Leatherman has redesigned their Charge TTi – their most premium mainstream multi-tool – with new handle scales, while the tools and functions are said to remain unchanged.
In this recent Facebook post, a Leatherman representative says the changes were done mainly to reduce waste. That may be so, but personally I think the style changes deliver a much-needed cosmetic improvement.
Here’s the older drab-looking Charge TTi for comparison:
I purchased a Charge TTi in mid-2012, and while it’s definitely a nice model, it lacks some of the visual oomph I expected from such a pricey multi-tool. (Luckily I used gift cards to help ease the cost.) Hopefully the reduced waste in the production of the new handles will translate to lower retail prices.
While the Charge TTi is a popular favorite among Leatherman fans, I tend to favor it slightly less than the OHT (here’s my recent review), Wave, Skeletool, and Super Tool 300 multi-tools. With its new looks the TTi would probably be my 5th favorite model, assuming its performance is unchanged or even improved.