The Leatherman Juice is awesome because it’s exactly the right size for every day carry. There company has whipped up a total of five models, and discontinued the best one: the Juice KF4. I scrounged up a KF4 on E-bay from some dude in Florida (thanks, danpass), because I’d read the specs and thought it would be the best possible version of the Juice. It turned out that I was right.
The Juice S2 is a good EDC option. It measures 3.25 ” long when closed, and only ways 4.4 ounces, so if you work at an office or something and just can’t have a bunch of things clipped to your belt all day the S2 may work out. It’s got most of the basic tools that most people use: pliers, wire-cutter, phillips driver, regular drivers in 3 sizes, a good knife blade, bottle/can-opener, and very good scissors.
The KF4 is a hair thicker in the middle than the S2, and about an ounce heavier. Where tools are concerned, you lose the scissors and bottle/can-opener, but keep the rest. In addition, you get a ruler, an awl, a saw, an excellent file with a diamond surface on one side, and a sheepsfoot serrated blade.
These trade-offs suit me perfectly. I get that scissors are the best tool for a lot of cutting jobs, but I can pretty effectively use a sharp knife to do 99% of the things I would do with scissors. The saw and the awl, however, fill niches that will put undue stress on a pen knife and greatly expand the utility of the tool.
The file may be the clincher for me because it has 3 abrasive surfaces: one rough one for wood or metal, one on the edge for notching and cutting, and one diamond file that will put a quick edge on whatever other knife I happen to be carrying.
In order to get these specific tools in a currently available Juice model, you have to upgrade to the XE6, which is a lot thicker and weighs in at 6.7 ounces. That puts it in competition with the 6.9 ounce Blast and the 7.0 ounce Sidekick, both full-size tools that may offer more utility.
I should also note at this point, that every Juice model currently in production, with the exception of the S2, is inexplicably equipped with a corkscrew. I like wine, and I’m a traditionalist so I like my wine bottles to have real corks in them. No screw-offs here.
I know it’s crazy, but I tend not to drink wine while I’m hiking, or at work, or running around in the street. I open my wine at home, where I have a perfectly serviceable corkscrew in my silverware drawer. If you’re listening, Leatherman, take the damned corkscrews off of the damned multitools!
At this point I have replaced the Juice S2 with my used Juice KF4 in my EDC gear, and I’m quite happy with it. They should put this one back into production , or at least integrate a foil cutter into the next Juice model. .