Ask any camper or hiker and they’ll tell you the Leatherman is a must-have for any outdoor adventure—or simply to use around the house. This multifunction tool is constructed with precise craftsmanship to take with anywhere and do almost anything. Whether you want to fix a zipper or pull a nail, this is your go-to.

But ultimately which is the better option: Wingman or Wave?

If you’re unsure which one to throw into your backpack, have a look at our review below as we unpack their features.

Leatherman Wave

Here we have a compact tool designed to fit into your pocket with ease. Ideally you can use it for any adventure or everyday task.


The manufacturers are so confident of their product it’s backed by a 25-year warranty. In our opinion this is a positive indication regarding its quality and performance. However, this warranty won’t cover any malfunctions caused by unreasonable usage.

This tool is made of superior stainless steel making it very durable. It features a number of tools including wire cutters, pliers and openers.

Its main outstanding feature must be the internal locking blades that rotate individually for easier access. The knife blades are large and have bigger thumb holes for easier use. Also, the bronze bushings make the knives very easy to access.

You’ll like that all tools lock when fully extended for your convenience and safety. It comes in a number of colors, the most popular being the black oxide finish. However sleek as it may be, a number of customers have noted that the “black” rubs off.

For a product with so many tools attached it can be pretty heavy to carry around—especially in your pocket. Carrying it in your backpack seems like a better idea.


  • Versatile
  • Well-engineered
  • Quality construction


  • Slightly heavy
  • Black coat rubs off

Leatherman Wingman

This tool is also made of durable stainless steel. You can use the Wingman for just about anything including pulling staples or installing light fixtures. Not only is it lightweight but it also easily fits into your pocket.


It’s equipped with 14 tools including screwdrivers, pliers and wire cutters to mention a few. This tool comes with a wire stripper which isn’t present on the Wingman.

You only need to use one hand to open, access and use any of the tools which is convenient. It features a locking blade so you can cut with the utmost confidence.

Like the Wave, it also comes with a 25-year limited warranty and it’s constructed and repaired in the USA.

The Wingman is also pretty useful if you’re looking for a budget tool that does the job. What we didn’t like about it is the cutters don’t close all the way. This is rather inconvenient when it comes to storage.


  • Lower price
  • Durable
  • Reliable


  • Heavy
  • Blade has rough edges

Key Differences Between the Wave and the Wingman


The main difference has to be the number of tools attached. The Leatherman Wave has 17 tools while the Wingman has only 14.


Though they cost more or less the same the Wingman is slightly cheaper than the Wave.


The Wave weighs just under 9 oz. while the Wingman weighs 7 oz. making it relatively lighter than its counterpart.


They both feature compact designs meaning they’ll fit in your pocket with ease. However there is a slight difference in terms of their length when closed. The Wave is 4” long while the Wingman is 3.8”.

Blade Length

The knife on the Wingman is 2.6” long while the one on the Wave is almost 3”. Both are reasonably sized and adequate to perform most relevant tasks.

Knife Design

The Wingman only has one knife which features a partially serrated design. This allows it to cut through ropes and fibers with ease. The difference between the two is the Wave has two knives, one which is similar to the Wave in terms of the partially serrated design and the other is corrosion resistant. However they are both made of stainless steel making them both easier to maintain.


The scissors on the Wave features a spring action design. This means it’s designed to reduce hand fatigue during cutting. The same can’t be said about the scissors on the Wingman. Sure, they’re well-sized and sharp but they’re better suited for more delicate tasks. We wouldn’t recommend them for extensive cutting.


The ruler for the Wingman is found at the back of the file and it’s less than an inch long, which doesn’t make it very useful. However the Wave comes with a separate 8” long ruler. So if you want to get accurate measurements it’s clear which one to choose.

Package Opener

The Wingman comes with a plastic package opener for opening those delicate packages without damaging the contents. Unfortunately the Wave doesn’t have this particular tool. For that task you’ll have to decide between the two metal knives.

Pocket Clip

The Wingman also comes with a pocket clip and carry to conveniently secure your Leatherman onto your pocket or belt. However the Wave doesn’t have this feature.

Final Thoughts

After careful consideration we will have to go with the Leatherman Wave. Sure, it’s slightly on the expensive side but it comes with more handy features.

It offers two different wire cutters. This means you can choose one depending on the strength of wire you want to cut; the Wingman only comes with one. Also, the Wave has two pliers: a needle nose for picking at those small objects and a regular one. And it’s the only one which comes with a saw.

But overall they’re both effective tools which work as expected. The next time you want a convenient tool to sort out some handyman work, why not pick either of these super convenient tools? With Leatherman you’ll never regret it.

LEATHERMAN – Wave Plus Multitool with Premium Replaceable Wire Cutters and Spring-Action Scissors, Stainless Steel
  • READY FOR ANYTHING: The Wave is hands down our most popular multitool. Weve updated it with premium replaceable wire cutters so it can tackle tough jobs for years to come.
  • FIT MORE FUNCTIONALITY: A variety of pliers, replaceable wire cutters, wire stripper, plain and serrated knives, saw, spring-action scissors, ruler, can and bottle openers, files, and screwdrivers.
  • LETS BE PRACTICAL: Sometimes you only have one hand to spare. The Wave Plus only requires one hand to open and use all the tools, even the ones that arent accessible from the outside. And with all-locking blades, you can cut with confidence.
  • ALWAYS ON HAND: With its compact size and lightweight design, you can stash your Wave Plus in your pocket and always have it when you need it.
  • GUARANTEED: Our 25-year limited warranty ensures that your Leatherman will give you many years of dependable service. Just send it in and well fix it up. All Leatherman multitools are made and repaired right here in the USA.

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