Gear: Leatherman Squirt S4


Tools for the traveller

Gear: Leatherman Squirt S4
Gear: Leatherman Squirt S4

Designed to live on a keyring, the Squirt range of Leatherman multipurpose tools includes this S4 with its micro-serrated scissors capable of cutting even fine materials (the P4 features miniature pliers as the main item, while the E4 has a five-gauge wire stripper).

At a mere 54g and 5.75cm, this colourful little stainless-steel number, recommended for use in the home and on fishing trips, offers 10 tools in one, including a straight knife, tweezers, extra-small and medium screwdrivers, small Phillips head screwdriver, ruler, lanyard, bottle opener and nail file/cleaner.

Available in four different colours, it comes with the Leatherman 25-year warranty and retails for $109.95 – contact Zen Imports (www.zenimports.com.au) for your nearest stockist.

The Portland, Oregon-based company has been producing its well-known (and widely-imitated) all-in-one tools since 1983, after leaky pipes and a cranky car on a budget trip through Europe inspired Tim Leatherman to conceive his first pocket survival tool. "I made my first cardboard model in a hotel room in Tehran," he says. "Iran was one of 20 countries we visited in nine months."