LEATHERMAN Rebar Multitool

Last updated date: April 8, 2020

DWYM Score
9.2

LEATHERMAN Rebar Multitool

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Overall Take

The spacing of the tools on the Leatherman Rebar means you can access them without undue strain, and they won't pinch your fingers when released. Made of sturdy stainless steel, the gadget comes with a locking mechanism for all tools. Other highlights include the replaceable wire cutters and rugged, thin-profile pliers. In our analysis of 139 expert reviews, the LEATHERMAN LEATHERMAN Rebar Multitool placed 4th when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
9.3
15 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.0
663 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Rugged 100% stainless steel construction with 17 functional tools.
- BestReviews
The Rebar stands out for its user-replaceable wire cutters.
- Outdoor Gear Lab
The pliers deploy quickly and easily, as with all Leatherman multi-tools. Handle edges are thick and rolled-over, and there are no noticeable pinch points. This is an advantage of multi-tools with no outside-accessible knife blades or tools – the greater and more uniform handle spacing reduces the likelihood of pinched-palm blood blisters.
- Tool Guyd
June 22, 2012 | Full review
The performance of this tool is really impressive. It is strong and innovative.
- Gear We Are
The Rebar sports fully locking tools including two knives, a saw, wire cutters with replaceable cutting edges, a wire stripper and crimper, a bottle and can opener, a wood and metal file, two flat head screwdrivers and a Philips screwdriver, an awl with thread loop, and, of course, the classic PST ruler design on the body. It’s a classic through and through.
- Review Geek
October 18, 2017 | Full review
Leatherman – Rebar is a durable stainless steel multi-tool. The material withstands abuse well (both physical and environmental). It also has dependable tools, each with a 25-year limited cover. If yours breaks in a few months, you can request a replacement hassle-free.
- Top 10 Best Pro
This is the lightest of Leatherman's full-size tools. Can comfortably rest in a pocket or on your belt, while still having most tools you'll need, plus one of the best plier heads in the multitool world.
- Best Advisor
The Leatherman Rebar is a full sized tool built to be as strong as larger heavy duty tools. It has the tool set to meet just about any need without the high weight of many larger tools. In our opinion, Leatherman really packed the Rebar with value. It’s a good bit cheaper than most of the company’s other full size tools but still provides excellent utility.
- Outdoorsman Toolkit
We loved the thin-profile pliers. When we used them in the field in areas where there were tight clearance issues, they performed flawlessly.
- EDC Ninja
The rebar is awesome. I own a super tool 300 also. Great tools. Thank you Leatherman.
- Leatherman
This is a great tool, and its reliability is quite amazing. However, the performance of this multi-tool especially the smaller tools are very impressive.The pliers can turn bolt and knots, and the wire cutters are sharp. I like its serrated knife, which allows you to slice various items easily.
- Outdoor with J
October 4, 2018 | Full review
The tool is designed to conveniently bring out the multi-tools with ease. You can easily access the toolset and can readily identify which is which. You won’t chip a fingernail when bringing out the tools. So, ladies, this might be a nice every day carry multi-tool for you.
- Best Multi-Tool
The Phillips driver fits #2 screws perfectly and does not slip, while the small flat driver fits small slotted screws as well.The large flat driver also does well at probably the most common use for a large flathead screwdriver, yes admit it, you do it all the time, prying things.
- Multitool.org
November 2, 2013 | Full review
Replaceable Wire Cutters: the replaceable wire cutters are very well aligned so they can almost cut like scissors. When they are dull they can be replaced, but you'll need a specialty bit to do it.
- Inside First Aid
It has a simple but effective locking mechanism, whereby all tools are lockable once you extend them to their fully-deployed positions.
- Rear Man
February 2, 2015 | Full review
What experts didn't like
More expensive than some models with similar features.
- BestReviews
Deploying any of the tools requires opening the pliers entirely.
- Outdoor Gear Lab
Smaller knife blades compared to Super Tool 300 and full-size 4-inch tools.
- Tool Guyd
June 22, 2012 | Full review
No outside handle accessibilty.
- Gear We Are
This is a great DIY mult -tool but when you get it in the the new black color the black comes off like oil I appreciate if it didn't do that but the more you work with the great multi-tool the black oil stops
- Best Advisor
Both knife blades aren’t accessible from the outside. For veteran multi-tool users this may seem a bit counter-intuitive.
- EDC Ninja
It has smaller knife blades compared to other Leatherman multi-tools
- Outdoor with J
October 4, 2018 | Full review
No Scissors – Some users may prefer to have a pair of scissors in their multi-tool, and if so, the Rebar isn’t for you.
- Best Multi-Tool
No quick way to ID plain/serrated blade.
- Multitool.org
November 2, 2013 | Full review
The Leatherman Rebar lacks the following tools: scissors, diamond-coated file, removable file, spring-loaded pliers, tweezers, cork screw, glasses screwdriver.
- Inside First Aid
There is no pair of scissors in this set.
- Rear Man
February 2, 2015 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

The Rebar is inspired by Tim Leatherman's original PST. With all the features for the toughest tasks in a smaller, slimmer size, the Rebar is right at home on the job or around the house. FIT MORE FUNCTIONALITY: The Rebar is equipped with 17 tools, including knives, pliers, screwdrivers, wire cutters, an electrical crimper, a wire stripper, bottle and can openers, a file, a saw, an awl, and a ruler. ALWAYS ON HAND: With its compact size, lightweight design, and lanyard ring, your Rebar is always within reach and ready to work. SAFE AND SECURE: All-locking features means that every tool and knife will lock when fully opened, keeping you safe and the tools securely in place. GUARANTEED: Our 25-year limited warranty ensures that your Leatherman will give you many years of dependable service. Just send it in and we'll fix it up. All Leatherman multitools are made and repaired right here in the USA.

