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Backpacker Magazine – June 2010

Gear Review: Leatherman Expanse E33T Knife

A minimalist multitool–one blade and two screwdrivers.

by: Justin Forrester

Leatherman Expanse E33T (Courtesy Photo)
Leatherman Expanse E33T (Courtesy Photo)

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[mini multitool]
If all you need is a sharp blade with a couple of key tools, pack the Expanse. You get a hollow-ground, stainless-steel blade and two sturdy screwdrivers (one flat and one Phillips), which helped testers pick rocks out of boot soles, tighten the clamps on trekking poles, and even fix a car’s fuel throttle on an Alaskan highway. The curved handle feels substantial in hand, and there’s a little tab at the base of the half-serrated, 2.6-inch blade’s spine that lets you open it with the flick of a thumb. $55; 3.5 oz.; leatherman.com.


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Mountaingoat/Atlanta
Jul 05, 2011

Finally, A no-nonsense knife with just the essentials,Phillips, Flat, and knife with just a partial serrated edge for scraping off wet bark to get down to dry-firewood after an all day downpour. Fantastic ! I love it.

Dr. Dialtone
Jul 13, 2010

Careful though, the tip of the blade is very thin and breaks off easily. The flat screwdriver blade is very thick, so you may be tempted to use the knife blade to turn a small screw. Trust me, don't do it...

Flatwaterkayak
Jul 13, 2010

...and the carabiner works as a bottle opener for that cold frosty one at the end of the trail!

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