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LEATHERMAN Squirt E4 3872

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LEATHERMAN Squirt E4
« on: December 03, 2006, 02:57:41 AM »
LEATHERMAN Squirt E4

If you’ve never handled any of the Squirt tools by Leatherman, think of them as a cross between a Juice and a Micra. The handles have brightly colored aluminum scales, with outside opening blades, like the Juice family of tools. But the Squirt is small, like a Micra, and uses the same type of “spring-loaded” jaws as a Micra.

Most common are the S4 version, with scissor jaws, and the P4, with regular plier jaws. The third member of the family is the E4. Originally only available through Radio Shack retail outlets, the E4 is now a regular Leatherman “catalog” item. In addition to its introductory “Inferno Red” color, it is now also available with Glacier Blue or Storm Grey handle scales.



The “E” in the name E4 must stand for Electrical, because the most obvious feature on the tool is a set of plier jaws designed specifically for wire stripping. They work good too! The contoured cutting surfaces on the jaws themselves are razor sharp, and they slice through plastic insulation like butter.



There are five different size cutouts for stripping wire, and they are all clearly labeled, with sizes ranging from #20 on up to #12 gauge wire. Unfortunately, I have no idea what gauge a given size wire is. I just start with the biggest cutout, then keep trying smaller ones until I find the right size.



Out at the tip of the plier jaws, the Squirt E4 has about 1/4” of serrated gripping surface, for regular pliering duties. Down near the pivot, it has an equal amount of sharp wire-cutter area. No provision is made for cutting hard steel wire, like fish hooks and such. Soft copper or aluminum wire only.

For blade selection, the E4 packs a pretty good selection into a small package. The drop-point knife blade is 1-3/4” long, with a single edge grind. On the opposite handle, there is a three edged file, double-cut on one face, single-cut on the other. The double-cut teeth are too aggressive for such a small blade, and kept getting “stuck” on everything I tried using it on. (Even wood and plastic.) I think a better choice for this tool would have been a small diamond file.

But then again, I think EVERY multi tool should have a diamond file……



Rounding out the blade selection, we also find a couple of flat head screwdrivers, a Phillips screwdriver, a cap lifter, and a removable set of tweezers. All are accessible from the outside, without opening up the pliers.

Check out that fancy Phillips screwdriver. Only on the E4, Leatherman molded it and contoured it to fit the finger notches in the handles. On the Squirt S4 and P4, Phillips screwdriving duties are handled by a flat blade with a pointy end.



To be honest, the 3-D Phillips screwdriver (bottom) looks nice, but it will not work at all on smaller screws that the flat-blade type (top) handles easily.

It’s not a gripe really, more of an observation; after handling this tool a bit, you can’t help but wish it were bigger. The entire thing is much too small for regular serious work. It’s more of a “just in case you don’t have any real tools around” sort of a tool. Which is okay, as long as you think of it that way.

But I really like this little guy! The complex jaws are a masterpiece, and I doubt they could be made any better. I very much like the fact that it is spring-loaded, like a Micra. I think Leatherman should consider scaling up the entire tool, spring-loaded electrical jaws and all, and base the whole thing on a Juice-series multi tool.

I know they would sell at least one!


Good:
Jaw design is great
Jaw workmanship quality is outstanding
Spring loaded mechanism
Nice selection of blades in such a compact tool

Not so good:
File blade isn’t as useful as it could be

Dimensions:
Length closed     2-1/4”
Width Closed      7/8”
Thickness          7/16”
Length open       4”
Weight              1.9 oz 


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Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,449 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Re: LEATHERMAN Squirt E4
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2006, 03:19:07 AM »
Another great review!  I never had any issues with the file on mine, but then I am not certain I ever used it for anything serious either.  I think I tried using it as a nail file and didn't care for it.

One thing I did notice that you didn't mention is that as a bottle opener it isn't terribly effective.  As you can see form the attached picture it had to be worked around the bottle cap numerous times until the top could be removed.

Of course if the design was scaled up to a Juice type size, an idea I really like by the way, then the cap lifter would probably be similar to the Victorinox cap lifter and probably be much more effective.  As it is, just like the Gerber Clutch's caplifter, it's just too small.

Def
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Re: LEATHERMAN Squirt E4
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2006, 03:38:42 AM »
Ah yes, I see what you mean.

I think I shall go try that cap lifter out for myself right now.......... ;)

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Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,449 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Re: LEATHERMAN Squirt E4
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2006, 12:33:26 PM »
Let us know whether you ever got to that drink or not! :P

Those pics are actually from a bottle opener shootout I did a while back but never got around to posting.  I want to post it now, but since then I've had so many new bottle opener styles that I figure I should re-do it.

Def

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Re: LEATHERMAN Squirt E4
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2006, 06:05:34 PM »
What a trooper you are! Always willing to test out more bottle openers, no matter how many new ones come along. My hero!

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: 61,449 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Re: LEATHERMAN Squirt E4
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2006, 02:48:00 AM »
Now posted on the main site for all to see.

Def

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Newbie Posts: 29
Re: LEATHERMAN Squirt E4
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2007, 09:12:33 PM »
Just bought 2 of these from tyler tool company.
Have yet to use them but my forst impression: This should be the next "jaw" configuration for a Juice.

OT:
I  love the Juice KF4 but it would be a better fit in my overall gear list IF it had the wire stripper feature to justify it's light weight size and rather "dainty" saw. I'd gladly give up the awl in exchange for the saw returning to beattery easily.

As it is, it's my "tool about town" choice when I foced into dress clothes while the Vict. RS is the everyday choice.

Thanx for listening,
Pete

Administrator Administrator Sr. Member Posts: 319
Re: LEATHERMAN Squirt E4
« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2007, 03:08:26 AM »
I wish they would offer all of there tools in purple as well.  I wonder why they only offer the XE6 in purple.  :-\

 

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