But if it is gettin ore collectable I might try and get it from him sometime. :gimme: 
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 7,269
Re: Leatherman Flair
« Reply #16 on: April 10, 2008, 10:00:03 AM »
nice review, good job :cheers:
theirs been a few dinner parties I've wanted to poke a few things, but not with that! :P

No Life Club Posts: 4,120 "Survival must be earned"-Klingon Proverb
Re: Leatherman Flair
« Reply #17 on: April 20, 2008, 05:46:26 PM »
It be a perfect gentlemen's multitool,,,,,,if I was a gentleman ::) :angel:

"Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall;
 Some run from breaks of ice, and answer none:
 And some condemned for a fault alone." -William Shakespeare, King Lear (1608), Act IV, scene 6, line 169
Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,340 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Re: Leatherman Flair
« Reply #18 on: April 21, 2008, 03:30:38 AM »
The Flair is a great forkin' tool....   >:D

Def

Leave the dents as they are- let your belongings show their scars as proudly as you do yours.
Full Member Posts: 180 17 of 500
Re: Leatherman Flair
« Reply #19 on: May 14, 2008, 02:14:17 AM »
Oh wow! My review made it onto the site! Awesome.

Maybe I'll make a video review for it too...

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Re: Leatherman Flair
« Reply #20 on: May 14, 2008, 02:16:01 AM »
E.Danny, you should do video reviews on all of your tools!

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Full Member Posts: 180 17 of 500
Re: Leatherman Flair
« Reply #21 on: May 14, 2008, 02:22:58 AM »
Pfff... that's a lot! Well, about 17 or so. And I'm kinda lazy. Maybe I'll do my Spirit next.

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Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 6,568
Re: Leatherman Flair
« Reply #22 on: May 14, 2008, 02:27:22 AM »
Yeah, and then maybe you could do the TTi perhaps?

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Re: Leatherman Flair
« Reply #23 on: May 14, 2008, 02:31:05 AM »
Want me to do the TTi? I could.

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Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 6,568
Re: Leatherman Flair
« Reply #24 on: May 14, 2008, 02:35:34 AM »
Yeah, I'd like that. I am a big fan of my TTi's. I really like the gut hook AND scissors. I would love to know your opinion on it!

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Full Member Posts: 180 17 of 500
Re: Leatherman Flair
« Reply #25 on: May 14, 2008, 02:39:04 AM »
Allright. I'll do the TTi first.

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Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 7,269
Re: Leatherman Flair
« Reply #26 on: July 05, 2008, 01:32:55 PM »
that's it! I thought it was a pst, now I'm sure Alton Brown from "Good Eats"
(food show) uses a Flair! what a surprise huh :twak:

Global Moderator He Who Has The Most Nuts, Wins! Posts: 58,977
Re: Leatherman Flair
« Reply #27 on: July 05, 2008, 03:43:52 PM »
that's it! I thought it was a pst, now I'm sure Alton Brown from "Good Eats"
(food show) uses a Flair! what a surprise huh :twak:

I haven't seen him use a MT  :o that's neat I must not be paying attention nearly enough :D So ole Alton use a LM Flair well he's probably cooky enough to get away with it on TV ;) Plus being a chef and all the tool on it would suit him more I guess :D
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 7,269
Re: Leatherman Flair
« Reply #28 on: July 05, 2008, 10:36:35 PM »
he used a lot on the "Smoking Salmon" episode!  ;)

Global Moderator He Who Has The Most Nuts, Wins! Posts: 58,977
Re: Leatherman Flair
« Reply #29 on: July 18, 2008, 04:38:22 AM »
Well I asked my Dad for his Flair and guess what he and my Mom came by yesterday and guess what he            brought ? ...................   The suspense is killing you am I right :P He brought me his Flair so there is another 1 off my list :) I have admired this tool for a while ::) Guess he finally noticed :D

 

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