Full of good features but not complicated, the Leatherman Crater appeals to handymen, outdoorsmen, and anyone who needs a basic dependable pocket blade.
Small details make all the difference here. The Crater’s one-hand opening system uses a thumb-stud at the base of the blade for leverage, but you have access to it from a smooth thumb-sized groove shaped in the handle. After a short break-in period, the blade flips open and locks with a single smooth motion. The liner-lock system is simple but strong and releases with fingertip pressure. Since the lock release is near the blade’s base, one-handed closure is also an option.
The Crater puts 2.6 inches of hollow-ground drop point blade into this small package. The 420HC high carbon stainless steel sharpens easily and is tempered to be tough. Both the blade and the handle are corrosion-resistant. The 60-percent glass-filled nylon handle cuts the weight to only 2.38 ounces. If you’re an ultra-lite backpacker who treats ounces like pounds, the Crater makes every ounce count and is built for real work.
There’s no sheath for the Crater, but you won’t have to drop the knife in your pants pocket. The Leatherman Crater’s tempered stainless steel pocket clip mounts to the very tip of the Crater’s handle with three precision screws. That re-design places nearly all the knife below the level of the pocket seam for more security and less obvious pocket clip carry. The knife includes a stainless steel carabiner clip as a second folding blade. Opening from the butt of the handle, the carabiner latches onto any suitable line or strap and doubles as a bottle cap opener. If you don’t need both clips, the pocket clip removes easily.
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