I broke part of the tip off of one of the plier jaws of my Leatherman a couple of years ago, and so I finally went shopping for a new one. I picked up a Recoil instead, because it has the really nice feature that all of the tools lock in place (you have to press a release to fold them back in.) The blades on the Wave lock, but the screwdrivers do not, and more than once I've had them fold up on my fingers while I was bearing down on something, which is no good.
But, it turns out that the Recoil is inferior in a bunch of ways: <LJ-CUT text=" --More--(54%) ">
- The pliers pop out the front "switchblade" style, which is cute, but it's hard to push them back in: you have to push in on the pointy end of the pliers, which hurts.
The pliers don't go in all the way, so it's easy to pinch yourself on them while they're folded up.
Worse, using the screwdriver necessitates having the pliers pinch the palm of your hand the whole time.
Despite the "lock" on the eject button, it's still really easy to trigger the damned thing while reaching around in your pocket.
There's only one flathead screwdriver (the Wave has four, five if you count the saw.) The Recoil screwdriver is the thickness of the Wave's largest, and so far, has been too big for every single thing I've tried to use it on.
Because the Recoil doesn't "butterfly" open, you can't make it long-and-thin for hard-to-reach places.
The scissors seem better on the Recoil, but that might just be because they aren't all gummy yet.