Leatherman Signal Review

Leatherman has designed a tool for those who participate in activities away from civilization. They found that Leatherman users often appreciate the preparedness that a multi-tool can bring them, and they’ve used that feedback as inspiration for this new tool. The new Signal multi-tool comes equipped with vital survival tools like a ferrocerium fire starter and whistle.

“We spoke with a lot of professionally trained survivalists and if you’re lost, or need to stay overnight outdoors, the main things you want with you are fire, the appropriate tools, and a way to communicate without relying on technology,” described Jason Carpenter, Sr. Product Manager. “If it is part of the tool already, you won’t have to think about bringing it. You’ll already be prepared.”

The Signal is designed for the adventure enthusiast who participates in activities like hunting, fishing, geocaching, camping, and hiking outdoors. “The goal for Leatherman was to design a minimalist tool that was specific to these outdoor users, taking out tools they may not use as much and replacing them with tools that they’ll need on these adventures,” said Carpenter. “It’s something we’ve wanted to do for a long time.”

The Signal also comes complete with traditional Leatherman features like pliers, can opener, saw, awl and removable pocket clip. In addition, it includes popular features like a hammer, replaceable wire cutters, diamond-coated file, and bit driver. From natural disasters to the unpredicted, Leatherman hopes to help people to feel prepared for the unexpected.

Coming in a black and yellow color scheme, the Signal adds a new look and feel to Leatherman’s full-sized multi-tool line. “It was important to communicate that this was the first Leatherman of its kind. The rugged, nature oriented design was a focus during our research,” said Kenny Lohr, Industrial Designer. “Leatherman strives to be authentic, and we weren’t going to let Signal fall short.”


  1. Needle-nose Pliers – A cast pinching tool with an angled nose for holding or manipulating materials, ideal for small objects or tight spaces.
  2. Regular Pliers – A cast pinching tool for holding or manipulating materials.
  3. 154CM Replaceable Wire Cutters – Replaceable bypassing cutting blades crafted from 154CM, meant for cutting regular and light-gauge wire. 154CM will keep its edge three times as long as traditional stainless steel for less down-time in the field.
  4. 154CM Replaceable Hard-wire Cutters – Replaceable bypassing cutting blades crafted from 154CM, meant for cutting hard wire. 154CM will keep its edge three times as long as traditional stainless steel for less down-time in the field.
  5. Wire Stripper – A useful notch for safely stripping multiple types of wire.
  6. 420HC Combo Knife – A knife made from 420HC stainless steel with a half straight and half serrated edge. This style of blade gives the user a choice of precise cuts using the plain section, or cutting through fiber and rougher material using the serrated area.
  7. Saw – A toothed tool made from 420HC stainless steel that is designed to work on a pull motion, which requires less effort and has less propensity for breakage. The open-tooth design keeps the saw from filling up with material, allowing the user to complete a job without pausing to clean the tool.
  8. Hammer – This hammer can be used for pounding a tent stake, striking a nail, or other uses. It features a textured end to reduce contact slippage.
  9. Awl w/ Thread Loop – An awl is a tool that can be used to create or enlarge holes by puncturing materials such as leather or canvas. They can also be used to start stair steps for hunting stands. The thread loop can be used for sewing materials together when necessary.
  10. Can Opener – A lever/punch style tool to assist in opening canned goods, perfect for camping or in survival situations. The blade on this tool has been ground in a way that it pushes the cut metal into the rim, keeping sharp edges from cutting the user as the can is handled.
  11. Bottle Opener – A tool that allows the user to pop the top on a favorite beverage.
  12. 1/4” Hex Bit Driver – This slot allows for use of conventional 1/4″ hex bits to expand the functionality of the tool.
  13. Bit Driver – This feature allows the user to insert any Leatherman double-sided bits, thereby expanding the functionality of the multi-tool without taking up space with stand alone screwdrivers. A Bit Adapter accessory may also be used to make the bit driver hex bit compatible.
  14. 1/4″ Box Wrench – A wrench used over the head of a 1/4″” hexagonal nut or bolt. The application of torque is used to tighten or loosen an object.
  15. Carabiner – This handy feature allows the user to quickly and securely clip their tool to an item using a spring loaded gate.
  16. 3/16″ Box Wrench – A wrench used over the head of a 3/16″ hexagonal nut or bolt. The application of torque is used to tighten or loosen an object.
  17. Safety Whistle – A whistle meant to be used to attract help if needed.
  18. Ferrocerium Rod – A rod made of ferrocerium, a man-made metallic material that gives off hot sparks when scraped against a rough surface, meant for starting fires.
  19. Diamond-coated Sharpener – A stainless steel rod coated with premium synthetic diamond particles which create a rough surface that can be used to sharpen hard steel blades with much more precision than wood/metal files.

Closed Length : 4.5 in | 11.43 cm

Weight : 7.5 oz | 212.6 g

Blade Length : 2.73 in | 6.93 cm


An improved, high-carbon (HC) form of 420 stainless steel that works well with high production tooling. 420HC’s strength is optimized in Leatherman multi-tools by heat treatment.


DLC (diamond like coating) is a carbon-based coating that displays some of the unique properties of natural diamond. It is applied for scratch and corrosion resistance.

Mark Ranum: Mark is an outdoor adventure seeker, living in the beautiful state of Michigan. He loves trekking hundreds of miles through the wilderness, whether on two feet or two wheels, always looking for the next new trail or road to see where it will take him.
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