Leatherman Super Tool 300 Review

Leatherman Super Tool 300

Leatherman has been making multi tools for decades but some designs have stood the test of time. The classic Super Tool 300 is one serious rugged design that still rates in the top of the heavy duty category. First released in 1994, the this full size multi tool combines the classic design elements you love with modern improvements. Today we are reviewing the features, build quality, and utility of the Leatherman Super Tool 300 multi tool.

Leatherman Super Tool 300 display

Leatherman Super Tool 300 – First Impressions

Now in its third generation, the Super Tool 300 is a heavy duty version of Leatherman’s original Pocket Survival Tool with all tools inside the frame. Leatherman made this multi tool for utility, with large cutouts to easily open the blades even with gloves on. All tools and blades lock in place so they won’t come closed on your hand. Weighing 9.6 oz and measuring 4.5 inches long when closed this tool is made for jobsite. Fortunately, it comes packaged with sheath for belt carry. 

Leatherman Super Tool 300 – Tool List

Within its large frame, the Leatherman Super Tool 300 comes equipped with 19 different tools.

  • Needlenose Pliers
  • Regular Pliers
  • Premium Replaceable Wire Cutters
  • Premium Replaceable Hard-wire Cutters
  • Stranded-wire Cutters
  • Electrical Crimper
  • Wire Stripper
  • 420HC Knife
  • 420HC Serrated Knife
  • Saw
  • Awl w/ Thread Loop
  • Ruler (9 in | 22 cm)
  • Can Opener
  • Bottle Opener
  • Wood/Metal File
  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Large Screwdriver
  • Medium Screwdriver
  • Small Screwdriver
Leatherman Super Tool 300 tool guide diagram

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No toothpick, tweezers, or scissors on the Leatherman Super Tool 300 – this is a working man’s tool!

Its worth noting that none of the tools are outside accessible, you have to unfold the Super Tool 300 to access the blades and other tools. Large cutouts in the handle make it easy to access the tools, even when wearing gloves. Leatherman used the classic design with large and sturdy screwdriver tools that lock in place. If you need a special bit beyond the standard flat head and Philips drivers you should look at these models that have removable bit drivers.

Core Tools – Knife Blades & Pliers

Leatherman redesigned the Super Tool 300 with “Larger pliers are the strongest we’ve ever produced” and they hit the mark. The tapered design reaches easily into narrow spaces and grip strongly. Built with Leatherman quality, the jaws close precisely and keep their alignment even after rough use. We were especially impressed with the ability of the Super Tool 300 to grab and twist without deforming the jaws. The handles are comfortable and really let you apply pressure to cut hard wire and torquing down on items. This is mainly due to Leatherman’s decision to change add rolled edges instead of the thin edges on the previous version. 

Wire Cutters & Crimpers

Leatherman included their three-part replaceable blade wire cutters on the Super Tool 300 (the only replaceable parts on it). These are one of the best wire cutters available on multi-tools and can handle soft wire, hard wire, and stranded wire. If you do happen to ding the cutting surface, the replacement wire cutter kit has everything needed to easily replace the inserts. Leatherman included an electrical crimper at the base of the handles near the pivot that is functional for general utility.

Saw Blade

Just like the knife blades, Leatherman maximized the handle space and made the saw blade 3.2 inches long. The extra length means the Super Tool 300 can cut branches under 3 inches in diameter with ease and makes an effective camping tool. The teeth are sharp and cut on both the push and pull stroke.

Leatherman Super Tool 300 angle Leatherman Super Tool 300 folded

Screwdrivers

Leatherman loaded the Super Tool 300 with four of the most common screwdriver heads – one Phillips head driver and three flat heads. We would prefer the exchangeable bit drivers found on the Leatherman Charge, Wave and Skeletool, but at least these fixed screwdrivers have a nice long shank on the Phillips head and medium flat head for added reach. 

All The Rest – Bottle Opener, Can Opener, Wire Stripper, File, Awl, Ruler

The large size of the Super Tool 300 means the ruler is a full 9 inches long and easy to use. There is nothing remarkable about the rest of the tools – they follow standard designs that work when you need them. The bottle opener and can opener are the combination hook style with blade and the wire stripper is a simple notch cutout on the shaft. Leatherman included an awl, something omitted from many modern designs, see our write up on how to use an awl.

Leatherman Super Tool 300 – Build Quality

The Super Tool 300 is part of Leatherman’s line of heavy duty tools and is high quality throughout. It does have some quirks, the most common issue was big enough for Leatherman to include it on the FAQ page for their whole website (not just on the Super Tool 300 page)…

ALL THE BLADES ON ONE HANDLE OF MY SUPER TOOL HAVE BEEN ACCIDENTALLY LOCKED OPEN. HOW CAN I GET THEM UNLOCKED?

Use a separate screwdriver or similar device to unlock the blades. With the handles closed together, insert the screwdriver into the slot created by the handle spring (where the handle locks onto the tool blades). Gently pry up the handle spring until one of the blades can be released.

Leatherman Super Tool 300 Review

Most of the complaints about the Super Tool 300 are from users that are surprised by the size and weight – at 9.6 oz and 4.5 inches in a closed position this tool is too large and heavy to carry in your pocket. Fortunately, there are excellent aftermarket leather sheaths available. Some models come complete with a nylon sheath from Leatherman that allows the tool to be carried with the pliers open for quicker use. Alternatively, you can stash it in glovebox of your wife’s car to always have it handy when you need it. Common with most large multitools the folding actions will be stiff when first received and will break in over time with use.

The Leatherman Super Tool 300 is award-winning and for good reason – it strikes the right balance of full-sized robust tools in a heavy duty package. It comes ready to work with two knife blades (clip-point and serrated – both made from 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.

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