The Leatherman PST (Pocket Survival Tool) is the original Leatherman multitool. Originally invented in the 1970s, this multitool quickly became a success and it’s still around in the market. The future versions of multi-tools added new features to the original design, however, the PST continues to be one of the first multitools in the market and an excellent option to have in your pocket or collection.
The PST multitool has saved me multiple times from difficult situations and has never let me down. It was given to me as a gift when I was a teenager and have used it and kept it by my side for many years.
Years ago I used it to fix my bike, go camping, put together radioshack kits and even build my first desktop computer back in the early 90s! It was my loyal companion during all my university years and multiple summer trips around the country.
Nowadays, I’m proud to carry my PST daily in my backpack and still use it as my fullsize multitool. Yes, the pliers are a bit worn out, the tools are scratched and the blade was heavily damaged but still kept it sharp as day one.
A few years ago, the philips screwdriver gave up on me when trying to fix my car. I soon mailed it to the Leatherman Warranty Service and I got it back in a week or so with all the inner tools replaced completely free of charge. Amazing service from Leatherman! As I requested in my warranty document, they didn’t replace the whole tool. They left the original pliers and file in place, but the blade, screwdrivers, awl and can opener came back as new (see pictures). I’m very happy with all the years of use of my Leatherman PST and the great service provided by Leatherman Warranty.
I have read stories of people sending their tool to be replaced. They usually get a Wingman in return or if they get lucky a Rebar, but I wanted my original PST back. I guess I like it a lot and I’m used to it. We just have a lot of history together.
Leatherman PST Functions
As for the functions of the PST, the main blade is about 3 inches long. Made with 420HC steel that keeps the edge very well and it’s easy to sharpen. The tool comes with 3 flat screw-driver blades (small, medium, and large) besides a full sized phillips screwdriver head. The awl punch is definitely a plus over many other multitools (like the Wave). When the tool is open wide it doubles as a 20cm (8 in) ruler.
The pliers are very strong and durable, they are however, not spring assisted like the Leatherman Wingman or Sidekick. The handles are straight so it can be slightly uncomfortable to use them when applying pressure but it’s not a critical issue.
The tool came with a leather sheat that fits perfectly. I prefer this type of sheat to the new nylon ones with velcro. I noticed that with time, the leather started to get dry and showed signs of cracking in the fold so everytime I clean and oil my multitool, I also take the time to apply some special leather oil to the sheat to keep it soft and flexible.
I don’t have any complaints about the PST, quite the contrary, I have only good things to say about it. I must admit, there have been a few occasions where I’d have liked it to have a small pair of scissors like some of the newer models do, but aside from that minor suggestion and despite all the newer models, the Leatherman PST continues to be a great choice for anybody looking for a fullsize multitool that is easy to carry and has all the basic functions. It’s also the multitool that has lasted the longest in my collection and I continue to carry and use everyday.
- Wire Cutters
- Phillips Screwdriver
- Large Screwdriver
- Medium Screwdriver
- Small Screwdriver
- Can/Bottle Opener