Leatherman Squirt PS4 Review | Survival Multi Tool
If you’re a hoarder of multi-tools and survival gear, the Leatherman Squirt PS4 is definitely a temptation that’s hard to resist! But is it worth carrying? Check out my review below and decide for yourself.
Leatherman Squirt PS4: All-in-One Mini Multi Tool
A while back, Leatherman introduced a series of small multi-tools designed to carry on a keychain. These ones include the Micra, Style, and Squirt series. I’ve carried a Micra for years and incorporated it into my EDC, but I wanted to see how the other ones performed. I reviewed the Style PS in a separate post so this one will concentrate on the Squirt PS4.
The Squirt PS4 hasn’t been around as long as the Micra but is very similar to it. When it is folded up, it has the more traditional Leatherman rounded rectangular shape. Like many of the new tools, it also comes in a variety of colors. It is under 2.5” long when closed and weighs in at only 2 ounces. The Squirt isn’t a burden to carry and won’t get in your way.
Unlike the Style, the Squirt looks and feels more like a regular Leatherman multi-tool. The way the tools fold out and operate will be familiar to anybody who has owned a Leatherman for many years. It packs all the quality and good design of it’s larger cousins into a compact format. Even though it is small, you won’t have to worry about it failing you when you need it.
The tool selection is decent for a keychain-sized unit. The Squirt PS4 incorporates the following:
- Needlenose pliers
- Wire cutters
- Flat-head screwdriver
- Medium screwdriver
- Bottle opener
Of these, the first four use a spring action to operate them. The knife is small but works well, which is appreciated in any multi-tool that I carry.
I got my Squirt PS4 and decided to carry it for a while on my keychain. My experience was generally positive although I found myself needing a pair of scissors more often than a set of pliers. I used the scissors a few times but they are fairly small and not really designed for regular use. The screwdrivers work ok but are limited by the leverage you get from a keychain-sized multi-tool.
It is a good tool, a solid one that will work well when needed. The Squirt PS4 has a good selection of tools, but I found they aren’t the right combination for me. That’s why after a few weeks on my keychain, I consigned it to backup status in my office. I eventually put it into one of my Altoids tin kits, but it really doesn’t get much use there. When called on, it works well so I have no qualms about it. The fact is I find myself needing scissors fairly regularly, which is where the Squirt PS4 comes up a little short. Like some other items in my inventory, I found myself wanting to love this item but ended up only liking it.
Pros, Cons, and Projected Costs
Spring action pliers are great, has a decent blade. However, the scissors are small and of limited use. MSRP on this tool is $32.95.
For this tool, I’ll be giving it an overall rating of 7/10. The Squirt PS4 is a good, solid multitool in a small package. It is easy to carry around and has a fair number of useful tools.
Leatherman Squirt PS4 comes in a variety of colors too! Hit the play button and check out this review:
If you need pliers more than scissors, this tool is a great one to get. For the most part, the Squirt lives out its days in my office drawer while My Micra stays clipped to my carabiner. Ultimately the multi-tool you choose to carry is up to you… just make sure you’re never caught without one.
Have you tried using the Leatherman Squirt PS4? Share your experiences in the comments below!
Looking for more multi-tools for your EDC kit? Here’s a review about the Spark Multi-tool Lighter! And of course, you can always add to your arsenal by shopping the Survival Life Store here.
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May 25, 2017 at 2:59 AM
I love the Leatherman squirt … I have been carrying one in my Altoids Survival tin for ages ! perfect size and so many applications.
June 2, 2017 at 11:20 AM
I like the Gerber Multi Tool my self if you need to use it while holding what your working on you can take it out and open it one handed , In fact I’ve done just that quite a few times when I was working. I’ll give the Squirt this tho if size and weight is an issue the Squirt beats everything else that I’ve seen except perhaps for the Leatherman Micra and I’ve got one of those. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9283572cc26f217de47af9ed2c45da89f2967cd546d4d14f77613370d0923ba6.png
June 2, 2017 at 4:00 PM
I’ve had a Squirt P4 (predecessor to the PS4) as part of my EDC for nearly 16 years now (10 years of which were in Iraq and Afghanistan). I prefer the older version even though it doesn’t have scissors. The P4 has a leather awl and a small flat screwdriver in place of the scissors. Since the blade is razor sharp, I find no need for the scissors. I doubt I’ll be replacing it soon.
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