A reader tipped us off to an awesome Leatherman multi-tool deal that’s going on right now, where you can get the Rev on sale for $39.95. That’s 20% off from its normal price of $50.
The Rev is a decent tool, originally designed to deliver Leatherman’s characteristic performance and reliability at a more affordable price point.
I would describe this as a good starter/entry multi-tool, backup, or fixed-location tool for users who would rather not leave their more premium Leatherman in a garage cabinet or glove box.
Leatherman Rev Tools and Features
- Needle Nose Pliers
- Regular Pliers
- Hard-wire Cutters
- Wire Cutters
- 420HC Knife
- Package Opener
- Wood/Metal File
- Can Opener
- Bottle Opener
- Ruler (1.5 in | 3.8 cm)
- Phillips Screwdriver
- Medium Screwdriver
- Small Screwdriver
- Wire Stripper
The Rev has an outside-accessible locking knife blade (2.6″) and features stainless steel construction.
Sale Price: $39.95
Shopping Tips: Amazon is offering free shipping. Leatherman has free shipping on $75. In my experiences shopping at both stores, Amazon has easier returns.
Thank you to Shah for the heads-up!
If you only have $40 to spend on a pocket tool, here are some alternatives:
- Leatherman Skeletool KBX Knife (Amazon)
- Gerber Arbar Slim Drive (Amazon)
- Victorinox Super Tinker (BladeHQ)
- Gerber Suspension (Amazon) – thanks Koko!
Does anyone know how this model compares to the one at costco for $40?
I wrote about the Costco Leatherman Bolster($45) here – https://toolguyd.com/leatherman-bolster-costco-multi-tool/
The Rev is a pretty lousy tool. The pliers are poorly finished. Walmart sales a multi tool branded “Ozark Trail” that has scissors and a full size bit driver that is better than the rev in every aspect. It’s $40 not on sale. There are some Chinese made multi tools sold under various brands on Amazon and eBay that are decent even compared to the Leatherman wave that sale for around $20-$40. Leatherman makes some great tools that a worth a premium price but there “starter” tools are overpriced IMO.
Looks okay, though I’d need scissors.
The suggested $40 alternatives are not very similar to the Rev, since all of them lack pliers (and one is just a pocket knife.) I’d suggest the Gerber Suspension NXT, which lists for $50 but happens to be on sale right now for $28. It’s maybe a bit bigger than the Rev but all the tools lock.
I got one a few years ago, and it’s good enough for me!
(Actually all three of the alternatives are pocket knives, but one has no other tools other than a bottle opener, and another just has a bit holder.)
Thanks! I added that one in.
The Gerber Suspension is a fantastic beginner/entry/backup tool as well. I bought one prior to my first Leatherman. It remains a solid recommendation.
My mind drew a blank and I couldn’t think of a single sub-$50 multi-tool I’d recommend instead, and so I thought to provide alternatives for gift shoppers.
You’re welcome, and thank YOU, Stuart!
I was going to suggest the Wingman and the Sidekick, but their price must’ve gone up in recent years. That or my memory is slipping. I thought they were about $50 but I guess not.
Leatherman prices went up a lot these past few years. I asked them if this is why some tools – most notably the Micra – are only available on their website not, but nobody got back to me.
The Rev was supposed to be the more affordable version of the Wingman and Sidekick after those two tools went up in price a bit.
I think this is always why we now have the Bond and Curl, and tools like the Costco-exclusive Bolster.
I wouldn’t spend $30 on a Rev. I would consider it for $20.
Not sure what is going on with Leatherman the past few years, but the prices just keep getting more and more ridiculous – it seems like they are going up faster than housing and groceries! Each tool seems to have jumped in price to the next tier of tools.
Prices must have really increased for the Rev to be on sale for $40. I definitely bought my Wingman for closer to $30. I really like it, although the bottle opener is terrible.
I am on Leatherman FB sites and its a great hobby but expensive as heck at 100+ for the better tools out there. I got my fill with a Wave+, Skeletool CX and Charge TTi just to experience one of the best tools L-man has come out with. After you go heavy its hard to dial it back to one one of the $40 tools. At this price point I’d get a Gerber Suspension with more features. So my advice people – get it out of your system and get a Wave+ or better. If you want to go compact get at Skeletool. If you work in a trade or wrench for a living get a Surge. Get it over with – you cant go wrong with the ones I mentioned….and move on…LOL.