LEATHERMAN Super Tool 300 Multitool

Last updated date: April 8, 2020

DWYM Score
9.4

LEATHERMAN Super Tool 300 Multitool

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Overall Take

Cutaways on the handle make for easy accessibility on the Leatherman Super Tool 300. Though small, this device offers a robust tool selection, with four screwdrivers and fully replaceable wire cutters. Made of high-carbon stainless steel, these tools are built to last. In our testing, we found this multitool to be well-balanced and easy to handle. The blades were easy to release. The wire cutter was an especially handy tool, as well as the ruler. In our analysis of 138 expert reviews, the LEATHERMAN LEATHERMAN Super Tool 300 Multitool placed 2nd when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
9.5
14 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.6
996 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The Leatherman Super Tool 300 multitool has cutouts on the handles for easy operation with gloved hands though I found the cutouts useful even without gloves. The handles have rounded corners and edges which allows for comfortable use without gloves even when applying maximum pressure.
- Pro Tool Reviews
March 8, 2010 | Full review
The Super Tool is constructed from an improved, high-carbon 420-grade stainless steel, and extra steel has been added to key areas, which guarantees long-term durability.
- Morning Chores
Wire cutter is replaceable.
- Wiki EZ Vid
One improvement we really like is the inclusion of replaceable wire cutters. In our experience those are often one of the first parts of a multi tool to give out. Having the option to painlessly switch them out is a huge improvement.
- Outdoorsman Toolkit
Got this as a gift for my husband and he was ecstatic. It lasts a long time. This is a second purchase, the saw on the first one broke but the rest of the tool was fine. Since he uses the saw a lot i repurchased.
- Leatherman
I love how easily accessible the tools are with the big cutaways on the handle.
- Best Multitool Kit
Everybody loves the Super Tool 300 for its quality feel and its durability.
- Pocket Multi-tool
One of the interesting things about the tool design on the Super Tool 300 is in the way they clump together when grabbed. This is by design as it prevents having to seek out individual nail nicks.
- Fit 4 Recreation
March 28, 2017 | Full review
Super Tool 300 strikes the right balance of full-sized robust tools in a heavy duty package. The Super Tool 300 comes ready to work with two knife blades (clip-point and serrated- both made out of 420HC stainless), four screwdrivers (three sizes of flat tip and a Phillips head), a saw, three wire cutters (stranded and replaceable regular/hard-wire cutters), and heavy duty pliers – all in a sturdy and well engineered package.
- Best Multitool review
This is a solid built tool, with very little frills, but very practical features.
- Best Multi-Tool
Exact tool load out as the Core…and that is no bad thing.
- Multitool.org
The wire cutters on this model are best on any multi-tool I’ve seen. These are super strong, I cut barbed wire with ease. Try doing that with a cheapy tool and see what happens! These wire cutters are replaceable so when they where out you can change them out and be right back in business.
- North Country Farmer
July 17, 2014 | Full review
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
Replaceable wire cutters.
- Toolbox Direct
What experts didn't like
There is only a single Phillips head screwdriver with three (5/16″, 7/32″, 1/8″) flat heads. I probably would have preferred one flathead and two Phillips personally.
- Pro Tool Reviews
March 8, 2010 | Full review
Can be hard to close.
- Morning Chores
Vintage design can seem old fashioned to some.
- Outdoorsman Toolkit
I never liked seeing Velcro on a pouch, it’s practical, but it wears out, a nice solid button would be better…
- Best Multitool Kit
What it also means though is that you have to open the handles to get to any of the tools. You pretty much have to do this to get to the pliers on any other multi-tool anyway. But I prefer generally to be able to get to a few common tools, without having to open up the multi-tool.
- Pocket Multi-tool
The one downside that I personally don’t like, after comparing the Super Tool to some of the newer models is that the tools are not outside accessible.
- Best Multi-Tool
Another issue that I have found that appears to have some commonality with several online user complaints… one of my 300s is super difficult to open and close. I know this will loosen up with time, however, not only are the main handles tough to open and close, but so are the tools inside of those handles. They are so stiff they fit the bill for the term “nail breakers”.
- Multitool.org
Its a big tool and its heavier than your average multi-tool. It weighs 9.6 oz and is fatter than other models so people with smaller hands my find it harder to use.
- North Country Farmer
July 17, 2014 | Full review
Both knife blades aren’t accessible from the outside. For veteran multi-tool users this may seem a bit counter-intuitive, but it only adds to the simplicity of the Rebar.
- EDC Ninja
Tools aren't accessible from the outside.
- Toolbox Direct

From The Manufacturer

The Super Tool 300 is the multitool for the working man or woman. It features the strongest pliers we've ever produced and a sloped-top handle design so you can maneuver in tight spaces. The large side cutouts make it easy to grab components even with gloves on. Stranded, hard and regular wire cutters all come standard and because they're removable you can repair or re-sharpen on the spot. 19 tools all ready for your toughest jobs.

Overall Product Rankings

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1. LEATHERMAN Wingman Multitool
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 17
LEATHERMAN Super Tool 300 Multitool
2. LEATHERMAN Super Tool 300 Multitool
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 14
ProMaster Pocket Multifunctional Multitool, 15-in-1
3. ProMaster Pocket Multifunctional Multitool, 15-in-1
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 1
LEATHERMAN Rebar Multitool
4. LEATHERMAN Rebar Multitool
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 15
SOG PowerLock EOD Heavy Duty Multitool, 18-in-1
5. SOG PowerLock EOD Heavy Duty Multitool, 18-in-1
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 0
LEATHERMAN Sidekick
6. LEATHERMAN Sidekick
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 12
Gerber Center-Drive Multi-Tool
7. Gerber Center-Drive Multi-Tool
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 10
Gerber Suspension Multi-Plier
8. Gerber Suspension Multi-Plier
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 17
LEATHERMAN Skeletool
9. LEATHERMAN Skeletool
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 8
Gerber MP600 Multi-Plier
10. Gerber MP600 Multi-Plier
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 14
Gerber Dime Multi-Tool
11. Gerber Dime Multi-Tool
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 16

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.

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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.