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Yeah, I think there's quite a few of us looking forward to this one...
That article has great pictures by the way, the best I've seen so far.
 
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The perfect weekend multi-tool.
Opens beer bottles, the carabiner clips to a belt loop, vest etc, has removable/replaceable bits, pliers and a 154CM knife (CX model) They even throw in some carbon fiber bling!
Found it online for $80 pre-order (carbon fiber/154CM CX model) so the price is not utterly insane. For camping, I'll still take the Charge Ti for the saw, file, scissors, serrated knife and pry bar (flat blade)
 
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This looks awesome! I think this could be my first Leatherman :D .... actually im pretty sure it will be... i think im in love hahahaha
 
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Unfortunately they dont ship overseas, i think im just going to have to wait.... which is sooooooooooo hard! oh well... i guess ill just have to get another flashlight to help me get by...
 
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From what I can see the carbon fiber on CX is just a piece of decorating insert, other parts are just plated black that will get scratched and look ugly. What do you guys think?

Local B&M store has it in their catalogue for $71+tx, still debating if I should get one. But I already have a wave thou.
 
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No I think the carbon fiber is actually a working part. In some of the pictures it looks as if it is actually a peice of the spine of the side handle. And for 80 bucks I cant see why anyone shouldnt get one. The finish will most likely be type II ano but I can always hope it could be HAIII :D
 
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On the leatherman site its called tungsten DLC coating and I believe benchmade has that coating and it comparable if not better then HAIII :D
 
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It's stainless steel handle, you can't have anodization on stainless, well you can but that's called rust. ;)

The tungsten coating from what I can find is basically a vapor deposit of tungsten with hardness of RC70.
 
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Haha yeah didnt see that it was SS but maybe I was wishing it was the new 7071 aluminum...I think thats what its called...
 
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Very limited quality it seems, some people ordered from amazon got theirs, my local store says mid march. :sick2:
 
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Very limited quality it seems, some people ordered from amazon got theirs, my local store says mid march. :sick2:
Is Amazon shipping the CX or just the regular model?
 
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Regular I think, no one I know of has CX yet.

Edit: These guys have 16 in stock as of right now.
 
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I like the CX for the serrated knife which sucks now. I will have to drop more $$$ for it. I don't care for the carbon fiber.
 
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These look pretty cool, but for my needs as a backpacker, the lack of a saw is something of a letdown. At 5.1 oz, I am wondering if the weight benefit is really worth it vs. my 6.8oz Juice XE6. Plus, if I'm going to head out sans-saw, I am pretty comfortable using my 2.0 oz Squirt P4. I only use the pliers for operating a stove, so the full size pliers aren't THAT key to me. Additionally, it appears to have some things that aren't that useful to me. I don't really want to carry a Leatherman clipped by a carabiner, for example. I keep mine safely secured and zipped up!

For *my* needs, this is ALMOST a home run, but I feel like it's a bit on the heavy side for what it offers compared to the Squirt and Juice series. I am somewhat tempted to try to mod one to replace the knife with a saw. I carry a couple of other knives anyway.

Remember, these comments are specific to backpacking where I am ALWAYS looking for a way to save an ounce without sacrificing (too much) functionality. I had high hopes for this one, but it's not looking like perfection to me. The quest goes on!!! :twothumbs

I would love to see Leatherman produce something similar but slightly smaller with no bit system, no carabiner and with a saw that comes in at right around 4oz.
 
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