Marking 40 years of its existence this year, Leatherman has continued to show us why it’s considered the world’s premier multi-tool maker. Back in July, the Portland-based gear purveyor commemorated its anniversary with its first use of MagnaCut steel for its Garage Batch #005 multi-tool. Now, it parlays its jubilee celebration with yet another remarkable release that builds off its limited-edition predecessor.
After two years of R&D, Leatherman has debuted the ARC, a 20-tool multi-tool model and the first permanent release to feature the popular MagnaCut steel (the previous multi-tool was a limited edition). Used for the unit’s 2.76-inch straight-edge blade, the revolutionary material from Crucible Industries is DLC-coated here for more corrosion resistance, only adding to the already superior edge retention, easy sharpening, durability, and corrosion resistance of the American-made metal. Not to mention, the ARC also benefits from Leatherman’s proprietary FREE technology, which allows one-handed deployment for each feature.
Along with the MagnaCut steel knife, the ARC also features tools such as a pair of pliers, replaceable wire cutters and hard-wire cutters, spring-action scissors, a pry tool, an awl, a can opener, a bottle opener, a wire stripper, a few different files, an electrical crimper, and three different bit drivers — added by popular demand. The other stainless steel used for the multi-tool is 420HC and 440C. Not to mention, the unit comes with a thumb stud for easy opening and a deep pocket carry clip. Overall, the ARC weighs just 8.6oz and stretches 4.25” long when closed.
Upgrading the materials from its other quality multi-tools, the ARC is notable for its versatility and wide-ranging usability. Simply put, this 20-tool option is sort of a “Greatest Hits” for the brand. The ARC multi-tool will be available to purchase on October 17 from Leatherman’s website for $230.