Leatherman Micra Review – Very Handy Keychain Multi Tool

The popularity of multi-tool is increasing. People are buying, testing and choosing the best multi-tool out of many others to make their life easier. Multi-tool comes handy when you need to do little tasks on the go. It is a great way to keep all the essential tools with you all the time. Whether you need a blade, a knife, scissors, pliers or any other such tool, a multi-tool has to offer all in one. After all, that’s what the name ‘multi-tool’ suggests.

Multi-tools differ in size and quality. When there are many options to choose from, you might get confused over which one to go for. Leatherman is one topnotch brand creating top-quality multi-tools. Here comes a detailed review of one of its multi-tools: Leatherman Micra.

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Leatherman Micra Review

Leatherman Micra is a multi-tool coming in small size but with a strong build. This multitool is made of 420HC stainless steel which is known for its durability and strength. It features spring-action scissors along with many other tools. It comes in several colors to choose from.

Ergonomic design

Micra has a Leatherman logo printed on its side with its model. A ring is hung at the end that allows you to add this multi-tool to your keychain. Leatherman Micra is a unique multi-tool that offers a ruler as well. The scale measures up to 4.1 inches (12 cm). Even though it is small, it helps in taking small measurements when you have no scale/ruler in hand.

As you unfold the ergonomic handle of Leatherman Micra, you have the spring-assist scissors ready to be used. Despite its small size, it is very useful when it comes to cutting strings, paper, threads, cardstock etc. The scissors are really strong and efficient to use. They are tough and can be good to even cut the plastic packaging. However, it might not work very well for heavy cardboard.

Tools

Other than scissors, Leatherman Micra offers 9 other tools. To use these tools, you simply need to unfold their respective handles. The tools are:

  • Knife
  • Ruler
  • Flat screwdriver
  • Nail cleaner
  • Tweezers
  • Bottle opener
  • Nail filer
  • Medium-sized screwdriver
  • Extra small screwdriver

The tools do not include some high-end professional tools such as pliers, wire cutter, saw etc. This is good for people who want to carry a multi-tool that helps with basic, small tasks. Also, Leatherman Micra is known to be useful for women who require tools such as a knife, scissors, cleaner and filter for their nails at all times. It is often referred to as a ‘girl’s tool’.

It is spring-loaded scissors are something you must acknowledge, which makes it not only easier but safe to use as well

However, it is not a very handy tool for professionals who are always on the go. It misses a lot of important tools. To use the knife, one needs to unfold the handles which makes it very inconvenient to put to use. As the handles come in the way, using the Micra knife becomes awkward. You might need to put handle aside again and again while using the knife.

The best way to avoid any harm is to close one handle when you are using the knife. This keeps the scissor closed and there’s no danger of cutting your palm with its opened blades. The knife itself is about 1-5/8 inches long and can be used to cut stuff quite efficiently. With its fine needle tip, it offers a variety of uses.

The Philip screwdriver is a 2-dimensional driver rather than 3D. Thus, it is not really a Philip screwdriver. But whenever you need to use it, it has proved to be very helpful. With a multi-tool of this size and price, it couldn’t get better.

When it comes to the nail filer, it is nothing more than that. However, it retains its abrasiveness even after several times of use. The tweezers are also a very handy tool, included. These are not very blunt to be used on splinters but are good enough to pluck your hair.

Functionality

Considering the service-oriented tools, it is a great multi-tool to keep with you at all times. However, there is little to debate on its functionality.

Offering a wide variety of tools, it delivers some supreme functions. You could not get better scissors than this. But the fact that you need to unfold the handles to access all the other tools makes it inconvenient and unsafe. This puts a question on the functionality of this Leatherman Micra multi-tool.

Expert multi-tool users suggest that there should have been a better way to access the tools and use them safely. It would make Leatherman Micra a reliable and handy tool to put in your pocket.

Warranty

The multi-tool comes with a 25-year limited warranty. Being in the field for 30 years, Leatherman definitely knows how to offer a handy tool.

The rust does appear at times but it can be easily cleaned. The high-quality steel manufacturing offers a good enough warranty and so, Leatherman Micra is going to be your long-term partner.

Storage

One thing you must know about this multi-tool is that it does not offer any storage pouch. You will have to keep it in your pocket or attach to your keychain. Keeping in mind its little weight and small size, it won’t make your pocket or keys feel heavy.

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • All the basic tools included
  • 25-years warranty
  • Affordable
  • Small and lightweight
Cons
  • No storage pouch
  • Not safe enough

 

Conclusion

Leatherman Micra is a nice and strong tool to keep with you. Looking at its simple and basic tools, it makes a good multi-tool. However, considering its convenience and professional use, there are many other better multi-tools to consider. One such example is Leatherman Squirt coming with pliers as the main tool. Overall, its value and uses depend on your needs and requirements.

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