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An Overview On Multitools

If you’re not much of a handyman, you could be forgiven for thinking of the once-ubiquitous Swiss Army Knife when you hear the word “multitool.” And while that trusty red pocketknife is still around, the design of the multitool has come a long way since they were standard issue for your Boy Scout troop.

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These days, the term multitool can encompass anything from a weighty gadget that requires a holster and incorporates 30 tools or more to a stealthy metal card that doubles as a wrench and bottle opener. But though the design may differ, you’re essentially talking about something roughly the size of a pocketknife that instead flips out an assortment of screwdrivers and other useful tools (and possibly a knife or three as well).

The pocketknife configuration may have worked fine for the Swiss Army, and it’s still the standard for some multitools. But more recently, if you go shopping for multitools, you’ll find most are modeled in the design of the balisong or butterfly knife.

Simplemost Media

This setup has a lot of advantages. For one thing, you can open it with a simple flick of the wrist. With certain adjustments, the twin handles can be used as grips for pliers, scissors or any number of tools where a little extra torque is needed. To get the various gadgets loose from their folded-in position, some multitools may have a release catch or just require you to pry them loose with a tab that protrudes from the central cavity. Once they’re in use, most will have a mechanism that locks them in place for ease of use (and your safety).

What tools can you expect to find on a standard multitool? The list can vary widely, but it should include a screwdriver (with a Phillips and flat-head driver, at least), pliers, scissors and possibly a knife or two. Most will also have a bottle opener or something you can use as one. It’s a good bet that this tool is the one that will see the most actual use among weekend warriors.

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“If you’re involved in a specialty activity, there are multitools on the market that cater to those needs,” says our home improvement expert Vicki Liston. Her award-winning show “On The Fly…DIY” has plenty of home tutorials for testing out your multitool. “Don’t assume that the manufacturer knows exactly what you need, though. Read through the list of included tools before assuming it’s the whole enchilada.”

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The total number of tools incorporated can be as few as two or three to 40 or more. Just remember the main asset of a multitool is portability. If you can’t use a tool, it’s just dead weight. Heed that Boy Scout motto and “be prepared” … just remember, it’s possible to be overprepared.

DWYM Fun Fact

When it comes to functionality, too much wasn’t nearly enough for the F.W. Holler company of Solingen, Germany. In the 1880s, they created the mother of all multitools, a lethal piece of equipment that incorporates 100 blades. If you were patient (and careful) enough to unsheathe all the weapons in this Old West relic, you’d find daggers, shears, scissors, saws, button hooks, mechanical pens, a straight razor and even a functional .22 caliber pin-shot revolver. Strangely enough by modern standards, there was no bottle opener — but then, bottle caps weren’t quite on the market at the time.

The Multitool Buying Guide

  • The selling point on a lot of multitools is quantity. It might indeed be impressive to see 30 tools or more packed into a somewhat compact package, but keep your lifestyle in mind. Do you really need a hex driver in 12 different sizes while you’re on the go? Unless you’re a professional handyman, probably not — and even then, you’ve probably got a full-sized tool that will do the job far more effectively. If you’re planning to carry your multitool around the house, a few screwdrivers and wrenches might be all you need. On hikes, look for a gadget with a focus on knives, scissors and saws. If it’s going to be kept in the glove compartment, a strap cutter and window breaker might be life-saving tools to have. Match the multitool to your situation.
  • While we’re on the subject of tool selection, a word about knives: They’re fairly common on most multitools and can be handy on everything from whittling primitive tools to opening stubborn packages. They’re so small on many tools that you may not even consider them as weapons — but the TSA will. “In some places, blades over 2.5″ are not allowed, and you may get your tool taken away altogether,” says our home improvement expert Vicki Liston. When traveling by air, take that multitool off the belt and stow it in checked baggage, or leave it at home entirely.
  • Size matters. The whole point of a multitool is that you can carry it easily. An arsenal of gadgetry is no good if you can’t fit it into your pocket. It’s up to you to find that sweet spot between portability and functionality. Be advised that while credit card-sized multitools can be cute, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to use it for anything strenuous. No matter what the size, look for stainless steel construction or something just as sturdy.
  • Most decent multitools can fit in a pocket, but just barely. And depending on the design, you might not be able to easily retrieve it there anyway, especially if it shares space with a wallet or keys. Look for tools with at least a belt clip or sheath if you’re dealing with anything larger than five inches or so.