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Leatherman Wave tough opening

Discussion in 'Maintenance, Tinkering & Embellishment' started by yavol, May 24, 2008.

  1. yavol


    Apr 11, 2007
    Hi all

    I've got a new Leatherman wave that is a pain to open up. All 4 joints are very stiff and getting to any of the tools or opening up the plyers takes a lot of force. I'd consider being able to flip it open or get to any of the tools easily with one hand a huge plus in usability.

    Got any suggestions, materials, methods that would fix the stiff action?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. Seals


    Oct 12, 2007
    Try a drop of oil at the joints and just work it a little.Other than that.i believe that tool is suppose to be tight and not really made as a one hander.
  3. knarfeng

    knarfeng senex morosus moderator Staff Member Super Mod Moderator

    Jul 30, 2006
    I can open the blade my LM wave one-handed. Can't flick it open. Won't ever be able to flick it open. Not part of the design parameters. And after a number of years of use, it still takes two hands to get the screwdriver bits out. I don't find that objectionable for a pocket tool set.

    It ain't how fast you get the tool on the job. It's knowing which screw to turn to fix the problem!
  4. bobofish


    Nov 22, 2006
    The joints will eventually loosen up a lot. To get it going, just like people have said, oil the pivots a little bit, and then work it open and closed while you're preoccupied doing something else; like reading the forums here or watching tv.

    Gradually you will be able to flip open the tool. It took about 3 weeks for my Charge to be able to flip open. It won't be like a butterfly knife, like some of LM's older designs, but it will open one-handed most of the way, and then you'll use your thumb to open it the last inch or so. It will also close one-handed.

    Time and a little bit of oil is all you need.
  5. jdailey4206966


    May 28, 2008
    Agreed. I have had my Wave now for 3 months. I can open it like a butterfly knife, but being able to do that is not the point. You can easily flip it open with one hand, get the job and recommend closing with 2 hands. If you try to close it with one hand, you may pinch your fingers between the handles. My pliers are well broken in now, which I wasnt, but you don't wanna sit there and flick it around like a butterfly knife like some people do, because I would think this will increase the wear on the tool itself.
  6. orthogonal1


    Oct 30, 2005

    It needs to wear in and to speed up the wear in, use denatured alcohol to remove the lube from the pertinent joints and cycle, cycle, cycle.

    It'll loosen up and then lube the joints.

    Don't expect miracles, though. My old-style WAVE will never bali like my SOG (thank goodness).
  7. Firedrake445


    Aug 21, 2009
    Sometimes the knife blades will get tighter as you open the multitool because the handles pivot on the same screws as the knife blades do, causing the tightening of those screws. If that happens you could try oiling it if it helps but if not you'll probably have to get it serviced by leatherman or take it back to the store you bought it from.
  8. Ben B

    Ben B Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 16, 2006
    You can also buy a cheap set of torx drivers for the "tamper-resistant" joint screws on that auction site and loosen them up just a tad. My Leatherman would not loosen no matter how many times it was opened and closed or lubed.
  9. spoonrobot


    May 1, 2004
    Yup, you can get the 6-lobe security Torx bits at most hardware stores. Size for the pivots should be T10.

    You can even now easily get the 5-lobe Torx TX bits from eBay. As little as a few years ago these were almost impossible to get without have a good reason.
  10. razorback1595


    Nov 1, 2008
    i can flick out the knife blades of my ALX and can swirl it open (not fully locked open) to use the pliers
  11. BlueDevil45


    Dec 20, 2009
    My wave took about 6 months to really break in where all of the joints moved freely. Never really to the point of one handed operation, but I don't think it's a tool that's meant for that.

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