For many people in the EDC community, Leatherman has been their go-to for multitools, and they’ve enjoyed that spot for decades now. They were the ones who invent the compact folding tool that includes a pair of pliers, blade and many other functions. Leatherman’s newest product, the Leatherman Curl, is a reworked version of the Wave+. It features a smaller tool set and a pocket clip that allows for extra carrying convenience.
At first glance, the Curl+ and the Wave+ look very similar, and that’s a great starting point for any tool you might consider for everyday carry. The Wave+ comes with the serrated saw blade and the saw. The Curl Plus is without these features, which means you can save an ounce on your wallet. The tool’s liner lock mechanism is removed from the outside, which allows for additional weight savings. Additionally, the wire cutters can no longer be replaced.
With that being said though, the drop point blade remains a highly-competent and easy to maintain 420HC, and you can still avail of Leatherman’s 25 year warranty should something happen to your tool along the way. Only the other modification is the switch between a precision screwdriver bit and an awl to do craftwork or rope work in the field.
Everything else that made the Wave great is present: from the bottle and can opener to the removable bit holder, that’s now also compatible with too. The only thing the Curl has that is better than the Wave+, however, is the pocket clip. This can be purchased separately if you want to use the other tool. If you’d prefer, it also comes with the standard leather belt sheath.
Let’s be honest: many people, especially people who already have the Leatherman Wave+ are going to see the Leatherman Curl and not know what to think. The Wave+ is not for everyone. However, the new Curl has a lot more to offer. It’s lighter, has greater ergonomic utility, and is much cheaper. This is a great choice for someone starting out, as well as a gift option to family members or friends who are just beginning to carry a tool.