The Juice Xe6 is a classic multi-tool, made in the USA by the company that basically invented the multi-tool
|Leatherman Juice Xe6 Multi-Tool Product Link|
(though you could argue that is SAK.) It has as many tools as you can pack into that small of a space, and they are all high quality. I would consider this more of a “gentleman’s multi-tool” because it looks like it’s designed more for a weekend trip than a job site. This is evidenced by the overall design, and well, tools like the corkscrew.
One note is that the tool does not come with a clip or sheath of any kind.
UPDATE 10/24/2013: I have updated the review with better photos!
Official Specs (From Leatherman’s Web Site)
Here is a link to the user guide as well.
420HC Serrated Knife
Corkscrew with Assist
100% Stainless Steel
Anodized Aluminum Handle Scales
Available Colors: “Storm” Gray and “Thunder” Purple
3.25 in | 8.25 cm (Closed)
6.7 oz | 190 g (Weight)
2.6 in | 6.60 cm (Blade Length)
Made In The USA
While I like to judge each tool on its own merits, it is gratifying to see high quality, made-in-the-USA tools like this. I don’t have that requirement for purchasing knives and tools, but it’s a nice perk.
The Juice has a first rate file, which is coarse on one side and fine on the other. It’s even in a fairly convenient spot next to the serrated blade. Unlike most multi-tools, this is a real file.
Awl and Opener
Both fine tools, though I’m not sure they need to be on the outside of the tool. In fact, the can / bottle opener gets in the way of the corkscrew.
It’s functional, but I don’t really like the design. I’ve only used it a couple times and the best thing I can say is that it was better than not having a corkscrew.
There’s a saw tucked away on the outside of the tool, under the awl, which is a strange location to me. The blade looks a little thin, but it has nice, sharp teeth and looks plenty functional, though I think it’s almost redundant with the serrated blade. It certainly didn’t get much love from Leatherman.
Other than not being spring-loaded, the pliers are great. The quality of the machining and steel are excellent, and the wire cutters are actually useful. They are a little more narrow then I would expect, but for the most part that has been a good thing, as the thinner pliers get into tighter spaces. But they don’t look quite as beefy as other models, so I’m not sure I would use them regularly at a job site or anything.
There’s 3 flat head and 1 Philips screwdriver on the inside of the tool. The location is good and the tools themselves are great. Just like the other tools, the quality of the steel and machining really shines. This is especially important for screwdrivers, where the cheaper ones are more likely to strip your screws. The screwdrivers to me are just another reason why this tool is better suited in an electronics bag then in a shop or on the trail. I would rather use this tool to take apart a computer than any muli-tool in my collection.
There’s a little fold-out lanyard attachment ring on the inside of the tool. I really wish there was a clip too. But I guess it’s better than nothing, and I understand that lots of people are big fans of lanyards. It’s easy to miss this little ring if you’re not looking for it.
Fit and Finish
Overall, superb. This is a higher-end, American made tool and it shows. My only real gripe is that the Aluminum scales look and feel kind of cheap, even if they aren’t. But other than that, my sample didn’t have a single flaw that I could find. Both knives came razor sharp, and there wasn’t one scratch or tool mark. Whoever made this took pride in its construction. My Wingman, while a great tool in its own right, isn’t even in the same ballpark as the Juice when it comes to fit and finish.
Overall, good. Day to day it’s a little quirky as an EDC, but all the tools are there, even if you have to fumble with a few of them. The knives would obviously be better with locking mechanisms, but this doesn’t take as much away from the tool as I thought it would, maybe because I always have a dedicated EDC knife too.
There’s a couple things that take away from a perfect usability. First, put a spring in the damn pliers. Seriously. If Leatherman did that, this would probably be my permanent EDC. I could live just fine with the other flaws.
Second, it really needs to come with a clip or include a sheath. I made the mistake of not purchasing one separately the same time I bought the Juice, and I never seem to get around to ordering one. Every time I pick up the Juice and think that I need a sheath, I just put it down and clip the Wingman to my belt instead. But I don’t really like being nickel and dimed with a product, and I think that Leatherman should include a sheath or at the least a removable clip. It’s not an optional accessory if not having it makes the tool much less useful.
I’m really on the fence about this tool. It’s so well made and such high quality that I naturally want to carry it. But every time I leave the house, I clip the Wingman to my belt instead, because it has the convenient deep carry clip. And every time I need a pair of pliers, I grab the Wingman first as well, because it has the spring loaded pliers.
I think once I get a sheath for the Juice, then it will live in my electronics bag with my laptop, tablet and all my other gizmos and doodads. The Juice to me is more nerdy than it is outdoorsy. For camping I still prefer the much cheaper but still capable Wingman.
But all things considered, the Juice is a fine multi-tool and it’s ingenious in the number of tools it packs into so small a space. I’m not sure what role it will play in my collection, but I know that when I need it, then it will be up to the task. And either way, I’m going to have a Leatherman as my EDC. I think I will try the Charge Ti next…
|It’s a pretty good chunk of steel!|
|Closeup of the non spring-loaded pliers. Other than that one detail, they are excellent quality|
|Closeup of the Awl and Saw tools. You have to open the Awl to get the Saw out|
|Blades out, from top: Leatherman Squirt PS4, Leatherman Juice Xe6 and Leatherman Wingman multi-tools|
|Closeup of the spring-loaded scissors|
|Closeup of the spring-loaded scissors. They have an acceptable feel to them|
|The Juice has a nice, beefy Philips screwdriver – none of that semi-flat crap you see on most multi-tools|
|Closeup of the bottle/can opener and corkscrew – opener has to be open to access the corkscrew|
|Another closeup of the corkscrew.|
|Shown with a Ka-Bar Becker BK14 Eskabar fixed-blade knife – made in the USA, baby!