Leatherman Signal Vs Surge

Choosing a multitool for your daily work could be a little bit tricky, unless you already have some preferences with you. A good multitool should have some aspects ready. Material quality, durability, completeness, and optionally portableness. Some would like to carry around their multitools with ease, and not be troubled with the frustrating weight. Portable multi tools often made of light but strong stainless steel chassis, which is very light compared to the traditional metal. On the other hand, there’s a market for more bulkier multitools. Why? Because large multi tools tend to have firmer materials, and more durable quality even though losing the aspect for portability.

If you already have your desired multi tool in your head, things could be easier than expected. Previously we talked about how awesome the Wave and its upgraded version. But this time we set the battle, again between the Leatherman multitools family, the Signal and the Surge. So which one do you desire? Which one of these aspects do you love the most? Portable or Stronger?

Leatherman Signal – $ 219

Signal is often regarded as multitools that could deliver the functionality for facing hard wilderness. It is accompanied with pretty useful stuff including fire starter and signaling whistle, more like a versatile tool for outdoor activities rather than fully-ready for survival. You get a decent knife, nose pliers, wire cutters, saw, screwdriver, and also can opener in the Signal, very similar to the known Swiss Army knife, with only differences, the good ones, like diamond-coat blade sharpener, pliers, and ferro rod.

Leatherman wanted to create this to meet the demand of the survival knives market, directly facing its ultimate competitors including Gerber’s Bear Grylls. But unlike Gerber, Leatherman brings the American quality to this product that’s known for its outstanding durability, even completed with a guarantee of 25 years.

 Leatherman SignalLeatherman Surge
Product Dimensions5.2 x 3.6 x 1.8 inches8 x 6 x 2.5 inches
Shipping Weight9.6 ounces14.4 ounces
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Looking at how they added these survival “add-ons”, it looks like they’re aiming more to the basic camping needs rather than hardcore survival one. Don’t get us wrong, all the tools are made in quality, and nothing needs to be questioned about it.

The frame is made of lightweight and durable aluminium with forged steel stools knife that is placed on the outside, giving the possibility for quick access. Simple mechanical system also makes it possible to use all the tools with pretty much ease. Read also: Leatherman Signal Vs Wave Plus.

You are given the pocket and biner-style clip for easy mounting. It’s very light with its 7.5 oz weight, and can be easily placed on your waist. Safety side is also made sure with the lock, strong frame lock that’s securing the saw and knife. However, one thing to be always remembered is the mechanic of knife opening. Since with a simple press of a thumb, knife could be easily opened, and could possibly cut your thumb off if you’re not careful enough.

In the end, Leatherman Signal works wonderfully for carrying basic camping tasks. Making your camp, building your tent, is all made easy with this multitool, and some decent basic experience. When the tasks are exceeding the expectation, you might require something stronger and more durable to be able to get things done. For light adventurers, Leatherman Signal can be considered.

Leatherman Surge – $ 156.54

Want for a more gigantic size? Leatherman Surge can be your best option. It’s one of the largest Leatherman multitools, six times heavier than Gerber Dime. Aside from being heavier, the Surge also accompanied with additional bulk and mask, further increasing the functionality and durability. Since it’s a heavy one, carrying it would be a little troublesome since it’s not portable at all. Easier way to put it is in the tool box or car trunk.

Surge is the thing when you choose a tool with maximum functionality possible, even though with a severe drawback. The weight of normal multitools is just about 8 to 9 ounces, while the Surge passes them out at 12 ounces. Clearly not portable, but highly dependable. Since it’s considered gigantic, storing this up would be troublesome, unless you have decent storage.

Completeness is one unique factor that we love about the Surge. It carries on the high-end useful tools for various creative purposes. It has everything you need, from the strong stainless steel blade, to the simple bottle opener. But there’s one thing that makes it less appealing for some people. That’s the bit driver. Since most Leatherman tools “forced” you to find an adapter for ¼ inches drive bits, this one does the same.

But looking at how great it is, we couldn’t complain more about the lacks. The Surge definitely fills our hope here. It’s strong and durable, weighty at the same time, but because of this, the tools are likely to be more stiff and firm than others.

Portability aspect is something that you can’t hope for. It’s pretty heavy multitools, and should be carried with a health seath. So unless you want and actually can carry it all day long on your waist, the perfect place for it is whether store box or car’s trunk.

Also an interesting point of the Surge is that isn’t pretty much cheaper than, let’s say, Signal. Even though it’s more affordable, you can get yourself a strong multitool that can be trusted for various hard works. Bigger, stronger, greater, and that is the Surge.

Leatherman Signal Vs Surge

- READY FOR ANYTHING: The Signal combines everyday functional tools with new outdoor features. With tools like a fire-starting rod and an emergency whistle, you'll be prepared no matter what nature throws at you.
- FIT MORE FUNCTIONALITY: A variety of pliers, wire cutters and stripper, knife, saw, hammer, a variety of bit drivers and wrenches, bottle and can openers, carabiner, safety whistle, ferrocerium rod, diamond-coated sharpener, and awl with thread loop.
- LET'S BE PRACTICAL: Sometimes you only have one hand to spare. The Signal only requires one hand to open and use all the tools, even the ones that aren't accessible from the outside. And with all locking features, you can multitask with confidence.
- ALWAYS ON HAND: The Signal is equipped with a pocket clip and carabiner so it's always within reach and ready for adventure. Clip it on your backpack or in your pocket.
- Leatherman 830160 Surge Pocket Multitool with Nylon/Leather Sheath OPEN BOX.
- All Leatherman products are covered by a 25-year limited warranty.
- The Leatherman Surge is one of our two largest multi-tools; a real powerhouse, built with our largest pliers, longest multi-tool blades and easy-to-use locks.
- The Leatherman Surge multitool is built with tough new pliers, longer blades and easy-to-use locks.


It can be tricky to consider a winner from both these wonderful tools, since they are aimed for different kinds of markets. Leatherman Signal is especially made for the portable market who demand multi-purpose tools with such a small compact size. It’s easy-to-store keychain design is also completed with a generosity of 19 different tools that are convenient for survival, electronical, craft, and other purposes.

Meanwhile, Leatherman Surge is designed to be full-size multitools with 21 functions and firmir build quality but with surprisingly cheaper price. That’s why you can find people are falling for it due to its stronger and more masculine design that is packed with capability, durability, and dependability.

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