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April 15, 2021

Survival Tool Review: The 19-in-1 Leatherman Signal Multitool

Any backpacking adventurer knows that a good and reliable multitool is crucial to survival. Small things like wood cutting, repair and equipment improvisation, fire building, hunting, and fishing can be accomplished successfully with the use of a good multi-device.

The Leatherman Signal 19-in-1 multi-tool is one such tool that can do all of the tasks previously mentioned and more.

With its’ tagline “built to survive,” the Leatherman Signal was designed and built with survival in mind. It is also the first to incorporate survival items such as a whistle and a fire starter alongside tools like a knife and pliers that can be commonly found in most multi-tool sets.

The Signal has 19 different tools which Leatherman calls “preparedness features.” The materials that were used in assembling the small portable multi device are also of superb quality. In fact, Leatherman has a 25 year guarantee for every tool they sell, repairing and even replacing them during that 25 year guarantee period.

The Leatherman Signal

Leatherman Signal Multitool diagram

Product Description:

  • 19 tools in one (see diagram above)
  • Easy one-handed operation (each of the tools are accessible with just one hand)
  • Equipped with clip and carabiner to keep it within reach
  • Closed Length: 4.5 in (11.43 cm).
  • Weight: 7.5 oz (212.6 g).
  • Blade Length: 2.73 in (6.93 cm).
  • 25-year limited warranty  
  • Made and repaired in the USA.

Pros and Cons of The Leatherman Signal

As with all multi-tools products, the Leatherman Signal also comes with its pros and cons.


  • The pocket clip and carabiner style clip gives two great carry options.
  • Practical functionality.
  • For a full size tool, the Signal is fairly light at just 7.05oz.
  • Strong frame locks for both the saw and knife make using both secure and safe.
  • Quality construction and clever problem solving throughout.
  • The tool locks closed for ‘biner carry.
  • Replaceable wire cutters mean you can really take full advantage of the strong, precise pliers to cut stuff that would otherwise damage your tool.
  • Great build quality overall


  • A bit expensive.
  • Bonus features are less useful than we’d like.

A Closer Look At The Leatherman Signal…


The Leatherman signal is a multi device that features a whopping 19 different implements that are forged from 420HC stainless steel. It also has corrosion and scratch resistance properties due to its diamond like coating or DLC that is applied on all the tools. The multi-tool has a closed length of 4.5 inches. It’s main blade is 2.73 inches long and its total weight is 7.5 ounces. The Leatherman signal also has a steel clip that helps secure the tool from falling out from your pockets.


If you are new to multi-tools, then, you may find the Leatherman Signal to not be the most intuitive device to use. The 19 tools of the Leatherman Signal may be too much to grasp at the beginning and as a newbie, you might find no need for all of these tools. Also, some of the tools like the two box wrenches and the hammer are not instantly recognizable without the help of the tool instruction kit.

But for someone who has a lot of experience with multi-tools, the endless features of the Leatherman Signal is a joy to behold. The included tools such as the pliers feature great grip and strength, the saw can easily cut through branches with 2-inch diameter, the knife doesn’t need sharpening even after a month of use and the Signal’s open and lock mechanism is also easy to use.

One great feature of the Leatherman Signal is that, the tool can be disassembled by using a small torch wrench. This means that the parts of the tool can be individually replaced if they are damaged.


When compared to other multi-tools with the same number of smaller implements, the Leatherman is on the lighter end. But for backpackers and outdoor survival adventurists, the Signal is still considered as a heavy tool to carry. Most of the tools found on the Signal are useful and worth the weight, but others could be eliminated. An example of a tool that is not that much needed in the Signal is the whistle. This is because, most packs that are used for backpacking and survival adventure trips have whistles already found on the chest strap of the pack.

Final Word

Overall, the Leatherman Signal is a reliable tool from a respectable brand. So, you won’t go wrong with this product. The Signal is best for people who love to fix even the smallest defects on their gear. It also has a lot to offer and performs very well in any trips and excursions. In short, the Leatherman Signal is a great, fun to use, and effective multi-tool that has a strong, sharp, and durable features. But for people who are looking for a simpler multi-tool and just wants the basics, the Signal and its 19 different tools may be way too much to handle compared to other simpler multi-tools in the market today. It is now up to you to decide if you want to add this tool in your survival kit or just settle to the more simpler multi-tools in the market. The price can be worth it for having a single multi-device that can backup some of your survival tools and implements. The final choice will always be up to you.

Get the Leatherman Signal Multitool here.