Leatherman Pulse: 1st impressions/mini-review

wkrafft

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I've had my Pulse for a couple of days and thought I'd share a few thoughts.

You can sum up this tool by saying it is an improved PST2.

Here is what they improved/changed:
1. Knife is a plain edge drop point. (great change)
2. Scissors have about a 1/4" of very tiny teeth at the tip. Jury is out to see if this is an improvement, but the scissors do work great.
3. Lanyard ring is accessible without opening the tool. (Not sure the PST2 has one.)
4. All the tools lock. They unlock via an easily accessible lever on each handle Note: You can also unlock tools by opening a different tool like you can with the Supertool.
5. Much more comfortable/ rounded handles like the Wave. Great improvement
6. The pliers themselves seem to be sturdier. I don't have a PST2 to compare, but the pliers seem to be of the Wave size.

This tool is a bit thicker than the PST2. This was necessary due to the rounded handles.

All in all, I love this tool.
In my opinion, they fixed/improved everything wrong with PST2.
I got mine for $42, a great tool for the price.

Walter
 
Id agree with Walter, This is a really nice tool! Ive had mine for over a week now and I can't think a bad thing to say about it.

The new rounded handles are great, would love to see this change happen to the rest of the Leatherman tool's.

The one Id love to see come out next is the Supertool with this new lock and the new handle's
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Maybe...???

One note...
The pictures I had seen of the Pulse, look as though the new lock goes across the entire back of the handles. They dont. They are only on the one side. If you turn the tool around and look at it from the back side it doesnt look any different than say the PST2.

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Keith D.Armacost
If The Women Don't Find You Handsome,
They Should At Least Find You Handy. R.G.
 
I too purchased the Pulse about a week ago having bought the Wave before that.My impression of the Wave was similar to the Swiss Tool...has everything you need and will last for a life time.I must admit I was very happy with the feel of the Pulse but believed it really came up short of the Wave.I took the Pulse to work last Sunday to engrave my initials into it and wound up using it most of the day even though I have another preferred "work tool".
Giving this some thought later that evening,I came to the conclusion that the Pulse had gotten me through some tough stuff during the day and therefore did what it was intended to do,possibly due to it's simplicity and nice feel.I doubt I would have reached for the Wave or Swiss tool in the same manner.I give the Pulse two thumbs up!

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"Just me and my multi-tools."
 
Another hit for Leatherman and another world championship for the NY Yankees. The more things change, the more they seem to stay the same.
 
Originally posted by Kdarmy:

The one Id love to see come out next is the Supertool with this new lock and the new handle's
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Maybe...???


I wouls also like to see it.



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Dennis Bible
 
Which on-line dealers have these?

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Dennis Bible
 
Originally posted by shootist16:
Which on-line dealers have these?

You can get them at <A HREF="http://www.rei.com/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/ProductDisplay?prrfnbr=6077854&prmenbr=8000" TARGET="_blank">REI</A> for $60. Or try the "Where to Buy" link on <A HREF="http://www.leatherman.com" TARGET="_blank">Leatherman's Website</A>.


[This message has been edited by ski (edited 11-07-2000).]
 
I'd like to know that too! Dealer cost for these are about $45... If they can sell these for 42, I want to know what else they may have...? Great Deal!

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Keith D.Armacost
If The Women Don't Find You Handsome,
They Should At Least Find You Handy. R.G.
 
Clay,
Botachtactical.com had them for $42 and change during the inventory reduction sale a couple of weeks back. Now I think their price is $47 and change. Still worth it. Also Amazon.com has them for $49 like Greg stated, and usually Amazon sends their customers coupons via e-mail. I got one for $10 and used it for a second Pulse, so I ended up paying $39 for that one. (gift for my dad)
Good luck.
Walter
 
I got the Pulse yesterday and I have to say I am initially impressed.

At first I thought the Wave is obviously better with its external, one-hand opening blades but then I started to think, who here uses a multi-tool as their primary knife? I bet most of use carry at least one knife ( or more
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) and a multi-tool and if the job needs a knife we would pull out our primary carry and not normally use the multi-tool knife. That being said, the sturdy pliers and the locking tools on the Pulse make it very practical along with the rounded handles.

Could this be the end of the posi-lock? I hope so....it sucked everytime one of those tools bit me.

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~Greg Mete~
Kodiak Alaska

JKM-Chai
 
Kodiak,If I wasn't a collector of multi-tools,I would be very disappointed that I got the Wave instead of the Pulse.I enjoy the Wave like I do the Swiss Tool,but it really is too much "toolage".If the Schrade Tough Tool was not my very first tool and the one I am most used to,then the Pulse would definetly be my everyday favorite.Hope you enjoy yours...I don't think you can beat it for the price.

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"Just me and my multi-tools."
 
Ahhhh mi amigo Clay! Coma Esta?

Clay, I remember a long time ago you mentioned that you were gonna wait for the Pulse and I couldn't figure out why until I got one. The Wave is a great tool...no question but I can't picture you using the one-handed opening blades that much knowing what kind of knives you carry, but I do picture you using the other tools with confidence since they lock.

I really l ike mine and have put the Wave in the drawer for now. Don't get me wrong, I love the Wave but the Pulse is more practical for me.

How are you? I hope you, Steph and the "kids" are fine.

Greg
 
Kodiak, don't stick you wave in the drawer, put it in your glove compartment. I always keep a multitool in my vehicle.

Anywho, got my Pulse this evening. Can't add any new information to what others have said. Definitely like the tool. Gonna put my wave in the drawer 'cause I have my SAK multitool in my truck, my Supertool in my car, and my original leatherman in my tackle box on my boat.
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I like the lightness of the Pulse and the fact that the tools lock. Personally, I don't have a problem with pulling one tool out to unlock another but the unlocking levers are an interesting touch.



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Hoodoo

I get some pleasure from finding a relentlessly peaceful use for a combative looking knife.
JKM
 
Where is a good place to get one?

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Dennis Bible

"Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything."
-- Joseph Stalin
 
Shootist:
I've seen them around here at REI, and Sport Chalet, and they might have them at Big 5. They may eventually have them at Target...they sell the Supertool, PST II, and Wave at Target...but I prefer to buy one I can open myself, not one in a clamshell package. So I think I will wait until around Christmas and see if there aren't any sales then.
Jim
 
I bought mine from a place called Galyan's. I think this is a chain store that is spreading. It just opened up here (Grand Rapids Michigan area). Had to fork over list price ($59.99)
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Holy cow, batman! I just checked my receipt. I only paid 49.99 for it! I have no idea why I received the lower price. Should I take it back and tell them they undercharged me?
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Hoodoo

I get some pleasure from finding a relentlessly peaceful use for a combative looking knife.
JKM
 
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