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Leatherman 830685 Charge TTi with Nylon Sheath and Gift Tin
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Leatherman 830685 Charge TTi with Nylon Sheath and Gift Tin Technical Details TTI clip-point blade is crafted from S30V stainless steel for optimal edge retention flexibility and hardness Lightweight corrosion resistant TTI handles made from premium

Charge's pliers have been redesigned to handle
133% more squeezing load.

Charge's locks are 50% stronger than Leatherman's
original tools.

Bronze bushings make the interior tools smooth
and quick to open.
selection to fit any activity and the Charge sheath
allows you to carry the additional bits anywhere you go.

The TTi clip-point blade is crafted from S30V stainless steel, which offers an optimal combination of edge retention, flexibility and hardness. The handle is made from ultra-light, super-strong titanium.

The Leatherman Charge TTi packs a knife blade with one of the longest and strongest cutting edges of any multi-tool on the market today.

The Charge TTi and ALX are the first multitools with a cutting hook that slices through seat belts and linoleum just as easily as leather or canvas
When it comes to multitools, there's one brand that stands out from the rest: Leatherman. The name is synonymous with quality and innovation, and each successive generation of Leatherman tools improves upon the last. Sticking with its tradition of pushing the design envelope, Leatherman introduces the Charge TTi, a high-end, ultra-compact multitool featuring titanium handles. If you're looking to carry the best of what Leatherman has to offer, the TTi is for you.

The Charge Family
The Charge TTi is part of a broader line of Leatherman multitools bearing the Charge name. Originally, the Charge line consisted of the Ti and the XTi, two high-end tools whose major distinguishing characteristic was having handles made from titanium. For 2007, Leatherman has added three new members to the Charge family: the TTi, the ALX, and the AL. As you might expect, the TTi is an upgraded version of the Ti and XTi. The AL and ALX, meanwhile, come with handles made from 6061 T6 aluminum, an ultra-light and super-strong material used in aircraft construction. There are also minor variations among the tools included in each unit. We'll discuss those shortly.

Leatherman has added several key design elements to all of these gorgeous new Charge tools. For instance, the knife blades are bigger and wider to give you more cutting edge. The pliers can withstand 133% higher squeezing load than Leatherman's original tools, enabling a tighter hold for tough jobs. You'll never have to worry about the Charge coming unhinged, either, thanks to a 50% increase in lock strength. Multiple bit drivers also are a standard feature, and each tool has bronze bushings at the hinges to make opening components a snap.

Titanium vs. Aluminum
You may be asking whether you want to buy titanium or aluminum. Although both offer superior durability and strength, titanium has an edge in both departments. Titanium is also slightly lighter than aluminum, so it would be a good choice if weight is a major concern. However, titanium also costs more, which is something to factor in if saving .2 ounces doesn't matter.

The Charge TTi
The TTi supplants the XTi as Leatherman's top-of-the-line multitool. Not only is the TTi .10 ounces lighter than the XTi, but it also packs an S30V stainless steel knife that delivers an optimal combination of edge retention, flexibility, and hardness. This is an upgrade from the XTi's 154CM steel knife, which previously was the highest grade knife you could get from Leatherman (incidentally, Leatherman outfitted the Charge ALX and AL come with 154CM blades, an upgrade from the standard 420 series knife). The TTi also has a crimper and a cutting hook. The crimper is an ideal accessory for anyone working with electrical wires or metals, while the hook is a fantastic addition for those who need to be ready for emergency situations.

The TTi combines the features of the ALX and the AL into a single package (There is one small exception: the ALX is the only Charge to have two large bit drivers.). For example, if you're looking at the ALX or the AL you'll have to choose whether you want a cutting hook or scissors, because neither has both (the ALX has a cutting hook while the AL has scissors). If you think you might need a cutting and scissors in the same multitool, then you should strongly consider the TTi. Full TTi specs:

  • Titanium handles (exclusive to TTi)
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Regular pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Hard-wire cutters
  • S30V Clip-point knife (exclusive to TTi)
  • Saw
  • Serrated knife
  • Wood/metal file
  • Diamond-coated file
  • Scissors
  • Large bit driver
  • Small bit driver
  • 9 double-end bits
  • Ruler (8 inch)
  • Bottle/can opener
  • Wire stripper
  • fixed lanyard ring
  • Quick-release lanyard ring
  • Removable pocket clip

All three Charge iterations come with a premium leather or nylon sheath. Both versions will carry the tools in their open or closed position and two side pockets hold your extra necessities—even a mini-flashlight. An inside back pocket holds Charge's included bits and has room for a full Bit Kit (sold separately) giving you up to 42 bits to choose from. Don't want to wear a sheath? Then clip your Charge to your jacket, backpack or car's visor with the removable pocket clip. Or, choose the quick-release lanyard ring. With it, you're able to safely keep the tool on any lanyard and detach it quickly when you need it.

What's in the Box
Leatherman Charge TTi multitool, nylon carrying case, 8 double ended drill and screw bits, removable pocket clip, quick-release lanyard ring

The Leatherman Story
The Leatherman phenomenon began in 1975 when founder Tim Leatherman embarked on a trip across Europe and the Middle East in a cranky Fiat. Leatherman, an engineer by training, became so fed up with breakdowns and other hassles that he fashioned a prototype of what he called a Pocket Survival Tool out of cardboard. Two years later the first PST was born in his basement, and the rest is history. Today the Leatherman company produces dozens of different multitools, knives, pruners, and accessories, and is recognized across the world for its cutting edge designs and superior quality.

