Is the Leatherman Fuse a dud?

Is the Leatherman Fuse a dud?

On the heels of our Toolbox column on knives and multitools comes news of a new tool in the Leatherman family, the Knifeless Fuse. The tool is marketed for “knife-prohibitive situations” and has everything you’d expect on a similar multitool (needlenose/regular pliers, two wire cutters, wire stripper, small/large/Phillips screwdrivers, scissors, file, can/bottle opener, 8″ ruler) except for a blade. But as Steven Leckart says on BB Gadgets: “…The thing’s still potentially-lethal and probably won’t get through TSA. So really, I don’t get it.” We don’t either.

Leatherman Fuse [via Toolmonger]

12 thoughts on “Is the Leatherman Fuse a dud?

  1. Tim says:

    Maybe it would be useful in schools and other areas with a “zero tolerance” policy. Would make a great gift for nieces and nephews whose nervous-nelly Mom (aka your sister-in-law) thinks they’re sure to cut off their own heads if exposed to anything sharper than a butter knife. :)

    1. Marrz says:

      yah, when I read ‘knife-prohibitive situations’ I was thinking more along the lines of those who might work in secure government buildings (like court houses) but schools are another good example, that said if I worked in such a building I’d be more likely to buy a normal fuse and just leave it in my car

  2. Nate MC says:

    Maybe this is geared towards the UK market?

    I don’t think the knife on a leatherman was over 3 inches, but I don’t own one to check…

    “It is an offence for any person, without lawful authority or good reason, to have with him in a public place, any article which has a blade or is sharply pointed except for a folding pocket-knife which has a cutting edge to its blade not exceeding 3 inches.” [CJA 1988 section 139(1)]

    this would also probably make it legal to carry for those under 18.

    “It is an offence for any person to sell to a person under the age of 18 any knife, knife blade, razor blade, axe or any other article which has a blade or is sharply pointed and which is made or adapted for causing injury to the person.” [CJA 1988 section 141A]

    1. Dan Lane says:

      You aren’t allowed to carry any knife with a locking blade or one with a blade length greater than 3 inches unless you can justify carrying it. I used to always carry my Leatherman Charge which has a locking blade of almost exactly 3 inches (it’s ever so slightly shorter) until I was very nearly arrested for carrying it (I could justify it on this occasion).

      It annoys the hell out of me that I can’t carry such a useful tool with me wherever I go so I would definitely look at getting one of these to carry everyday, it’s a shame that this is a Wave rather than a Charge though!

  3. Chris says:

    This tool would certainly be much more in-line with my company’s official security policies, although other models of Leatherman seems to receive informal exceptions in practice.

  4. hanzie says:

    The scissors still flunk TSA, so far as I recall. (your mileage may vary.)

  5. says:

    Unless they’ve changed the ruling, even a phillips screwdriver is banned on flights because it can be used to do nefarious things like… I don’t know… unscrewing the wings.

    I agree that this tool isn’t designed to be flight-friendly in the least. It’s more useful for folks who want a multi-tool at work or school where knives are banned.

  6. n3rd1 says:

    This would probably pass off as ok in most schools around here where as knife included version would not. I doubt they were making this with any intention of getting around TSA. -N

  7. Dustbuster says:

    No Leatherman of any kind is getting into the cabin of a US airplane except by accident (as mine has on the few occasions I forgot it was on my keychain). I had an airport security guy tell me I couldn’t take a wooden serving platter(a gift)into the cabin because it could be used as a club. It was a fairly hefty lump of hardwood (about two foot long, a half foot wide and half inch thick), but it was wrapped in bubble-wrap and not a very useful weapon. I suggested that if I was capable of taking over a plane using a serving platter, I could probably do it without one, but I didn’t receive a sympathetic hearing.

  8. No one at all says:

    Many, many workplaces have insane weapon policies these days.

    Of my last five employers, four had a formal written policy banning ‘weapons of any kind’ and one was a secure facility that banned nearly everything from coming in.

    That’s not to say I stopped carrying a knife or Leatherman; All of the jobs were in a role where I needed tools from time to time. They were all smart enough to have a ‘tools of the trade’ provision in their policy, but to comply could be a headache.

    One place had me submit an ‘exhaustive written description of all ‘dangerous’ tools I could possibly be using/carrying’ to HR. Another flipped out when I bought power loads for the company-owned fastener gun. I made the mistake of submitting the receipt for reimbursement, and they wanted to know what exactly a ‘Remington #927xxxx’ was.

    But what if you happen to be in sales, or software engineering, with no reason to carry a ‘dangerous weapon’? Well, you can now grab a Fuze instead and save yourself the hassle of dealing with red tape.

  9. Ole T says:

    Here in Norway, carrying a standard leatherman in public is illegal. There are some hunters versions out there that can be used (really short blades), but they usually don’t have pliers….

  10. Jim McNeely says:

    This is nice if you already carry a nice EDC folding knife. Why carry redundant stuff? I like to use a dedicated knife, and I also like to carry a multitool. It would be great to carry a multitool that doesn’t have a knife that I would basically never use.

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