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Design
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Pros: Very small and light (closed length 3.2 inches, weight 1.9 oz). Solid 1.6" blade - 420HC steel used, good edge holding. Good scissors, also spring loaded. Main tools outside-accessible. 25-Year warranty.
Cons: The blade is chiseled-edge (only sharpened on one side). No locking mechanism. Pliers not as sturdy as it's main competitor (the Gerber Dime). Plain design.

This month’s ratings & review update of the Squirt PS4 – nothing to write home about

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The ratings of the Squirt PS4 dropped a peg and the keychain multi-tool is now rated at 3.64/5.

This is only a slight difference compared to the 3.54 the Squirt PS4 received in the review update two months ago. The first time we reviewed this piece was about 4 years ago and, to date, it remains one of the top choices among pocket/keychain multi-tools.

The first thing we’ll do in this update is compare it side-by-side with the top-rated multi-tool in it’s price range and then the top-rated keychain tool. we presume that people interested in the Squirt PS4 will be also interested in either the top tool in its price range or the top-rated similar multi-tool.

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Current ratings of the Squirt PS4 – 3.64 / 5

 

Ratings of the top multi-tool in its price range – 4.40 / 5

 

Ratings of the top similar keychain piece – 4.42 / 5

 

The top-rated multi-tool in its price range ($25-50) is the Gerber Suspension and the top rated keychain piece is the Gerber Dime. Both of the tools are in the lower spectrum of the price range, there are significant rating differences between the two.

Take a moment to quickly go through the video below that explain the advantages of the Dime over the Squirt PS4 (credit – mt-addiction).

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Squirt PS4 vs. Gerber Dime

PS4 vs. Gerber Dime – ratings

 
Model
 
Overall
Rating
 
Price & Ratings
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See the Gerber Dime
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4.42 / 5
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3.64 / 5
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Squirt PS4 compared to the Gerber Suspension

 

Model
Overall
Rating
Price & Ratings
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4.4 / 5

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3.64 / 5

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Finally, we’ll take a more in-depth look and see their rating in each quality category.

Specs & all category ratings

 
Squirt PS4
 
Gerber
Dime
 
Gerber
Suspension
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Specs:
 
Type
 
keychain
 
keychain
 
full-size
Number
of tools
 
9
 
10
 
12
Closed length
(inches):
 
3.2
 
2.8
 
4
Weight
(ounces):
 
1.9
 
2.2
 
9
 
All category ratings (out of 5):
 
Durability
& Longevity
 
3.6
 
4.6
 
4.4
 
Versatility
 
3.3
 
3.9
 
4.2
 
Materials
 
3.3
 
4.4
 
4.1
 
Design
 
3.6
 
4.4
 
4.3
Value
for money:
 
4
 
4.8
 
4.4
Overall Rating
3.64
4.42
4.40
 
See their ratings and compare prices on Amazon below
 
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See the
Squirt PS4
on Amazon here >>
See the
Gerber Dime
on Amazon here >>
See the
Gerber Suspension
on Amazon here >>

 

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See the Leatherman Squirt on Amazon below


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In the rest of the review of the Leatherman Squirt PS4 we’ll go over the specs once more and then move on to the excerpts from the reviews of the PS4 we’ve heard from out testers over the years.

 

Squirt PS4  specs:

  • 420 HC knife blade with a clip-point
  • Long nose pliers, regular pliers
  • Spring-action scissors, wire cutters
  • Phillips/flat medium and regular screwdrivers
  • Wood/metal file, bottle opener
  • Stainless steel with handles made of hard-anodized aluminum
  • Outside-accessible tools
  • Key ring attachment

PROs from the reviews of Leatherman Squirt PS4:

  • I had the previous version of this Leatherman multi tool, the scissors version. They have just improved the quality of the product. Love the new design.
  • Smoothest operating micro-tool to date, and it’s the third one going through my pockets
  • Works really great as a basic tool, even when it is closed
  • I trusted Leatherman but went for this one especially because of its subtle look
  • Even if you consider it to be expensive, you’ll quickly realize that, overall, it offers better value for money than those cheaper ones
  • Made of great and strong materials, with a nice finish. Comes in small size that can help you in your day no matter what you are doing
  • The blade is so small, the airport security might let you take it with you. But no matter the size, it is useful
  • Used it to install a bike rack on my car, so I tried most of the tools: scissors, a knife, pliers, file and a Phillips screwdriver
  • All the tools, except the pliers obviously, are accessible while the tool is folded
  • Yes! Finally, a small tool that has pliers and scissors that both work
  • Keep in mind that it’s intended for light work, and you won’t be disappointed
  • I am well prepared for an occasional situation that requires a tool, but at the same time I don’t look like a freak carrying a huge knife daily
  • Had it for two years, the joints held nicely, and the knife is still decent
  • I have a boring desk job so I like to have this in my pocket and go around fix stuff for my colleagues
  • Just bought it, and it looks even smaller. I will start cutting and fixing. And if I find a hard nut and break my tool, I can trust the 25 year guarantee
  • I hate it when I have to take special care of my keychain, and with this one I don’t have to. It’s been on my chain for weeks now, and the black paint is still on
  • I decided to take it off before getting onto a plane, and I realized during my vacation, how much I started depending on it. I needed it on the beach to open a bottle and to fix the light in my apartment
  • When it comes to cutting guitar wires, the Squirt is flawless
  • Wasn’t a fan of black matte finish before this one. Not only that it looks great, it really durable

Let’s see the CONs from our testers:

  • I’m not sure if I ever used the tweezers on the Squirt’s predecessor, but I feel like I miss them on this tool
  • The black finish started wearing off after the first year of daily use
  • I don’t think a toothpick would take that much space. It could come in handy
  • Only one complaint about the safety. It should include a lock back
  • The gap between the scissors is large, so don’t plan on cutting softer materials

Review resume:

Leatherman 831195 Squirt PS4 Black Keychain Tool with Plier Review

Maybe there’s a lighter one out there, but not in this size. And because the materials are so light, they are not as strong. But it’s strong enough for a keychain piece.

Leatherman upgraded the bottle-opener and most noticeably the file, so kudos for that.

Pull-out scissors are sturdy, and that is a plus. Usually scissors aren’t this good in a piece this small. These are functional.

The black finish is praised even by the people who preferred steel-looking pieces.

With all that said, some of the tools are just a compromise, which is expected given the size.

This Squirt is often compared with the Dime and, in our opinion, the Dime is the superior piece there, but the Squirt PS4 remains one of the few top choices among keychain pieces.