  • TTI clip-point blade is crafted from S30V stainless steel for optimal edge retention, flexibility, and hardness
  • Lightweight corrosion resistant TTI handles made from premium alloyed titanium
  • Cutting hook slices through seat belts and linoleum just as easily as leather or canvas
  • Multiple bit drivers let you customize your bit selection to fit any activity
  • All-locking blades are easy to use and over 50% stronger that our orginal locks; 25-year warranty

Customer Reviews:

  • The Cadillac of Multi-Tools
    If you want the multi-tool that truly has it all, this is the one! I particularly like the easy-out, one-hand knife operation, and the myriad of carrying options (clip, sheath, lanyard, etc.) I keep it clipped in my right pocket where I used to carry a pocket knife. It is not much bigger and it has a whole lot more, like a file. How many guys can carry around a nail file and still look cool? And the cutting hook is awsome for popping off zip-ties without damaging anything. If you carry this tool, you will be prepared for most any situation.

    The only real drawback is that if you don't use the sheath, (I already have too much stuff clipped to my belt!) you won't have a convenient place to carry the extra driver bits. But I can typically make due with the 2 that are in the tool. I recommend this gift tin set b/c it comes with everything you need in a really nice metal tin. This tool has titanium handles and is guaranteed for 25 years. I will be passing this down to my son one day....more info
  • The Best Multitool in the World - and why?
    I am a post graduate mechanical/industrial engineer and a huge fan of precision engineered products. I do a lot of research, check out stuff personally, talk to peeple, then only make the buy decision. I owned a Leather Wave for the past 9 years. After checking out the Charge TTi, could'nt resist buying it. And Boy, am I happy!

    The tool is an engineering masterpiece. Absolutely solid feel, precision movements/click stops, very sharp and strong tools. It could'nt get better. When compared to the Victorinox Swisstool Spirit plus, this is many times better. The swisstool does not have good strong knives like the leatherman. It looks mute and wimpy. But the leatherman tool's knives and hexbit drivers, etc. look, feel and work aggressively.

    Don't miss out on the Hexbit extender. It is worth every penny. It not only accommodates the Leatherman proprietary flattened hexbits, it also accepts regular hexbits - this means, you have access to use the innumerable regular market hexbits, which is indispensable.

    If you are looking for the Rolls Royce in multitools, this is it. Don't do anymore research. Buy the Leatherman Charge TTi, hexbit extender, and 40 bit kit. Happiness guaranteed! ...more info
  • Great overall with only a couple of minor quibbles
    I recently bought the Charge TTi from Amazon, and it is my first Leatherman (I have used SOG and Gerber multi-tools in the past). There are a lot of things I really like about this tool, including the ease of access to the blades and file and etc. Someone definitely thought out the design of this tool. Additionally, the quality craftsmanship really does show on the Charge TTi; the fit and finish are superb. Can't fault Amazon's price either, which seems to be the lowest, or their shipping, which was fast.

    One gripe I have with the tool is the knife blade itself. I love Crucible CPMS30V steel and have a number of Spydercos with the same steel so I have no doubt it will perform excellently. I also have no problem with the blade shape or length. However, my knife came very dull out of the box. It couldn't even cut a piece of paper. In fact, I can run my finger down the blade with no problems. It is as dull as a butter knife. Now granted I can and will make it razor sharp on my Spyderco Sharpmaker, but I mean come on. This is Leatherman's top-of-the-line tool which costs something like $160 MSRP, and Leatherman can't even make the effort to give the blade a good edge? That seems pretty lame to me. If I pay a lot for a blade or a multi-tool, I expect it to come out of the box ready to roll, not "some sharpening required." Especially since S30V is a bit of a pain to sharpen, and so the less I have to work with it the better. Now this dull blade I got could be an anomaly, which is why I won't ding it too much, but if it is, it means that someone didn't catch it at Leatherman's QC station.

    The only other issue I have right now is that the screws holding the thing together seem to be some sort of proprietary modified-torx head. Minor but definitely not cool, because over time if I ever need to adjust the tightness of the pivots I will have to send it back to Leatherman, or modify them which probably would ruin the warranty.

    Overall, I give the charge TTi a 5/5 rating, because the issues are rather minor, though irritating, and do not detract from the overall quality of the multi-tool. If you are looking for a top-of-the-line multi-tool which uses high-quality materials, and are willing to pay for it, then this is an excellent choice. If you don't have the money to drop for one, you might check out the AL and ALX, or perhaps one of the SOG line of powerpliars, which I also think are excellent....more info
  • Refurbed Junk
    J.A. Brony here,

    For some reason or another the last two I got from Amazon were refurbed and or used. Both my original and the Amazon replacement. The blades were scratched up pretty bad, the rip saw had teeth gouging, the screwdriver tip was worn, I could go on,,,, For $100 it should be in excellent condition.

    If your tool comes in weird funky shrink wrap your in trouble.

    I bought 3 of these and mine was the only one not in a cardboard sleeve with shrink wrap. The other two packaged as above, were fine.
    I've e-mailed Leatherman - I don't expect to hear from them ...more info