Durability
Versatility
Materials
Design
Value for $
User rating
Pros: The Style CS successfully finds the sweet spot between the seamlessness of a keychain tool and usability of a full-sized one. The scissors are the best we've seen in a multi-tool. Blade is made of same quality steel (heat-hardened 420HC) as in tools that cost a few times more. Modern and minimal but aggressive design.
Cons: The tip of the file which is supposed to be the screwdriver is not sturdy of thick enough for serious jobs. Nail pick on the blade is too close to the body, making it harder to one-hand open. Eight tools The Style CS included is less than most multi-tools.

leatherman style cs reviewBack in 2014, when we first decided to take an in-depth look and review the two weirdos among multi-tools – the Leatherman Style CS and PS, we didn’t expect much.

They looked too flimsy and packed too few tools to be any serious competition to the sturdier industry classics.

We were wrong, and every update of the Style CS review keeps reminding us.

 

Where are we now?

Few years and a few hundred of man-hours later, we are looking at what was hard to imagine back then…when we were young, stupid and weighed 40 pounds less.

The Leatherman Style CS is rated 4.14/5 which makes the two 11th best-rated Leatherman and 18th best-rated multi-tool overall. Depending on how much you know about the industry, this will sound like a big deal or not.

Trust us, it’s a big deal.

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Competition is fierce, and the fact that Style CS and PS (middle row 4th and 5th from the right) are in 20 top-rated Leatherman pieces is no small thing


 

Here’s what you’ll see in this review update of the Style CS

  • The basics – a quick video overview of the CS and PS (a must-watch to understand the rest of the review)
  • We’ll look at the current ratings of the tool in 5 categories we rate
  • We’ll compare those and it’s specs and features to the currently top rated piece
  • In-depth review of the Style CS

 

Kicking things off with the Short Video Overview

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Quick View at the Features of the Style CS and PS

Compare their prices on Amazon below
 
See the Style CS
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See the Style PS
on Amazon

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As you saw the deciding factor between the two will be whether you need the pliers, that is pretty much it. The fact that the PS includes the pliers makes it a bit more mainstream and gives it a little edge in terms of being the better choice for most people if you are looking for an EDC.

Compared the currently top rated multi-tool

When it comes to understanding the advantages and downsides of a tool nothing beats seeing a mano-a-mano comparison.

So, take a moment to analyze the table below where we compare the features and ratings of the Style CS and PS to the top-rated tool overall – the Wave.

 

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Style CS & PS compared to the top-rated piece

 
Style CS
 
Style PS
 
Best Overall - the Leatherman Wave
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Specs & Ratings
Number
of tools
 
6
 
8
 
17
Closed length
(inches):
 
2.9
 
2.9
 
4
Weight (ounces): 
1.4
 
1.58
 
2.9
Blade length
(inches):
 
1.6
 
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8.5
Durability
& Longevity

(out of 5):
 
4.2
 
4.2
 
4.8
Versatility
(out of 5):
 
3.8
 
4
 
4.7
Materials
(out of 5):
 
4.1
 
4.1
 
4.7
Design
(out of 5):
 
4.4
 
4.4
 
4.6
Value for $
(out of 5):
 
4.2
 
4.2
 
4.7
Overall Rating
(out of 5)
 
4.14
 
4.18
 
4.70
 
Badges
Awarded:
 
 
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See what users are saying about the tools on Amazon and compare prices
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Zero shame in “loosing” to the Wave

 
The Leatherman Wave has been the top dog of the industry for as far back as we can think.

Since the Original Wave was retired in 2004 (first made in 1998) and the NEW WAVE was introduced, it’s been, by far, the most popular multi-tool the world has ever seen.

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Leatherman Wave Damascus –  the most popular multi-tool in existence

 

On our website the Wave has been the top-rated multi tool in the last 14 updates.

The reasons for the dominance might be found in some of the following:

  • costs way less than compared to tools of similar quality
  • just the right balance between price and functionality
  • surgical-grade, heat-hardened 420HC steel used for the blades
  • 154CM steel used for the pliers (154CM steel is RC60-61 – the RC stands for Rockwell scale and it indicated the hardness of steel)

So, yes, it seems that this classic isn’t going anywhere any-time soon.

 

Today, The Wave comes in a range of flavors
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See the Wave on Amazon

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